Borders to Cross Conference 2013

This will be a flexible and interactive conference, and the full package of activities is still in development. We will keep you up to date with the latest news as it happens.

The provisional programme is as follows:

Tuesday 29 October 2013

  • 12.00
  • 13.30
  • 18.00
  • 20.00
Registration and welcome, with lunch.
Opening plenary session, followed by introductory workshops.
Drinks and dinner.
EU initiatives parade.

Wednesday 30 October 2013

  • 09.30-17.00


  • From 18.00
A variety of meetings, with different formats including workshops, lounge chats, labs, table talks and poster sessions. In the main hall a series of interesting Crosstalks with government, civil society and market representatives. Read more about the workshops here or about the Crosstalks here.

City picnic (optional). Visits to fascinating local initiatives in Amsterdam. Includes a meal.

Thursday 31 October 2013

  • 09.30-12.00
Review and outlook. What have we learnt and where do we go from here.


Venue – Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

Hosted by the City of Amsterdam, this conference is being held at Pakhuis de Zwijger, a cultural meeting place within walking distance of Amsterdam’s central station. Originally built in the 1930s as a cold store, after extensive renovation the building is now a community resource ideally suited to host think tanks and interactive conferences like Borders to Cross – and with beautiful views over the port of Amsterdam.

End 2006 Pakhuis de Zwijger opened its doors at the Piet Heinkade in Amsterdam. The monumental, formal cooling warehouse on the south bank of het IJ, near the Ring A10 and Central Station, is mainly known because of the bridge going right through the building which connects Java-Eiland to the city. The point where the roads meet symbolizes everything Pakhuis de Zwijger stands for: it’s a crossover between tradition and modernity, it’s a meeting place of cultures and generations, a melting pot of disciplines and ideology and a meeting point for plans and practice.

The accessibilty of Pakhuis de Zwijger is optimal. Tram 26 and bus 48 stop right in front of Pakhuis de Zwijger, both only two stops from Central Station. If your traveling by car, the ring A10 is only five minutes from Pakhuis de Zwijger. From A10: Amsterdam A10 Noord: exit S116 and the Piet Heintunnel: exit S114 Zeeburg/Artis. The carparks De Loodsen (P1), Nieuw Amerika (P2) and Passengers Terminal (P3) are right next door.
Get directions to Pakhuis De Zwijger on Google maps.


City Picnic

Meet & Dine in Amsterdam (optional evening program on 30 October, 17.00 – 22.00)

@ the Meevaart
The social business Indische Buurt welcomes you in the most diverse and heterogenic neighbourhood of Amsterdam. You will learn more on their initiatives as an example of Do-It-Yourself community powerand get to see & taste the richness of this lively neighbourhood in Amsterdam-East!
@ district Amsterdam-West
The municipality of Amsterdam-West has started a learning community onabout democratic innovation and the new roles and responsibilities of all partners in the district; local politicians, citizens and civil servants. Learn about the benefits and dilemmas of this learning community first-hand from the local politicians, citizens and civil servants that participate in it.