Described by Lonely Planet as the ‘capital of cool’ and self-claimed to be an ‘Atypical’ city that goes against the grain, Antwerp is the perfect setting for the IAPH 2020 World Ports Conference.
Attendees will have ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful architecture, entertainment and food that this world-class port city has to offer. The three-day conference agenda is packed with opportunities to sample the best of Antwerp culture and food, while the companion programme delves deeper into the arts, history, craftsmanship and gastronomy for which the city is justly famous.
The main conference agenda will give attendees a unique chance to network in some of the most stunning venues the city has to offer. The opening reception on Tuesday 17 March will take place in the Marble Hall, the historical heart of the Flanders Meeting and Convention Centre, and one of the architectonic highlights of Art Nouveau in the country, adjacent to one of the oldest zoos in the world.
The following day will conclude with a gala dinner and the World Port Sustainability Awards at the historic and recently refurbished Handelsbeurs, the world’s first regulated financial exchange. The event will conclude on Thursday 19 March with both a ‘walking dinner’ and reception at the Felix Pakhuis, an impressive 19th century port warehouse, where delegates will also get the opportunity to explore the nearby MAS Museum – an impressive nine-storey repository in the middle of the old port neighbourhood, with an entire floor of exhibits dedicated to the city’s port and trading history. Finally, delegates will be able to enjoy a guided tour of the port of Antwerp in the morning of Friday 20 March, of which more details will be available soon.
As in previous years, we have assembled a very special programme of social events for spouses or partners of conference delegates, which will run from Tuesday 17 till Thursday 19 March. The programme contains a host of activities: the Golden Age Day includes a visit to the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Tasty Day boasts a visit to the largest Belgian chocolate museum in the world, and the Diamond Day features a visit to a diamond museum in the heart of Antwerp. Attendee spouses/partners have the option to choose which activities they would like to join.
Discover the full programme.