Benefits for Students

Benefits for Students

What's in it for me?

You are an undergraduate researcher or student who has worked hard on your project and now has results to share with others – Ecocity World Summit offers the best platform to showcase your findings!

Make an impact on the world by contributing your ideas and solutions at the longest-running event on sustainable cities. You are invited to join leading innovators and pioneers, engineers and planners, policy makers and administrators, professionals and business people, environmentalists and developers, as well as artists and designers and together to rebuild and bring the balance in the urban ecosystem.

Hear the best ideas and latest solutions to urban and sustainability challenges and give your career a competitive edge as you build your network among international experts in the field.

Take advantage of the special reduced registration rates for early career professionals and non-PHD students.

Key Sessions for Students - Do Not Miss

Join the sessions below to learn about the best ideas and latest solutions to urban and sustainability challenges. Give your career a competitive edge as you build your network among international experts in the field.

27 September

“From artificial scarify to natural abundance”

10:30 AM

Speaker: Russel Galt 

“Connecting the ResilientCity, Biodiversity and AgriCity”

10:30 AM

Speaker: Rob Roggema

“Climate KIC, Nature Based Solutions and innovation in EU cities”

1:00 PM

Speaker: Julian Swinkels

“New nature and housing with sustainable agriculture”

3:00 PM

Speaker: Natuurlijk Nederland

28 September

“Opening session”

8:30 AM

Speaker: Arnold Molenaar, Rotterdam Chief Resilience Officer

“Ecocity Digital Twins and the Localized Ecocity Model” and “Planning for Synergies”

10:30 AM

Speakers: Kirstin Miller and Nico Tillie

29 September

“Nature based solutions in urban environments”

8:30 AM

Speakers: Martina Otto and Kobie Brand

"Urban Ecology"

9:30 AM

Speaker: TBA

“Social-ecological inclusive urbanism”

11:30 AM

Speaker: TBA

“Biobased materials and products, energy and food”

2:00 PM

Speaker: TBA

“Nature-based solution to urban design and resilient urban development”

4:00 PM

Speaker: TBA

“Climate and territorial planning”

6:00 PM

Speaker: Ronan Dantec

“Ecocities in Evolution”

6:00 PM

Speaker: Richard Register

30 September

“Indigenous thinking”

8:30 AM

Speakers: Tyson Unkaporta

“Food-energy-water-space nexus and measuring/circular economy”

9:30 AM

Speakers: TBA

“Biking and Walking – Covid 19 response and equity”

11:30 AM

Speakers: TBA

“Green infrastructure and urban forestry”

2:00 PM

Speakers: TBA

“Resilient communities, clean air, nature inclusiveness”

4:00 PM

Speakers: TBA

“Ecosystem restoration”

6:00 PM

Speakers: Willem Ferwerda

CLICK HERE to view the full programme.

Rotterdam on a Budget: Unique & Affordable Activities

To help you make the most of your time before or after Ecocity World Summit, we gathered a list of the top budget-friendly activities in Rotterdam.

Rotterdam Welcome Card

Get 25% discount on top attractions and local hotspots
If you’re planning on visiting any paid museums, using public transport or even if you’re interested in discounts on bike hire or restaurant offers, then a good tip to do Rotterdam on a budget is to grab a Rotterdam Welcome Card. This card is your pass to major attractions around the city and can definitely save you some money for the duration of your stay. Plus you get a travel pass for 1, 2 or 3 days of public transport in the city. See more. Pay less.

Where to buy
The Rotterdam Welcome Card is available at Rotterdam Tourist Information offices and can also be ordered online. There are different price options and numerous other sales points that sell the card. If you would like to purchase the card from another sales point than Rotterdam Tourist Information, then we advise you to contact them in advance to check if they have your preferred card in stock.

For more information and to order the Rotterdam Welcome Card online: www.rotterdamwelcomecard.com.

Take a trip to Kinderdijk

Though it might not be the cheapest thing to do in Rotterdam, a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kinderdijk windmills is hard to pass up. For 16.50 euros you will be able to buy a combination ticket which provides a return ferry trip from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk, entry to the site and entry to a couple of museums located inside windmills. Site entry by itself is cheapest online, costing only 9 euros.

Kinderdijk is one of the most Instagrammable places in The Netherlands, with rows of windmills along grassy waterways. It’s also a fascinating learning experience to hear how the Dutch harnessed the power of the elements to pump excess water and avoid flooding.

Source:Emma Jane Explores. (2021). Rotterdam On A Budget – Unique Activities That Won’t Break The Bank. [online]

Walk the Erasmus Bridge

The Erasmus Bridge is a relatively new addition to the Rotterdam scene, having only been completed in 1996. Since the bridge was finished, it has become a hugely popular landmark in the city and is now synonymous with Rotterdam.

What better way to take in the city’s many waterways than to walk over them by foot on this beautiful bridge, nicknamed The Swan for its bent pylon resembling a swan neck?

Source:Emma Jane Explores. (2021). Rotterdam On A Budget – Unique Activities That Won’t Break The Bank. [online]

Explore historic Delfshaven

Delfshaven features some of Rotterdam’s only pre-war buildings as it was one of the few areas not bombed during the war. Whilst the Rotterdam CBD buzzes with modern architecture, Delfshaven hearkens back to an older time. One of the best sights to visit in Delfshaven is the Pilgrim Father’s Church, which still stands tall in this historic borough.

A visit to Delfshaven is perfect if you’re seeing Rotterdam on a budget, because the real joy comes from strolling the old streets enjoying the step back in time.

Source:Emma Jane Explores. (2021). Rotterdam On A Budget – Unique Activities That Won’t Break The Bank. [online]

Markthal

Markthall is an indoor food hall with an amazing architectural twist. The huge archway houses offices and underneath a huge market hall where locals and tourists alike come to grab a bite to eat.

The most breathtaking feature of the hall comes when you look up from underneath the arch and see the incredible painted murals adording the roof. It’s definitely one of the prettiest places in Rotterdam to eat lunch.

Source:Emma Jane Explores. (2021). Rotterdam On A Budget – Unique Activities That Won’t Break The Bank. [online]

Cube Houses

Rotterdam is famous for its quirky, modern architecture and these bizarre cubed houses are the perfect example of just how avant-garde the city’s buildings can be.

Just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Markthall, the cubed houses can be explored by walking through the residential complex and for a very small fee, one is available to walk through for those curious about the interior layout.

Source:Emma Jane Explores. (2021). Rotterdam On A Budget – Unique Activities That Won’t Break The Bank. [online]

Check out the Street Art

Rotterdam is famous for its modern vibes and one of the best by products of this is the awesome street art that exists around the city. In fact, there is a whole museum in the city dedicated to this contemporary art form – the Rotterdam Street Art Museum. Luchtsingel is also an area well known for great street art and an elevated yellow pedestrian bridge.

For avid street art lovers, download the Rewriters App as a companion and walk the 7km Street Art Route through the city to see some of Rotterdam’s best artwork.

Source:Emma Jane Explores. (2021). Rotterdam On A Budget – Unique Activities That Won’t Break The Bank. [online]