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Successful 15th edition World Conference on Cities and Ports

Arènso Bakker AIVP Congres 2016

10 October 2016

The 15th edition of the World Conference on Cities and Ports (AIVP) in Rotterdam 5-7 October, was a big success. Stig co-founder Arènso Bakker sensed “a good vibe” during the conference, which he described as “dynamic”.

Successful 15th edition World Conference on Cities and Ports

One of the conclusions that can be drawn from this edition, says Bakker, is that in responding to changing environments, the mindset and business climate are important, rather than technological solutions. Cities and ports can reinforce each other, Bakker refers back to the theme of the conference, ‘Crossovers’.

Greater interaction

“We achieved a greater sense of interaction during the conference by organizing workshops, labs and excursions”, Bakker states. Bakker was also partly responsible for getting the conference to Rotterdam. “It was impressive to talk about niche subjects with 400 participants from 47 different countries.”

As a result of the success of the new formula of the conference, the AIVP will set an agenda for ports and cities and convene it to experts and study groups of AIVP members.


“The Rotterdam hosts (the municipality and the Port of Rotterdam) are very much aware that Rotterdam is a fantastic city, and that there are a lot of opportunities for the government, businesses and scientists to develop great projects”, Bakker concludes.

AIVP host Lars Sorensen made a vlog about the conference:

View more pictures of the conference