Practicalities & Registration


We're excited to be hosting the Forum at Circa - the first circular venue in the Netherlands. In case you're not familiar with the circular concept; sustainability is everything. The focus of the venue is to reuse & recycle, and to operate as sustainably as possible. Designed by legendary architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, their iconic geodesic-sphere exterior is constructed entirely with recycled materials. 

For whom

The focus of the Forum will be on the community of practitioners that is working on vocational excellence on a daily basis, in schools, companies, public organizations or (non) governmental organizations. The Forum on Vocational Excellence is characterized by its hands on nature, building new connections, building a community of practitioners, sharing best practices and lessons learned, and co-creating synergies between initiatives on regional, national, European and global level.

The Forum is a hybrid event with the option to participate on site or online, with dedicated program elements for each target group so everyone gets the most out of the event. This means that not the entire onsite program will be available for the online participants, and vice versa. In the spirit of Benjamin Franklin’s quote: ‘tell me and I forget, teach me and I will remember. Involve me and I learn,’ this Forum is not just an event, it’s an adventure:

  • Including expeditions to 15+ public private partnership projects in VET across the Netherlands, covering a broad range of sectors, where the participants can experience first hand the Dutch approach to Vocational Excellence;
  • In preparation and anticipation of the Forum, we will take you virtually along all CoVEs, so you get the most out of your visit to the Forum on Vocational Excellence
  • The program itself will be highly interactive, engaging all participants in the dialogues and workshops, with ample time and space to network, share knowledge and exchange best practices

Participants will be professionals working on Vocational Excellence, such as:

  • Project leaders and partners of the Erasmus+ Centers of Vocational Excellence (Companies, (non) governmental partners and educators)
  • VET professionals working on National initiatives for Vocational Excellence
  • Members of the ETF ENE network from Europe’s partner countries
  • Project leaders and partners of related Erasmus+ projects, such as the Forward Looking Projects on Applied Research, etc.
  • Policy makers working in the field of skills, education, smart specialization strategies and innovation on regional, national, European and global level.


You can register for the Forum on Vocational Excellence 2023 here. We are looking forward to welcome you in Amsterdam, but you can also choose to join online. After submitting your registration, you will receive a confirmation within 5 working days. Please make your travel arrangements after receiving this confirmation.

Please note: Registrations. 

If you wish to visit us in Amsterdam: Our registration deadline has passed. You are able to apply for the limited places we still have available, but please note that confirmation will be issued on a 'first come, first serve' basis. 

If you wish to attend online: We will be happy to accept your registration to attend our online sessions. 


Travel Green

We would like to encourage you to go green for the Forum on Vocational Excellence 2023 and take the train to the Netherlands if possible. Access by public transport has been an important precondition in choosing the Forum’s location. 


If you have any questions, please contact us at forum2023[@]


There is a number of hotels near the Forum's venue. You find a list of four-star hotel options below, but you are free to find your own accomodation. You must make your accommodation and travel arrangements yourself. 

We will be providing a shuttle bus to the venue from Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station. More details will follow. 

Hotels in the Area
Name Address Travel time to event approx. price p/night
Urban Lodge Hotel Arlandaweg 10-14, 1043 EW Amsterdam 20 minutes (walk) € 200
Meininger Hotel Amsterdam City West Orlyplein 1 – 67, 1043 DR Amsterdam 18 minutes (walk) € 130
Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Sloterdijk Naritaweg 1, 1043 BP Amsterdam 20 minutes (walk) € 140
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam - Sloterdijk Station Zaventemweg 3, 1043 EH Amsterdam 18 minutes (walk) € 150
Other hotels in Amsterdam
The Social Hub Amsterdam West Jan van Galenstraat 335, 1061 AZ Amsterdam 35 minutes (public transport + walk) € 150
Volkshotel Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam 50 minutes (public transport + walk) € 190
WestCord Fashion Hotel Amsterdam Hendrikje Stoffelsstraat 1, 1058 GC Amsterdam 35 minutes (public transport + walk) € 150