The SCM-2011 will be held at Noordwijk aan Zee in the province of South-Holland in The Netherlands.
The major attraction of the area the landscape of dunes, the beach, and in the spring the fields of flowers. The near-by cities of Leiden and Amsterdam can be conveniently included into a visit.
Over the years, Noordwijk has changed from a fishermans' village into a lively seaside resort of international allure. Now a days, there is a wide beach with a long boulevard. There is a wide choice of hotels, restaurants and terraces. A total amount of 13 kilometres of beach is waiting for you in Noordwijk. The beach is child friendly and accessible for disabled people. Surfers are also more then welcome here. On the north side you find the Duindamseslag. On this part of the beach you can go horse riding through the surf. From Noordwijk, you can start the beautiful flower bulb route by car or bicycle. Every spring you can ride 60 kilometres by the most beautiful flower bulb fields of Noordwijk, Hillegom, Lisse and Sassenheim. A visit to the Keukenhof is also a possibility. On your way there you will pass magnificent forests and wild dunes.
In the Golden Age, Leiden was the second most important city in the Netherlands with all of its wealth and academic fame. It is in this atmosphere that the sociable, authentic "Leidener" has been living alongside the equally sociable student in the charming, historic inner city lined with canals. Rembrandt, the most famous Leidener of all, would still be able to find his way around the picturesque streets and alleys today while making a discovery or two at the same time. No other city has given the world as many painters as Leiden: Rembrandt van Rijn, fine-painter Gerrit Dou, the jovial innkeeper Jan Steen, Jan van Goyen, Lucas van Leyden, and Theo van Doesburg, who established De Stijl ("the style") in Leiden. Many wonderful museums can be found in Leiden. Naturalis (Museum of Natural History), Hortus botanicus (Botanical Gardens), Museum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology), Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities), the Boerhaave Museum (science history), the Siebold-Huis (early Japan), the Municipal Museum De Lakenhal (Rembrandt and Leiden) and Molen De Valk (Windmill). Leiden hosts the oldest university of Holland and is breathing science, as you will recognize from the list of world-known scientists: Nobel Prize winners Pieter Zeeman, Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, Willem Einthoven and Heike Kamerling Onnes, Huygens, Snellius, Clusius (botany), Hugo de Groot (father of international law), Herman Boerhaave (physician), Thorbecke (constitutional law), Tinbergen, Paul and Tatjana Ehrenfest, Uhlenbeck and Goudsmit (discovery of the spin) were all Leideners.
Amsterdam has always been a leading cultural centre, with top attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. The opening of the Hermitage Amsterdam and the impressive range of exclusive exhibitions will make a visit to Amsterdam an absolute must. Hermitage Amsterdam is the most important branch of the internationally renowned museum of the same name in Saint Petersburg. The renovated Stedelijk Museum has one of the most valuable collections of modern art in the world. After a long period of renovation work, this unsurpassed institute for modern art will once again have its own place in Amsterdam in 2010. The heart of Amsterdam is a series of concentric and bisecting canals, known as the Grachtengordel (canal ring). Lined with centuries-old gabled canal houses, the area has remained beautifully intact to this day. And it's not just a preserved open-air museum; it is still the functional and friendly heart of the city, where locals and visitors alike create a vibrant energy.