The city of Delft

Delft is a city and a municipality in the Netherlands with about 100.000 inhabitants. It is internationally known for its historic town centre with canals, for Delft Blue pottery (Delftware), for the Delft University of Technology, for the painter Vermeer and the scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek, and for its association with the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau.

Delft is more than 750 years old. Its name is derived from delven which means delve or digging. Delft’s oldest canal is called The Old Delft (de Oude Delft). Delft expanded around it; later on many other city-canals were dug as life-lines through the city. These grachten are still the pride of Delft. Delft has long been a centre of art and science. With the foundation of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in 1602, Delft also became a trading centre.

Delft University of Technology

In 1842 the Royal Academy for Civil Engineering was founded. Nowadays known as Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), it is Delft’s biggest employer. About 18.000 students study in Delft. TU Delft’s mission is to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable society for the twenty-first century.

TU Delft cooperates with many other educational and research institutions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. TU Delft has numerous contacts with governments,trade associations, consultancies, industry and small and medium-sized companies.


The Aula Conference Centre of the Delft University of Technology is located relatively close to the old city (10 to 15 minutes walking distance). It is a modern building although it is approximately 45 years old. It has seven conference rooms, varying in size from 12 to 1100 seats, as well as open spaces suitable for technical exhibitions. In addition there are four lecture halls for parallel sessions.  At the Aula Conference Centre all technical and catering facilities are available.