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The seventeenth session of the Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation (CIMO-17) will be held from 12 to 16 October 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It will be preceded from 8 to 11 October 2018 by a Technical Conference (CIMO TECO-2018).

information.pngBadges and venue

Online registration is required for all participants. Pre-registered participants for CIMO-17 will be able to pick up their identification badges at the registration desk at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre already on Thursday, 11 October 2018, from 2 to 6 p.m. Registration desk will remain open throughout the session.

Venue: RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, Europaplein 24, 1078 GZ Amsterdam

paperless.pngPaper-smart session

Documents will be posted before and during the session on the session website, in line with WMO greening efforts to promote paper-smart meetings. Therefore, participants are kindly invited to bring internet-enabled portable computers capable of handling Microsoft Word 2010 and Adobe PDF formats so that they can work in paper-smart mode during the session.

language.pngWorking languages

During the session, simultaneous interpretation in the six WMO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be provided in the main conference room. Additional meeting rooms without interpretation facilities will also be available.

INF.pngMaterial arrangements for the session

Material arrangements for the session are described in the INF1(1) document posted in the Information Documents section of this website.

download.pngHow to download documents?

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Visa.pngEntry requirements

All participants requiring a visa to enter the Netherlands should make their visa applications directly to the nearest embassy or consulate of the Netherlands, submitting invitation letters issued by the local organizing committee, together with other required documents, although holders of Diplomatic, Service, Official or specified passports from some countries may not require a visa by virtue of bilateral agreements.

A short-stay Schengen visa might be needed for the Netherlands:

  • Detailed information on Immigration Facilities (incl. visa application) in different countries is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
  • A list of countries and language used for providing the visa information can be found on this website (click on the language given). 

If a letter of invitation is necessary for your visa application, please fill in the form in Appendix A of the INF1(1) document (available in due time under the tab "Information documents") and return to the local organizing committee (LOC), together with the information page of the passport, at the following E-mail address (ultimately two weeks before the visa application is required to be started):

                   Mr Hans Roozekrans

                   KNMI, International Affairs Coordinator

                   Email: (please copy:

hotel.pngHotel reservation

Amsterdam Tourism office website provides a large choice of hotels, in addition to those that can be found through various online providers of accommodation. Please note that there will be no shuttle service provided.

transportation.pngTransportation from airport

Participants are recommended to arrive at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (website:, where major companies operate daily flights as destination.

A guide for local transportation is provided through this link.

information.pngContact information

All enquiries related to the organization of the Technical Conference and theseventeenth session of the Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation (CIMO-17) should be sent to with copy to Alida Catcheside.