Host of the LOT Winter School 2018 is:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities
Department of Language and Communication
De Boelelaan 1105 (15th floor of the Main Building)
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Contact
E-mail: LOTwinterschool.2018@gmail.com
Telephone number: 00-31-6-18080234 / 06-18080234

Facebook
General page: https://www.facebook.com/LOTLandelijkeOnderzoeksch...
Group of participants: https://www.facebook.com/groups/288650371539058/

Local organizers
Petra Bos, Chantal van Son, and Meike de Boer

Meeting Point
The Lot Winter School meeting point is on the 15th floor of the Main Building. During the day, there will always be at least one local organizer present to help you with practical matters or to answer any questions. At the meeting point you can have your morning coffee, tea and cookies (10.45-11.30), grab some fruit after lunch and meet other participants. There are vending machines for drinks and candy at the meeting point. The poster session and drinks (Mondays 16.30) will take place there as well. Please come and meet us as soon as you are in the Main Building, so we can register your arrival, answer your questions and give you all the additional information that you may need.

Opening
The general opening will be on Monday mornings at 8.45. Monday the 8th of January the opening will be in room 8A20 (8th floor) and on Monday the 15th the opening will be in room 15A33 (15th floor). Coffee, tea and cookies will be served right outside the room.

How to reach VU University Amsterdam
The LOT Winter School will take place in the Main Building of VU University Amsterdam. The Main Building is situated in the south of Amsterdam, at the De Boelelaan 1105.

From train station Amsterdam Zuid this is a 7 minutes' walk. Walk until the end of the train platform (direction: Parnassusweg/VU), go down the stairs and take the left exit. Just follow the crowd until you see the Main Building of the VU: this is a high concrete building with a blue griffin.

From Amsterdam Central Station, tram 5 and metro 51 will take you directly to the university (name of the tram stop/ metro stop: De Boelelaan/VU). This takes about 35 minutes by tram and 20 minutes by metro.

Public transport in Amsterdam
For public transport you can use the OV-chipkaart: buy one card and use it throughout the whole country for trips by train, bus, tram and metro. The card costs € 7,50 and is available at the yellow ticket dispenser at the Railway station or at several service points, like Primera or AKO shops. Before you can travel with the OV-chipkaart, you have to deposit money on the card. For train travels, the minimum deposit is 20 euros. For tram and metro use the amount is lower. Ask the service counters for help if necessary.

Please note that besides using an OV-chipcard, it is still possible to buy train tickets at the ticket office or at the yellow ticket dispensers. Please note that extra costs of € 1 are charged per ticket!

Facilities

Computer facilities and wifi
At the VU campus, everybody can use Eduroam to get access to the internet (laptop, tablet, phone). For participants without a laptop, computer rooms 13A-32, 13A-36, 13A-37 are available (Main Building, 13th floor). Guest accounts for the use of these computers will be provided upon arrival.
Printers can be found in the computer rooms. A photocopying machine is available in the library (10th and 11th floor). The copy centre is situated in the basement of the Main Building.

Library
The library of the Faculty of Humanities is situated in the Main Building, B wing, 9th to 14th floor (Reading rooms with study places and public PC's). The information desk is at the 1st floor. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 09.00 - 19.00; Friday 09.00 - 17.00.

Bookstore
The VU bookstore in the Main Building (ground floor) is the place to buy both general literature and textbooks, as well as office supplies and small gifts.

Coffee/tea and meals
Every morning, there will be coffee, tea and cookies from 10.45 to 11.30 and fruits after lunch at our meeting point (15th floor of the Main Building). On Thursday 11th of January (week 1) and Thursday 18th of January (week 2) we will organize a restaurant dinner for all participants of the LOT school.

Lunch can be bought at several places on campus. The campus has a wide variety of cafés and restaurants to satisfy any craving: the university restaurant is situated in the basement of the Main Building. There you will find a wide variety of dishes from all over the world. If you go outside to the campus square, you can visit grand café The Basket, coffee corner Doppio’s or the university supermarket (there’s a pink crocodile at the entrance). There’s an additional coffee corner called Rendez VU at the 8th floor of the Main Building.

For the other meals during the week, participants should make their own arrangements. Hundreds of restaurants can be found in the city center of Amsterdam. Please check announcements on the Facebook group for who is eating where and how to join groups. At the meeting point you can find information sheets on a number of restaurants in the city center.

Activities

Poster sessions
Poster sessions and drinks will be on Mondays, January 8th and 15th, from 16.30 until 18.00 at our Meeting Point (15th floor) in the Main Building. All LOT-students are encouraged to present their research to teachers and fellow researchers in a poster session. Drinks will be provided by the local organization. A poster prize will be awarded to the best poster presentation of the evening. The prize will be given out during the LOT school restaurant dinner on Thursday evening.

Schultink Lecture
During the LOT Winterschool 2018, the Schultink lecture, in honor of Henk Schultink, will be organized. Speaker: Michael Dunn, Professor of General Linguistics at Uppsala University, Sweden. The lecture will take place on Wednesday 10th of January from 14.00 until 15.00. Room: 15A33.

Career Event
In the second week of the LOT Winter School, we will organize a career event with pitch talks by both PhD’s who now work in academia and PhD’s who found a job outside of academia. This will take place on Wednesday the 17th of January from 14.00 until 15.00. Room: 15A33.

Because of these two events, the Wednesday afternoon classes are scheduled from 15.15 until 17.15.

Accommodation
Unfortunately, LOT is no longer able to provide for accommodation during Summer Schools or Winter Schools. We regret this as much as you do, but financial circumstances forced us to make this decision. However, we would like to help you in any way we can. First of all, we suggest you look for accommodation via AirBnB/couchsurfing or book a room in one of the many hostels or hotels in Amsterdam:

In addition, we hope that students who are living in or close to Amsterdam (Zaandam, Hilversum, Utrecht etc.) are willing to open their home for their fellow students and offer a place to crash.

So are you looking for a couch to sleep on? Or would you be willing to welcome another passionate linguist in your home, maybe someone who you can stay with during another LOT school (the next one is in Groningen)? Please post an announcement on our Facebook group or e-mail us at lotwinterschool.2018@gmail.com. Students can either directly contact each other on Facebook, or we will try to match them. Note that this will be done on a first-come-first-served basis, and that we will take travel time into account (if you have to travel more than 1.5 hours, you will get preference over others).