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Events Calendar

This calendar lists committee events, as well as other Baltimore-area events related to Rotterdam and Netherlands & other events of interest.

Q1 2017

Maryland & South Holland

Cybersecurity soft landing program

The Maryland Department of Commerce has launched the Maryland-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform together with The Hague Security Delta (HSD) and InnovationQuarter, the regional economic development agency for the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland (where The Hague and Rotterdam is located). Maryland cybersecurity companies can explore the Dutch market, and Dutch cybersecurity companies can set up operations in Maryland on a trial basis. The initial trial period is January to March 2017.

Press release on Maryand Department of Commerce website

Press release on Netherlands Embassy website

Participants in the Q1 2017 pilot program




Operation Trash

Kids participating in an Operation Trash event

Baltimore-Rotterdam high school exchange program

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts coordinated “Operation Trash” Baltimore-Rotterdam exchange program with Baltimore’s Benjamin Franklin High School and Bard High School Early College Baltimore and two Rotterdam high schools, to teach students about sustainability and recycling.

More info about diStefano’s work on our Artist Exchange website


June 28


Dutch Drinks DC happy hour borrel

5:30-7:30pm, B Too, 1324 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Join DC Dutch, the Netherlands Embassy, the Netherland-America Foundation, the Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce Washington Metro, BrettonWoodsNL, and Dutch District Drinks, for their third bi-monthly happy hour borrel! Event is free; cash bar.

Event page


July 21-23



Artscape, an annual summer event in Baltimore, is America’s largest free arts festival. Stop by the Baltimore Sister Cities booth for fun kids activities, and to learn more about Rotterdam and our other sister cities!

Festival website


August 31

NL-US cybersecurity funding grant deadline

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and its counterparts in the Netherlands are jointly providing up to $2.6 million of funding for collaborative cybersecurity research projects conducted by joint US-Dutch teams. Proposals are due in by August 31, 2017

More info about this program


Sept 25-27


ISWA Conference

International Solid Waste Association’s World Congress is in Baltimore this year and features 2 sessions about Rotterdam and the Netherlands:

Navigating a Circular Economy Roadmap
Jeff George from IMG Rebel talks about Rotterdam’s roadmap to a circular economy.

The Netherlands Circular in 2050
Herman Huisman from Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment talks about the Netherlands’ efforts to become a circular economy with zero waste.


Sept or Oct
(Date TBD)


Circular Economy

Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee is planning to host a talk about Circular Economy in the Netherlands. This event will be around the same time as Baltimore Innovation Week, a yearly week-long celebration of technology and entrepreneurship in Baltimore. Stay tuned for more information about this talk.

The Circular Economy concept is about transforming trash into something new. It addresses the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. It is about making more durable products that last longer & can be transformed into something else at the end of their lifecycle. The Netherlands is a pioneer in this field.

About Circular Economy

Netherlands is a Circular Economy hotspot

Circular Economy blog

Goal: A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050

About Baltimore Innovation Week


Sep 12


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam Committee Meeting



Oct 4


Annual Maryland State of the Ports event

Networking event hosted by Baltimore’s World Trade Center Institute (WTCI). State of the Ports attracts major exporters and companies providing services through the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport. This event offers prime networking opportunities with members of the port community and WTCI members.

Event website


(Date TBD)


Operation Trash workshop with Filbert Street Community Garden

An event for residents of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay at Enoch Pratt Library, organized by the Filbert Street Garden in conjunction with Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts as part of the Baltimore-Rotterdam “Operation Trash” educational exchange. Stay tuned for more information about this event.


Oct 12


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam Committee Meeting



Oct 22, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018


Exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

National Gallery of Art

Gallery website


Nov 14


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam Committee Meeting



Dec 6


Annual Maryland Global Gala

Networking event hosted by Baltimore’s World Trade Center Institute (WTCI).

Event website


Dec 12


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam Committee Meeting



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