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The HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction will take place on 16 and 17 November in parallel with METSTRADE, which runs from 17 to 19 November 2020 in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

The 26th edition of the symposium, run by HISWA-RECRON, the voluntary organisation which promotes watersports in the Netherlands, offers a new theme - ‘Dare to Share’ – and will be a mix of scientific presentations and applied knowledge sharing on yacht design and construction focused on everyday practice.

Sharing knowledge

“The well balanced mixed programme of scientific research presentations and practical applied topics of this symposium appeal to a wide marine industry audience,” explained Michaël Steenhoff, manager, yacht building HISWA-RECRON. “It’s important to share and transfer knowledge transparently to the marine industry. Therefore the theme of this year’s symposium is Dare to Share.”

The HISWA Symposium programme will address topics such as hydrofoil boats, new construction methods, the engine room of the future and the road to zero emission and is aimed at yacht architects, construction supervisors, yacht brokers, boat yards and marine technology students. The symposium will also offer virtual opportunities to meet and interact with marine professionals all over the world.

Covid-19 precautions

All organisers are facing particular challenges this year to ensure social distancing measures are in place. “RAI Amsterdam has its ‘safe, responsible and hospitable’ protocol in place that set rules and guidelines for exhibitions, conferences, shows and meetings held in the RAI complex,” said Niels Klarenbeek, director METSTRADE.

Currently, the team is working on a framework of measures, which may impact important elements such as the floor plan, opening hours and social events.

"To date, over 1.250 exhibitors have confirmed their participation and we feel encouraged by those commitments," added Niels. "We have observed a strong appetite for a successful B2B event this November within the leisure marine industry, our clients, partners and visitors."


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands