• Pictured: Windmills of Kinderdijk
    Pictured: Windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Amsterdam Houses
    Amsterdam Houses
  • Viewing Vermeer’s "Girl with a Pearl Earring" at the Mauritshuis
    Viewing Vermeer’s "Girl with a Pearl Earring" at the Mauritshuis
  • Amsterdam Countryside
    Amsterdam Countryside

Amsterdam 2019

President's Circle Travel Program with Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Professor Katherine T. Faber, and Professor Paul Wennberg

Join the Caltech Associates for an extraordinary President's Circle trip to Amsterdam with Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Professor Katherine T. Faber, as well as Paul Wennberg, Caltech's R. Stanton Avery Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering.

September 6–12, 2019

This exclusively curated itinerary showcases the sciences, arts, and architecture of this vibrant and historic city. Professor Faber will share her knowledge regarding the science of art conservation, and you will enjoy private, before/after-hours visits to some of Amsterdam's renowned sites, such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Huygens Institute for the history of the Netherlands, the Mauritshuis where you can get up close to masterpieces such as Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, and a curator-led tour of the Rijksmuseum. 

Delving into the creative and artistic side of the city, you will enjoy visits and tours of studios and galleries to some of Holland's successful artists and designers. A private tour of the conservation department of the Atelier Building will shed light on the world's best practices and education in restoration and preservation.

With Professor Wennberg's expertise in the field of environmental science, he will highlight the outstanding contributions made by the Dutch to the technology of handling the water that surrounds them. Day trips include tours of Rotterdam—known as the City of the Future for its forward-thinking architecture, sustainable practices, and public art. On your visit to Kinderdijk, Professor Wennberg will explore the technology and innovation behind the village's internationally-known windmills, which has kept the Kinderdijk dry for a nearly a thousand years. Additional excursions include Delft for a visit to Delft University of Technology, one of the world's prominent engineering and technology universities, as well as the beautiful city of Leiden where President Rosenbaum will provide insights into the city's history as one of the great physics centers of the world.

To view a detailed itinerary, please visit the Program page on the trip website. 

To RSVP, submit your deposit and participant information to Benefactor Travel through their secure server on the Reservation Form page. If you have any questions, please contact our trip coordinator Dale Grzegorczyk at 800.801.6147 or dale@benefactortravel.com. For additional information, please contact Nicola Wilkins-Miller at (626) 395-6045 or nwmiller@caltech.edu. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Faculty Leader

Paul Wennberg, Caltech’s R. Stanton Avery Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and EngineeringPaul Wennberg, Caltech's R. Stanton Avery Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering, studies atmospheric photochemistry and the terrestrial carbon cycle. He has partnered with colleagues from around the world and with NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite program to create the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) to measure the distribution of greenhouse gases across the globe. He is also studying the oxidative chemistry of atmospheric trace gases to understand the evolution in time and space of the trace gas composition of the atmosphere. Wennberg also serves as the Director of the Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science at Caltech, where the central goal is to provide quantitative, process-based, understanding of Earth and its interactions with humanity.