Nijmegen, Netherlands - 25th & 26th April 2024

Upcoming / Past: 
24th - 25th April 2024

Conference Information


Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April 2024 Scientific papers Keynote Speaker Professor Marcel Post
Venue: Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen, the NetherlandsWorkshopsConference Dinner

ESPA Scholarships

Applications for the scholarships are available to those who will be submitting an abstract for the 11th ESPA Conference

The Anette Johansen-Quale ESPA Scholarship is available to anyone aged 30 or under, either working or studying in the field of spinal cord injury.

The Professor Paul Kennedy ESPA Scholarship, sponsored by Stewarts available for anyone submitting an abstract for an oral presentation about a clinical intervention or workshop and is open to anyone working or studying in the field of spinal cord injury.

Each Scholarship will be for £500 GBP to support the individual’s registration fee, travel costs, and two nights’ accommodation.


Koningsdag celebrations on 27th April 2024

Koningsdag (King’s Day) is the Dutch national holiday celebrating the King’s birthday

This is a national holiday in the Netherlands, during which people cover everything in orange – from flags, wigs, and clothing to revellers' faces. This colour honours the royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. The celebrations begin on Koningsnacht (King’s Night), and the alcohol and music don’t stop flowing for 24 hours. Very busy cities this day will be Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Arnhem but also in other cities there are a lot of festivities.

Due to the very popular and busy celebrations, were some public places, like museums will be closed but not all. We highly recommend you book any trips and visits in advance.

Pre Conference Drinks

Venue:  De Hemel, Franseplaats 1, 6511 VS Nijmegen, Netherlands

Time: 6pm (local time)

Please indicate on your registration if you would like to attend the pre conference drinks on the evening before the conference

Conference Dinner

Tante Koosje, Berg en Dalseweg 359, 6522 CK Nijmegen, Netherlands

Approximate cost 55 euros

Hotel possibilities

Fletcher Park Hotel Val Monte (126 rooms) 

The hotel in Berg en Dal offers you a beautiful view of the natural Ooijpolders from its terrace. In addition, you can use the wonderful hotel facilities.

·         Hotel with beauty and wellness facilities

·         Panoramic view from the terrace on the Ooijpolders

·         Near nature reserve Millingerwaard and the German border

·         Can be combined with a day at Burgers' Zoo

Beautiful ambiance

Fletcher Parkhotel Val Monte is located in a versatile environment. For example, nature reserve De Millingerwaard is ideal for a unique cycling and walking tour. Moreover, the characteristic city of Nijmegen is a stone's throw from the hotel in Berg en dal.

Room (no breakfast included) for €76,00 on Wednesday and Thursday, €61,75 on Friday and €75,05 on Saturday (based on 1 person/room)

Reservation by phone +31 24 6842000 or mail:  You might get a discount of 15% on the above prices if you state that you are coming to the Sint Maartenskliniek.

There are 2 rooms adapted for wheelchair users, some other rooms are available for people with less mobility. 

Location: 2.0 km from Sint Maartenskliniek  15 minutes by public transport (including 10 minute walk)

Address:          Fletcher Parkhotel Val Monte
Oude Holleweg 5
6572 AA Berg en Dal

Fletcher Landgoed Hotel Holthurnsche Hof (57 rooms)

Situated in the natural landscape, Hotel Holthurnsche Hof Nijmegen is surrounded by forests and hills. WiFi is offered free of charge in all areas. All rooms have a terrace or French balcony and flat-screen TV. The private bathroom comes with a rain shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. Free parking is available on site, subject to availability. Landgoedhotel’s restaurant serves regional dishes and offers view of the hills. A breakfast buffet is available for guests to enjoy. The rooftop terrace is accessible during nice weather. The city centre of Nijmegen is within 5.5 km and Nijmegen’s 45-holes golf course is 2.5 km away. Several monuments and castles are located within the area.

Room (no breakfast included) for €89,30 on Wednesday and Thursday for €95,00 on Friday and €104,50 on Saturday

Reservation by phone +31 24 6841744 or mail: You can use a discount of 15% on the above prices if you state that you are coming to the Sint Maartenskliniek. 

There is 1 room adapted for wheelchair users and some that are accessible with wheelchair but not adapted

Location: 4.3 km from Sint Maartenskliniek 36 minutes by public transport (including 23 minute walk)

Address:          Fletcher Landgoed Hotel Holthurnsche Hof
Zevenheuvelenweg 48a 
6571 CK Berg en Dal


Van Der Valk Hotel Nijmegen-Lent (116 rooms)

Van der Valk Hotel Nijmegen-Lent is one of the most sustainable hotels in the Netherlands. It is close to the city centre of Nijmegen (2.1 km) and near a train station. The hotel is on the north side of the river the Waal. There are plenty of beautiful walks possible in the flood plains and overflow areas of the Waal.

Facilities include

  • Sauna
  • Turkish steam bath
  • Foot baths
  • Special 'Selfness Room' for ultimate relaxation
  • Fitness room available for guests

Room (no breakfast included not-cancellable/cancellable) for €103,00/€130,00 on Wednesday, €96,00/€115,00 on Thursday, €107,00/€120,00 on Friday and €114,00/€125,00 on Saturday

Reservation can be made online:  When using the following links a discount of 10% will be offered on any cancellable room from 24-11-2023 till 27-4-2024. This discount only applies for 24-4-2024 till 26-4-20024. Links can be used till 18th of April 2024.

Link for Dutch site:

Link for English site:

There are 2 rooms adapted for wheelchair users see:

Location: 4.6 km from Sint Maartenskliniek 37 minutes by public transport (including 14 minute walk)

Address:          Van Der Valk Hotel Nijmegen-Lent, Hertog Eduardplein, 6663 AN Nijmegen

TRAVEL INFORMATION - How to get to Nijmegen?

From Schiphol airport during the day there are 2 direct trains from the airport to Nijmegen central station every hour and 2 trains with a transfer in Utrecht (other side of the platform).

At the weekend and in the evening there are only the 2 trains with a transfer in Utrecht. The trip will take approximately 90 minutes. (plan you journey:

From airport Weeze, you can take a bus, train and bus again every hour. This trip will take about 2 hours (see:


Things to do in Nijmegen:

For extended information see website of Nijmegen, also available in English:


De Bastei: This museum tells the story of the river. Dive into the museum and take a trip through the past, the present and the future. Here, on the River Waal and in the oldest city in the Netherlands, you can touch the past, discover the flora and fauna of the province of Gelderland’s river landscape and get ‘hands on’ in De Bastei Academy: fun and educational for researchers of all ages. Discover how the river connects the city and its natural surroundings.

Valkhof Museum: The most beautiful Roman finds in the Netherlands, a colourful collection of contemporary art and a magnificent collection of ancient art. The museum's collections focus on the Nijmegen's illustrious history and Charlemagne's Valkhof Castle. You will learn all there is to known about the Roman army and how people used to live in the largest Roman town in the Netherlands, today known as Nijmegen. You can enjoy pop art and contemporary expressionism, age old paintings, prints and arts and crafts. Permanent as well as temporary exhibitions in a magnificent contemporary building. Guided tours on request. Museum card holders free. Wheelchair friendly. This museum is temporary  located at the Keizer Karelplein, due to moderations. 

MuZIEum: Experience the world in complete darkness. At the muZIEum you can taste, smell, feel and listen to daily life – but you won't see anything. A blind guide will take you around one of our ‘darkness experiences’.

In the center of the town many old places can be visited, like the Stevenskerk (church), het valkhof park en Kronenburger park (parks with ruins of old castle and city walls) and the Waalkade (the quay of the river Waal)

From the city center you can walk over one of the two bridges towards the Ooijpolder (one of the many polders in the Netherlands) with beautiful views over  the skyline of Nijmegen and walking/hiking possibilities. You can also rent a bike and have a typical Dutch experience by cycling in and around the city of Nijmegen.


Professor Marcel Post


Nijmegen, Netherlands

Photos from the Conference