Scaling-up European Oyster Reef Restoration
November 2023
Photo Matthias Huber, Ifremer


International Conference 
6th – 8th November 2023
Middelburg, The Netherlands

The Native Oyster Restoration Alliance, the European network for the restoration of the native oyster Ostrea edulis, invites to its 5th conference.

Within the spirit of the active NORA community, the conference will provide opportunities for knowledge exchange, joint collaboration and discussions. The programme will include some pre-conference activities, e.g. a PhD/student workshop to take place on the morning of 6th November and maybe also some working group meetings. 

The in-person-conference will be mainly structured around plenary sessions. Topics include

  • production
  • genetics
  • monitoring methods
  • biosecurity
  • historical ecology and site selection
  • results of restoration pilots and scaling-up methods
  • ecosystem services
  • stakeholder involvement

The conference will conclude on the afternoon of 8th November with an excursion to the shellfish centers nearby.

Registration and the request for contributions is now open:

  • Registration is now closed!

This year, there will be a modest conference fee of 125 € for professionals and 50 € for students.

Please notice: Lunch (meals) on Monday and Tuesday are included in the conference fee, as well as all coffee/tea breaks. On Wednesday, every conference participant will receive a lunch package before leaving or taking part in the Excursion. In addition, we have organised a dinner event at the conference venue for Monday evening at your own expenses. Dinner buffet and beverages are 45€, to be paid directly at the venue. If you want to attend, please tick the box in the registration form.

A shuttle service from the train station to the venue will also be organized.

Hope to see you in The Netherlands in November 2023!

Venue, Accommodation

Van der Valk Hotel Middelburg
Paukenweg 3
4337 WH Middelburg
Phone +31(0) 118 44 25 25

It is the responsibility of NORA participants to arrange their own travel, accommodation and – if need be – insurance.

Accommodation is possible in the Van der Valk Hotel Middelburg,
the Conference Hotel (first come, first served). For a room reservation please use this link:
Insert the code NORA2023 when prompted. It is valid for the dates 05 – 09 November 2023.

Aside from the Van der Valk Hotel, you can of course choose between some other hotels in Middelburg. The train station is at walking distance to the centre of Middelburg, so that – logistically – participants can also book a hotel there and use the shuttle from the train station for transport to the venue v.v.. Please check the common websites like or similar. 

Shuttle service

Since the NORA5 venue (Van der Valk hotel) is several kilometers away from the town centre and train station, we have organised a shuttle bus between the Middelburg train station and the venue. The bus stop is easily accessible to those who come by train, as well as those who have found lodging in the Middelburg town centre.
The buses will run regularly on the days of the conference, starting at 8:00 AM and continuing until well after the end of the program (including evening events, such as the dinner on Monday).

The bus stop will be on the north-west side of the train station, as indicated by the red surrounding line in this map. The buses will display the NORA logo.

Traveling by air and train

Participants arriving at Amsterdam, Antwerp or Brussels (airport or station) can best travel by train to Middelburg. It is advised to book train tickets in advance, e.g., by using the app ‘Trainline’. Buying tickets at the station is possible, in ticket vending machines, in Belgium as well as in the Netherlands. But it is more complicated.

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