Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI)

Picture: Courtesy NL MoD

The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers KIVI is the Netherlands association of 20.000 engineers and engineering students. The Defence and Security division KIVI DV is for everyone interested in technology applied for defence and national security. The division provides her members a platform where technical oriented people, active in the defence and security sector, can meet, learn, network and exchange information.

The Netherlands Society of Engineers was established on 31 August 1847. The monumental office and conference building is located in the heart of the city of The Hague.

Goals and activities

The most important goal of KIVI DV is to inform their members and other interested people on the latest developments in technology and materiel for defence and security applications. Lectures, symposia, company visits are among the activities to achieve this goal. These are usually free of charge and open for members and visitors.

Another goal is to keep politicians and the military leadership informed on important technological developments related to defence and security capabilities. For this purpose we regularly advise parliament in policies proposed by the MoD.

The third goal of KIVI is to promote and foster high quality engineering education in the Netherlands universities and technical colleges. For this purpose we introduced the Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer qualifications in the Netherlands. Experienced engineers can be accredited and registered by the association as a proof of high level professional competencies through training and monitored professional practice experience.


National and International engineers with bachelor level degree or higher in a technical field of study are elegible to become a member of KIVI DV.

Membership includes a subscription on both magazines of the Royal NetherlandsSociety of Engineers.

Membership fee is about € 140,- per year.

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Office and conference centre
Prinsessegracht 23
2514 AP Den Haag
The Netherlands

Capt RNLN Jan Wind (rtd)
M: +31 6 23502003

Secretary General:
Capt RNLN Paul Rouffaer (rtd)
M: +31 6 10058650

Office and conference centre

The Royal Netherlands Institute of Engineers KIVI owns a beautiful historical office and conference facility in the heart of the city of The Hague in the Netherlands. Located close to the central railway station (7 min. walk) and with a public parking garage within 200 meter the offices are easy to reach. Travel from Amsterdam Schiphol airport takes just 30 minutes by train.

The city centre with hundreds of restaurants and hotels, parliament, and most Government buildings are at less than 10 minutes walking distance.

The KIVI building was originally built in 1726-1728 and purchased by the association in 1919. Completely renovated in 1993 it is now proud to be a national historic monument.

The conference center is full of (hidden) technology to provide for effective and comfortable meetings.

Free high speed Wi-Fi access is available throughout the building. On-line live video streaming is available.

In the main conference hall comfortable seating of up to 100 guests is possible. Hi-tech audio and video facilities allow for excellent information exchange.

The Presidents meeting room seats up to 14 meeting participants in a classical Louis XVI setting. The antique clock has been replaced with a large video screen for presentations and videoconferencing.

Fifteen more meeting rooms are available for groups of 6 to 27 people. In most of these rooms large video screens are available for use with your laptop.

The central foyer and garden area allow for relaxing breaks during conferences and meetings. Lunches, cocktail receptions and dinner buffets are usually served here.
When the weather allows a large part of the huge glass wall can be opened hydraulically.

Route, parking and hotels

From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport take a regular train to Den Haag Central Station. See below. (30 minutes travel time, runs every 15 minutes)

Take a train to Den Haag Central Station (Not to station Den Haag HS or any of the other railway stations in the area). The office is 7 minutes walk. Exit the station using exit "Malieveld" straight ahead to the main plaza. You will see hotel Babylon on your right. Follow the tracks of the tram line on your left and cross the road (Bezuidenhoutseweg). Continue on the foot path along along the tram-line about 300m until you see a restaurant (Malieveld Paviljoen) in the park on your right. Now turn left and cross the 4 lane road, canal and tram lines. Turn right at the Prinsessegracht along the canal. The canal is now on your right hand side. Walk another 100 meters until our building at address: Koninklijk Instituut van Ingenieurs, Prinsessegracht 23, Den Haag.

Drive to Den Haag following the A12 motorway. At the end of the freeway turn left at the traffic lights. Turn left once more at the next traffic lights. Turn left again after about 200 meters. You now enter the Malieveld parking garage.
Exit the parking garage on foot and turn left. After 100 meters your will see a restaurant (Malieveld Paviljoen) in the park on your left side. Now turn right and cross the 4 lane road, canal and tram lines. Turn right at the Prinsessegracht along the canal. Walk another 100 meters until Prinsessegracht 23.

Metered parking is possible curbside along the Prinsessegracht. During business hours it is usually hard to find a spot. In the evening ample space may be expected. Parking rate about €3,00 per hour for a maximum of two hours! Payment using cash coins or a parking App.
The Malieveld underground Parking Garage is nearby. 600 places at address Koningskade 1, The Hague. Parking rate about €2,00 per 30 minutes. Pay using cash, most creditcards and Maestro debit cards.

Recommended hotelsSeveral hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance.

***** Hotel Des Indes. A classical luxury hotel in the city centre.

**** Babylon hotel The Hague. Located at the Central Railway station, 5 minutes walk from KIVI.

*** Holiday Inn Express Parliament. A new hotel opened in 2013 in the very heart of the city.

*** Hotel IBIS Den Haag City Centre. 15 minutes walk from KIVI.