Kick-off meeting (Rotterdam, 2009)
The first conference, held in Rotterdam from 12 to 14 November 2009, entitled 'Creating a Transnational Rhine Economy, 1870-2000', explored possible research questions and themes with regard to the history of the Rhine Economy (conference summary and program).
2nd meeting: The coal-based Rhine economy (Frankfurt, 2010)
The second conference, held in Frankfurt on 25-27 November 2010, entitled 'The Coal-based Rhine Economy. Development of an Industrial Region from Basel to Rotterdam, 1850-1950', discussed themes and topics related to the first century of industrial development in the Rhine region (conference summary and program).
3rd meeting: The switch from coal to oil (Bochum, 2011)
The third conference, held in Bochum on 1-3 December 2011, entitled 'The Rhine Economy on a New Basis. The Switch from Coal to Oil and the Implications for the Transnational Region, 1945-73', discussed the development of the Rhine economy in the economic boom period between 1945 and 1973 (conference summary and program).
4th meeting: 'Crossing the Rhine. Globalisation and the Impact of War on the Rhine Economy' (Rotterdam 21 - 23 March 2013)
The fourth conference, held in Rotterdam 21-23 March, entitled 'Crossing the Rhine. Globalisation and the Impact of War on the Rhine Economy' (program and conference summary).
5th meeting: Amsterdam as an educator – or: The Rhine as the historic “axis of capitalism” (Mainz, 30 October - 1 November 2014)
The 5th Rhine conference explores the growing interdependence and interconnectedness of centres and hinterlands, which essentially facilitated the expansion of capitalism. (conference invitation)
6th meeting: Rivers and Innovation in International Comparative Perspective (Rotterdam, 14-16 April, 2016)
The 6th Rhine conference, held in Rotterdam 14 - 16 April, entitled Rivers and Innovation in International Comparative Perspective, focusses on the key role played by technological and institutional innovations in the development of the Rhine, and compares the historical development of this river with another major European river, the Danube, and China’s most important river, the Yangtze.