Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Prof. Jan G. Nijhuis, MD PhD, gynaecologist- perinatologist, Head dept. Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Director Centre for Genetics, Reproduction and Childhealth (EVK), Medical intervention Centre (MIC) and Oncology Centre (OC), Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+). He is also a member of our congress ambassadors club Amici ad Mosam. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Jan Nijhuis:
1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?
“The most beautiful city of The Netherlands in splendid surroundings. Compact, so you always run into people you know. ‘You belong’, but international and ‘multilingual’ at the same time. During my weekly 15 km run (although, ‘run’…) through the hilly country, I keep on getting amazed by the fantastic views and ‘vistas’ whilst the seasons pass by.”
2. What is your most favourite memory?
“June 2016, we are organising the 25th conference of the EAPM (European Association of Perinatal Medicine) in Maastricht and in the MECC. Approximately 1,500 delegates see a prefectly organised conference without flaws, and in the evening they ‘are taking over the town’. What a reward after a lobby which took several years en during which our Maastricht network never lost the courage, but always kept the faith that we would succeed! ”
3. What is your “hidden treasure” and why?
“Maastricht is small and not many things are ‘hidden’. As a tourist, I visited the Jezuïeten cave, overwhelming! Now that I have been living here for some time, those are the two restaurants Mediterraneo and Tout à Fait, what an ambiance, what a feeling of ‘being at home’. And then, whether the city is busy or not: walking from the city centre, away from the tourists, through that beautifully restored Koestraat, along the Bisschopsmolen, through the Sint Pieterstraat, the charming old city walls (lovely covered with greenery) in Lang Grachtje, and ending up in the Grote Looiersstraat, beautiful. And last but not least: De Grote Bronk in Gronsveld, but this will only be held in 4 years, in 2020.”
4. Why should any conference organiser or association organise their conference in the Maastricht region at least once in their lifetime?
‘Maastricht and the MECC belong together. There is no other city which is so ‘initmate’ and where there are so many possibilities, centrally located in a wonderful Euregion. You can ‘take over’ the city, including free public transportation, and people keep meeting eachother, also in their Non-Working-Time. Next to that, it is great to be able to ‘amaze’ and ‘surprise’ conference delegates with what the city of Maastricht has to offer.”
5. What does the Maastricht Convention Bureau mean to you?
“The Convention Bureau helps, stimulates, and the lines are short. It seems very natural to be having contact with many parties, a marvellous network, with among others the Municipality of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg, and that is crucial. When you have the ambition to organise a conference, you cannot do without the convention bureau, making of bidbooks, searching for money, in short: everything I was not educated for. It is teamwork!”