In the spotlight: Tom van Mulken

Each month, we aim our spotlight at someone dedicated to the Maastricht region, a beautiful conference destination. This month, that someone is Rob van Mulken, ‎plastic, reconstructive and handsurgeon at Maastricht University Medical Center+ and Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard. Each In the spotlight participant will be asked the same five questions. This is the response of Tom van Mulken:

1. Why do you love the Maastricht region?

“Maastricht is enjoyment. Good food, engaging and interestingly located at a crossroads of 3 countries, It is a beautiful city with even more beautiful hilly surroundings.”

2. What is your most favourite memory?

“Each year, the association of plastic surgery organizes a contest during which teams from every training clinic race each other on race bike. As preparation for this ‘Plasticup’, we climb on our bikes with colleagues immediatly after work to race through the hilly country whilst the sun is low…a fantastic feeling!”

3. What is your “hidden treasure” and why?

Buitengoed Slavante. It probably is known by many people, but still I feel it’s a lovely place to chill during weekends after working hard all week. First, our three children go wild in the woods, after which we have a cappuccino or a drink with a magnificent view over Maastricht.”

4. Why should any conference organiser or association organise their conference in the Maastricht region at least once in their lifetime?

“Maastricht is a compact city which has a lot to offer. Many fine restaurants and hotels, a lot of culture and a beautiful city centre. Thanks to its location near Belgium and Germany, Maastricht is easy to reach by international guests. For visitors from the Netherlands, Maastricht, too is a special destination which immediatly brings them in a holiday mood.”

5. What does the Maastricht Convention Bureau mean to you?

“For the first time, I organized an international, innovative conference regarding robot-assisted microsurgery. It is not a large conference, but it is very innovative and has good international lecturers and very interesting people, leading in the world’s development of robot-assisted surgeries.”

Thanks to the Maastricht Convention Bureau, we succeeded to bring this conference to Maastricht rather than Amsterdam, what erveryone would expect.

Amsterdam is a great city, naturally, but I am very glad the conference will be held in Maastricht. Together with the Maastricht Convention Bureau, we found inspiring venues for the conference and social programme. I expect delegates to be positively surprised by the refreshing, non-conventional venues and decoration I was able to compose together with the Maastricht Convention Bureau.”