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23rd Annual meeting European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht

From Wednesday 30 August to Saturday 2 September, the prestigious international conference of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) takes place in Maastricht. In MECC Maastricht, around 2,000 archaeologists from around the world will gather, follow an impressive program and can choose from 175 sessions. Beside these sessions, there is a social program that takes place in Limburg and in the Euregio.

The EAA has 2,500 members from over 50 countries of all continents, making it the second largest archaeological association in the world.
The congress was co-founded with the support of the Province of Limburg.

Maastricht: building bridges
This 23rd EAA congress has the theme of Building Bridges and Sint Servaasbrug, which inspires the logo and the theme. We do not only build bridges in time, but also bridges across rivers, borders and cultures. After all, we are looking back at 25 years of Valetta’s treaty and 25 years of Maastricht Treaty: Europe Calling!

Program for residents and visitors of the city
During the EAA, meetings, activities and exhibitions will take place in various places. The following is an overview.
On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September there are free activities that will take place around the Kesselskade.

Roman patrol ship
A replica of a Liburna (Roman patrol ship) is docked at the shipping company Stiphout, and can you experience it as rowers how the Roman Navy patrolled the Maas 2000 years ago.

Other activities
There is also a Roman harbor on the Maasboulevard. Here are a number of Roman craftsmen on Saturday and Sunday at work and soldiers will monitor the ship. In the Taberna (Roman pub) are delights to taste from the 1st century.

Pioneers Exhibition
‘PIONEERS’ is a theme exhibition on the occasion of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the EAA / European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht. The exhibition is about the fascination for discovering, excavating and re-showing of what is hidden.

Meet the Pro!
The presence of 2,000 archaeologists from all over the world at the EAA congress offers the opportunity to ask renowned archaeologists to engage with public and students. 2 Students Archaeological Heritage Management of UM will give a short presentation of the theme of their master’s thesis.

Designation of Roman bridge to national monument
The remains of the Roman bridge on the bottom of the Maas can be regarded as the cradle of Maastricht: without that bridge, Maastricht had never become Maastricht. The bridge is still a subject of archaeological research by divers of Mergor in Mosam from Cuijck. More and more remains of the bridge rinse freely and erode. A sustainable solution for this must be sought. A first step is the status of protected National Monument.

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Stayen new partner Maastricht Convention Bureau

The network of partners of the Maastricht Convention Bureau continues to grow: recently, Stayen (B) has joined the foundation.

The Maastricht Convention Bureau is a foundation that maps the Maastricht Region as a destination for multi-day (inter) national congresses, especially in the field of Health & Materials. In addition, the agency offers independent information, advice and mediation to people who want to organize their conference in the Maastricht Region. The Maastricht Convention Bureau facilitates and takes the worry of their hands. Close cooperation with regional international institutes, governments and euregional alliances is of great importance.

Staying has a clear reason for joining the foundation.



Marieke Höfte, Director: “As a multifunctional conference center, Stayen is located in Sint-Truiden in the heart of Haspengouw, just across the border in Belgium, with many possibilities for international conferences, events and hospitality. Cooperation with the Maastricht Convention Bureau is a logical step in further expansion to an international clientele.”


The Maastricht Convention Bureau is pleased with the accession of Stayen. Director Jurgen Moors: “Staying is an absolute asset for our venue portfolio. We are always striving for high-quality partnerships with locations and service providers from the region and surrounding border regions. This is only important for business bookers who make use of our services free of charge, as well as the organizations connected with us can work together and do business together, thanks to the close network.”

For an overview of all partners, click here.

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Leading Congress on Computational Intelligence and Games to Maastricht

From 14-17 August 2018 the IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG) takes place in Maastricht. It is the first time that this annual conference, organized since 2005, will be held in the Netherlands*. IEEE CIG is one of the major international conferences in this field. Around 150 leading researchers and developers from the academic world and game industry from all over the world come together to exchange the latest developments and launch future research guidelines.

Topic of the conference is, in brief, Game AI. Computer games can be used as a challenging environment to test and compare methods for artificial intelligence, as they have all kinds of dynamic elements that also occur in decision making in the real world.

In addition, methods of artificial intelligence will greatly influence game technology and development, assist designers and developers, and making new types of computer games possible.


The conference is organized by the Department of Data Science & Knowledge Engineering of Maastricht University. The conference is under the auspices of the Games Technical Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. This Society, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and the IEEE Sensors Council also sponsor a magazine on this subject: IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.


Chairman of the committee of this congress is Dr. Mark Winands, associate professor at the Department of Data Science & Knowledge Engineering of Maastricht University. He explains why the organization of IEEE CIG has chosen Maastricht as destination for the 2018 edition of the conference:

“Maastricht is a historic city, with a rich cultural heritage. It is a great location for the CIG conference, with excellent conference facilities located in and around the university campus. The proposed conference venue is the former Jesuit Monastery and the School of Business and Economics, within walking distance of the train station and close to various hotels. This location contains two large auditoriums, seats for 180 and 500 people, and various small auditoriums for parallel sessions. The organization team also identified several good hotels that provide affordable accommodation near the proposed conference room.

The main cities of Europe are within two hours of Maastricht. The city is surrounded by Belgium and Germany and close to France. It is easily accessible by car, train or airplane. There are several international airports in the area, one hour’s drive from the city. There is a direct train service from Amsterdam Central Station to the city of Maastricht every 30 minutes.”

John Aarts, alderman for Economic Affairs, Mobility and Finance of the city of Maastricht, is delighted with the coming of the conference: “Leading international congresses such as IEEE are of great importance to Maastricht. The economic benefits for the city are considerable. In addition, the congresses provide knowledge development and contribute significantly to the renown of Maastricht as a university and knowledge city. ”

For more information about IEEE CIG 2018:


* Previous countries were UK, USA, Hawaii, Australia, Italy, Denmark, South Korea, Spain, Canada, Germany, Taiwan, and Greece.