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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.


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AIACE Conference in Maastricht: for multiple reasons a true success!

AIACE, recognized as the only representative international association of former European Union officials, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, held its annual congress in Maastricht from 28 May to 1 June 2017. 150 members met in MECC Maastricht. For several reasons, the organization looks back on a successful conference.

Highlights from the program

The welcome reception, offered by the Maastricht Convention Bureau, took place at Thiessen Wijnkoopers on 28 May. The General Assembly on May 30, during which the Maastricht Treaty was exceptionally exhibited, was preceded on May 29 by the solemn opening with Maastricht City Alderman Mrs M.F.V. (Mieke) Damsma and by a conference / debate with C. Trojan, former Secretary-General of the European Commission. This was about 25 years of Maastricht Treaty and the future of Europe. On 31 May, 3 other workshops were held on topics that are of interest to pensioners, as well as a meeting of the board of directors.

In addition, the participants became acquainted with the city of Maastricht and South Limburg: they had a tour of the city, a trip to the Drielandenpunt (three country spot) and the Margraten military cemetery, and finally visited the villages of Thorn and Oud-Rekem and the Bonnefantenmuseum.

The organization announced that the participants are over the moon about their experience and the environment and that they are still talking about the gala dinner at La Butte aux Bois.

Ronald McDonald Huis

It is common for money to be collected for a local charity during AIACE. Maastricht Convention Bureau suggested the Ronald McDonald Huis Maastricht, which was embraced by the organization and conference delgates: last week was announced that there were no less than

€ 637,40 in the collecting box and that the Ronald McDonald Huis Maastricht will receive an additional amount of € 875, – from the conference budget (an amount from the conference fee of each delegate); so: a total amount  of over € 1500, -! Margo de Kock, Managing Director of the Ronald McDonald House Maastricht, is grateful for the wonderful contribution from AIACE. She says that they can achieve no less than 44 nights for parents whose child is hospitalized in the adjoining MUMC+.


AIACE was founded in 1969 and now has 11,500 members around the world and 15 national sections. The objectives are:

  • defend the interests of the members of the institutions’ administrations and, where appropriate, the national authorities
  • dissemination of relevant information to members
  • dissemination of the European thought
  • promotion of contacts between members, through meetings, visits, conferences, excursions, etc., both regional and international.