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Maastricht to host the next five editions of the top course in vascular surgery

On 12 May, the managements of the MECC and the European Vascular Course (EVC) signed an agreement to ensure that the top international course in vascular surgery will be held in Maastricht from 2015 to 2020. In order to accommodate the growing number of participants, the MECC has created an extra 300 m2 of exhibition space.

This renovation was financed by the University hospital Maastricht (azM), the EVC, the Municipality of Maastricht and MECC Maastricht. The new rooms will be officially put to use once the contract is signed.

Due to the international schedule of medical conferences, it would be preferable for the European Vascular Course (EVC) to take place in March. After many years alternating in Marseille and Amsterdam, the course has been held in Maastricht since 2009. However, because of the MECC’s shortage of space in the spring, the 18th edition of the EVC will need to be held this year from 12 to 14 May. The extra exhibition space that has now become available means the course can once again be scheduled for March from 2015 onwards. This is also the reason why the organisation behind the EVC has decided to hire the MECC for the next five years. Michael Jacobs, organiser and professor of Vascular Surgery, is delighted that the 19th edition of the EVC can take place at the MECC in March 2015. “As a conference city, Maastricht is not only immensely popular among course participants, but the MECC’s location and the facilities offered by the azM, with which we work closely during the course and which is only a stone’s throw away from the MECC, form a unique combination.”

The primary objective of the European Vascular Course is to provide theoretical and practical training at postgraduate level, in accordance with the principle of ‘learning by training’. During the EVC, more than 1500 doctors from over forty countries will meet with one another to learn about the latest (training) developments related to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Presentations on new technologies, medical products and equipment will be held at the MECC alongside numerous lectures, courses and demonstrations from renowned speakers.

The course is organised by Professor Michael Jacobs, himself a vascular surgeon at azM, along with other vascular surgeons, such as Professor Cees Wittens, Jan Tordoir, Professor Geert-Willem Schurink and Professor Michiel de Haan.

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