Meeting society & consumer
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About the congress
After 5 years of absence, the international meat society can finally meet again at the World Meat Congress 2023.
COV, the Dutch Meat Producers Association, and the International Meat Secretariat (IMS) are proud to host the WMC2023 in the city of Maastricht, the Netherlands.
For many decades, the WMC is a major global event for all stakeholders within the meat value chain all over the world where relevant challenges and opportunities related to meat production are discussed.
The theme of this year’s Congress is Meeting Society and Consumer. The diverse parts of the Congress will focus on the various challenges that the meat sector is facing in all parts of the world as well as on the opportunities that can be seized when understanding what society and consumers expect of their high quality and nutritious food.
We have invited excellent and appealing speakers from industry, national and supranational government, NGOs and the academic realm who will address highly topical issues related to meat production and meat trade.
Meat is an important part of citizens’ diet, but is also in the center of many societal concerns. The WMC2023 congress will provide all participants a unique opportunity for contributing to bridging different viewpoints and witnessing actual solutions for these interesting social and economic challenges.
This edition will strongly focus on the sustainable production of meat since this is at the heart of societal and consumers concerns. This will ensure that the WMC2023 will provide excellent opportunities for stakeholders within the meat value chain to witness the latest developments and experience the networking with the many hundreds other leaders, experts and specialists from outside and inside the meat industry.
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Maastricht is the ideal congress city in the heart of Europe. Quoting from Wikipedia: “The first permanent settlement was founded by the Celts about 500 BC. A Roman city was built around 0 AD, making Maastricht one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands”. The name Maastricht goes back to the Roman Empire name of the city “Mosa Trajectum”, meaning crossing of the Maas (Meuse) River.
With Belgium and Germany as its direct neighbours Maastricht is only a short trip away no matter which way to travel you use. With eight airports nearby, good international train connections and excellent highway system, the city is easily accessible. Maastricht has a state of the art congress and exhibition centre MECC, 5600 hotel rooms and, most important, the right community and experience to facilitate international congresses with outstanding personal service.
In close consultation with the organisation, MECC Hotel Services has taken options in different hotels in Maastricht and surroundings at very competitive rates: there are no extra costs!
The best way to book your room in Maastricht is by using the online reservation system. A map shows you the location of the hotel in comparison to MECC Maastricht. In the reservation system you can also find additional information of each hotel, such as facilities and pictures.
WMC 2023 will take place at the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC).
The MECC congress center is situated physically on the grounds of the Maastricht Health Campus. As a multifunctional and compact venue, MECC Maastricht has 30 years of experience in hosting corporate meetings, extraordinary events, large congresses and exhibitions in a climate where service and quality are the keywords. From start to finish, MECC Maastricht is determined to make each event a great success. From the culinary team to the technicians, everyone has high quality service as a standard.