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Congress marks Maastricht’s commitment to women’s mental health

Maastricht is embarking on a mission to improve women’s mental health in Europe ahead of hosting the World Congress on Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH) in 2027.

For four days in March 2027, MECC Maastricht will host some 1,200 clinicians and researchers from all over the world with a full focus on women’s mental health.

Founded in 2001 to improve the mental health of women everywhere, the IAWMH’s goal is to set up a network of national and international communities.

In the run-up to the large international congress, the intention is to set up a Dutch branch of the IAWMH together with WOMEN Inc. and other women’s organisations in the Netherlands. This association of public health employees and experts in the field wants to organise a regional European congress in Maastricht every two years (in the alternating years the IAMWH isn’t held). In so doing, the association aims to keep the momentum going, reinforce the European network and over the years, to solidify the commitment for the 2027 edition of IAWMH in Maastricht.

The 2027 IAWMH National Organizing Committee comprises a local core of knowledge in the sector: Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers (MD PhD), Prof. Rutger Jan Van der Gaag (MD PhD) and Prof. Iris E. Sommer (MD PhD). These three committee members have ample experience in organising international conferences, and will be taking the lead on the organisation of the event, together with MECC Maastricht and Klinkhamer Group.

Other important Dutch parties lending their support include mental health organisation Dimence, Netherlands Psychiatric Association, Radboudumc (Radboud University Medical Center), and UMCG (University Medical Center Groningen).

Prof. Jayashri Kulkarni, President of the IAWMH, announced Maastricht’s win on International Women’s Day in Paris during the eighth edition of the congress.

The MECC Maastricht is undergoing a substantial 49 million Euro expansion over the next two years, which will allow it to host events for up to 5,000 guests.