Maastricht Convention Bureau and MECC Maastricht are pleased to announce that Maastricht will be welcoming the World Conference on Explosives and Blasting (EFEE) in 2025. For three days in September 2025, MECC Maastricht will host this event with a full focus on explosives and blasting. The international conference is attended biannual by around 450 explosive engineers from all over the world.
Since its launch in 2000, the EFEE World Conference on Explosives and Blasting has established itself as one of the most important international blasting events and continues to grow in both size and reputation. The EFEE Conference has a loyal following and anticipates over 450 professionals from over 50 different countries. This will allow EFEE to create an engaging and unique forum for meetings and discussions between professionals from tunnelling, construction, demolition, quarry as well as the mining industry. Mutually sharing industry experiences including new technologies, techniques, and experiences important to explosives end-users, manufactures, drilling and blasting operators, consultants and contractors.
“Maastricht is the most European city of the Netherlands, even the European Union was formed there in 1993 by the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in one of the former mines. I’m glad the European Federation of Explosives Engineers has chosen this city as their location of the 2025 conference ”
Bernard J. Vercouteren van den Berge, Dutch representative on behalf of the Dutch Association of Explosive Engineers
The 13th World Conference on Explosive and Blasting 2025 will take place at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Center MECC Maastricht, only a short walk away from Maastricht’s beautiful and historic city center. The state-of-the-art venue MECC Maastricht is now being fully rebuilt to a future proof conference center, involving a total investment of around 49 million Euros. The new MECC offers unique conference rooms, is very bright, spacious and modern as it will be undergoing a substantial upgrade and expansion in the coming years which allows them to organize conferences of up to 5.000 visitors in the future (now 3.000 pax).
Maastricht is an ideal place to organize a conference. It’s a compact city, and thanks to its central location in Europe it is a short trip away no matter how you get here. As the most European city of the Netherlands, Maastricht is extremely internationally oriented and is home to many international institutes, an academic hospital, and a university. Thanks to the Brightlands Campuses in this region, the city is an excellent location for meetings on health, (new) materials, food & nutrition, and smart services.
“We are very proud to welcome the 13th EFEE world conference in Maastricht in 2025. The World Conference on Explosives and Blasting is an international conference that has been hosted in various capital cities such as Helsinki, Stockholm, Moscow, and Lisbon and now the EFEE board has selected Maastricht as their conference destination for 2025.”
Jurgen Moors, Managing Director of the Maastricht Convention Bureau