Where to be and where to stay in Utrecht

International Cleft Course

Congress venue

The lectures of the International Cleft Course Utrecht will take place at the conference center (Maliebaan/Dompleinzaal) in the UMC Utrecht. Follow our virtual route from the main entrance to the conference center.

The cadaver dissections will be held at our Anatomy Skills Lab, located in the Stratenum in the UMC Utrecht. Follow this virtual route.

Dinner venue

Goesting Lunch & Diner. An oasis in the city. A unique location; the former dog’s stables of the Veterinarian Faculty, University of Utrecht.


Veeartsenijpad 150
3572 DH, Utrecht
030 2733346

Transport and parking

We recommend you to visit UMC Utrecht by public transport as parking spaces are limited. If you come by car, you can park in the parking garages of the UMC Utrecht. Read more about the route description, parking rates and alternative parking garages on the website of the UMC Utrecht.

Hotels & accommodations

See the link for details about accommodations to stay and further information on the lively city centre of Utrecht.


Emma Paes

Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cleft Surgeon

Emma C. Paes (1984, Mainz, Germany) started to study medicine at the University of Utrecht in 2002. Her interest in plastic surgery developed primarily by her proceedings in the anatomy department during her study. This is also where she conducted her first scientific work, by performing cadaver dissections to investigate the anatomic features of the internal mammary artery perforator flap. Awaiting the start of her training in plastic surgery in 2012, Emma chose to work as a junior teacher in head and neck anatomy, under the auspices of professor Ronald Bleys. In 2015 she defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “progress toward understanding infants with Robin sequence”. Since 2017 she works as a pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeon at the University Medical Centre and Princess Máxima Center, Utrecht. She is involved in post-oncologic (pediatric) reconstructions, microtia and facial nerve reconstructions, and the treatment of pediatric vascular anomalies. Since 2021 she also participates in the Cleft Team of the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital. She currently supervises various research projects in cleft care. Special interest goes out for infants with the Robin sequence.

Meet the Faculty of the Cleft Course