On Stage: Ice Age Cemeteries

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May 2022 we, the Werkgroep Pleistocene Zoogdieren in cooperation with the Natural History Museum Maastricht and Maastricht University – Maastricht Science Programme, organise an international symposium on Pleistocene mammal palaeontology in the Netherlands and abroad. Here we will celebrate four decades of WPZ (Dutch Association for the Study of Pleistocene Mammals) with giant beavers, giant ground sloths and mammoth topicality from our home soil to America and Mexico! A highlight will be the unveiling of a new iconic ice age mammal, the Dutch giant beaver, Trogontherium cuvieri.

Because the symposium will be held in English, we provide all information here in English as well.

Our side programme activities however, will be in Dutch!
De lezingen zijn in het Engels, maar de activiteiten op het randprogramma zijn in het Nederlands!

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Saturday 21 May 2022 – Maastricht Science Programme, Maastricht University

Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 1, 6229 EN Maastricht
Main entrance: Gaetano Martinolaan 10, 6229 GS Maastricht

Sunday 22 May 2022 – Natural History Museum Maastricht

De Bosquetplein 7, 6211 KJ Maastricht


We have invited 12 wonderful guest speakers, from The Netherlands, UK, USA and Mexico! Meet them here.


The programme on Saturday will last between 10:00h and 18:00h CET (19:30h dinner starts). The theme is ‘Fossil Pleistocene mammals from North, Central and South America‘.

The Sunday programme lasts between 9:00h and 18:00h CET. The theme is ‘The Pleistocene giant beaver‘.

On Saturday afternoon, 21 May, we will also open the doors for visitors to participate in a special side programme. This free event will last from 13:00h to 16:30h, and largely coincides with our main programme. The side programme includes a.o. special presentations, exhibitions, a fair, lectures, workshops, and a movie.

The complete lectures programme can be found here.

The public side programme can be found here.

shortest smallest exhibition ever

The Maastricht Science Programme offers all our fossil collectors a small place in a showcase. Not for the biggest but the smallest fossils, bone fragments, teeth and molars from the Pleistocene. They will have to fit in a 10 to 35 cm wide showcase. Will you help us? Sign up with nike.liscaljet@gmail.com, bring your fossil(s) to the symposium on May 21st and take them back home again at the end of the same day!



The registration fee is EU 75 for both days (excl. dinner). The fee includes two lunches, drinks and bites. Participants will also receive an attractive tote bag with our programme and symposium book (Cranium 39-1), in which all extended abstracts will be published.

Registration for our Saturday dinner is no longer possible.

Payments should be made to bank account NL57ABNA0627307167 (BIC ABNANL2A) on name of Werkgroep Pleistocene Zoogdieren. Please, mention ‘Symposium2022’ and your name with your payment.

Travel and parking

The building of the Maastricht Science Programme is situated close to highway A2 and train station Maastricht Randwijck; just 1 stop (2 min) or 1,5 km walking distance from train station Maastricht.

The Natural History Museum Maastricht is located in the inner city, just 1,5 km walking distance from train station Maastricht.

Maastricht University offers free limited parking in their own underground garage. Access via Endepolsdomein. An elevator will take you up inside PHS1.
P+R Maastricht Noord (Hoekerweg) offers free parking up to 48 hours. Bus lines 10 and 30 take you to the city centre.
P+R Maastricht Central Station costs EU 14 per day, and EU 2.17 per hour. A discount is only available for those travelling by NS train, and not the short stop to/from Randwyck.
Other parking areas and garages can be found through the website of Maastrichtbereikbaar and Parkeren-Maastricht.


We can recommend several hotels and a hostel in the area:


Please direct all your questions to our treasurer: penningmeester@pleistocenemammals.com