Düsseldorf: Conventions from medicine to technology – 2015: a strong year / good prospects for the next few years

Medienhafen Gehrybauten ©DMT
Medienhafen Gehrybauten ©DMT
Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event GmbH recorded a strong year for conventions in 2015 and is expecting this development to continue in the near future. The thematic focus over the next few years will be on medicine and healthcare conventions. It has been estimated that, by the end of this year, over 43,000 delegates will have attended 21 events at the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf in this sector. Healthcare issues will continue to form a focal area in the convention programme in the years to come. In addition, there will also be a number of international conventions on technology. Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event thus confirms the findings of the Düsseldorf Convention Barometer.

“The convention business is in a good position in Düsseldorf. This positive development is due partly to ongoing sales and marketing activities and partly also to interaction within the entire event infrastructure in Düsseldorf. One unique feature of the venue, for instance, is our cooperation with hotels whereby major meeting planners receive advance room contingents on binding terms,” says Hilmar Guckert, CEO of Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event.

Numerous references from the medical and healthcare sectors
2015 has so far been the strongest year for medical conventions in the history of Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event. Events at the Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD) included annual conferences of the German societies of anaesthetists (4,000 delegates), speech therapists (2,000 delegates) and neurologists (6,000 delegates) as well as the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (3,000 delegates) which concluded only a few days ago. It will be followed in November by the autumn meeting of the German Diabetes Society (4,000 delegates) and, immediately afterwards, the public World Diabetes Day, held by diabetesDE – German Diabetes Aid (5,000 delegates).

Over the next few years Düsseldorf will continue to feature as one of Germany’s leading venues for conventions in medicine and healthcare. Firm bookings have already been received for a large number of regular events for the coming years, such as the German Ophthalmic Academy (AAD) and the continuous professional training convention of the Federal German Gynaecological Academy. The CCD programme also includes the AGM of the German ENT Society (May 2016), a meeting of the midwives of North Rhine-Westphalia (September 2016) and the convention of the German Society of Implantology (November 2017).

Increasing number of international technology conventions
In addition to events in medicine and healthcare, there has been a steady growth in the number of conventions on technology. At the same time Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event has noted an increase in the proportion of international events from this sector. Examples include the European Conference on Optical Communication and the International Rotating Equipment Conference, which will both be hosted by Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD) in autumn 2016. It underlines the results of the recently published Düsseldorf Conference Barometer, whereby the proportion of international meeting planners in Düsseldorf is 7.9 per cent and thus far above the German average of around three per cent.


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Convincing Location

Stuttgart wins the bid for attractive medical congresses

Schlossplatz Stuttgart ©Stuttgart Marketing GmbH, Achim Mende
Schlossplatz Stuttgart ©Stuttgart Marketing GmbH, Achim Mende
Stuttgart has succeeded in acquiring no fewer than seven prestigious medical congresses with a total of 15,000 participants. Decisive factors in its favour were the region's strong scientific, economic and research standing, paired with an excellent infrastructure and new hotel capacities.

The 61st congress of the German Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics will focus next autumn on the theme of women's health at the ICS International Congress Centre Stuttgart and the Messe Stuttgart trade fair centre. The location of Stuttgart's largest trade fair venue, with its direct access to eight exhibition halls, is second to none in Germany, being immediately adjacent to Stuttgart Airport and only 25 minutes away from the city centre. In the coming two years the "Neue Gruppe" – a scientific association of dentists – will hold its annual convention at the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre in the heart of the city. Directly linked to the MARITIM Hotel Stuttgart and the Bosch Areal, the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre constitutes an attractive complex for the congress of several days' duration.

For the first time in Stuttgart the annual convention of the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine will likewise take place at the ICS and Messe Stuttgart in March 2017. This is also the location for the second time of the annual Prospitalia congress in April 2017 in combination with an exhibition, followed by the annual meeting of the German, Austrian and Swiss Societies for Haematology and Medical Oncology in September. The German Spine Society, too, will once again hold its annual convention, along with an industrial exhibition, at the ICS at the beginning of December 2017.
Two other medical societies have also chosen Stuttgart for their annual conventions in 2017, thanks to the commitment of the local medical practitioners who are to preside over the meetings.

The Stuttgart Region stands out as an innovative business and scientific location by virtue of its exceptional regional competencies, and enjoys an excellent reputation as an established venue for scientific specialist congresses. The Stuttgart Convention Bureau assists scientists and specialist societies and associations in planning and organising their congresses, offering a comprehensive range of services and an effective local network. Additional information can be accessed at www.congress-stuttgart.de.


Deepest sympathies to the victims and their families of the Paris . #Paris #noussommesunis #SilenceForParis

Das Team des German Convention Bureau ist in Gedanken bei den Opfern der Anschläge von Paris und sendet den Angehörigen sein tief empfundenes Beileid. 

All of us at the German Convention Bureau extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families of the Paris attacks.


What Links Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise and Game of Thrones with Stuttgart?

The Stuttgart region with its 2.6 million inhabitants is known as the home of worldwide market leaders in the automotive and high tech industries and for investing more in R&D than any other German city.

But did you know that the region also offers deep expertise in film and animation media and that Stuttgart-based organizations and professionals have won Emmys and Oscars for their work? http://www.amcrs.de/en/media-showreel

Award-Winning Work

Stuttgart’s Pixomondo is Germany’s leading visual effects firm. Involved in Hollywood movies like “Die Hard 5” with Bruce Willis and “Oblivion”, a Tom Cruise sci-fi flick, the team landed the coveted Academy Award in 2011 for Best Visual Effects for Hugo Cabret, a 3D movie directed by Martin Scorsese. They also won Emmy Awards in 2013 and 2014 for their amazing young dragons and more in the “Game of Thrones”.

Mackevision, based in Stuttgart as well, won an Emmy Award in 2014 for the artificial world it created for the fourth season of “Game of Thrones”.


 Cluster & Education Drives Excellence

Behind this high caliber of awards is the long-standing film, visual technology and animation community that makes up the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart. The cluster promotes know-how and technology transfer, creates synergies, and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with the goal of establishing the Stuttgart Region as a lasting and internationally acclaimed visual effects and animation hub. The cluster is made up of 17 VFX (visual effects) service providers, animation studios, and two universities -- Stuttgart Media University and the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy.

What’s more, the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart houses Germany’s fastest supercomputer which helps not only researchers in many disciplines but also animated film producers. The Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) is one of the many reasons why Stuttgart is the German leader in virtual engineering, simulation technology and 3D visualization for the entertainment, automotive, medical industries and many other areas.

Film & Animation Meetings Roll in Stuttgart- FMX Conference & Comic Con Germany

With its rich film and animation vibe, it comes as little surprise that the Stuttgart region hosts a number of meetings and events in these specialized sectors.

One major conference is the FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia. It takes place annually in Stuttgart and just celebrated its 20th anniversary. FMX lasts four days and provides an impressive line-up of speakers and presentations, welcoming 3,200 attendees from 55 countries. Under the headline "Immersion & Virtual Realities - The Future of Content Viewing and Producing" FMX is a key gathering for interaction and exchange, where Art, Technology and Business meet successfully to discuss the most recent trends in digital entertainment.

 ©Ronny Schoenebaum
©Ronny Schoenebaum

Comic Con Germany will also open its doors for the first time on June 25th and 26th, 2016, to a large audience of global fans of comics, video games, film, TV series, anime, manga, audiobooks and cosplay. 330,000 square feet exhibition and approximately 30 international stars from the world of comics, film and TV welcome visitors during the two convention days in Stuttgart. To find out more about the film and animation meeting scene in Stuttgart— not to mention all the historic and hip venues, conferences centers, cool automotive museums and a wide variety of hotels -- contact :  http://congress.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/services-1


Moin! Take a Virtual Tour of Hamburg with Hamburg Convention Bureau’s Florian Gerdes

Hamburgers need only one word for a hearty greeting … “Moin!” It roughly translates as “Hello, how are you, I hope you’re well.”  It can also mean “Good morning, did you sleep well?” or even “Good evening, how was your day?” When spoken to new visitors to the North German metropolis of Hamburg, it means “Welcome to one of the world’s most beautiful cities!” You see, Hamburgers love understatement – and their city. Join me on a stroll through “my Hamburg” and you’ll see for yourself how you can enjoy all the second largest city in Germany has to offer.


 Alster Lakes


Each morning I ride my bike to work. My route takes me alongside the beautiful Alster Lakes and its lovely parks. The Alster is a popular place for boating, jogging, walking and elegant hotels & cool venues line the way. It is also an ideal place for not only dining and meeting, but also for outdoor incentives and team building activities, including sailing, canoeing or rowing just to name a few. Believe me, it’s almost impossible not to stop and take in the beautiful city views while biking alongside this green oasis on my way to the office! 


City Center / Town Hall


Leaving the Alster Lakes behind on my ride, I then pass by diverse shopping arcades and spacious boulevards with their flagship stores and exclusive boutiques, which Hamburg is famous for. One of my favorite spots is the Alster Arcade, where I like to have coffee and cake (what else J) and enjoy the lovely view of the Alster River and Hamburg’s Town Hall. I’m always impressed by the splendid sandstone, Neo-Renaissance style of the edifice of this historic building. It reminds me of Hamburg’s rich history, culture and its people, who treasure its unique waterside location and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this livable metropolis. In this area planners and delegates have a choice of multiple meeting venues, hotels and restaurants that are truly in the center of it all.


Port of Hamburg


During my lunch breaks or on weekends, I often take to the Elbe River and the port of Hamburg. The water gives Hamburg its unique character - combining a maritime atmosphere, fresh air, and leading- edge urban design. Almost 2,500 bridges (more than in Amsterdam, London and Venice combined) cross the innumerable waterways between the rivers and lakes.


Besides being one of Germany’s most popular visitor attractions, the Port area is also the economic heart of the city, housing trade and business that supports the booming international markets. Here the maritime and logistic fields come together as strong economic clusters and industry areas of expertise that meeting planners and delegates can leverage. For example, experts in these industries can serve as speakers, guides for custom tours or hosts for site visits - fostering knowledge sharing and transfer. As a result, many important B2B events and conferences for these industries are held in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region each year, including the recent IAPH World Ports Conference which just took place this past June.



Fish Rolls & Boats of All Shapes & Sizes


A visit to the Port of Hamburg wouldn’t be complete without one of Hamburg’s most famous delicacies – a traditional fish roll. It’s a sandwich made with fish, onions and pickles. Enjoying the roll while watching the container ships, docks and busy terminals, as well as the majestic sailing boats that weave between them, always reminds me of why Hamburg is considered the gateway to the world. BTW … did you know that Hamburg has become one of Europe’s most popular cruise destinations? Whenever one of these ocean-going giants visits our Hanseatic (Northern German) city it is welcomed and sent off with pomp and circumstance featuring thousands of people lining the river to wave hello and goodbye. Hamburg’s maritime heritage is celebrated yearly with its Ports Anniversary event, attracting more than 1 million visitors from all over the world.


Elbphilharmonie and HafenCity


Standing in front of the majestic Elbphilharmonie makes me proud to be a Hamburger. Designed to look like a rolling wave in homage to Hamburg’s world-famous harbor and close connection to the ocean, the Elbphilharmonie is due to “set sail” in 2017 - providing an eye-popping and truly unique new meeting venue for planners and delegates. Located in the brand new design and architecture hub of HafenCity, the “Elphi” has a beautiful exterior, with 2,000+ individually shaped windows that are a first of their kind in the world. A brick foundation that is actually a protected landmark as a former warehouse for cocoa, tea and tobacco anchors it all. On the interior you’ll find a myriad of options for meetings and events, including two performance halls that will feature world-renowned performances, large common areas, a new 5-Star hotel for top-notch dining, lodging and meeting spaces, as well as hip and trendy restaurants, cool hotels and a variety of venues in the surrounding area.


The Speicherstadt


Just a stone’s throw away from the Harbor my bike or feet take me through Hamburg's Speicherstadt - the world's largest historic Warehouse District which captivates with 125 year old Gothic brick façades, wrought-iron walking bridges and lovely canals. Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Speicherstadt has retained its historic charm yet offers a variety of renovated, new and interesting venues, hotels, and activities like a chocolate museum, spice museum, guided night-watchmen tours and the world’s largest model railway. Smaller venues such as old wine cellars and large venues in beautiful old warehouses and museums can both be found here. Mixing charm and history along with the smell of spices, coffee and fresh ocean breezes it’s a must experience place when visiting Hamburg.


I hope this virtual tour has piqued your interest to come in see us in Hamburg. For more information visit: http://www.hamburg-convention.com/en/das-hcb/corporate/.

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