Robots to Take Over Leipzig for the 20th RoboCup Championships

In the summer of 2016 Leipzig will be overrun by robots -- not as part of a futuristic movie, but as host city to the 20th RoboCup Championships.

For the first time in ten years, the world championships of robots – the RoboCup - will once again take place in Germany, this time in Leipzig, part of the state of Saxony’s microelectronics hub.

The highly acclaimed and leading global robotics event draws up to 3,000 participants from over 40 countries. They enter their robots to compete in entertaining and complex challenges ranging from playing soccer and navigating obstacle courses … to searching for “disaster survivors” and performing household chores.  

Adding even further prestige to the event, the Federal Minister for Education and Science, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, and Saxony’s Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, Sven Morlok, will serve as patrons. They highlight the synergies between the RoboCup Championships and the area’s technology expertise:    “Saxony is a technology state and an extremely important location for microelectronics. This makes the state and the city of Leipzig the perfect host for the RoboCup World Championships 2016,” explains Morlok. 

The Championships and accompanying conference will take place June 30th - July 4th, 2016 at the Leipziger Messe. More details are available at www.robocup.org.

 ©Leipziger Messe
©Leipziger Messe


Mannheim is a Hotbed for Medical Conferences

Part of the BioRN region, Mannheim offers a healthy draw for conferences and meetings specializing in the chemical, pharma, medical and healthcare industries.

Located within the BioRN cluster (a Life Sciences network in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area of Germany,) Mannheim is a vibrant part of a region that brings chemical, pharma, medical, and healthcare expertise together to drive life-changing innovations.  

By the end of this year, the BioRN cluster is expected to bring approximately 50 drugs, diagnostic techniques, technology platforms and services for personalized medicine and cancer treatment to industrial maturity. 

It’s no surprise then that Mannheim -- home to well-known organizations like the Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and Roche Diagnostics GmbH -- is a hotbed for life science conferences.  
The m:con Congress Center Rosengarten Mannheim provides an ideal location for events such as the 46th Congress of the German Society for Endoscopy and Imaging Techniques (DGE-BV,) the 22nd annual conference of the German Society for Radiooncology, the 12th meeting of the European Association of Neurooncology (EANO), and the 31th European Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility Conference. 

 ©m:con / Eduardo Perez
©m:con / Eduardo Perez


Germany’s Focus on Industry Expertise + Innovation + Green = Value-Add for IMEX America 2014 Attendees

Visit the German Pavilion in Las Vegas next Month at IMEX America and you’ll not only step into a world of world-class destinations, venues and services, but you’ll also learn how three, key focus areas for the German meetings industry can add unique value to your conferences, meetings and events. 

Germany = Industry Expertise 
Be it in the automotive, pharma, medical research, financial or aerospace industries, German cities like Stuttgart, Leipzig, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt and more work hard to connect event planners and delegates with experiences and thought leaders that fit their spheres of interest. This can take many forms, from arranging local expert speakers from universities, research centers or companies … to offering meeting and event spaces with specific industry relevance. 

Germany = Innovation: Did you know Germany ranks among the world’s top four locations for nanotechnology, that it’s home to Europe’s largest inner-city development and design project, or that it has 19.1% global market share in manufacturing and mechanical engineering? German companies are among the most innovative in the world (source: World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Competitiveness Report) and provide meeting attendees access to unique experiences, site visits, and mind-expanding industry museums that put history in strategic perspective while inspiring new ideas. Ask at the Pavilion how your innovative company can leverage German ingenuity.  

Germany = Green: The German exhibitors at this year’s IMEX America are living examples of Germany’s award-winning dedication to sustainability. 10 of the 18 towns and cities in Europe with an above-average commitment to being green are German (source: German Green City Index) and six of these cities (Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, and Stuttgart) are represented in Las Vegas this year.  The vast majority of German hotels and conference centers at the German Pavilion also get high marks from independent sustainability bodies and have what it takes to plan and host green events.

For more information visit the GCB at the German Pavilion (Booth #2219) or check out www.germany-meetings.com. You can also book time with Laura d’Elsa, director of GCB’s North American office by emailing her at (delsa@germany-meetings.com) or booking via the IMEX America online scheduling tool.

Note: The German Pavilion at IMEX America is part of the Foreign Trade Show Participation Program by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and AUMA, the association of the German Trade Show Industry.


World Cup success – a true reflection of Germany’s conference and events offering for the sports industry

Fanhansa ©Lufthansa Group
Fanhansa ©Lufthansa Group

This summer Mario Götze ended the Germans’ 24-year wait to bring home a 4th FIFA World Cup, shooting a nail-biting goal that delivered a 1-0 win over Argentina, and unleashing a frenzy of celebration in Germany and around the world. The German team even travelled back home on a specially branded “Fanhansa” Lufthansa airplane to be cheered on by roughly 400,000 waiting fans in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. 

Though this latest victory will certainly drive excitement for football-inspired meetings, for Germany, serving the sports & fitness industries through conferences and events is nothing new. Here are just a few examples of how Germany plays ball in the sports meeting world:

• In 2006, Germany played host to the FIFA World Cup with over 21M fans engaging in business and leisure activities across 12 German host cities from Hamburg, Leipzig and Stuttgart, to Munich, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Hanover and others.

• Berlin, in addition to being one of these Word Cup host cities in 2006, also regularly provides a hot spot for sporting conferences, including for example, the MINEPS V World Sports Ministers Conference in 2013 and the Strategic Forum of the International Paralympic Committee due this autumn.

• Cycling enthusiasts stream to Friedrichshafen, close to both the Swiss and Austrian borders, each year to attend the Eurobike tradeshow. The 22nd edition of the show in 2013 attracted over 45,000 people from 111 countries. 

• The finance-forward city of Frankfurt plays host to the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® every year. This year’s race just took place in June 2014 with 71,735 entrants representing 2,781 companies, making it one of the world’s largest road races.  

• Each April the world’s leading show for Fitness, Wellness and Health -- FIBO-- is held in Cologne bringing together over 700 exhibitors with 97,000 visitors.

If you’re interested in hosting a sport conference (or any other type of event) in Germany please head to www.germany-meetings.com


BBC World poll: Germany - the most positively viewed country worldwide

 ©DZT / Merten, Hans Peter
©DZT / Merten, Hans Peter
Germany has retained its position as the most positively viewed country, with 60 per cent people worldwide giving it positive ratings, according to a poll by BBC World. The Country Ratings Poll of 24 nations surveyed 24,542 people around the world between December 2013 and April 2014.
On average, in the 20 tracking countries surveyed both in 2013 and 2014, 60 per cent of people rate Germany positively.

The survey offers an interesting overview of how other countries view Germany, with Brits proving to be the biggest fans. The most positive ratings are found in the UK with 86 per cent of positive ratings – up 8 points and the highest proportion in the survey alongside Australia. With 83 per cent of positive ratings, neighbouring France is the second most favourable country towards Germany’s influence. In peripheral Europe, a solid and stable majority of Russians (57%) hold favourable perceptions of Germany, while a stable plurality in Turkey does too (47%).

In North America, attitudes towards Germany’s influence in the world are very positive, with 73 per cent of favourable views held among American respondents and a growing majority of 77 per cent in Canada (up 8 points).

In the African countries surveyed, favourable perceptions also continue to prevail, though more moderately this year in Ghana and Nigeria. Positive views have increased an average of 13 per cent among Brazilians (up to 66%) and Brazil is now the 14 most favourable towards Germany in the region.

In Australia and Asia, the most favourable views towards Germany are found among the OECD countries. With 86 per cent of the public leaning positively (up 10 points), Australia is the best supporter of Germany (equally with the UK), closely followed by South Korea (84%, up 8 points). Although one in two in Japan is unable to take a side, a very strong plurality of Japanese holds positive feelings (46%) and the country has the lowest proportion of negative ratings (3%).

Read the full article here


Meet Germany in London!

One-day Destination Workshop: 3rd September 2014

B2B Destination Showcase
B2B Destination Showcase
The GCB German Convention Bureau is delighted to announce its participation at the Moulden Marketing B2B Destination Workshop, taking place on 3rd September 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in London’s Portman Square.
UK meeting and event planners can learn more about exciting destinations, meet Convention Bureaus, hotels, DMCs as well as other suppliers from Germany and across the world in pre-set appointments. The format allows you to attend AM or PM sessions, or mid AM to mid PM. 

Why not seize the opportunity to expand your destination and venue knowledge and connect with up to 50 suppliers from over 20 countries?

Register today to meet the GCB as well as other German suppliers in pre-set appointments:

Dresden Convention Bureau  & Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
LEIPZIG & Congress Center Leipzig
Maritim Hotels
Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin & MR Congress & Incentive GmbH

We look forward to seeing you in September! 

Contact GCB: Ursula Winterbauer, Phone +49 69 24293012

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