LINC 2015: The events sector visits the 'congress of tomorrow'

More than 4,800 delegates from 70 countries came to the Leipzig Fair and Exhibition Centre at the end of January, to attend the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC), international congress for vascular surgeons. The event has, in recent years, become one of the world's largest congresses for vascular medicine and sets new standards in terms of conference formats. Representatives of the German Convention Bureau (GCB), together with conference and congress organisers from all over Germany, also came to visit this 'congress of tomorrow'.

The GCB represents and markets Germany as a national and international venue for congresses and conferences. In its study 'Tagung und Kongress der Zukunft' (Conferences and Congresses of the Future) it presented LINC 2013 as an example of best practice for the congresses of tomorrow. Reasons given in the study for this assertion included “Predictions, which sector experts are now making about the congresses of the future, have already become a reality at the LINC Congress.” Accordingly, the study goes on to detail, amongst other things, how trends in mobility, internationalisation, sustainability and demography are impacting on the congress sector and gives examples of the ways in which organisers are already successfully reacting to them.

Impressive behind-the-scenes insights

 LINC - The Leipzig Interventional Course 2015
LINC - The Leipzig Interventional Course 2015
The visitors took advantage of their time in Leipzig to exchange ideas and experiences with representatives of the Congress Center Leipzig. The discussions ranged from ways in which formal 'instructional-type' lectures and presentations can be translated into interactive formats and how the audience can thus be turned into active participants, to ways in which flexible and individual programmes can be made to work in practice or how analogue content can be translated into appealing digital formats. The visit to LINC in Exhibition Hall 4 proved to be a source of great excitement. During a tour with the Munich congress organisers CongO and the Belgian technology company mediAVentures, visitors had an opportunity to get some impressive insights behind the scenes. A focal element of the congress involved operations in hospitals all over the world being transmitted live to screens at the congress. This year there were more than 90 such transmissions from 13 hospitals, including from Singapore, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Leipzig. Not only was there a professional camera team at each location, but the operating surgeon gave detailed explanations of the interventions and answered, live, questions put by participants in Leipzig. There are some 120 technicians working behind the scenes for LINC.

Exchange of ideas in a modern marketplace

The LINC conference was also held up as an example of best practice for the 'congress of tomorrow' because of the way it uses space. There are no rigid fixtures or soundproof, closed lecture theatres. Rather, different areas are distinguished by optical and acoustic features, as well as colour scheme, and visitors are free to move between sessions, digital posters and exhibition areas as they wish. “As modern as this layout is, it does, at the same time, hark back to an ancient feature of human cultural heritage, the idea of the marketplace,” concludes the GCB futurological study.

As well as the CCL and the LINC conference, the visitors from the national events sector also got to know other locations at which conferences and meetings can be held in Leipzig. They visited, too, the KONGRESSHALLE at Leipzig Zoo, where the renovations are due to be completed in May, and which will, in future, be run by the CCL. The new congress centre is a partner of the 'do-it-at-leipzig.de' initiative and has quite recently also been selected as 'Preferred Partner' of the GCB. Both parties benefit, in this collaboration, from the increased contacts and marketing opportunities it affords. The partnership also has the advantage of highlighting key features which will enable both partners to position themselves jointly in the international competition for events.



Congress Centrum Würzburg: energetically optimised and with new function rooms from March 2015

Würzburg, February 6, 2015. - From March onwards, the new panorama level at the Congress Centrum Würzburg (CCW) will be offering conference guests a superb view of the Main river and the Fortress Marienberg. After about one and a half years of construction, the first events will shortly be held in the four attractive, multifunctional meeting rooms with space for about 600 people. Thanks to the conversion and expansion, Würzburg’s largest conference and event center has gained extensive presentation areas. Now boasting an area of approximately 3,300 square metres, the foyers and exhibition areas are almost twice as large as before. The total capacity of the CCW has now increased from 1,900 to 2,500 people in 13 rooms. The various meeting areas are accessible via separate entrances. For the first time, two larger events can be held in parallel.
 ©Blocher Blocher Partners
©Blocher Blocher Partners
The reconstruction did not just make the CCW fit for contemporary meetings and events, the building is now state-of-the-art in terms of ecology, too.
In the remodeled and extended CCW, a significant part of the lighting is free and eco-friendly from the sun: huge windowed areas flood the area with daylight. In addition to providing a bright and friendly atmosphere, this also saves substantial amounts of energy. For times of the day and in areas of the building where artificial light is essential, planners and engineers have focused on efficiency: with LED technology, an integrated light control and sophisticated lighting management, they have ensured that power consumption is as low as possible.
Ecological aspects have also been considered in the heating of the extensive building complex. The heat is produced under highly efficient conditions in a nearby cogeneration plant which has environmentally-friendly gas and steam turbine plants. Via the district heating network and transfer components, the thermal energy eventually ends up in the underfloor heating of the CCW – this system requires a relatively low flow temperature, thus providing comfortable warmth. In order to ensure that, on cold days, the pleasant room temperature gained in this way does not escape through the large windows, the Congress Centre is also fitted with triple-glazing.
Naturally, the CCW cannot be an air-tight box. Large-scale constructions have to get rid of used air and introduce fresh air. In order to lose as little energy as possible, consistent heat recovery is mandatory: all newly-acquired air-conditioning systems are already equipped by the factory with the corresponding solutions, and any existing units continuing to be used have been retrofitted with heat recovery modules, too.
The adjoining conference hotel with 287 rooms, which also takes care of the catering for all the events, is committed to the sustainability code of the German event industry established by the German Convention Bureau (GCB). Thus, the CCW offers ideal conditions for the implementation of “Green Meetings” in the heart of Germany.

Further information: Dr. Peter Oettinger, Congress-Tourismus-Würzburg (CTW),
Am Congress Centrum, 97070 Würzburg, Tel.: 0931/37 23 35, Fax: 0931/37 36 52,
E-Mail: tagungen@wuerzburg.de,  www.wuerzburg.de.


You are looking for an extraordinary location for your next event?


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©Melia International
Düsseldorf: The elegant, life-affirming city on the Rhine stands for fashion, shopping, culture and incredible events. 26 museums, Schloss Benrath palace, more than 20 theatres, a variety of concert halls and more than 100 galleries make Düsseldorf an international metropolis of art and culture.

Meliá Düsseldorf is the perfect choice for your business or leisure trips to the city, thanks to its excellent location to the city centre next to the Hofgarten (oldest Public Park in Germany), near the famous 'Königsallee' (Kö) district with its luxurious boutiques and only few minutes from trendy restaurants.
The elegant and stylish business hotel provides 201 spacious rooms, 9 meeting rooms with daylight and maximum capacity of 250 people as well as WiFi Internet , inviting dining spaces (Aqua Restaurant); full gym for the exclusive use of guests and a fully equipped YHI Wellness Centre with 2 saunas, steam bath, ice fountain, sensations shower and relaxation area.

You are organizing an event in 2015? Do not hesitate to contact us! We will more than pleased to help you and advise you to ensure your meeting will be a complete success.

Special meeting package from 49 €/person/day:
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©Melia International

• 2 coffee breaks with snacks
• Lunch buffet or 2 course menu including one soft drink (0,2l)
• Unlimited soft drinks in the meeting room
• Audiovisual equipment (projector, screen, flipchart, pin board, moderator‘s kit )
• Meeting room rental
• Free Wi-Fi in the conference area
Double for single use room from 109€/night. Breakfast included.
The prices above are on request and subject to availability from 15 people per day.
Valid for new groups or meetings, not valid in conjunction with previously booked or held residential meetings, groups or any other promotion.
T. +49 211 52284-2203
F. +49 211 52284-2299

Your team at the Meliá Düsseldorf Hofgarten


Save the dates! - Educational Trips 2015

Save the dates for our exciting Educational Trips 2015 and get ready to discover Germany’s top event locations!

Hamburg & Bremen 11-14 June, 2015
Frankfurt & Darmstadt 9-11 July, 2015

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) and its regional partners are delighted to invite international meeting planners from Europe to explore these two innovative German regions.
Experience first-handedly the maritime charm and the monumental skyline of two of the country’s most sought-after conference destinations as well as the surrounding regions!
3-4 days packed with networking, site inspections, education, and of course fun! On top of this, you will gain fascinating insight into the local science and industry scene. Inspiration all along the line for ambitious meeting planners like you!
Sounds good? Then save the dates! You are welcome to register your interest by sending a quick note to streich@gcb.de.
More information will follow in due course.


Join the GCB at destination showcase in London

The GCB together with its partners:

Hamburg Convention Bureau, Atlantic Congress Hotel Essen,Bremen Convention Bureau, Congress Center Essen, capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH, Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre, Dresden Convention Bureau, Frankfurt Convention Bureau, Grand Elysée Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel Berlin, Leipzig and The Westin Leipzig, Maritim Hotel & International Congress Center Dresden, NürnbergConvention, Stuttgart Convention Bureau, Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center and Steigenberger Hotel Group are showcasing Germany’s offering for meeting planners at a dedicated event in London.

Meet the GCB team at Moulden Marketing Destination Showcase held in London on Thursday 29 January 2015.

Held at The Radisson Blu Portman, this free-to-attend one-day event will bring together over 40 international suppliers of the MICE industry, including Hotels, DMCs, Convention Bureaux and Tourist Boards from around the world.
Delegates can pre-arrange meetings with suppliers, ensuring a packed day of meetings and networking.

For further information visit http://www.moulden-marketing.co.uk/events.php 


7th Global Social Business Summit to be held on 5-6 November 2015 in Berlin

The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, which gathers experts from private sectors, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops.

Social business has become an important driverinturning unemployment into entrepreneurship in many countries globally. “We all know about the frustrating situation especially for many young people, who are full of creativity and their capacity to do things, but that remain unemployed. We have started to campaign to redirect their mind from the traditional path of hunting for jobs to creating jobs for themselves and others through entrepreneurship” says Professor Muhammad Yunus.

If we think of freedom, creativity and entrepreneurship, Berlin is the global hotspot representing and living these values hence the ideal place to host the 7th Global Social Business Summit.

 ©Â© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
©Â© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller is delighted that for the first time, in November 2015, Berlin will host the Global Social Business Summit. “I am very happy that this conference on social entrepreneurship, inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Yunus, will be held in Berlin. Social entrepreneurship is a fundamental part of our city. Berlin’s start-up sector also has many examples of business enterprise sustainability. The Global Social Business Summit is therefore well-suited for Berlin.”

Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin: “Many people see Berlin today as the idea factory of Europe, unusual concepts are born here. This is something which attracts young people from around the world. We are delighted to have won the Global Social Business Summit for Berlin. The city’s inspirational atmosphere is the right place for the international participants of this sustainability conference.”

The Global Social Business Summit is the largest international platform where the global community of social business practitioners and supporters gathers each year. Over 1000 participants from more than 70 countries are expected to come to Berlin in November to get inspired, discuss, learn and celebrate achievements. The summit is organized by The Grameen Creative Lab (Germany) and the Yunus Centre (Bangladesh) in partnership with visitBerlin. Further partner organizations are the Yunus & You – The YY Foundation and Yunus Social Business.

About the Global Social Business Summit: Over the past years, Professor Muhammad Yunus has taken the experience and expertise gained from the success of Grameen Bank, to introduce a new business model – Social Business. A social business is a non-dividend company created to solve a social problem. Like an NGO, it has a social mission and like a firm it generates its own revenues to cover costs. Investors may recoup their investment. All profits are reinvested for growth and innovation, or to seed new social business ventures. The annual Global Social Business Summit is the worldwide leading forum for social business to spread awareness of social business and to foster discussions and collaborations for new social business ventures. It was first held in 2009 as an initiative by The Grameen Creative Lab co-founded by Professor Muhammad Yunus and his creative advisor Hans Reitz.

For more information go to www.grameencreativelab.com.

Press Contact:
The Grameen Creative Lab                              visitBerlin / Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH
Christina Jäger                                                    Christian Tänzler, Pressesprecher
Unter den Eichen 5, Wiesbaden                              Am Karlsbad 11, Berlin
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christina.jaeger@grameencl.com                           Christian.Taenzler@visitBerlin.de

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