Meet in Mainz – City of science

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Mainz is the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg, the “Man of the Millennium”, one of the oldest cities in Germany and the country’s great wine capital. The state capital of Rhineland Palatinate has a population of approximately 200,000 and is also a bastion of culture, an important location for business and major media centre. Chemicals and pharmaceuticals have become a key sector in the city. The high density of companies operating in this field as well as the close cooperation between science and industry offer the ideal framework for meetings and conventions in this sector.


Mainz is a preferred location, especially for the pharmaceuticals industry. Companies based in the Mainz area include giants of the sector such as Novo Nordisk, Boehringer Ingelheim and Ganymed
Pharmaceuticals. Novo Nordisk and Boehringer Ingelheim – both internationally renowned – have already put their trust in Mainz and hosted events at Mainz Congress. The Frankfurt Hoechst  industrial park, a location for companies in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, is also situated close to Mainz. The site covers an area of more than 4 km² offering the best possible conditions for more than 90 innovative companies, which employ approx. 22,000 staff.

Research, cooperation and networks

A wide range of research companies and institutes are also represented in the area. The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Institute for Industrial Pharmacy are just two of the many institutions based in Mainz. The renowned Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz also offers degree courses in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry and polymer chemistry. To support the local economy and actively promote innovation, the city of Mainz is developing cluster networks such as the Health Competence Network Mainz (GEkom). The aim of this network is to develop local value-added chains, promote communication between sectors and support research and development. The Mainz Research Alliance is another network with enormous significance for the region. Partnerships and close networks between science and industry provide companies with access to the very latest scientific discoveries and make an immense contribution to the competitiveness of the city.

Events and added value for convention customers

The high density of companies operating in this sector has already attracted important international events to Mainz. These include, among others, the 37th Scientific Congress of the German Society
of Hospital Pharmacists (ADKA), which took place in Mainz in 2012. The German Chemical Society also recognised the location’s persuasive arguments and chose the city to host the 24th International Liquid Crystal Conference 2012. The number of important pharmaceutical and chemical companies based in the region makes Mainz an attractive location for conferences, conventions and meetings for businesses operating within the sector. Regional companies are therefore frequently willing to offer their support to events as either partners, sponsors or exhibitors. Factory tours and involvement of keynote speakers from companies based in Mainz provide the ideal complement to event organisers’ own programmes.