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Medical and technology industries meet in Berlin

  • More than ever, Berlin is the venue for digital conferences
  • Major medical congresses meet in Berlin 
  • Congresses and events at convention.visitBerlin.de/kongresskalender

Berlin, 28 March 2018 Berlin is increasingly attracting digital events and major medical congresses. The congress calendar for visitBerlin's Berlin Convention Office is very full and indicates positive development.

"Berlin is anticipating a strong congress year. More and more international organisers and pioneers are considering Berlin as a congress metropolis. In addition to the focus on medical and scientific congresses, we are observing the trend that numerous topics relating to digitisation are being discussed here in Berlin," says Iris Lanz, Director Conventions at the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office. This is due to the city's active start-up scene and the excellent opportunities to combine innovative power and creativity.

Q Berlin Questions im Schiller Theater
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Q Berlin Questions im Schiller Theater, Oktober 2017

From NOAH to TOA: Digital conferences in the German capital

Berlin's digital conference summer starts in May with the Internet conference re:publica, under the motto "Pop" (2-4 May, 7,000 participants, Berlin station, re-publica.com). The CEPIC Congress, the world's largest event in this field (CEPIC = Center of the Picture Industry, 30 May-1 June, Maritim proArte Hotel, cepic.org/congress), is all about commercial silent and moving pictures. The third SingularityU Germany Summit will also meet in Berlin. Topics include cyber security, cyber crime, and exponential technologies in Berlin (4-5 June, bcc Berlin Congress Center, singularityugermanysummit.org).

The NOAH Conference brings together 4,000 leaders in the European internet and digital economy (6-7 June, Tempodrom, noah-conference.com). About 20,000 participants from the international tech and creative scene are expected to attend the TOA Tech Open Air Festival a few days later (19-22 June, Funkhaus Berlin, toa.berlin).

The BroadbandWorld Forum 2018 is the world's largest and most important meeting in the broadband industry and takes place in October (23-25 Oct., 4,500 participants, Messe Berlin, tmt.knect365.com/bbwf).

Q Berlin Questions will be held for the second time

The Berlin Conference Q Berlin Questions organised by visitBerlin with international speakers will take place for the second time in autumn. Topics are digitisation and other innovative and urgent social issues of our time (Nov., q.berlin). The OpenStack Summit, which is coming to Germany for the first time and welcomes 8,000 international experts from the cloud computing sector (13-15 Nov., CityCube Berlin, openstack.org/summit/berlin-2018/).

Major medical congresses in Berlin - three neuroscientific congresses in one week

Over 6,000 participants are expected for the Diabetes Congress 2018 - for the first time in Berlin (9-12 May, CityCube, diabeteskongress.de). After ten years, the Federation of European Neurosciences is returning to Berlin. 8,000 participants are coming for the largest international neuroscience meeting (7-11 July, Messe Berlin, forum2018.fens.org).

Berlin is particularly looking forward to an anniversary this year: The World Health Summit will take place in the capital for the tenth time. This international forum for discussing the major global health issues attracts around 2,000 physicians, scientists, NGOs, politicians, and industry representatives from 90 countries to Berlin (14-16 Oct., Kosmos, worldhealthsummit.org).

The EASD society is coming to Berlin for the first time. Around 18,000 diabetologists are expected to attend this annual meeting - making it the largest congress of the year for Berlin (1-5 Oct., CityCube Berlin, easd.org). 7,500 multiple sclerosis physicians will meet for the ECTRIMS Congress (10-12 Oct., ectrims-congress.eu/2018.html).

As part of Neurowoche 2018, there will be three congresses in five days: The German Neurology Society in Berlin is organising the largest German-speaking medical congress; it is one of the three highest attended neurological congresses worldwide. The Society for Neuropaediatrics, which deals with diseases of genetic origin, and the German Society for Neuropathology and Neuroanatomy also hold their annual meetings in Berlin (30 Oct.-3 Nov., Messe Berlin, neurowoche.org). The CPmed18, a peak of precision medicine, takes place in November (19-21 Nov., Ameron Hotel Abion Spreebogen, precisionmedicine.kenes.com). At the end of the year, 9,000 doctors and scientists of psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychosomatics, and neurology will come to the DGPPN Congress in Berlin (28 Nov.-1 Dec., CityCube, dgppnkongress.de).

By 2017, the leading industries in the Berlin congress market were medicine and healthcare (26%), and IT and the digital economy (11%) were on a par with conferences by politicians and public institutions (11%). This is the result of the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office's congress statistics. The Berlin Convention Office advertises congresses, brings them to the city, and supports international and national congress organisers with free services from location searches to vacancy enquiries for hotel contingents and event planning.

All meetings and conventions can be searched by topic and date on our conventions calendar at convention.visitBerlin.com.               

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