Medical congresses favour Messe Stuttgart’s ICS
Venue is becoming a hotspot for medicine/proximity to the Tuttlingen medical technology cluster and the university cities of Tübingen and Heidelberg
No fewer than four big-name medical congresses are being staged in Messe Stuttgart’s ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart in 2017, one of them for the first time. The ICS offers facilities that are both fitting and flexible. The Guest Events division, which is responsible for the events, is extremely pleased with this development. “Naturally, we are especially keen to host events from the medical sector, as these are particularly highly regarded. We are therefore very happy that the organisers have placed their trust in Messe Stuttgart. The range of events is wide. International, national and regional congresses will find the ideal setting at our facilities,” explains Stefan Lohnert, Vice President of the division.
The quartet of congresses kicks off in March with the 58th annual congress of the German Respiratory Society (DGP), a conference and trade fair which around 3,500 participants are expected to attend. The DGP will be in Stuttgart for the first time, and its congress targets a German audience.
This will be followed in early September by the 45th congress of the German Rheumatology Society (DGRh), which is also being staged in Stuttgart for the first time, together with the 31st annual conference of the German Society for Orthopaedic Rheumatology (DGORh) and the 27th annual conference of the German Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (GKJR). The organisers are also including an exhibition to accompany the event. The congress, which has an international focus, traditionally has a guest country. This year, it is Great Britain. It was therefore essential to choose a congress location that was very easy to reach.
The annual conference of the German, Austrian and Swiss Societies for Haematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO, OeGHO, SGMO) are scheduled for late September 2017. The organiser expects this international medical congress with accompanying exhibition, the largest to be held in the ICS this year, to attract some 6,000 participants.
The programme of events will conclude in November with the 12th annual conference of the German Spine Society (DWG) 2017. This is also a conference and trade fair designed for some 2,500 visitors. It was held in Stuttgart before in 2012 and has a purely national focus.
Congresses can also be held alongside trade fairs. Examples of this approach include the 52nd Doctor’s Congress of the District Medical Chamber of North Württemberg and the Baden-Württemberg State Health Congress, both of which took place at the end of January 2017 as part of the MEDIZIN trade fair.
The reasons for selecting Stuttgart as a venue are many and varied. “The unparalleled transport infrastructure, thanks to the location of our grounds right next to the airport and motorway, is our trump card and never fails to impress event organisers. But the feel-good atmosphere in our facilities and exhibition halls, all of which have natural light, is also a key factor. What’s more, the cultural programme of the state capital Stuttgart plays an important role when it comes to the after-work programme, particularly for our clientele from the medical sector. Participants commonly use these cultural events as networking opportunities,” says Lohnert, summing up the other advantages of Messe Stuttgart. The proximity of the exhibition grounds to the Tuttlingen medical technology cluster and the university cities of Tübingen and Heidelberg, with their renowned medical faculties, is a further benefit of the location.
Image 1: The Baden-Württemberg State Health Congress was held alongside the MEDIZIN trade fair in January 2017 (Image: Messe Stuttgart).
Image 2: Stefan Lohnert, Vice President, Guest Events: “The unparalleled transport infrastructure of the grounds, the natural light in all our rooms and halls, and Stuttgart’s programme of cultural events are all persuasive arguments for organisers of medical congresses.” (Image: Messe Stuttgart).
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Ease of access, size and versatility: That’s what sets Messe Stuttgart apart. The location of the sustainably constructed trade fair and congress centre alongside Stuttgart Airport, with its direct links to the A 8 motorway and public transport offers perfect conditions for getting to and from the site. Event organisers benefit from the wide range of usage options provided by the 105,200 m² of hall space, 40,000 m² of open-air grounds and 33 multi-functional rooms in the adjoining ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart. That alone offers space for up to 10,000 visitors. Consequently, these facilities enable several events to be staged simultaneously. With this infrastructure, Messe Stuttgart and the ICS have developed into internationally acclaimed locations for top-class trade fairs, congresses, conferences, as well as corporate functions and events of all kinds.
An additional exhibition hall will increase the available hall space to 120,000 m² by 2018.