From 18th to 20th June 2012 nine industry associations of the convention, meeting, incentive and events industry have for the first time organized a joint congress. The Meeting Experts Conference (MEXCON 2012) at the ICC Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin is combining the annual general meetings and board meetings of the participating organizations with a number of seminars, an exhibition and a high-calibre specialist conference on the topic of the “Event industry 2030”. Ernst Burgbacher, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, will open the Congress on Tuesday 19th June 2012.
The initiators of the Meeting Experts Conference are the GCB German Convention Bureau e.V. and the EVVC - European Association of Event Centres.
In accordance with the guiding principle of the Meeting Experts Conference “Events industry 2030”, the participants of an expert forum will speak on the topic “Event Locations 2030” on 19th June 2012. Besides Andreas Haderlein from the Zukunftsinstitut further speakers include Andrea Jörger, Project Director of “The Circle” at Zurich airport, as well as the architect Bert Haller (Bert Haller GmbH) and Jochen Köhn, who, as an associate partner in the office of Gerkan, Marg and Partner, supervised projects such as the airport Berlin Brandenburg International.
A number of specialist forums at the MEXCON 2012 will also deal with the significance of events for science, economics, politics and culture. This also includes a panel discussion hosted by NDR journalist Tim Schlüter, which will also take place on the second day of the conference. Andreas von Schumann of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Society for International Cooperation) and head of “AgenZ”, Agency for market-oriented concepts, and the economic experts Lutz Stammnitz, Deputy Manager of Strategic Procurement and Operations and President of Global Mobility Services at Siemens AG will exchange views with other panelists from the fields of science and culture.
The 20th June 2012 will be dominated by the question of how Germany will look in the fields of economy, science, technology and innovation in 2030, and what impact this will have on the event industry. Sybille von Obernitz, Berlin's Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, as well as Petra Hedorfer, chairman of the board of the Deutschen Zentrale für Tourismus e. V. (German National Tourist board) will welcome the participants on the third day of the MEXCON 2012.
At the end of the industry meeting experts will address their views about the future from different perspectives. Under the guide of ntv-chief presenter Christoph Teuner dialogue partners such as Dr. Peter M. Steiner, Project Manager, “Science Express” / “Science Tunnel” / “Science Gallery” of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Harry Gatterer, Managing Director of Zukunftsinstitut Austria and Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, Secretary General of the German Protestant Church Congress will discuss possible developments in 2030 and their impact on events.
Further information and registration is available at www.mexcon.de