Where the future is made – innovative Berlin locations for meetings, incentives, conferences and congresses
Berlin attracts global interest as a future lab. The city brings together research, science and innovation from around the world to envisage how we live tomorrow. In the first six months of 2021 alone, over 180 start-ups were founded in Germany’s capital (source: Statista). Every year Berlin’s four public research universities, 23 private university-level colleges, 70 public sector research institutes, and 22 technology parks attract an international scientific community. Event planners can also benefit from the meeting metropolis’s innovative talent – for example, by organising a conference at a university, a meeting where start-ups are born, or an incentive exploring Berlin’s innovative centres.
Future locations – ideas, research and innovation in Berlin
The Zukunftsorte business office has named eleven locations across the city as Zukunftsorte – places where tomorrow’s future is being created today. With this project, the Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises is promoting a strong network of scientific institutions, start-up and technology centres, and locations where new ideas are forged.
If you are looking for innovative event locations in Berlin, the Meeting Guide Berlin offers a wide choice of options – including the EUREF Campus in Berlin-Schöneberg. As an official point of reference for the State of Berlin’s Smart City strategy, the Campus has gained a reputation across Europe as a centre of innovative future projects. With its redesigned landmark Gasometer, the Campus offers space for events with up to 450 guests indoors and 2000 guests outdoors – and all with a carbon-neutral supply of energy. The EUREF Campus is also a Sustainable Partner certified by Sustainable Meetings Berlin. With this accreditation as evidence of a dedicated sustainability management system, the Campus also enables events to be more sustainable.
Opened in Berlin in 2019, the Urbane Mitte near the Gleisdreieck Park is another future lab where inspiring ideas are developed for a future urban quarter merging work and life. As a café and catering service for “B-Part”, a pioneering temporary building and project, Jules at B-Part provides a culinary foundation for events in spaces and different units on the 3000 square metre site.
In Berlin, you often find the past and the future are close neighbours – as at the international ESMT Berlin Business School, a place where history meets tomorrow’s young talents. Once housing the GDR’s State Council and later the Federal Chancellery, the ESMT’s historic main campus building now prepares students from around the world for global careers as business professionals. Today, the Financial Times ranks the ESMT among the top ten business school in Europe. No wonder, then, that it has also hosted a speech by no less a figure than former US President Barack Obama. With over 5000 square metres of space, the ESMT offers numerous spaces for conferences, meetings and congresses.
Incentives and locations – seeing the city with tomorrow’s eyes
In Berlin, time travel is no longer a thing of the future. On a VR Tour with Timeride, Berlin’s first virtual reality journey through time, event planners can transport their guests back to the divided city in the 1980s to enjoy a deceptively real experience of Berlin’s history. A tour with this pioneering technology lasts 45 minutes.
For an insight into the green city of tomorrow, take an eco-friendly bike or walking tour with Green Bike Tours. Berlin has already declared its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 – and this incentive shows you where the city has already met that target and where it can.
For a customised informational tour through the Smart City, Inpolis offers themed visits to Berlin research institutes and laboratories .
Berlin Science Week and Future of Festivals – debating the future
The big future issues were already under discussion at Berlin questions in August – a dialogue now continuing at the Berlin Science Week (1-10 November 2021). This celebration of science brings together leading international scientists and scholars at diverse scientific locations in Germany’s capital city – from the State Library to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences or the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB). Ever since 2016, the Science Week has been making research, science and innovation visible and accessible for everyone in Berlin. In fun ways, future research is brought out of the labs and to the general public – in interactive and interdisciplinary formats for curious minds.
In November, the Future of Festivals also provides a platform and forum to address one of the most crucial questions in this sector – what does the future of large live events and festivals look like? This major two-day trade fair on 26 and 27 November is expected to host over 200 exhibitors as well as 140 speakers and panel members.
Time to start planning: From scientific or scholarly congresses to conferences, meetings, or incentives, Berlin as a future lab is sure to have the right location for your event. Any questions? We are glad to support you in planning and realising your event – now and in the future: convention@visitBerlin.de.