The 2021 congress calendar – Berlin making the future
Who wouldn’t like to gaze into a crystal ball and see what the future will bring? When it comes to 2021, though, our Berlin Congress and trade fair calendar is far more reliable than any clairvoyant skills. With everything from vegan trade fairs to pioneering design and decentralised formats – the list of events confirm that Berlin’s MICE sector is already future-enabled.
And talking of the future, the new BER Airport, the planned Tegel Project, and the Estrel Berlin expansion all show Germany’s capital city continuing to grow in 2021 as a future location for meetings, incentives, trade fairs and congresses.
Tomorrow’s topics in today’s Berlin
Berlin is a city of science, research location, event destination and a laboratory of the future. This is where tomorrow’s issues are already discussed today – as you can tell by just a glance at the Congress and trade fair calendar. The Q Berlin Questions Conference is a leading forum for guests from around the world to discuss future questions. In June 2021, Berlin is home to the conference’s fourth edition, this time exploring the topic of “Metropolises” in a de-centralised format with diverse satellite events across the city.
International tech leaders and researchers also have the chance to present their answers to the how and why of essential future issues at such events as the WeAreDevelopers World Congress (28–29 June), Europe’s largest developer event, or the ISPIM innovation conference (20–23 June).
re:publica is also presently offering a taste of the innovative formats to come in the events sector. Under #wirsehenuns (“be seeing you!”), this renowned digital society conference is promoting a virtual exchange. One main advantage of digital events is their low carbon footprint – which brings us to what may be Berlin’s key future issue ...
The sector’s big issue – sustainable meetings, incentives, and congresses
Sustainability, climate and environmental protection are also at the top of Berlin’s agenda in 2021. From 23–24 January, Veggienale & Fairgoods kicks off these themes with an event showcasing the appeal of vegan trade fair concepts for the MICE sector.
The Greentech Festival (16–18 June) then focuses on all aspects of the latest technologies for a greener future in our everyday lives.
With so much expertise and debate, it is no surprise to find entrepreneur Coral Ruz describing Berlin as a “vibrant, sustainable hub” – and planning to bring the Zero Waste Berlin Festival back to this congress capital in 2021. From 19–20 June, the festival – as the first international event of its kind in Berlin – is taking a close look at zero waste, sustainability, and circular economy solutions. Such events also further grow the city’s importance within a global network of experts.
The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office’s Sustainable Partner Programme is a robust programme and network to promote services and businesses which operate sustainably in the city’s event-sector. Many partners have already registered for the auditing process in 2021.
Tip: Become part of our sustainable network for the future – Sustainable Meetings Berlin.
Berlin as a future location: New spaces, new approaches
Berlin was always a place of encounters between yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s world. Now, with the newly opened Humboldt Forum in the “old” reconstructed City Palace, the city has an entirely new location dedicated to just such encounters. This venue has become (once again) one of Berlin’s leading cultural sites – a centre and exhibition hub for the arts, culture and science, a meeting place in the heart of the city and – not least – an event location.
The question of how we will be holding events, congresses and meetings in the near future is very much in the air. And for 2021, the Estrel Berlin has its own answer – the Estrel Auditorium, a new extension to the ECC (Estrel Congress Center) scheduled to open in January. In future, the glass-covered Auditorium will be the heart of the existing Congress Centre – and with a total surface area of 28,500 square meters, this is one of the largest congress centres in Germany.
For Berlin as a growing city, ensuring space for the future is an important issue – and here, the site of the former Tegel Airport is playing a key role. On this 500-hectare site, the Tegel Projekt GmbH is presently planning a research and industrial park for urban technologies. This enrichment to Berlin’s inner city has been made possible through the new BER Airport opening for full-scale operation – making it one of Germany’s major air hubs for visitors from around the world to events and congresses.
Within Berlin, three new stations along the U5 metro line, including one at Berlin’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), also offer event visitors a green and faster route to their destinations.
2021: Your event in Berlin
- Are you planning an upcoming event in Berlin? Then take a look in our Meeting Guide Berlin with its wealth of conference hotels and locations for all formats and needs.
- meetings and incentives to congresses and conferences – simply email us on convention@visitBerlin.de. We are here to support you planning your event in Berlin.
- Get an overview on new openings, exhibitions and event highlights with our Berlin highlights in 2021.