New year, new events: Berlin congress highlights for 2020
When you hear "2020" it sounds like the future, with high-tech, flying cars and time travel. It sounds like the vision from early science fiction films of the 90s. And it's a little like that when you take a look at the congress calendar for the new decade. But take a look into the future for yourself – here are our event highlights for 2020.
1 The future of today: Science, research, sustainability
The future begins today – through innovative research, new sciences and above all through sustainable ideas and solutions. And you can discover them at events like the Greentech Festival (19 to 21 June) – an event for a 'green future' – at Q Berlin (28 and 29 September) or in an interdisciplinary science week such as the Berlin Science Week (1 to 10 November). Tip: A real pioneering role for sustainable events this year is also played by the German Film Award (24 April), which will be presented in a particularly climate-neutral and environmentally friendly way in 2020.
2 Healthy new year! Medical congresses in 2020
The growing number of medical congresses in Berlin shows the special importance of health this decade. A new Berlin event for 2020, for example, is the DGN Kongress from the German Society for Neurology numbering around 6,000 participants (4 to 7 November, City Cube). In addition, the German Cancer Congress will meet from 19 to 22 February with 10,000 guests in the Berlin City Cube. Some 5,000 participants are expected to attend World Diabetes Day on 14 November, following a week-long focus on health at the World Health Summit in Kosmos Berlin in October (25 to 27 October).
Tip: Here you will find an overview of all conferences, congresses and events in the field of medicine & pharmaceuticals!
3 Well connected: Industry events for networkers
transmediale gets things underway in the Berlin network from 28 January to 2 February, where the limits of Internet-based networks will be critically examined. re:publica provides a meeting place for the media industry to come together from 6 to 8 May to discuss the digital society, network policy and social media. Borderless, and for the first time spatially distributed, BOCOM (23 April) addresses the topic of "Experience Borderless Communication". And for exactly that to work, more than 4,000 participants from over 100 countries will meet from 21 to 23 April at the FTTH conference, where everything revolves around fibre-based technologies and solutions.
4 What Berlin is eating in 2020: Culinary events
It is a true classic of the Berlin trade fair world – the International Green Week. From 17 to 26 January, over 1,500 national and international exhibitors will present products and services typical of their region or country from the food and agricultural sectors. The WEINmesse Berlin (14 to 16 February), the Chefs Culinar-Messe (29 to 30 March) and the Bar Convent Berlin (12 to 14 October) will show what we will be eating and drinking in the future.
5 Berlin on the move: I'm packing my suitcase...
... and heading to: The Berlin Travel Festival (6 to 8 March), the world's largest international travel fair ITB Berlin (4 to 8 March), the kolektif Berlin Bike Fair (28 February to 1 March) and last but not least the Berlin Marathon on 27 September with the associated EXPO. These events will keep you on the move and fit for the future.
6 My work, my future: Job and career fairs
Nine to five and Groundhog Day are a thing of the past. Buzzwords such as new work, mobile working, flex desk and work-life balance have long been defining the working world. At events like the career fair Jobwunder on 26 and 27 May, connecticum 2020 (12 to 14 May) and Jobmesse Berlin on 28 March, young professionals and recruiters gain new insights.
7 Fashion of the twenties: Fashion 2020
The Berlin Fashion Week 2020 (28 June to 5 July) is a major national and international event kicking off the fashion world of the 2020s. Panorama Berlin, Selvedge Run, the international fashion trade show Premium and the sustainable fashion fair Neonyt reveal what men and women will soon be wearing.
8 Back to the future: Flying cars?
As mentioned before, the year 2020 reminds us strikingly of the visions of the future from science fiction films. However, at the latest during a visit to the ILA Berlin Air Show (13 to 17 May) or the Internationalen Funkausstellung IFA from 4 to 9 September, it will become clear that, what exhibitors from all over the world are showing here, is indeed the future. Tip: Science fiction in railway technology and infrastructure will be presented by InnoTrans from 22 to 25 September at the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds.
9 insider tips from the Berlin MICE industry
While the world presents promising ideas, products, services and solutions at trade fairs, conferences and congresses in Berlin, the question remains as to how the MICE industry itself will develop in the coming years. A platform for this discussion is provided, for example, by the Meeting Experts Conference (MEXCON) from 29 to 30 June, where some 500 participants from the event industry will exchange ideas. Tip for last-minute decision-makers: Meet experts from the Berlin meetings and congress industry at the third Berlin MICE Summit. Click here to register!
10 Your event in Berlin
Are you planning an event in Berlin yourself in the future? Then take a look at our Meeting Guide Berlin with conference hotels and locations for all requirements and formats. No matter whether you are planning a meeting, incentive, conference or congress: Write to us at convention@visitBerlin.de – we will support you in planning your event in Berlin.