Hamburg is targeting the science sector for its future success, with a recent joint event between the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH (HCB) and the Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (BWFG) designed to encourage the city’s academics to actively pursue science conferences.

‘Scientific Conference Organisation Made Easy’, held at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), was aimed at motivating the German city’s professors, researchers and other experts to bid for and attract scientific conferences, through a range of workshops, presentations and professional dialogue opportunities in a spectrum of fields.

Katharina Fegebank, Second Mayor of the City of Hamburg and Senator for the Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (BWFG), said: “The researchers based in our city are among the very best. We wish to encourage them to share their knowledge with experts from around the world here in Hamburg as they expand their contacts and own horizons. Congresses and conventions are essential for any city which wishes to be known as a vibrant centre for science and research. This event is designed to generate ideas and initiatives that will propel Hamburg further forward in this area.”

Hamburg is a renowned knowledge centre in the science sector. The largest of the city’s 23 higher education institutions is the University of Hamburg with the clinical centre Hamburg-Eppendorf. Further universities are the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, the Hafen City University, and the University of Applied Sciences, while Hamburg is also home to 24 research institutions, among them the Academy of Sciences, two Helmholtz Centres, three institutes of the Max Planck Society, Leibniz research centres, as well as 11 application and technology centres.

Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe, said: “Since its opening in 1973, the CCH has hosted several thousand scientific conventions, including 150 World Congresses. The close ties between congresses and research institutions in our metropolitan area have contributed substantially to making Hamburg an attractive location. Medicine, life science, IT, creative industries and renewable energies are just some of the fields in which the city enjoys a high profile.”

The event highlights the city’s acknowledgement that scientific conferences hold potential that goes beyond inbound tourism revenue. In addition to the monetary value added by attendees, the city receives other major benefits from scientific conferences, notably knowledge transfer, networking, attracting experienced young professionals into the area and reputation enhancement for the city’s entire academic landscape and scientific community.

Thorsten Kausch, Managing Director of Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB) and of Hamburg Marketing, added: “Our event was aimed at enhancing the organising skills of professors and members of scientific and research institutes by explaining the acquisition process and how the HCB can facilitate this. Symposiums and similar meetings can enhance the reputation of researchers, their respective department or faculty and of the institutions to which they belong. Already a major driver of the convention industry in Hamburg, scientific conferences hold even more potential for defining the city as a meeting destination.”


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