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Congresses and conferences in Leipzig: Highlights of 2024

Leipzig is one of Germany’s most popular destinations for congresses and conferences. In addition to ultra-modern venues in historic locations, exciting supporting programmes and the city’s central location in Europe, there are many more strong reasons why organisers choose Leipzig as a venue for their events.

The jam-packed congress calendar for the year 2024 speaks for itself. Here we present some of the highlights of these conferences and congresses.

Platforms for networking and better animal welfare: Congresses in the veterinary field in Leipzig

Leipzig is an internationally recognised centre for veterinary medicine. The city owes this reputation in part to the renowned Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Leipzig, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Zoo Leipzig is also one of the best zoological gardens in Europe, with a focus on providing the best possible conditions for the animals as well as making a significant contribution to research and conservation.

In 2024, Leipzig will be hosting influential veterinary congresses that will benefit from the excellent local conditions for research and science – and provide an important platform for stakeholders to come together from across the industry.

12th Leipzig Veterinary Congress at the exhibition centre

From 18 to 20 January, the Leipzig Veterinary Congress will be held at Leipziger Messe. The congress is the biggest professional training event for veterinarians and veterinary specialists in German-speaking countries, making it the leading event of its kind in Europe.

Both the congress events and the accompanying vetexpo trade fair offer a wide range of species-specific and interdisciplinary topics.

27th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress (IPVS) and 15th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM)

From 4 to 7 June, the Congress Center Leipzig will host the 27th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in conjunction with the 15th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management.

The two events form the world’s largest and most prestigious gathering of professionals involved in the breeding, rearing, care and processing of pigs.
Participants include the German Veterinary Medical Society (DVG) and experts from the pharmaceutical, breeding, slaughtering and food processing sectors.

Science, research and practice combined: Conferences and congresses in the fields of medicine and the provision of medical aids

As a centre of higher education and research, Leipzig is ideal for medical industry meetings and scientific congresses.
The city has a proven track record as an excellent venue for the medical sector, providing an impressive platform for dialogue and networking. In 2024, Leipzig will once again host major events in the fields of medicine and medical aids. 

Annual Conference of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine

The 62nd Annual Conference of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine (DGN) will take place from 10 to 13 April at the Congress Center Leipzig.
The conference is set to explore the future. The focus will be on the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation and the latest scientific developments in nuclear medicine.

Lectures, interactive workshops and discussions will provide an active exchange of knowledge on outstanding innovations in the field, such as advanced imaging technologies, new radioligands and data-driven decision-making.

61st Annual Conference of the DGKCH and 141st German Surgeons’ Congress – DCK 2024

The motto of the DCK 2024, which will be held at the Congress Center Leipzig from 23 to 26 April, is “Dare to change – actively shaping the future”.

The congress will have some hybrid elements. Against the backdrop of current health policy, its aim is to take a responsible and measured approach to determining the future direction of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH).
A virtual pre-congress will precede the event.

future health xperience – experience the future of health today!

From 15 to 16 May, media city leipzig will host the second edition of the successful future health xperience.
The event is aimed at everyone involved in the healthcare sector – hospitals, companies, researchers, policy-makers and trade media.
Conferences, masterclasses and networking events will address the most pressing issues facing the healthcare system of the future. Advancing the inevitable digitalisation of the medical sector will be a particular focus.

OTWorld – International Trade Show and World Congress

From 14 to 17 May, manufacturers, distributors and service providers from the global medical aids industry will meet at Leipziger Messe for OTWorld, the industry’s leading and largest international gathering.

Every two years, OTWorld creates a platform for innovation and dialogue for professionals from the fields of trade, medicine and therapy. The focus is on the areas of orthopaedic technology, orthopaedic footwear technology and technical rehabilitation as well as medical supply distribution, research and development.

With an eye on the 2024 Paralympic and Olympic Games, France will be the partner country of OTWorld for the first time at this important industry event in Leipzig.

76th Congress of the German Society of Urology

The 76th Congress of the German Society of Urology will be held at the Congress Center Leipzig from 25 to 28 September.
Germany’s professional association of urologists, other specialist disciplines and inter-professional dialogue with the nursing professions and industry will find space here for scientific and collegial exchange.

In addition to working groups and interactive case discussions, the programme includes panels, scientific abstract sessions, semi-live presentations, expert courses and roundtable discussions.
There will be a particular focus on promoting young professionals and other nursing and healthcare professions.

Visceral Medicine 2024 

The largest congress for gastroenterology and visceral surgery in the German-speaking world will take place from 30 September to 5 October, first online and then in Leipzig.
It is organised by the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS).

The DGVS develops and maintains practice-oriented and interdisciplinary guidelines on a sound scientific basis. The overall aim of these guidelines is to continually improve patient care in the field of gastroenterology.

Dynamic Leipzig: Sports and marketing events

Leipzig plays a key role in the international automotive and supplier industry. The same goes for sport: the towering success of the football club RB Leipzig, founded in 2009, has put the Saxon city on the international sporting stage.
As well as the automotive and sports industries, the marketing sector is also a frequent visitor to Leipzig.

UEFA 2024: International Broadcast Centre in Leipzig 

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will move into the halls of Leipzig’s exhibition grounds during UEFA EURO 2024 from 14 June to 14 July.
During the tournament, the IBC will serve as a central workspace for all UEFA EURO 2024 media partners.

This makes the IBC the central hub in Germany for coordinating all the media’s broadcasting activities around one of Europe’s biggest football events.

Effie Awards Germany

Since the GWA brought the Effie to Germany in 1981, it has honoured the best German advertising campaigns every year. The awards focus on the effectiveness of campaigns and communications and their contribution to business success.

But the Effie is more than that: it also serves as an important platform for exchange between experts, clients, agencies, market research, academia and the media at a national level.

The Effie is currently awarded in 57 countries and regions based on similar criteria. In 2024, the Effie Awards Germany will be held on 13 November in the KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig.


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