The motto for this year’s ProfTreff on May 11 was: “Munich – a driving force for tomorrow”. Just under 100 scientists from Munich’s universities, institutes and research centres, as well as representatives of Munich’s conference sector, attended the event held at the Munich Urban Colab.
Clemens Baumgärtner, Head of the Department of Labour and Economic Development of the City of Munich, and Wolfgang Kerkhoff, chairman of the board of Munich Congress Alliance e.V., together with all those who attended, savoured the opportunity for in-person exchanges at the Munich Urban Colab, which represents the innovative force of the City of Munich for science and creativity. The relief felt at the recovery of the conference and congress industry after two tough years with coronavirus was evident throughout the evening.
Clemens Baumgärtner: “Munich is leading the way in Europe with its excellent entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. The city’s conference and events industry also benefits from this. Because congresses and trade fairs in Munich can demonstrate with conviction that science is at home in this city.”
On behalf of Munich’s creative entrepreneurs, invited speakers presented their innovative concepts from the fields of medical technology (Dr Miriam Haerst, Kumovis GmbH) and nutrition (Holger Stromberg, Organic Garden). Sylvia Stojilkovic revealed how her company Techfounders brings tech start-ups together with business partners and investors.
The subsequent panel discussion with Head of the Department of Labour and Economic Development Clemens Baumgärtner, Stefan Wagner (SAP), Prof. Jelena Spanjol (LMU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre) and Prof. Matthias Notz (MUC Summit) focused on the question of how Munich should position itself as a hub for conferences and events. This resulted in a lively exchange, also involving the guests to ProfTreff, on questions about Munich’s future.
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