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MEDICA and COMPAMED take place virtually

MEDICA 2020 and COMPAMED 2020 will take place entirely in virtual format from November 16th to 19th, 2020. This was announced by Messe Düsseldorf in a press release. As part of the `virtual.MEDICA´ and `virtual.COMPAMED´ waits on the respective websites and an extensive offer consisting of three central areas:

  • `Conference Area´ (conference and forum program),
  • `Exhibition Space´ (exhibitors and new products) as well as
  • `Networking Plaza´ (networking/ matchmaking).

And for the year 2021 it is already clear that a hybrid format will be chosen. Then visitors should be given both on the Düsseldorf exhibition center and with digital offers. “Our hygiene and infection protection concept was positively received by the exhibitors and the gradual relaxation of international travel in early summer made the successful and safe holding of both trade fairs seem realistic. However, the development of the global pandemic had to be reassessed. Against the background of a large number of travel restrictions and the very high degree of internationality at MEDICA and COMPAMED on the exhibitor and visitor side, we had to decide to focus solely on the virtual format this year,” explains Wolfram Diener, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf .

“The brand core of MEDICA and also COMPAMED is the intercontinental appeal to exhibitors and visitors. Due to the pandemic, this central core cannot be realized in the form of a face-to-face event this year. With the annual rotation of MEDICA and COMPAMED, however, we now remain in contact with our customers by creating a comprehensive virtual and globally accessible marketplace with top-class program items for the community. Depending on the situation, this is a good starting point for getting started together in the 2021 trade fair year. Then we will again offer the successful combination of live platforms for trade visitors at the Düsseldorf exhibition center and digital offers,” Wolfram Diener continues.

Most recently, more than 80 percent of the exhibitors came from abroad, from around 70 nations. The visitors came from around 170 nations, with a share of international visitors of 70 percent. Both events together had a good 6.300 exhibitors and 121.000 trade visitors last year.

Top starting point through established online portals
Messe Düsseldorf sees itself well prepared for its online event this year. “In the last few years we have continuously expanded our digital offers and therefore have established Internet-based industry platforms with the web portals of MEDICA and COMPAMED. We can now use this to offer our customers the right tools for networking and valuable knowledge transfer, even in challenging times,” emphasizes Horst Giesen, Global Portfolio Director Health & Medical Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf.
"On the date of MEDICA 2020 and COMPAMED 2020, we will work with the associations and partners involved to select the best for streaming from the 600 sessions of the specialist forums and conferences planned so far. Participants in the virtual formats can look forward to highlights with a high level of corona relevance. There will also be a variety of web presentations by the exhibitors on their innovations, as well as the online matchmaking area for making valuable business contacts, including a video web meeting function,” Horst Giesen gives an outlook on the agenda.
The specialist program at MEDICA is very diverse. The MEDICA forums include:

  • the MEDICA ECON FORUM as well

All information on participation in MEDICA 2020 and COMPAMED 2020 in virtual format is available online at: and

Source: Press article from October 8.10.2020th, XNUMX

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