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Why attend the 28th IAKS Congress? 24-27 Oct 2023 in Cologne, Germany

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Are you interested in creating resilient communities that prioritize exercise, recreation, and community sport? Join our speakers at the 28th IAKS Congress as they share their ideas on building resilient communities through sports and leisure facilities, to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for everyone. The IAKS Congress takes place 24-27 Oct 2023 in Cologne, Germany – together with FSB 2023 - the leading international trade fair for public space, sports and leisure facilities!

Climate change poses technical and architectural challenges for sports and leisure facilities. Sustainability and particularly the transition to renewable energy sources call for innovations that have yet to be developed. The importance of health and thus of an active lifestyle, the change in people’s sports behaviour,  social cohesion and comprehensive social inclusion: Our sports and leisure facilities must respond to this. Join us in Cologne, Germany and become a part of the solution and planning for the next generation.

Bringing together more than 35 speakers on four days, 500 participants from all over the world, the IAKS Congress in its 28 edition will once again be a great learning and networking event.

Already got your ticket to attend? If not, register now! Early bird until 31 August.

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Click on the "play" button to watch the 100-sec video and why the IAKS Congress will once again be a great learning and networking event.

What do open spaces and activity areas spaces optimally look like?

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Klaus Meinel (Secretary General, IAKS) and Matthias Pollmann (Vice President Trade Fair Management, Koelnmesse GmbH) at the FSB 2023 digital press conference on 20 June 2023, interviewed by Alexander Königsmann

Exciting industry insights and the latest news about FSB were discussed at a digital press briefing on 20 June 2023.

The focus of the press conference: the topic of sustainability. Because the sports and leisure industry is also facing enormous economic, ecological and social challenges worldwide.

The best open spaces and activity areas are those that mobilise users with diverse needs and individual abilities to engage in physical activities and social interaction. Such spaces must be a kind of "feel-good place" for family and health-oriented lifestyles. Good open spaces are therefore open, safe and protective spaces.

As activity areas, they must equally offer low-threshold, gentle entry points and also provide certain challenges for ambitious users. They should be multifunctional, open to change and accessible 24/7. Good activity spaces are therefore appealing, innovative, surprising and stimulating. Against the backdrop of global warming, the element of water is increasingly being used for play or refreshment.

More info: digital press conference