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28th IAKS Congress: Building resilient communities

With 45+ speakers, 9 streams, 4 days of networking, drink receptions, and 400 delegates, the 28th IAKS Congress on 24-27 Oct in Cologne, Germany will once again be the must-attend conference for those involved in the sports and leisure facility infrastructure sector.

The 28th IAKS Congress provides an unparalleled programme of presentations and panels on the most important topics of the day related to design, construction and operation of sports and leisure facilties.

This year’s highlights include „Building resilient communities through sports and leisure facilities“ on four days, international experts will share their insights on „Global challenges and global initiatives“, „Environmental and climate challenges“, „Well-being, active living, inclusivity, and the public realm“ and „Changing the Narrative: The Future of the Sports Surfaces Sector“.

Why attend?

Meet distinguished scientists from renowned universities who will share the latest findings in research on how megatrends change our society and economy. Which efforts are made to tackle the major public health issue that is sedentary lifestyles, but also to promote a gender-equal use of schoolyard spaces, attractivity of town centres, and quality of life in workplaces. Meet passionate practioners from indoor, outdoor and aquatic facilities who will discuss current developments and trends in the industry. Let’s take a look at best-practice facilities from Denmark, Germany, Hungary and the UK which are leading in sustainability, low carbon design and low energy operations. Learn from successful programs on how to activate your community, how to face social inequality related to participation in sports and physical activity, and how to minimize the carbon footprint of sports and leisure buildings.

Networking at its best

Meet top-notch architects and designers, personalities from industry, government, and sport. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to exchange ideas with your peers, make new acquaintances or re-connect in-person. Join us to meet and to enjoy international exchange and networking. In 2023, enjoy the Australian flavour of the session dedicated to „The activity path to Brisbane 2032 and beyond“ and the following get-together at the IAKS booth B001 on the fair ground.

Together with trade fair duo FSB/aquanale

On four days, from 24-27 October, the sports facility industry will converge in Cologne, Germany. The 28th IAKS Congress is taking place together with FSB 2023 - the leading international trade fair for public space, sports and leisure facilities! FSB is covering everything relating to public spaces, playground equipment, outdoor fitness, ice sports, sports equipment, sports flooring and stadium infrastructure.





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