Medica 2020 to become digital event, in wake of COVID-19

Medica 2020 and Compamed 2020 will take place entirely online from 16 to 19 November.

Within the framework of 'virtual.MEDICA' and 'virtual.COMPAMED', decision-makers from all sectors of the healthcare industry can expect a comprehensive range of products and services consisting of three focal areas: The Conference Area (conference and forum programme), the exhibition space (for exhibitors and product innovations) and the Networking Plaza (networking/ matchmaking).

The next events, Medica 2021 and Compamed 2021, will be held as a hybrid event next year. The hybrid concept consists of combining live platforms for professional visitors to the Düsseldorf trade fair centre and digital offers. 

“Our hygiene and infection protection plan was positively received by the exhibitors and the successive relaxations of the international travel rules in early summer meant that we had realistic hopes that both trade fairs would be able to be held successfully and safely. The development of the global pandemic must now, however, be re-evaluated. Against the backdrop of a multitude of travel limitations and considering the very international demographic of Medica and Compamed in terms of both exhibitors and visitors, we must now focus solely on the virtual format this year,” explains Wolfram Diener, chairman and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. 

“Over the past few years, we have constantly expanded our digital offers and therefore have established internet-based industry platforms in the form of our Medica and Compamed web portals. We can now implement these in order to offer our customers the appropriate tools for networking and facilitating the valuable transfer of knowledge, even in these challenging times,” commented Horst Giesen, global portfolio director for health & medical technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. 

“On the dates of Medica 2020 and Compamed 2020, we will seek out the best elements for streaming from the 600 previously planned sessions for the specialist forums and conferences, working together with our cooperating associations and partners. Participants can expect to see highlights with high relevance to Corona in particular in these virtual formats. In addition, there will be diverse web presentations from exhibitors on their innovations and an online matchmaking area for making valuable business contacts, including a video web meeting function,” added Giesen.

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