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Experts of the sports facility industry to discuss future trends at the 24th International IAKS Congress

International experts from the sports facility industry are set to discuss the latest trends and best practices in design and operation – the spectrum ranges from new approaches to traditional sports grounds, equipment for colleges, universities and schools, to stadiums and arenas for major events, as well as urban adventure areas and open spaces – at the 24th International IAKS congress for the Design, Construction, Modernisation and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities.

From 27 to 30 October 2015, international experts and top decision-makers will be converging on Cologne, Germany, to meet and network at the IAKS Congress for the Design, Construction, Modernisation and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities. Experts will share their experiences with interested visitors of the trade fairs FSB and aquanale taking place simultaneously, with the program to run in three languages.

The congress program clearly gives an overview of all sessions and workshops, speakers, chairpersons and supporting programs. It displays information about the venue, journey, accommodation and tickets, and is available online, in English, Spanish and German.

The themes of the 2015 IAKS Congress will include the sports facilities of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014 and 2016, the use of urban spaces for individual exercise activities and inclusive design for all.

Representatives of international sports organisations will discuss with participants the importance of architecture and building construction for the development of various sports and emerging, socially relevant trends in exercise, health and leisure behaviour. All lectures will be simultaneously translated into English, German and Spanish.

Best practice: in two congress sessions there will be six buildings and projects that will receive the IOC/IPC/IAKS Award for exemplary facilities on October 27, 2015. The Award commends exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design.

The congress sessions offer the unique opportunity to meet the award winners personally and get first-hand information about their projects.

All congress tickets include entry for the international trade shows FSB and aquanale, as well as many other benefits. Even greater discounts are available when you register several people and students get a discount of 75% off.

In this, the 50th anniversary year of IAKS, Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, and Dr. Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s Minister of the Interior, will continue the long-term tradition of their official patronage of the 24th IAKS Congress.

Verleihung der Architekturpreise 2013 von IOC, IPC und IAKS, Congress-Saal McKenzie Ian Réunion de la commission exécutive du CIO, Lausanne Palace, 2013 - Gilbert FELLI, directeur exécutif pour les Jeux Olympiques. Hall Mike John Geraint

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