2023 education programme announced and live online.

“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims”

Architect, writer and philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller describes the need to proactively embrace change, which is fast becoming a core skill in today’s business climate

The education programme at Imex Frankfurt this May is centred around helping planners respond to and navigate their way through change professionally and personally. The Imex 2023 talking point, Human Nature, provides a steer for education and activity at Imex Frankfurt, taking place 23–25 May. Running as a thread throughout the show, the talking point celebrates the innate human need to meet face-to-face and its ensuing benefits, from driving business growth to creating lifelong, global connections.

The result is a new set of education tracks reflecting the way people now live and work, where attendees can ‘pick and mix’ across these tracks to suit their skill requirements. Event Marketing is a brand-new addition, while Technology and Innovation; Trends and Research and Experience Design are tried and tested tracks that are always in demand. A new Business Practices track will include the ever-popular Event Planner Toolkit while a People and Planet track will specifically address Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Professional and Personal Development, Leadership, Culture and Engagement, Well-being and Sustainability.

The education programming has been crafted in a variety of formats, with over 150 sessions altogether: from solo presenters to duos and panels, workshops, co-labs and ideation sessions, all designed to recognise and serve diverse learning approaches. Tangible, practical takeaways are front and centre to encourage attendees to immediately apply what they’ve learned in their business meetings the same day. The full range of speakers and sessions are now live online and attendees can dive into the colourful listing to plan their learning time at the show.

Specialist education starts the week

The day before Imex Frankfurt, on Monday, 22 May, is dedicated to specific buyer audiences from the global events community. 

  • As we return to live events, the time has come for the industry to stop talking about making events more sustainable and take immediate, practical action. This is the driving principle behind the opening plenary session at Association Focus, sponsored by Messe Frankfurt. Delivered in association with ICCA, AC Forum, AMC Institute, ASAE and ESAE, Association Focus will bring together industry sustainability experts and associations to share practical ways of reducing the carbon footprint of events.
  • Senior speakers from Meta, EY, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce are among the influential global brands spearheading a carefully tailored, interactive programme for corporate event planners and senior leaders. At Exclusively Corporate, the future of corporate events, digital vs live and the metaverse all top the agenda. Microsoft’s Bob Bejan and Salesforce’s Charlotte Pedersen will go head-to-head in The Tale of two titans – the Evolution of event strategy and experience design. Moderator Nicola Kastner explains: “Very rarely do we have an opportunity to learn from two massive tech brands taking radically different approaches to their events.”
  •  Year after year the Imex Agency Directors Forum is redesigned to meet the prevailing business needs of senior agency professionals. The 2023 facilitated discussion will focus on business management issues. Hot topics include people and talent management; succession planning; business drivers, trends and technology, new business strategies, and new revenue generation models.
  • New co-located events for 2023 include MICE Impact Academy, an exclusive invite-only education event for German planners, and ELX (Event Leaders Exchange). ELX’s two-year-old community of senior event corporate event leaders from 3,000+ headcount organisations with $3+ billion annual revenue will meet at the show for the first time.
Community, choirs and children: new headline sessions

New headline sessions feature diverse speakers worldwide who’ll peel back the curtain to share what they’ve learnt from various experiences – expect insight, joy and tales of courage. The one thing these speakers all have in common? They all have incredible stories to share.

Rock Your Business Founder Brian Allan, adapted his Choral Singing Workshops to help Ukrainian refugee children all over Poland. To date, he has conducted workshops for over 10,000 children to raise funds to open weekend centres around Poland where these children can receive musical therapy through choirs and music workshops.

Eszter Mattiassich-Aszody, Head of Global Events at Siemens Healthineers, joins international crisis leader Thomas Lahnthaler to explore leadership and life lessons from children. Tapping into the wisdom of Walt Disney, who said our most excellent natural resource is the minds of our children, Eszter explains: “It’s interesting to observe the sheer flexibility of their minds … there are no barriers.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the Imex Group, sums up: “In the current climate, we’re all dealing with an increased pace of change. The choice is how we frame the changes that face us at any time. Our learning programme at Imex Frankfurt has been designed with great detail and care to guide people and help them embrace change to benefit their lives, their teams and their events.”