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Cologne Convention Bureau

CVB, Köln

Meeting Point Cologne

Cologne - with its fascinating mix of Roman history, the exceptionally vibrant and dynamic atmosphere, the outstanding infrastructure, the innovative influence of 14 universities and international companies - provides perfect settings for MICE-Business.

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Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
50667  Köln

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The economic region Cologne is strongly positioned in all areas of management. Both established companies and extremely promising start-ups can be found here. Because their concentration in one location permits cross-industry synergy effects, they are in a particularly good position to take advantage of the opportunities. Cologne is home to important trade fairs, congresses and festivals – the centre for the players in the various sectors.

Cologne ranked amongst the largest and most innovative science regions in Europe. The University of Cologne is Germany’s largest universities and since 2012 it has enjoyed excellence status.  Students and academics from around the world study and carry out research at 14 public and private universities, advanced research centres and clusters of excellence. Established research institutes in Cologne include the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the four Max Planck Institutes.

The excellent link to business and science offers every year thousands of conference guests, organisers and tourists best conditions to plan and enjoy the stay in Cologne. Additionally, Cologne has got 300 hotels, 165 conference and event locations, 91 venues, and 20 conference and event centres.

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The economic region Cologne is strongly positioned in all areas of management. Both established companies and extremely promising start-ups can be found here. Because their concentration in one location permits cross-industry synergy effects, they are in a particularly good position to take advantage of the opportunities. Cologne is home to important trade fairs, congresses and festivals – the centre for the players in the various sectors.

Cologne ranked amongst the largest and most innovative science regions in Europe. The University of Cologne is Germany’s largest universities and since 2012 it has enjoyed excellence status. Students and academics from around the world study and carry out research at 14 public and private universities, advanced research centres and clusters of excellence. Established research institutes in Cologne include the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the four Max Planck Institutes.

The excellent link to business and science offers every year thousands of conference guests, organisers and tourists best conditions to plan and enjoy the stay in Cologne. Additionally, Cologne has got 300 hotels, 165 conference and event locations, 91 venues, and 20 conference and event centres.

 

 

Energy & environment

The following initiatives, institutions and companies make their contribution to the development of reliable and environmentally friendly energy supply in Cologne:

The “KlimaKreis” Cologne is an alliance of 20 climate and energy experts from public institutions and private companies in Cologne. The alliance was founded in 2009 to specifically promote climate protection projects in the region. Initiator is - together with the Cologne University of Applied Sciences - the RheinEnergie AG.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of the global pioneers in the research and development of systems and components for concentrated solar technologies. DLR delivers various contributions in the form of technological developments and supports orientation knowledge via system studies. DLR energy research is concentrating on environmentally friendly, efficient and low-cost energy supply and storage on a scale relevant to the energy industry. It works

• on efficient and environmentally friendly power generation,

• on thermal, electrochemical and chemical energy storage and

• on the analysis and further development of the energy system.

The width and diversity of DLR’s institutes’ competencies offer a special competitive advantage. They allow for multi-disciplinary work on complex questions and for exploiting various synergies.

Companies such as CSP Services , protarget AG , TSK Flagsol Engineering GmbH and TÜV Rheinland have settled in Cologne.

 

 

Finance

Cologne is one of the German centres of the insurance trade. From AXA Deutschland AG via Atradius Kreditversicherung, DEVK, DKV, Generali, General Reinsurance, Gothaer, Mapfre Empresas, Mitsui Sumitomo, Roland, SCOR, Signal Iduna, Talanx Konzern with HDI Gerling, Ampega Gerling, ASPECTA and Talanx right through Zurich Krankenversicherung, well-known and international insurance companies are typical of the sector.

The Sparkasse KölnBonn and the Kreissparkasse Köln – both the largest institutes of their kind in Germany – strengthen Cologne’s financial centre. Sal. Oppenheim is a German Private Bank, which is headquartered in Cologne. It has around 3800 employes in more than 30 sites in Germany and Europe. The bank was acquireds by Deutsche Bank in 2010.

Today almost 10 percent of all employees in Cologne work in the insurance- and finance industry.

 

Medicine & healthcare

Cologne is one of Europe’s leading medical centres with a vast array of facilities and expertise: from its research infrastructure, technical education and training, and its superior healthcare services through to its portfolio of specialized medical products and services that focus on prevention, diagnostics and rehabilitation.

Key factor for the leading position of the healthcare sector is the large Faculty of Medicine of the University Hospital Cologne. It is well known for cutting-edge medicine and research excellence, as follows:

Faculty Research Focus

Tissue Homeostasis, Metabolism and Degeneration

Tumours, Infections and Immune Defence

Neuromodulation

Centre for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC)

At the CMMC, physicians and scientists from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences collaborate in investigating the pathogenetic and cellular mechanisms of diseases, thus aiming to develop more effective therapeutic approaches and diagnostic tools, notably for cardiovascular diseases, inflammation and infection, as well as oncological and neurological diseases. Besides conducting research projects, the Centre’s prime objectives are to promote junior researchers, set up communication platforms and build active research infrastructures.

Excellence Initiative

At the Cluster of Excellence more than 400 international scientists from the University of Cologne, the Cologne University Hospital, the Max Planck Institutes for Metabolism Research and Biology of Ageing, and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) are exploring the molecular basis of the aging process and age-associated diseases.

The new building, which was inaugurated in May 2013, provides with approximately 10,600 square meters of space and state-of-the-art technology up to international standards, ideal conditions for research.

Centres of excellence have been established for complex illnesses in which doctors specialising in various areas work hand in hand for the best possible diagnosis and therapy:

• The Excellence Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO), University of Cologne (UoC)

• The Excellence Center for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB), University of Cologne (UoC)

• The Excellence Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hospital Cologne-Merheim

The Municipal Clinics of Cologne offer a comprehensive range for patients of all ages. They are known for their high quality and certified quality assurance programmes (KTQ certificate).

The BioCampus Cologne is developing into a motor of innovation and one of the largest biotechnology parks in Germany. At the centre of the idea are numerous up-and-coming companies from the life science sector, who have settled here since the opening in 2002.

It benefits from synergies between medical research, chemistry, information and communications technology and bio technology in particular.

 

Technology & innovation

With some 11,000 companies, the economic region Cologne is one of the most important ICT (information and communication technology) - locations in Germany. It is home to both big players and numerous small or medium-sized enterprises. Whether they are IT service providers, hosting experts, or software or app developers, many of the companies based in Cologne are market leaders in their sector – some even on a European or global scale, such as Adobe, Datagroup, Electronic Arts, IBM, Microsoft, Mindtree, QSC, Sedo, Unitymedia or Wripo. Cologne is also home to major cable network operators and cloud providers, and has a correspondingly modern infrastructure with almost comprehensive broadband coverage, a fibre optic network and free public WLAN.

Many start-ups find ideal conditions to establish themselves and whose founders not infrequently come from Cologne’s renowned educational institutions such as the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, the International Film School Cologne or the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.

The dynamism of the ICT location is also reinforced by the numerous associations and initiatives which repeatedly provide the sector with new incentives. Many important events and leading trade fairs take place in Cologne such as cologne IT summit, dmexco Leading digital marketing exposition & conference, dotnet Cologne, eco Kongress, gamescom, GDC Europe – Game Developers Conference, Interactive Cologne or VideoDays.

Cologne is establishing itself as the computer gaming centre of Germany. Gamescom, the world’s largest trade fair and event highlight for interactive games and entertainment is held in Cologne’s exhibition halls and provides every year a comprehensive look at the entertainment medium of the future - with more than 700 exhibitors from 47 countries, around 335.000 visitors from 88 countries, including 31.500 trade visitors in 2014.

The Lanxess Arena in Cologne already was the venue of the annual World Cyber Games Grand Final in 2008 with 800 players from 78 countries.

Cologne is Germany's No. 1 TV city – creating one third of all German TV programmes with

six television stations - WDR, RTL, VOX, Super RTL, n-tv and Köln.TV. Nine radio stations including WDR, the largest public broadcaster in continental Europe, and many important publishers such as Taschen, world market leader in the coffee-table book area and

M. DuMont Schauberg, Germany’s third-largest newspaper publisher which distribute entertainment and news over all channels available in the digital age.

Cologne has long since ranked amongst the largest and most innovative science regions in Europe. It’s 625 year-old university is also Germany’s second oldest university – home to some 50.000 students, six faculties and wide range of subjects as well as numerous international research institutes. It is also Germany’s largest university. Since 2012 it has also enjoyed excellence status.

Established research institutions in and around Cologne include the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the four Max Planck Institutes and the Research Centre Jülich. Cologne makes an excellent location for cutting-edge technologies. Indeed, BioCampus and TechnologyPark, which are located on the left bank of the Rhine, and the Technology and Business Incubation Centre (RTZ), which is located on the right, now provide excellent homes to numerous high-profile young business.

 

 

Transport & Logistics

Centrality and good accessibility are trademarks of Cologne. The three international airports – Cologne Bonn Airport, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt – can be reached from Cologne’s city centre in less than our hour. Cologne is one of Europe’s most important rail junctions. International high-speed rail links connect Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris with Cologne in a very short time. A motorway ring, with access to ten motorways from all directions, surrounds Cologne.

Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the largest commercial airports in Germany, and with about 9.45 million passengers per year, it ranks number seven in a nationwide comparison of passenger statistics. In total, 30 airlines link Cologne with around 100 destinations.

The airport is also strong in the freight area: With about 754,000 tonnes of air cargo, Cologne Bonn Airport comes third behind Frankfurt and Leipzig. Taking passenger and cargo volume together, Cologne Bonn Airport comes in fifth among the German airports.

FedEx Express and Cologne Bonn Airport jointly invested 140 million Euro and opened a new Central and Eastern Europe hub in 2010. FedEx staff count at the Cologne Bonn Airport has grown rapidly from approximately 35 to more than 450 employees. The new hub enables FedEx to expand its operational capacity in Germany and across Europe and to facilitate access to other markets.

United Parcel Service invested about 135 million Dollars in a new transshipment centre and the new Cologne Bonn Cargo centre guarantees the fast and efficient handling of general airfreight.

The Cologne-Eifeltor freight traffic centre is Germany’s largest transshipment centre for combined traffic.

Cologne has the second largest inland port in Germany. The port Godorf (Godorf and Godorf oil port) in the south of Cologne is important as a hub for chemical liquid products especially for the chemical industry, oil and gas port and the envelope-strongest of the four Cologne industrial ports. Niehl I offers handling facilities for all kinds of goods, Niehl II operated the Ford-Werke and others, grain, construction materials, scrap and steel are handled in Deutz in addition to other goods.

Companies for example in the automobile sector benefit from the excellent location as 2. largest inland port: The largest employer in Cologne is Ford of Europe GmbH. 1931 she moved its headquarters from Berlin to Cologne, where she had immediately built a new plant in Cologne on the Rhine. This was expanded after the war and Ford has its European headquarters here.

The German or European head offices of Citroen, DAF, Mazda, Nissan, Renault, Toyota, Volvo as well as Aston Martin’s engine plant supplement the automotive spectrum.

 

Chemical & pharmaceuticals

The chemical industry in Cologne has a long tradition. Most of the enterprises were founded in the 19th century and therefore participated in the industrial boom. These enterprises still contribute substantially to the prosperity of the region today

Parts of the urban area of Cologne, along with its neighbouring cities and districts, form the Cologne “chemical belt”. Major chemical sites and chemical parks (e.g. Chemical Park Cologne-Merkenich or Chemical Park Knapsack) with numerous plants producing diverse chemical products are located in Cologne. The product line of regional product plants ranges from fuel for modern engines to highly complex active agent molecules for life science applications. There are also many chemical-related processing companies in Cologne. Most of them are highly-specialised, small and medium-sized enterprises that are the market and technology leaders in their respective market niche. Whether highly-specialised, small and medium-sized enterprises or internationally active concerns – they all take advantage of the excellent location factor. The best-known companies are: Akzo Nobel, Bayer CropScience, Braskem, CABB, Clariant, dralon GmbH, Evonik Industries AG,ICL, Ineos Köln, Lanxess, LyondellBasell und Novasep, Statkraft, Vinnolit, Wacker Chemie und Xervon.

Chemical companies in Cologne have access to an excellent scientific community. The dense network of universities and other research facilities covers almost every aspect of the chemical value creation chain of the chemical industry.

The following selection of universities and institutions emphasise the significance of research in Cologne:

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne

Aviation, space flight, traffic, energy and safety are the main research areas at the nine research facilities of DLR Cologne. Research and development is supported by large-scale test facilities, e.g. wind tunnels, engine and materials testing systems and a high-flux density solar furnace. (Chemistry-related) institutes: Institute of Materials Research, Institute of Solar Research, Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics

Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Faculty: Applied Natural Sciences

University of Cologne

Faculty: Department of Chemistry with 5 institutes (Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry)

Cologne has positioned itself as one of the leading biotech and life-science region in Europe. As a comprehensive technology it forms the interface of different sectors: medicine and pharmacy , chemistry , food industry and agriculture. With more than 20 companies in the biotechnology industry in the city and more than 40 in the surrounding region, Cologne is a good example for the successful development of a young industry. Numerous up-and-coming companies from the life science sector settled in technology centres or parks in Cologne such as BioCampusCologne, Technologiepark Köln-Braunsfeld, Rechtsrheinisches Technology- and Business Incubation Centre (RTZ), BioFactory Cologne on the HagenCampus, Pharmacenter Köln or Cell-Center Cologne.

Biotechnology research in Cologne takes place in Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, University of Cologne: CEPLAS: Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences and institutes für Genetics and Biochemistry and Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC).

 

 

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