Osnabrück – hosting congresses since 1648
The negotiations for the Peace of Westphalia treaty lasted 1,400 days – this was the start of Osnabrück's long career as a conference destination. Today, it is both easy to get to and easy to get around and offers a free, creative congress service.
The historical Friedenssaal in the town hall (European heritage label) will forever be remembered as the venue of this first international congress which was attended by all the great European powers. History is brought to life in the narrow, cobbled lanes of the old quarter of Osnabrück, making it a deserving member of the Historic Highlights of Germany. The Erich Maria Remarque Peace Centre and the Felix Nussbaum House (designed by award-winning architect Daniel Libeskind) pay homage to the town's most famous sons. A compact town that is best explored on foot, Osnabrück is also an eco-friendly congress location. In conjunction with the region's most important service providers, the conference and convention bureau founded the 'Green meetings in Osnabrück' initiative. Universities, institutions such as the German Foundation for the Environment (DBU) and the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF), and the dynamic economy all provide stimulus for trade conventions. The main station (served by ICE/IC trains), Münster/Osnabrück international airport and three motorways make travelling to the town very straightforward. The choice of conference venues includes OsnabrückHalle, modern conference hotels and a number of unusual locations such as museums, an abbey, the planetarium and Osnabrück zoo. Your main contact is the conference and convention bureau whose staff offer an individual and creative event service free of charge.
The third largest city in Lower Saxony focuses on medicine + healthcare, transport + logistics and technology + innovation. The healthcare industry is the most important employer in the region but suppliers to the automobile industry are also a key sector. The food industry and agricultural technology provide additional significant players.
Medicine and healthcare
The competence field medicine + healthcare is represented in the district of Osnabrück above all by the healthcare and food sectors.
More than 14 percent of all employees work either directly or indirectly in the healthcare economy, i.e. in the "white industry". The Osnabrück region has exceptional strength in ophthalmology, heart surgery, oral and maxillo-facial surgery and radiotherapy.
The food industry is a core area of the regional economy, highly competitive and with above average employment growth. As well as strong agricultural production, the region has developed a highly qualified food processing industry with a wide range of up- and downstream services. It is also setting standards in research, for example at the University of Osnabrück and the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL).
Technology and innovation
In almost every German car there is a piece of the district of Osnabrück - or more precisely special steel from Georgsmarienhütte. The region's mechanical and plant engineering sector is in the Top 30 in the EU. The large number of cooperative projects confirm the extent to which metal, machine and plant construction as well as process technology can successfully profit from the latest know-how. The Weser-Ems region is particularly important in the agricultural technology area.
Transport and logistics
Due to its excellent geographical location for transportation at the intersection on the Rhine/Ruhr – Bremen – Hamburg and Amsterdam – Hannover – Berlin axes, Osnabrück plays a major role in the competence fields transport + logistics and automobile and vehicle construction and is one of the most important locations for logistics/traffic in North-West Germany. So it is only natural that well-known freight forwarders such as Hellmann Worldwide Logistics or Meyer & Meyer have their headquarters in the city. The competence centre LOGIS.NET at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences is involved in practically-oriented research projects and implementing innovative logistics concepts.
Suppliers to the automobile industry are also a key sector for the Osnabrück area. They provide work for around 15,000 people, mostly in the engineering sector. As well as major companies such as Volkswagen Osnabrück or ZF Friedrichshafen AG in Lemförde, there are many small and medium-sized companies active in the areas of interior equipment, body construction, prototype and tool construction both in and around Osnabrück.