With its conference program, Expo Real offers veritable fireworks: more than 100 events take place in seven forums during the three days of the trade fair. It is difficult to maintain an overview and then make an appropriate choice, but help is available. Here is some initial information.
The classic choice is the Expo Real Forum in Hall A2, which deals with topics that are both current and of fundamental importance. The Expo Real Forum is also the venue for the opening event on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.: “The Future of the Real-Estate Industry: How radical is digital?” In the afternoon at 3:00 p.m., the Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community, Horst Seehofer, will participate in a discussion with Michael Schick of the IVD (German real-estate association), Andreas Mattner of the ZIA (German Property Federation) and Franz-Georg Rips of the Deutscher Mieterbund (German National Tenants’ Association). The minister and the representatives of these associations will endeavor to pin down where current building policy is “Between regulation and new departures”.
The Real Estate Innovation Network (REIN) that was introduced last year will be devoted exclusively to topics relating to changes in the digital world, but this year it will for the first time take place not only on the exhibition area, but also in the neighboring Real Estate Innovation Network Forum in Hall A1. Participants who are already acquainted with Expo Real will recall that this was the location of the Investment Locations Forum until last year.
America and Asia-Pacific
The Investment Locations Forum has not been discontinued, but moved. This year, it will for the first time be held in conference room B11, over Hall B1. This room will be the venue for a variety of events on Monday, including the American Afternoon of many years’ standing. On Tuesday, the subject will be Asia-Pacific, but from a variety of perspectives, as the theme will be: “The Asian Century: Real Estate Capital Cross-Flows Asia-Pacific / Europe”. Capital flows in both directions will also be the focus of the afternoon events “Pivot to Asia – the new safe haven?” at 2:00 p.m. and “Europe: Offering higher yields and diversification or overregulation and geopolitical risk?” at 3:00 p.m.
At the Grand Plaza in Hall C2, the focus will be on retail and its properties. The long-standing Hospitality Industry Dialogue, the Urban Innovation seminars and the discussions relating to social and nursing properties, on the other hand, will take place at the Planning & Partnerships Forum in Hall A2. Logistics properties will be a topic in a variety of forums, but will be the main theme on Tuesday afternoon at the Intelligent Urbanization Forum in Hall C1. That will, of course, also be the venue for any number of other events relating to cities and urbanization.
Then there is the Discussion & Networking Forum in Hall A1, which will also be used by exhibitors. The program offerings there are correspondingly multi-faceted. Exhibitors will also offer any number of events in the conference rooms over the halls.
How are things going in and with Europe?
Where will I go? Anyone who knows me also knows that I am especially interested in events relating to central eastern Europe (CEE) and southeastern Europe (SEE). There is such an event starting at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Investment Locations Forum in conference room B11, but the event that I find especially exciting will occur at the same venue on Tuesday and has the title “Europe Capital Outlook: Broad slowdown a fact! Will it persist?” Because in the concluding event at 4:30 p.m., Real Capital Analytics will present surveys that document the significant declines in turnover in the investment market.
Events at the Expo Real Forum will get exciting again at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, when Marcel Fratzscher, Professor of Economy at Humboldt University in Berlin, examines the questions: “Europe — whither will you? How sustainable is the EU?” That is one event to which I will definitely go.
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