IAKS Congress

IAKS will be holding its 25th international congress for the design, construction, modernization and management of sports and leisure facilities on the occasion of the FSB Trade Fair in Cologne from 7 to 10 November 2017. Both events are devoted to link global trends with developments of the industry.

The planning, development and operations of both new and expanded sports and leisure facilities has never been more challenging or faced as many contradictions. Various levels of government are concerned with providing the level of funding appropriate for maintaining and developing healthy communities. Municipal governments in particular are facing greater complexities and obstacles in providing appropriate facilities and programs:

  • People are moving to the cities and need not only housing but also spaces for sports and leisure,
  • The very makeup of communities is changing and becoming more international through immigration and shifting work forces,
  • Individuals, community groups and sports organizations want more input into visioning and planning new facilities and ultimately, a more collaborative process,
  • People are remaining active longer and are looking to specific types of facilities and programs that support their specific interests and abilities,
  • New sports and activities particularly focused around youth and young adults are being developed that need to be reflected in future facility design,
  • Technology is having a significant impact on how we communicate, participate, motivate, and ultimately appreciate the constantly changing world around us.

Against this context of expanded users, facilities and programs, governments are faced with the prospect of reducing funding or find alternative ways to deliver projects and programs. National, state and local governments must also deal with the increase in obesity for all age groups. We are at a possible milestone where the next generation may be less healthy than the current one.

In 2017, the IAKS congress is focusing on the difficulties municipal governments in particular face as they try to maintain a healthy environment. New approaches to funding, project delivery and sustainable operations are critical to address this challenging shift.

The 2017 IAKS Congress program will feature a number of sessions allowing for presentation, round-table discussions and workshops. Participation by experts in planning, design, construction and operations will help foster an international exchange about new ideas and strategies, and facilitate a meaningful and insightful transfer of knowledge.

 

About the IAKS Congress

The IAKS Congress for the Design, Construction, Modernization and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities is the longest-standing international forum for experts in sports and leisure facilities.

The IAKS Congress benefits from the direct support and involvement of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.  This partnership is responsible for the Exemplary Awards program, the most prestigious event for recognizing exception sports and leisure design. Moreover, the congress receives official support from Sportaccord and Germany's Ministry of the Interior.

The congress audience is truly international and includes representatives from all levels of government, architects, engineers, designers, facility operators, and technical experts. 

Concurrently, Koelnmesse and IAKS stage FSB - International trade show for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities - the world's largest showcase for the industry's products and services.

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29.January 2015 | Congress

IAKS Congress 2015: Call for Papers

Are you interested in presenting a paper at the longest-standing international forum for experts in sports and leisure facilities?

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12.August 2014 | Congress

24th Internationaler IAKS Congress 2015: IAKS will celebrate its 50th anniversary!

IAKS will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on the occasion of FSB 2015 from 27th to 30th October 2015. IAKS will take this opportunity to cast a look back in time at the history of the sports and leisure infrastructure.

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07.August 2014 | Congress

New Hall Concept for 2015: FSB and aquanale are moving to Cologne's North Halls

New momentum in a dynamic new environment: From 2015, FSB, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities, will take place at Koelnmesse's modern North Halls. With the new "themed hall concept", FSB and aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, taking place simultaneously, are setting the right course for a successful future in Cologne.

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26.May 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - Activating urban environment

On its fourth and final day, the IAKS Congress directed its discussions towards providing activating spaces in urban environments. Stefan Siebert moderated the five presentations. Prof. Dr. Robin Kähler spoke about local sports structures in large cities and their contribution to urban development.
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12.May 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - Planning and designing for social benefits

Sports and leisure-oriented infrastructure projects from four continents were presented under the chairing of Prof. Dr. Carlos Vera Guardia and Johannes ­Bühlbecker.

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