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.

News

26.September 2013 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach Patron

Prestigious patronage for the 23rd IAKS Congress by Dr. Thomas Bach, the new President of the International Olympic Committee who is thus continuing a hallowed tradition.

more

26.September 2013 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress. The second day of the IAKS Congress will focus on excellence in sports and leisure facilities.

“To be asked to be the Chairman of this session  is an honour and a privileged challenge. I am sure that the subject of London 2012 with its speakers will be of interest to the audience of specialists, who come to the Congress from all over the World”, says Prof. Geraint John.

more

25.September 2013 | Congress

FIFA forum Quality for YOUR game during FSB on Oct 22, 2013 in Cologne

FIFA is once again holding a forum on the topic of artificial turf at this year’s IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) congress in Cologne.

more

20.September 2013 | Congress

Award-winning projects and designs from the 2013 IOC/IPC/IAKS award competition on Oct 23, 2013

"This year I am very excited to have the opportunity to co-chair the IAKS session on the Exemplary Awards and Students/Young Professionals Awards. Not only does this session highlight the very best in sports and leisure design, but it also points to a new generation of very exciting designers. As a jury member I was particularly impressed at the exciting ideas being developed across the globe. The IAKS is honoured to be a platform for encouraging and recognizing such talent." says Conrad Boychuk, Canada.  Together with Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer from Austria he will

more

15.September 2013 | Congress

Opening of the 23rd IAKS Congress on Oct 22, 2013 at 10 h

Only 5 weeks to go and the International IAKS Congress will present already for the 23rd time high-rate seminars, workshops and interviews with experts and thus provide a large range of information in the field of sports facility construction.

The 23rd IAKS Congress starts with the official opening together with the FSB and aquanale trade fairs on October 22, 2013 at 10 h, where the who's who will meet. International guests are welcomed by

more

Pages