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A packed programme, with an Academic Tech Start-up Area, EDU Conference, Global EdTech Start-up Awards and Business Breakfast with the “chefs” of the successful scholarly blog The Scholarly Kitchen

With Frankfurt EDU, Frankfurter Buchmesse (16-20 October 2019) has a new international platform for innovative concepts, content and technologies in the education sector. This is where the trends for the future of learning are developed.

In addition, Frankfurter Buchmesse is the largest trade fair for academic content and business information. The future of scientific publishing will be presented and discussed around Hall 4.2. Here, those interested in the topic can get to know the latest innovations in the field of knowledge sharing and the publication of business information. Various panels will be dedicated to new open access strategies and the publication of academic monographs.

“How will we learn in the future? How can academic publishing be assured and financed in an era of fake news and manipulative algorithms? Visit our areas dedicated to education, science and business information to discover how to master today and tomorrow’s challenges successfully”, says Joachim Kindler, Director Business Development Science & Business Information and Education.


Some highlights in the Frankfurt EDU area


Frankfurt EDU Conference (Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm, Congress Center, Level 2, Rooms: Spektrum, Conclusio) 

In 2019, the conference will offer English-speaking sessions on current topics in education. The Frankfurt EDU Conference, formerly known as the “Bildungskongress” – Education Congress – has been organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse since 2006 in cooperation with several partners. The programme includes panel discussions and impulse presentations for decision makers in the education industry.

In addition to events, the marketplace is a central part of the Frankfurt EDU Conference. In the foyer of Congress Center Level 2, publishers, institutions and service providers for the education industry have an opportunity to present their products. Exhibitors can also sell their books and media at retail price. Speakers include Frida Blomgren (State Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Norway), Monika Solveig (Head of Department Secondary School, Commune Bergen, Norway), Dr Maszlee bin Malik (Minister of Education, Malaysia) and many others.


Frankfurt EDU Start-up Area (Hall 4.2 B79)

Young entrepreneurs from the international education sector present their ideas. Take a seat on the EDU Couch and immerse yourself in topics around digitalisation and education. Take advantage of the speed mentoring offered by Wissensfabrik, a network of German business enterprises.

Network at the events of CONTENTshift, the innovation platform of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association). Experience the exciting Investors’ Pitching and don’t miss the big Start-up Party.


DIGI-CO (Frankfurt EDU Start-up Area, Hall 4.2 B 80)

The DIGI-CO platform offers direct digital access to comprehensive teaching materials, improved opportunities for lesson preparation, and teaching aids that facilitate differentiated support for individual students. Contribute your feedback to influence the further development of this digital platform.

Be sure to learn more about DIGI-CO at Frankfurt EDU in Hall 4.2 during the fair. Visitors can discover more information about the project at the DIGI-CO stand in the Frankfurt EDU Start-up Area every day.


Global EdTech Start-up Awards 2019 – European Semi-finals (17 October 2019, 4 – 5 pm, Frankfurt EDU Stage, Hall 4.2 C94)

In 2019, Frankfurter Buchmesse will present the European pitch for the Global EdTech Start-up Awards (GESA) for the second time.

The awards will identify, showcase and recognise the world’s most promising EdTech start-ups in 2019. Innovative start-ups will pitch to a top-class jury and present their ideas for changing the educational landscape worldwide. Choose your favourite start-up before the global jurors announce the European semi-finalists, who will then pitch at the Global Finals in London.


Some highlights in the Science and Business Information area


Academic Tech Start-up Area (Hall 4.2 H 28)

The Academic Tech Start-up Area will be the new hub for young and innovative companies working in scholarly publishing at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. This area will host daily meet-and-greets during the trade visitor days. Here you can find out more about the inspiring services and products offered by the exhibiting start-ups. There’s only limited space left: Innovative start-ups can register now to participate. Please note: Start-ups must be less than five-years old to exhibit in the Academic Tech Start-up Area.


Food for Thought: Micro Conference and Business Breakfast with the Society for Scholarly Publishing and The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs (16 October 2019, 8.45 – 11.00 am, Academic & Business Information Stage, Hall 4.2 N101)

Join the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and The Scholarly Kitchen (TSK) Chefs for a complimentary breakfast with a side of what’s trending in scholarly and academic publishing. In collaboration with Frankfurter Buchmesse, SSP and TSK will deliver two insightful sessions exploring forthcoming industry developments along with a look at diversity, inclusivity and equity in scholarly communications.


International Convention of University Presses (Saturday, 19 October 2019, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm, Level 4.2, Room Dimension)

The 7th International Convention of University Presses will deal with accessibility from different viewpoints. On the one hand, university presses have a social responsibility – sometimes legal, frequently institutional, always ethical – since they must make content accessible to all types of readers in different situations. On the other hand, there are technical obstacles that make it difficult to reach their target audience.


Events on the Academic & Business Information Stage (Hall 4.2 N101)

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and data intelligence in publishing all take centre stage, along with industry trends and market developments in the areas of finance, economics and law as well as career topics for young professionals. A highlight on the weekend: Campus Weekend with events for anyone interested in education and scientific topics! On Wednesday, the events will focus on innovations in academic publishing. New technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) will take centre stage on Thursday, while on Friday the stage will be dedicated to events for librarians. Campus Weekend will offer events not only for students but for the whole family and anyone interested in science and education.

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About Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. Since 1976, the book fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).


Contact for the media:

Press & Corporate Communication, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69
Kathrin Grün, Head of Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69