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Asian exhibitors return to the book fair | Trade programme will focus on the academic and education sectors | Relaunch of Campus Weekend  

Artificial intelligence in teaching and research, values education that promotes sustainability and democracy, new approaches for schools, and business models ranging from basic education to special interests: at Frankfurter Buchmesse (18–22 October 2023), providers of educational media and specialist information will be presenting their new products and ideas at their stands and during the programme of events. German-language educational media along with specialist and academic publishers will be located in Hall 3.1, with the Forum Bildung (Education Forum) serving as the main stage for events (3.1 D12). Individual publishers will also be organising programmes at their stands: the Haufe Group, for example, will again have its own stage (3.1 D32). This is also where institutions like Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education and the learning centre Bildungsstätte Anne Frank can be found. International exhibitors specialised in academic publishing, STM and content services will be located in Hall 4.0 – where numerous participants from Asia are scheduled to be present once again, now that travel restrictions have been lifted – and in Hall 5.1. Visitors will be able to gain extensive insights into current market developments, data and trends, thanks to an accompanying programme featuring international experts – a programme explicitly designed to appeal to professionals from the library and information sector, among others. In addition, a relaunch of Campus Weekend will take place on the days when the fair is open to the public (21–22 October). Many of the events organised by exhibitors from the educational sector will be geared towards a general audience, such as those taking place at LitCam’s Kulturstadion (4.1 G29), which will feature a diverse programme of topics related to literature, football and society. 

Frankfurt Academic: International exhibitors and conferences 

Frankfurt Academic exhibitors will be concentrated in Hall 4.0, the main space for international participants. Academic publishers and service providers from Asia will be back this year, which means that all the major international players will be on site to do business and network. Their programme will examine the challenges and innovations that can be found when complex subjects are addressed in the areas of academic publishing and specialist information. For example, the question will be posed of why academic works should be translated into “small languages”, an issue highly relevant to this year’s Guest of Honour, Slovenia. The team from The Scholarly Kitchen, the blog run by the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), will host a micro-conference on Thursday on the topic “KI and Open Access”. Afterwards, other international leaders and exhibitors from the academic community will take the stage in the Frankfurt Studio. On Friday, the Charleston Conference together with Publishing Perspectives will welcome guests to a networking breakfast followed by a trade programme. Topics will include transparency and sustainability at libraries. A stand organised by the German trade association BIB – Berufsverband Bibliothek Information e.V. and Frankfurt’s Stauffenberg School will serve as a point of contact for current and next-generation professionals from the library and information sector (Hall 4.0 H76). 

For more on exhibitors and the Frankfurt Academic programme:  

Campus Weekend: Events and activities for knowledge lovers 

After the trade visitor days, exhibitors from the education and academic sector will gear up for Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Campus Weekend, which is being organised in cooperation with the Berlin Institute for Scholarly Publishing (BISP) and is taking place for the first time since 2019. For example, the Springer Nature stand will be converted into an event area overnight. Many additional exhibitors will be welcoming students and other knowledge seekers. Visitors can expect books on the latest academic findings, interviews with authors, networking events, tips on starting a career in academia, and information on book-centric degree programmes. 

For more on Campus Weekend: 

Education Forum: Trade programme, education policy and Young People’s Word of the Year  

Are privacy concerns preventing schools from going digital? How do educational media keep pace with social diversity? How is AI changing our understanding of writing and authorship? The Education Forum in Hall 3.1 Stand D12, jointly organised by the educational association Verband Bildungsmedien e. V. and Frankfurter Buchmesse, will once again be the venue for presentations, talks and discussions focussing on teaching and learning. For the first time, Germany’s Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs will serve as the forum’s patron. Katharina Günther-Wünsch, president of Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and Berlin’s senator for education, youth and family affairs, will speak at a panel discussion on Wednesday about improving cooperation between the country’s federal and state governments. 

Events on the days reserved for trade visitors will be geared towards teachers, other educational professionals and the publishing industry, and will generally take place in German. Presentations and hands-on activities at the weekend will allow parents, children and the interested public to enjoy themselves while broadening their horizons. On Sunday, for example, the German Young People’s Word of the Year will be announced in front of a live audience. 
The complete Education Forum programme: 

European football meets social policy: LitCam’s Kulturstadion (Hall 4.1 G29) 

Also at the weekend, the Aldus Up Stage in Hall 4.1 will morph into the Kulturstadion. This is where LitCam (Literacy Campaign) will welcome football and literature fans for a programme that combines the issues of football, society, culture and integration. The mix of topics will be presented by high-profile personalities from Europe’s football scene, along with experts, authors and cultural leaders. LitCam is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting educational equality and integration. Kulturstadion is sponsored by DFB-Kulturstiftung, the German Football Association’s cultural foundation, and by the German government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media, Minister of State Claudia Roth, who is serving as patron this year once again. More information on the Kulturstadion will be available shortly in Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Calendar of Events. 


Details on the happenings listed above can be found in Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Calendar of Events. The calendar will be updated on an ongoing basis prior to the fair: 

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Press and Corporate Communication, Frankfurter Buchmesse,

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Katrin Hage, PR Manager, Phone: +49 69 2102 116, 

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Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair and 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. 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 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).