Learning made easy at the New Lounges show

Karlsruhe again plays host to Germany’s growing new event, where learning about cleanrooms is made easy and as comfortable as possible

Technical sessions and hands-on demonstrations

Karlsruhe again plays host to Germany’s growing new event, where learning about cleanrooms is made easy and as comfortable as possible.

Weary feet, rushed meetings and a snatched, over-priced sandwich are the abiding memories of most major industry exhibitions, so it is a pleasant surprise to experience something truly innovative but just as good in terms of providing networking and information gathering opportunities.

The Lounges concept provided by event organiser Inspire combines the idea of an exhibition with the objectives of a congress. From 28 February – 1 March three days of cleanroom presentations, forums and hands-on demonstrations will be co-located with company booths in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Rather than a competition for best booth and stand attractions, Lounges focuses on making communication between the visitors and exhibitors the objective of the event. But as the term “lounge” suggests, there is more to it than merely a hall with stands. Exhibitors and visitors will find the space in the Messe Karlsruhe is constructed like a giant lounge that invites the participants to linger and fosters communication.

Informal atmosphere

Half-hourly seminars in co-located rooms cover all the major controlled environment themes. The only problem is choosing which ones to attend as several run concurrently and most are in German.

The organisation of a Facility Lounge, GMP Lounge, Water Lounge and Cleanroom Lounge makes everything easy to locate and the “HygieniCon” area provides a comprehensive array of EHEDG-certified products.

The small booths created for exhibitors cover the industry sectors of: automation, GMP facilities/building services, engineering, green concepts, hygienic design, hygiene, integrated pest management, cleanroom technology and water management.

In addition to the main conference programme there will be presentations for experts (Expert sessions). In another area there will be daily specialist presentations on a variety of topics, followed by discussions. Meanwhile Newcomer sessions provide more basic talks, some with demonstration workshops for those new to the industry.

Technical seminars

The large exhibitor room also includes areas that let visitors get direct, hands-on experience of new equipment. “Learning by doing” is the guiding principle of these areas, say the organisers.

A hot lunch is provided on site for all attendees and several companies sponsor the breakfast, drink and snack bars, so that all meals are catered for. The evenings end with free entertainment in the form of music and refreshments.

This year the show is also co-located with Vision Pharma, an event dedicated to the pharmaceutical sector. This caters for those involved in pharma manufacturing and processing, packaging and logistics, analytical technology and quality assurance, GMP guidance and regulations.

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