19 - 22 May 2026 OTWorld

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Continued Growth for the Number One International Trade Show OTWorld 2024
Once again, OTWorld attracted large numbers of visitors from all over the world with a comprehensive programme covering the latest technologies and innovative solutions ranging from sustainable orthoses and intelligent prostheses to rehabilitation technology for stroke patients and exoskeletons for children. Over the course of four days, 574 exhibitors from 42 countries welcomed 20,400 visitors from 96 countries to the show to discuss new concepts for treatment and care in prosthetics and orthotics, orthopaedic footwear technology, rehabilitation technology and compression therapy. At the world congress, over 300 international speakers also presented their groundbreaking visions of the future in global orthopaedic treatment and care.
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OTWorld Opens With "Mission Possible"
On 14 May 2024, OTWorld launches its journey into a future of orthopaedic treatment and care without limits under the motto "Mission Possible". At the opening ceremony, the global community is invited to join the mission to make possible what seems impossible.
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New Special Show: Orthopaedic Treatment and Care in Crisis Regions
Conflicts and wars cast long shadows, leaving people physically and emotionally wounded and robbing them of their lives, their futures and their hope. Currently, millions of people around the world are living under extremely difficult conditions after suffering severe strokes of fate. The OTWorld 2024 special show dedicated to the provision of orthopaedic treatment and care in crisis regions will be taking a look at these issues.
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NEW: Meeting Point Orthopaedic Footwear Technology
Embedded in the "OTWorld.shoe-technology" special exhibition area in Hall 1, the Meeting Point Orthopaedic Footwear Technology is the first point of contact for all visitors hoping to learn more about sensorimotor insoles. The meeting point is run by the Competence Center for Orthopaedic Footwear Technology (KomZet O.S.T.) and the the Study Association of Orthopaedic Footwear Technology (Studiengemeinschaft Orthopädieschuhtechnik e.V.).
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Start-Ups in Prosthetics & Orthotics: Innovations for a Dynamic Future
The prosthetics & orthotics industry is of vital importance to people with physical impairments. Prosthetics, orthotics and other medical aids all play a decisive role in improving the quality of life for millions of people worldwide by restoring their mobility and helping them participate in everyday life. In this context, start-ups in prosthetics & orthotics have the opportunity to make a significant contribution with their innovations and creative approaches. At OTWorld 2024, 25 young companies from ten nations will be introducing themselves. We asked their founders some questions and received some fascinating answers.
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Into Weightlessness with a Prosthesis
John McFall, a former Paralympic sprinter and Consultant Traumatologist and Orthopaedic Surgeon, could soon be the first astronaut with a physical disability to fly into space. McFall, who lost his right leg in a motorbike accident at the age of 19, has proven that almost anything is possible with modern assistive technology. He is world champion in the 100 and 200 metre races for transfemoral amputees and is now pursuing a career that could take him into weightlessness.
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Global Industry Meeting with Very High International Participation
The international trade show and world congress sets future standards for the provision of orthopaedic treatment and care worldwide from 14 to 17 May 2024. The main topics on the agenda include prosthetics and orthotics, digitalisation, robotics and AI as well as compression supplies, insole production and 3D printing. More than 550 exhibitors from 42 countries have registered for the event with over half travelling to Leipzig from outside Germany. This makes OTWorld more international than ever before.
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Secure your tickets now for La Fête de l'OTWorld!
In line with this year's partner country France, the OTWorld Party will be styled as a French street festival known as "La Fête de l'OTWorld." Music, French delicacies, fine wine, and 'Savoir-vivre' – at the OTWorld party exhibitors, customers, colleagues and friends come together for a relaxed get-together in a casual atmosphere.
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Keynote speaker Schaar: "Who cares about representation? Disabled people in the media"
In a world where our perceptions are shaped by the media, the question remains: How are people with disabilities represented? Which narratives and unconscious thought patterns dominate? In his keynote speech, René Schaar will shed light on how disabilities are portrayed in fictional and non-fictional formats in film and television.
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Premiere: Special Show on Treatment and Care for Neurological Diseases
At this special show, visitors to OTWorld 2024 can expect insights on medical aids and solutions for the optimal care of affected patients. The exhibition incorporates a patient room that provides holistic treatment and care as well as a marketplace offering further information and advice. Additional programme features for visitors include keynote speeches and interactive displays such as a stroke risk check.
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Practical Further Education for Medical Supply Store Staff
From sales, counselling and the workshop to treatment and care, medical supply store staff are always in direct contact with their patients and are well aware of the challenges, problems and questions faced by people who need medical aids. For the first time, the world congress is offering a further education programme specifically for healthcare supply retailers to provide them with additional support in their daily work.
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New Features at the OTWorld 2024 World Congress
The next edition of the world congress offers several new features. These include a tailored training programme for medical supply store staff and a selection of practical workshops each day giving examples for patient treatment. In addition, programme selection has been simplified using take-home messages.
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World of Orthopaedic Footwear Technology
The orthopaedic footwear technology industry will meet at OTWorld in Leipzig from 14 to 17 May 2024 for professional, practical dialogue among physicians, technicians and physiotherapists. The world congress and leading world trade show will offer comprehensive insights into topics relevant to orthopaedic footwear technology. Visitors can expect to be inspired by a wide range of care solutions for everyday applications.
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Youth.Academy TO: Supporting Young Newcomers to the Industry at OTWorld 2024
Now in its sixth year, the Youth.Academy TO of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (BIV-OT) invites interested youngsters working in the industry to visit OTWorld in Leipzig. Trainees and students will have the opportunity from 16 to 17 May 2024 to network and discuss current developments, trends and challenges in orthopaedic technology.
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P&O Insights: International Exchange on Spina Bifida
OTWorld is continuing its successful collaboration with the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP) in the form of a transnational symposium. The focus this year will be on the topic of spina bifida. Prominent experts from the US and Germany will be presenting innovative approaches and modern treatment
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Booking a Hotel for Your Visit to the Trade Show
We can help you find comfortable and central accommodation in Leipzig. The Leipziger Messe hotel service offers exhibitors, visitors and speakers support in planning their visit to OTWorld 2024. Our hotel portal ensures accommodation can easily be booked online.
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OTWorld.first-timers: Exhibitor Portraits
Showcasing products from soft prostheses, bionic hand orthoses and arm robots to the world's lightest forearm crutches, first-time exhibitors at OTWorld will be presenting their innovative ideas and products in this exclusive special exhibition area. Visitors can look forward to plenty of inspiration for new solutions in orthopaedic treatment and care.
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Exclusive OTWorld.3d Exhibition Area at OTWorld 2024
The use of 3D printing to produce customised orthoses, prostheses and insoles is growing in relevance. For this reason, OTWorld is dedicating a separate exhibition area to this production technology. In the OTWorld.3D exhibition area, visitors can find out more about the full scope of possible applications in prosthetics and orthotics.
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Congress Programme offers Further Education for the Entire Treatment and Care Team
Practical, international and interdisciplinary: From 14 to 17 May, the world congress at OTWorld will be setting the scene for global knowledge transfer in the prosthetics and orthotics industry. The highly varied congress programme will offer a wide range of further education opportunities for all professional groups working at the interface between people and technology. New items on this year's programme include the addition of a special series of workshops for medical supply store staff. Furthermore, all workshops will now take place within the framework of the world congress.
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Paediatric, Adolescent and Neuro-Orthopaedics in the Spotlight at OTWorld 2024
The world's largest congress on technical orthopaedics will focus on paediatric, adolescent and neuro-orthopaedics at the upcoming event in Leipzig. Evidence-based lectures and best practice examples from Germany and the US will deliver scientific content and provide inspiration on the complexities of day-to-day care for affected patients.
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Save Money and Stay Up-To-Date With Our Early-Bird Discount
Tickets for OTWorld 2024 go on sale in the online shop from January 2024. Benefit from generous discounts and ensure you stay up-to-date with the early-bird price for participation at the world congress. For young professionals, it is also worth getting on board early. Tickets for the Youth.Academy TO are available at a reduced price as well.
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OTWorld.start-ups: New Ideas for the Modern Orthopaedic Treatment and Care
Young companies will present their new developments and ideas to an international audience of experts in the special exhibition area. A visit to OTWorld.start-ups offers insights into innovative products and the chance to become part of a dynamic network that drives progress in the industry. Newcomers can still register for remaining spaces.
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Keynote Speaker Presents a Carbon Neutral "Green Carbon" Process at OTWorld 2024
At the leading world get-together for the prosthetics and orthotics industry, Professor Thomas Brück will be presenting an innovative technology for use in medical applications called "Green Carbon". The carbon-neutral process for manufacturing algae-based carbon fibres could possibly replace traditional carbon fibres in medical technology applications in the future.
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Unlimited Professional Training Opportunities at OTWorld.campus
In workshops, at the lectures or over a game of table tennis, OTWorld.campus offers the next generation a chance to find out about the wide range of professional training and further education opportunities in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics. Educational institutions and young professionals will be getting together in an open and inspirational atmosphere.
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Happiness Researcher Holds Keynote Address at OTWorld
Can your work make you happy? This question will be addressed by Berlin professor of psychology Prof Ricarda Rehwaldt in a keynote speech in which she provides inspiration for more happiness and satisfaction in our daily professional lives.
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France is Partner Country at OTWorld 2024
France is presenting itself for the first time as the partner country at OTWorld. A large pavilion with French companies is planned as well as contributions to the congress programme that provide insights into the French healthcare system. The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris will also be in the spotlight.
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OTWorld.friends: A Strong Community
Numerous associations, professional societies and educational institutions across the world, from AOPA and BUFA to DGOU and ISPO, are committed to supporting knowledge transfer and progress in modern orthopaedic treatment and care. By working together, all these players can achieve much more. This is why the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (BIV-OT) as the conceptual partner of OTWorld is inviting them to become a part of the new and exclusive network called "OTWorld.friends".
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OTWorld.first-timers: Exhibition Space Exclusively for First-Time Exhibitors
OTWorld is offering new exhibitors a unique opportunity to introduce themselves with a stand at the global industry get-together from 14 to 17 May 2024 in Leipzig. The OTWorld.first-timers exclusive exhibition space is perfectly located in front of the entrance to the congress area and offers maximum visibility with an open-plan lounge atmosphere.
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