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10 - 13 May 2022
Overview 3/25/21

Back to the Future: OTWorld 2022 plans Global Event

Global, on-site and digital: Preparations have started for OTWorld 2022, the leading international interdisciplinary and professional platform for modern orthopaedic treatment and care. In the wake of the exclusively digital OTWorld.connect, the industry eagerly awaits the next edition of its global event, once again to be held as a face-to-face gathering in Leipzig from 10 to 13 May 2022. Developed and tested through the pandemic, many of the digital elements will help expand the event's international reach.

"In the midst of the Corona crisis, we succeeded in digitally setting up OTWorld.connect, one of the largest medical congresses held last year, complete with showrooms and workshops for the participating industry. 49 per cent of accesseswere registered from abroad. We have thus proved our comprehensive expertise and have analysed, adapted and further developed the knowledge gained. This is why OTWorld will be "digitally enhanced" in future together with partners from industry, business and associations, says Martin Buhl-Wagner, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe. "There remains, however, a great desire in the sector to finally be able to meet personally again to exchange the latest expertise – everyone is looking forward to the reunion in Leipzig! For this reason, planning for the international flagship event OTWorld is already underway."

With more than 4,400 accounts accessing the congress from 93 countries – including the use of the Media Library – OTWorld.connect 2020 turned out to be a truly global virtual event. 52 companies from 15 countries presented Innovation Showrooms, registering more than 28,000 "admissions".

On-Site Safety Concept Backed Up with Vaccinations and Tests

"Last year we demonstrated: the healthcare industry can go digital – and then some!", emphasises Alf Reuter, President of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (BIV-OT), the conceptual partner of OTWorld. "We have shown what is possible with the aid of digital tools and explored the limits: the provision of medical aids requires contact with patients and personal exchange with colleagues. As much as we value videoconferencing: we all eagerly await the in-person event", says Reuter.

With 250 contributions from more than 20 countries, heated debates on industry policy and an enormous worldwide reception, OTWorld.connect 2020 emerged as a "beacon of knowledge" on modern medical aid provision during a pandemic: "From Costa Rica to Côte d'Ivoire, Nepal, Peru and Sudan to Togo, we were able to reach completely new target groups. For many, the event offered a unique chance to get much needed cutting-edge expertise on how to provide care in these difficult circumstances." The growing need internationally for up-to-date scientific knowledge and share experience was clear – not least in times of pandemic.

"In 2022, we will once again be the voice of our globally networked industry at OTWorld in Leipzig," says Reuter. "Corona rapid tests and vaccinations open up the possibility of meeting again in person – even if the pandemic has not yet completely abated. I assume that our target group, which includes, among others, medical staff with high patient commitment, will be, to a large extent, vaccinated by then". On top of that, with "Safe Expo" Leipziger Messe has developed a comprehensive, flexible hygiene concept.

Here to Stay

From the beacon symposia, focusing on pioneering interdisciplinary care concepts, to the BIV-OT's sector-political forum and the industry workshop series: A number of programme formats were baptised by fire at OTWorld.connect and will be back again at OTWorld 2022. The worldwide community will be connected via additional digital features.

Launched for the first time at OTWorld.connect, the Media Library also met with a great response. All presentations from the World Congress remained available for about three months – until 31 January 2021 – including the events of the sector-political forum, the Innovation Showrooms and the 45 successful industry workshops. The lectures stored in the Media Library alone were accessed more than 15,000 times, with online visitors to the Media Library and showrooms originating from 49 different countries.

Modern Care on all Frequencies

Assistance systems, biomechanics, provision of aids for cerebral palsy, gonarthrosis therapy, paediatric neuro-orthopaedics, osseointegration, rehabilitation, robotics, materials research, diabetic foot, 3D printing – the OTWorld programme spans a broad spectrum. The programme committee and the exhibitors' advisory committee have begun their work and defined the first guidelines for the content.

With congress presidents Prof. Dr. Martin Engelhardt and Dipl.-Ing. Merkur Alimusaj, in 2022 an interprofessional dual-leadership will once again be setting the tone. Alimusaj is head of Technical Orthopaedics at the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Heidelberg University Hospital, and is outspoken on digitalisation, new manufacturing methods and care for children and young people. Engelhardt, Medical Director of the Klinikum Osnabrück and Head of the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, is an expert in technical orthopaedics. He sits on the board of the Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatic Sports Medicine (GOTS). Provision of care for athletes will be one of the leading topics at OTWorld 2022.

About OTWorld
The International Trade Show and World Congress OTWorld is aimed at technicians in orthopaedics, orthopaedic shoes and rehabilitation as well as therapists, doctors, engineers, and medical trade and insurance companies' employees with a unique range of products and services. Due to restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 OTWorld.connect Special Edition took place in exclusively digital form as an online world congress with virtual product worlds – confirming its position as the world's leading industry meeting place. The event was used by more than 4,400 accounts from 93 countries either live or via the Media Library, which remained available for three months afterwards. As a rule, each account represents several participants. The lectures stored in the Media Library alone were accessed more than 15,000 times.

As long as the pandemic allows, OTWorld will return as an international on-site event with supplementary global digital attendance from 10 to 13 May 2022. The German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (BIV-OT) is OTWorld's conceptual partner. The owner of the OTWorld brand and organiser of the congress is Confairmed GmbH. The Leipziger Messe GmbH is responsible for the trade show.

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