EFMC 2013 to focus on sustainability
Düsseldorf/Prague, January 2013 – Sustainability will be the core focus of this year's European Facility Management Conference (EFMC), taking place in Prague from 22 to 24 May 2013 (efmc.conference.com). Based on the motto “Facility Management for a Sustainable Future”, the Business Conference and the Research Symposium will bring together the latest insights from research and practice under the umbrella of this large international trade fair and congress. The event is organised by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the European EuroFM association. Over 700 participants from all over the world are expected at the Prague Congress Center.
The national Czech and Slovak FM associations will act as joint hosts. “The EFMC picks up the tradition of the ‘World Workplace Europe’ conference, which was organised by the IFMA in Europe until 2003. The last event of this kind, which was also one of the most successful conferences, took place in Prague in 2003. Therefore, it is of symbolic significance that, ten years on, Facility Managers will once again convene in this historic city”, says Ond ej Štrup, President of the Czech IFMA section and Deputy Chairman of EuroFM. Ass.Prof.Viera Somorová, President of the Slovak FM association SAFM adds: “We are convinced that the EFMC 2013 will make a great contribution to strengthening connections between the established EU states and the fast-growing countries in Central and Eastern Europe.”
The welcome reception at Villa Richter, nestled in the vineyards of Prague Castle, starts at 6 pm on 22 May and will put the participants in the mood for the two conference days to follow. Apart from plenary sessions and parallel presentations on various topics, the EFMC will once again offer round table sessions for interactive and animated exchange, a gala dinner at the Žofín Palace during which the European FM Awards will be presented on the evening of 23 May, and a poster session by European FM students. The speakers comprise, among others: Peter Ankerstjerne of ISS, Tomáš Polák of Okin, Alan Hajek of UniCredit Bank, John Hanlon of the British Ministry of Defence, Adriana Petrova of Landmark Property Management, Marcel Broumels of Essent, Jos Duchamps of Procos, Jaap G. Wijnja of Hanze University and Svein Bjørberg of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
The EFMC 2013 is sponsored by ISS, Okin and Sodexo as well as Eurest Services and Ecophon Saint-Gobain. “Once again, ISS is proud to be the platinum sponsor of the European Facility Management Conference. We consider it a very important forum for networking, sharing best practices and gaining insight into future trends and developments in the FM industry. ISS encourages colleagues, clients and friends to participate at the EFMC in Prague”, states ISS Group Marketing Director Peter Ankerstjerne. Patrick Sochnikoff of Sodexo explains: “The EFMC is an important event for the FM market. It brings together business experiences and educational knowledge on a European level. As a global integrator of Quality of Life Services, Sodexo support this event, by sharing our expertise with FM professionals. We see it as our logical obligation to be part of the development of the FM profession. Like previous year in Copenhagen, we expect to be inspired by the many debates as well.”
At the accompanying trade exhibition, companies from the FM industry will present their services, including AB Facility, Kaba MainManager and Topdesk. Moreover, about 15 media partners from various European countries will support the event organised by Euroforum and Informa Exhibitions. Early-bird rates apply until 15 March.
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