25th IAKS congress: interdisciplinary exchange at the highest level

The 25th edition of the international IAKS congress attracted over 400 guests and delegations from 39 countries and offered excellent opportunities for the international exchange of information between experts and decision-makers. Dr Stefan Kannewischer, President of the IAKS, summed up: "FSB and the IAKS congress have particularly proven that they are the most important business and communication hub and thus the idea and concept melting pot of the international sports facilities and leisure industry."

Experts from Europe, Canada, USA, Russia and Australia presented the worldwide trends for the future of sports and leisure facilities. These include the increasing significance of the multifunctionality of places of exercise for lifestyle activities, a stronger focus on universal design suitable for the disabled in line with the ageing society and the obligation towards sustainable construction for the achievement of climate protection goals.

"We won't encourage inactive people to exercise more using classic sports offers, but instead via "gentle" starter offers. The sports and leisure infrastructure has to tread new paths," demanded Dr Kannewischer.

The IAKS Congress once again did justice to its reputation as the worldwide trendsetter of the sports and leisure industry. Whether on thematically complex tasks required of municipalities to ensure that they position themselves as healthy living environments in the future or new approaches in the financing, execution and sustainable operation of sports and leisure facilities - the IAKS Congress also offered excellent opportunities for the international exchange of information between experts and decision-makers this year," stated Klaus Meinel, IAKS Secretary General.

The papers presented are ready to download for the attendees as well as exclusively for all IAKS members.

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