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The ceremony was held to thank the companies, suppliers, media and other professionals for the contribution and support to holding more than 100 fairs every year. Guest of honour Carlos Soria gave an inspirational talk about the challenges he has faced during his career in sport

Almost 80 countries celebrated Global Exhibitions Day today, to recognise an industry with an annual economic impact of around €98 billion, with a convening power that mobilises 4.4 million exhibiting companies and more than 260 million visitors around the world. The trade fair sector creates more than 680,000 direct and 1.8 million induced jobs

This is the third consecutive year that IFEMA has celebrated Global Exhibitions Day with trade fair institutions from around 80 countries, with a programme dedicated to everyone who contributes to its operation and helps it to stage more than 100 trade fairs and congresses every year, in which more than 33 companies and more than 3.5 million visitors take part. This activity which generates around €2,600 million every year for Madrid's economy, and more than 44,000 jobs. These figures will rise in the next five years according to growth forecasts in the IFEMA Strategic Plan, which predicts that the organisation will double its turnover to €203 million by 2022, according to Clemente González Soler, president of IFEMA, at the presentation of the event.

On a global scale, the industry achieves some extremely impressive figures, with €98 billion generated by the 31,000 fairs that take place every year, which are attended by 4.4 million exhibitor companies and more than 260 million visitors around the world. In this regard, hosting more than 400 fairs a year, our country is ranked fourth in the world, according to the Spanish Exhibition and Trade Fair Association.

This is a day for highlighting the value of the exhibitions industry, which employs 680,000 people, creates 1.8 million induced jobs, and fosters sector development, by providing proper conditions and projects to nourish businesses, promoting international expansion, and encouraging innovation and knowledge transfer. Aspects which, according to the president of IFEMA, trigger growth and expansion in sectors served by fairs, stimulating national economies. What’s more, trade fair organisations do all this while prioritising social responsibility, committed to having a positive impact on local communities and the environment.

INSPIRATIONAL TALK - Carlos Soria. To this end, IFEMA invited the most international Spanish mountaineer on the occasion of his last attempt to reach the Dhaulagiri summit, in Nepal, with the sponsorship of IFEMA. During his talk, he shared his life experience and the values needed for his activity, such as hard work, perseverance, the quest to share objectives and the struggle to achieve them. The experience accumulated during his last years has given him the satisfaction of reaching the top of 12 of the world's 14 eight - thousanders , and of remaining active and eager to reach the challenge of completing, at his 79 years of age, the two great mountains left to add to his curriculum. IFEMA sponsored the IFEMA-CARLOS SORIA Expedition to Dhaulagiri.

OPEN DOORS DAY: Today, IFEMA also held an Open Doors Day for Business and Protocol schools, with guided tours of the Feria de Madrid site. The objective is to raise awareness of the valuable activity carried out by IFEMA in different groups, and to draw attention to the impact of fairs on the economy and related sectors, as well as being genuine innovation and knowledge platforms.
The event was broadcast live from the IFEMA website www.ifema.es and from the Global Exhibitions Day Microsite http://www.ifema.es/web/diamudialferias/index.html where a commemorative video will be available to mark the Global Exhibitions Day ceremony and Carlos Soria’s talk, with testimonials from the ten presidents and members of the Organisers’ Committees from IFEMA's main trade fairs who took part in the celebration.


For further information:
Marta Cacho | IFEMA Communication and Press Manager | mcacho@ifema.es




IFEMA will host the world’s biggest fair entirely devoted to the olive oil sector

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A collaboration agreement was signed today between IFEMA and the World Olive Oil Exhibition for the celebration of its next edition, to be held at Feria de Madrid on 21 and 22 March

The WOOE will once again become a forum for debate and analysis within the industry, offering a programme of conferences and master tasting sessions led by speakers of international prestige.

The collaboration agreement between IFEMA and the World Olive Oil Exhibition was renewed today, paving the way for the next edition of this trade fair, which will be held at Feria de Madrid on 21 and 22 March.  Eduardo López-Puertas, General Manager of IFEMA, Otilia Romero de Condés, CEO of the WOOE, and José Luis Murcia, Executive Director of the WOOE, have signed an agreement so that IFEMA will once again host the world’s biggest fair entirely devoted to the olive oil sector.

The World Olive Oil Exhibition expects to bring together 200 oil mills and olive oil producers, along with more than 3,000 professionals, buyers, catering entrepreneurs, distributors, and business owners of more than 30 different nationalities, hailing from the United Arab Emirates, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Italy and the US, amongst other countries.

 WOOE will be the international olive oil industry's leading hub for reinvigorating their businesses, opening up new markets, and closing some the most important deals of the year.  Participants will become privy to the latest trends and key aspects of this dynamic market, as well as the developments that can be expected in its immediate future.

 This is possible thanks to one of the olive oil industry’s most ambitious programmes of conferences and tasting sessions. The 2018 programme will feature internationally renowned speakers such as:  Abdellatif Ghedira, General Manager of the International Olive Council (Tunisia); María Reyes, Director of KeHe Distribución (USA); David Neuman, CEO of GAEA North America (USA); Luigi Caricato, CEO of the media outlet OlioOfficcina (Italy); Javier Perona, researcher at CSIC (Spain); Luis Jesús García Lomas, General Manager of Fundación Caja Rural (Spain); José Luis González González, Head of the Department of Quality, Development, and Promotion of the Canary Islands Food Quality Institute (Spain), and Chokri Bayoudh, Director of the National Olive Oil Office (Tunisia).


Further information:

Marta Cacho Dalda, Head of Media Relations at IFEMA |mcacho@ifema.es

Cristina Villar Miranda | Communications Manager WOOE | press@oliveoilexhibition.com



BIT Audiovisual 2018 will showcase the latest technology for a constantly changing sector

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Professionals visiting the trade fair will be able to see first-hand the latest solutions from manufacturers, distributors, systems integrators and service providers, with proposals for both traditional broadcast media and new audiovisual environments



Organised by IFEMA, the event will take place from 8 to 10 May at Feria de Madrid


From 8 to 10 May, the professional trade fair for audiovisual technology, BIT Audiovisual 2018, will be held in Pavilion 7 at Feria de Madrid, welcoming leading manufacturers, distributors and service providers involved in both traditional broadcast media (radio and television) as well as cinema and new means of content production and distribution.


Throughout the extensive exhibition area, professionals visiting the trade fair will be able to see first-hand the latest solutions from top-tier international manufacturers such as Canon, with its wide range of cameras and lenses, and Riedel Communications, with its comprehensive portfolio of intercom solutions and audio, video and communications networks.


As for Media Asset Management (MAM), Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM), Business Process Management (BPM) and media transcoding and distribution, benchmark Spanish R&D companies such as Tedial, VSN, Estructure Media Systems and Ebantic will share their cutting-edge solutions implemented by broadcasters across the world. And when it comes to encoding systems, the Spanish company Sapec is a standout participant.


The trade fair will once again feature the manufacturer AEQ, based at the Leganés Technology Park in Madrid, who export their automation and production systems (broadcast monitors, intercom, audio codecs, consoles, commentary systems and reporter units) all across the world.


In the area of radio, WorldCast systems will exhibit its latest developments in audio processing and encoding, transmission, signal monitoring and more.


At BIT Audiovisual 2018, visitors will also be able to find solutions for virtual studios, augmented reality and social networking integration in graphic design developed by Brainstorm, a company working under the label ‘Made in Spain’ which is making inroads across all five continents.


No less important are designers and manufacturers of connection and cable solutions, such as Lemo and Percon, whose developments are enabling transmission and management of signals with resolutions of 4K and above.


Also participating in the trade fair will be the leading distributors of solutions for television, film, video and new media in various areas such as media capture, studios, testing and measurement, audio and postproduction, including Abacanto, Xeltec Video, Crosspoint, KBN Next Media, Ambient Media, AVCast, Neovideo, SDI, Serman Pro, Star Comunicaciones and Video Digital.


Other distributors, meanwhile, such as Ceproma, Video Cine Import, Moncada, Casanova Foto, Catts Camera and Foto Técnica Import are focused on top-tier production equipment and digital cinematography.


Those looking for accessories of all different types and brands will find the most comprehensive range courtesy of DiseFoto, K&F Concept and Robisa. And as for lighting, important exhibitors include companies such as Cinetel Spain and Cromalite.


Besides equipment, BIT Audiovisual 2018 will offer professionals the opportunity to exchange thoughts and find out about the wide variety of project integration and consulting services offered by companies such as Aicox Soluciones, Eurocom Broadcast, Datos Technologies, Broadcast Solutions, ADDI Telecom, MoMe and Visiona. These companies carry out preliminary studies for projects, determine the technology required for each project and implement it, and also offer after-sales service and training.


Going beyond traditional broadcasting, another major presence is GES-IT, who provide streaming services, consulting and live broadcast via mobile networks.


Other leading service providers include Visual Media, whose technical experts and equipment support all types of production from shooting to post-production. And for equipment rental, look no further than companies such as Falco Films and FTFCam.


In the field of telecommunications services, BIT Audiovisual 2018 will welcome Cellnex Telecom, the leading operator in network infrastructure, as well as Interxion, the specialist provider of colocation services in independent data centres across Europe, and the telecommunications company Red Telecom.


The event also will be a must for those seeking the best music and effects for their projects, thanks to the proposals on offer at the stand hosted by Music Library and SFX, a company that has recently launched a new web platform providing a one-stop shop for all the music and sound effects in its numerous catalogues.


Finally, it will be interesting to see the possibilities opened up by solutions such as those proposed by Social Tv Hub - with a web tool for television makers enabling content capture from social networks and its on-screen display - and Watchity - the flexible live video production platform that enables live, high-quality broadcast using smartphones over public WiFi or 4G networks.


BIT Audiovisual Exhibitors’ Forum


Organised by IFEMA, the professional audiovisual technology trade fair BIT Audiovisual will hold its first BIT Audiovisual Exhibitors’ Forum, a programme of commercial presentations that will run throughout the trade fair, spotlighting the participating companies.


The programme will be disseminated throughout the professional sector, through the trade fair’s publicity campaigns and in the media.


The BIT Audiovisual Exhibitors’ Forum is organised as a programme of presentations offered to visitors within the exhibition pavilion, enabling companies to showcase the sector’s numerous innovations and commercial proposals, and facilitating professional networking during the fair.



The countdown for the 68th edition of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for next July has begun.

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The second meeting of the year of the big Spanish fashion catwalk, organised by IFEMA, will take place from the 6th to the 11th of July, 2 months earlier than in recent years

The countdown to the 68th edition of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has already started. It is the biggest platform for promoting Spanish fashion organised by IFEMA. It will take place from 6th to 11th of July at IFEMA-Feria de Madrid, as well as at other spots of the city.

It is the second meeting of the year, the catwalk launches new dates and brings the event forward by two months. In this way, and in accordance with the international strategy that MBFW Madrid now offers, it won't coincide with other international catwalks, meaning it will be easier to attract more foreign buyers and press. For this same reason, the last meeting in January this year was brought forward by a few weeks in comparison with its usual dates in recent years.

Madrid will start to breathe fashion once again with the 68th edition of the MBFW Madrid event, welcoming different activities related to the world of fashion all over the city. As in its recent editions, on the first day on 6th July, the fashion parades and presentations will take place at different places in the city.From the 7th until Wednesday 11th July, these will take place in Hall 14.1 at IFEMA-Feria de Madrid. There will also be parades in other areas in Madrid. Furthermore, MBFWMadrid will host an interesting side programme. 

Six days with the best in Spanish design

This new meeting for the biggest global reference point for Spanish design will welcome presentations of proposals from the most prominent new and renowned creators for six days. The new edition's programme of catwalks and planned activities will be announced shortly.


Once again, the next edition of MBFWMadrid will receive vital support from the sponsoring brands.  By now, 20 leading firms have already confirmed their support for this edition. Mercedes-Benz, L’Oréal Paris and Inditex are the main sponsors; Samsung, Iberia, Font Vella, Cîroc, Royal Bliss, sponsors; Facebook/Instagram, Dyson, Only YOU Hotels, IED Madrid, and ESNE, collaborators and Ecoembes as the environmental collaborator for the event. Likewise, Bestway, ESDEN, IED, Lord Wilmore, Anaconda and Xyon Revolution will all be present, the latter providing the shoes for the catwalk hosts and hostesses.


ExpoÓptica 2018: a renewed fair for a sector in growth

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The trade show, organized by Ifema, presents a fair model fully adapted to the demands of the optical sector and audiology, from 13 to 15 of April in IFEMA-Feria de Madrid

In its next edition the contest will show off more digital, modern environment, with new national and international brands, focused on fashion - including a new competition of Awards- and with contents also aimed at driving the projection of new companies

More than 120 direct exhibitors and more than 300 brands have already confirmed their participation in this edition

ExpoÓptica, International Optics, Optometry and Audiology Exhibition, the professional benchmark fair for the sector in the Iberian Peninsula and business point of contact for all its agents in Spain and Portugal, is preparing its thirty second edition, which will be held from 13 to 15 April in Feria de Madrid. The trade show, organized by IFEMA, presents excellent business prospects, an important increase in its number of participants, as well as innovative and attractive contents, proving itself to be the best space to find everything from the latest in fashion to the most recent advances and innovations in the world of optics, optometry and audiology.

At the same time, the trade show offers an interesting evolution of its fair concept thanks to new technologies, which will make this fair more digital, in which social media will be protagonists, with active networking that will drive conversation and will project the image and products of the participating companies.

 More focused on fashion

ExpoÓptica2018 will also be a more modern, fashion-focused fair. At the moment optometry is a combination of visual health and personal image, and so ExpoÓptica includes the area Optical Fashion, aimed at the exhibition of frames and designer glasses, key for increasing sales in the sector. In this sense, this edition will for the first time celebrate the first Optics Gala, designed as an encounter in which recognition will be given to brands which stand out for their design and the presence of fashion in their products.

The Audiology sector will also be relevant in this edition, which will have its own area with special importance on the offerings of the fair, as well as the contents of the trade show aimed at driving the projection of new brands and participating companies.

A variety of offerings

The variety at ExpoÓptica includes everything from ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses, frames, sunglasses and optical instruments, to raw materials, optical equipment, furniture, machinery, cases, accessories, spare parts, maintenance products, computer science solutions for opticians, franchises, training… All in all, a complete panorama of this industry and the sectors of Optics, Optometry, Contactology, Ophtalmology, Vision Loss (Health), and Preparation for Points of Sale. Added to all of this at our 32nd edition is a wide range of products and services in the sector of Audiology, another of the key segments in the world of optics. 

ExpoÓptica with the sector

With the renovation of contents and the new fair concept that ExpoÓptica presents in this edition, the trade show wants to demonstrate its high sectoral representation by reuniting in Spain all the innovations and trends necessary to update professionals in optics and audiology.  “IFEMA wishes to showcase this fair in the national Iberian market, and to show it as its best point of contact to generate alliances and create businesses at a time when the Optics and Optometry sector are growing steadily”, said Lola González, EXPOOPTICA director.

This renovation of Expoóptica has been valued by the companies, who have shown their commitment to this edition, as the increase in contracting demonstrates. Today, more than two months before the celebration, the trade show surpasses 120 exhibitors and 300 brands. These are participation data which tend significantly to surpass the results of the preceding edition of 2016.

In addition, great companies that hadn't participated in this event for years will return to IFEMA. “With help from the sector we have defined an event that reinforces the projection of new features and advances in technology and expertise so that professionals can find during their visit the very best, the most recent, all in a dynamic space that is completed with scientific training and business management. In addition, we offer each present company different participation formats adapted to their objectives”, adds Lola González.

ExpoÓptica 2018 wins back great brands among its exhibitors

This edition of the trade show counts on the participation of great companies in the sector of Optics and Audiology once again. In Optics we can highlight, among others, Prats, Essilor, Indo, Optiwin, Zeiss, Topcon, Visual Global, Bausch & Lomb, Grupo Nos, Optiwell, Servilens, Centrostyle, Visionix, Panoptica, Conoptica, Eurolent, Jaytesa, Quiksilver, Mark' Ennovy, Tiwi, Recoletos, ABS; and in the sector of Audiology, Beltone, Interton, Bernafon, Otometrics, Widex, Audio Service, Inventis, Humangechnik, and Oticon, among others.

To the sizeable business participation at ExpoÓptica we add the renewed endorsement of the main associations and organizations of the sector, like the Spanish Federation of Associations of Optics, FEDAO; the Spanish Association of Manufacture, Commercialization and General Import of Optics and Ophtalmology, AEO; the General Council of Optical School Optometrists, CNOO, and Visión y Vida, a Campaign of Ocular Protection.

On the other hand, the fair will coincide with the International Congress of Optometry, Contactology and Ophthalmic Optics, OPTOM 2018, which is held in the North Convention Centre of IFEMA.


Almost 250 exhibitors will attend the SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS FORUM, FSMS 2018

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A world of solutions, innovative projects, new developments and discussions is on offer at FSMS 2018, the 3rd Sustainable Environmental Solutions Forum, organised by IFEMA, to be held between 13 and 15 June at the Feria de Madrid. More than a dozen events will take place in parallel, all with a view to making progress on environmental sustainability across various sectors of activity, including urban services, management of green and sustainable cities, recycling and recovery, and professional cleaning services.

FSMS will provide the framework for TECMA - the 19th International Town Planning and Environment Trade Fair, SRR - the 6th Recycling and Recovery International Trade Fair, ESCLEAN - the 3rd Hygiene and Cleaning Trade Fair, and the 3rd MADRID CITIES FORUM.

In total, FSMS will involve the participation of more than 243 exhibitors, 319 represented companies and 145 brands, from 20 countries, and an exhibition area of 12,933.5 m2

·      TECMA

The 19th International Town Planning and Environment Trade Fair, TECMA, is the longest running event at FSMS, with a 30-year history of bringing together leading companies and organisations that offer equipment, products and services for public administrations at local level.

Every two years, TECMA’s exhibition area provides a showcase for leading manufacturers and distributors of all kinds of equipment for cities, ranging from containers for waste collection to special-purpose vehicles, including street furniture, playgrounds, maintenance of green spaces, recycling, water management, systems management software, sewer systems, environmental management and quality assurance systems and more.  In 2018, there will be 163 exhibitors and co-exhibitors, as well as 43 represented companies participating in this event.

TECMA is also a space for debate and knowledge-sharing on environmental solutions for cities. Numerous conferences, seminars and meetings will be held between 13 and 15 June, including:

- The prize-giving ceremony for the Silver, Gold and Platinum Brooms, awarded by the Technical Association for Waste Management, Street Cleaning and Environment, ATEGRUS. These prizes are awarded to Spanish and Latin American cities that have excelled in efficient waste management, cleaning of public spaces and other urban services. The event will be held in the afternoon of 14 June.

- The seminar on regulations governing children's areas and playgrounds, organised by the Association of Street Furniture and Playground Manufacturers , AFAMOUR, which will take place on Thursday 14 June at Hall A9.8 in Hall 9, from 11 am until 1 pm. The aim of the seminar is to inform specialists from both private and public sectors about the main regulatory changes, with a view to the adaption of new designs and existing areas, including analyses of recent changes in legislation and Standards UNE-EN 1176 and UNE-EN 16630:2015.

- Presentation of new developments from companies exhibiting at TECMA. This is a dynamic space (in the Auditorium in Hall 9 on Thursday 14 June, from 4 pm to 7 pm, and Friday 15 June, from 10:30 am until 1:15 pm), where a dozen companies and organisations will present their major new developments in urban services management. Companies participating will include Acqua Solfit (composite manhole covers), Acuatic Play (water leisure facilities), Distromel (ICT for door-to-door waste collection), Gitma (urban market gardens) and Contenur (CIRCLE brand), alongside the Construction Technology Institute of Catalonia (ITeC) and the AIJU Technological Institute.

·      SRR

The sixth International Recycling and Recovery Trade Fair, SRR, is a meeting point for industries involved in providing machinery, components, equipment and services to the recycling, recovery and general urban waste management sector. The principles of the Circular Economy, based on the new paradigm of optimal recovery/recycling of waste for conversion to new raw materials, are boosting advances in both available equipment and innovation-based management systems. Alongside the participation of 63 exhibitors and 269 represented companies, SRR 2018 will host numerous events including:

- The 16th National Conference on Recycling and Recovery 2018 (14 and 15 June, in the Auditorium in Hall 7) of the Spanish Federation for Recycling and Recovery, FER, which will be attended by key representatives from leading companies in the sector. With various presentations and round tables scheduled, the FER Conference provides the perfect opportunity to get up-to-date information on the latest legislative and technological developments. Involving most of the major recycling/recovery companies in the country, this is also the most important event for networking and know-how on recycling and recovery in Spain, stretching over two days of meetings between national and international entrepreneurs, politicians and experts.

- 7th Forum on Management and Recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles (9 am to 1:30 pm in the South Auditorium) organised by the Spanish Association for the Environmental Treatment of End-of-Life Vehicles, SIGRAUTO. The forum, which will open with a welcome speech from SIGRAUTO’s President, Carlos Mataix, will include several round tables discussing the new framework of relationships with the Approved Treatment Centres (CATs), involving the participation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, MAPAMA, as well as representatives from various organisations related to the automotive and vehicle recycling sector, such as ANCERA, CONEPA, FACONAUTO, GANVAM, AEDRA and ANIACAM.

- The Waste Management Seminar (10 am to 1 pm, in the Auditorium in Hall 7), organised by the National Association for Glass Recycling, ANAREVI, consists of two round tables on the regulatory framework for waste/Directive on the Circular Economy and new models for the management of glass waste.

- The Seminar on Future Regulations on Waste Management (4 pm to 6 pm, in the Auditorium in Hall 7) has been organised by the Spanish Association of Cardboard and Paper Recycling and Recovery Services, REPACAR, and the Spanish Federation for Recycling and Recovery, FER. This will cover the risks and opportunities posed by future implementation of regulations related to waste management. Participants will include Margarita Ruiz, MAPAMA’s Deputy Assistant Director-General for Waste, and representatives from the paper/cardboard, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass and plastic sectors.

- The Seminar on Environmental and Waste Management (14 June, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, in the Auditorium in Hall 7) will be held by the National Association of Environmental Auditors and Verifiers, ANAVAM. This will address aspects including progress and environmental improvements related to waste management and the Circular Economy, with panels on topics such as ‘Certification within the Framework of the Circular Economy’, ‘Legal Compliance: Waste Managers’, and ‘Waste Collection Systems for Smart Cities with Artificial Intelligence’.

- The Seminar on the Circular Economy and Construction and Demolition Waste (from 6 pm to 7 pm, in the Auditorium in Hall 7), will be held by the Spanish Association of Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling, Asociación RCD. The main seminar will be given by José Ignacio Tertre, the Association’s President. The Association will also hold its members’ meeting during the SRR and will provide a stand throughout the event, offering information on its activities (including online courses, its technical office and Escombrarte, artwork created from recycled materials).

- Exhibition of sculptures by Ángel Cañas. Thanks to the close relationship and collaboration between the Spanish Federation for Recycling and Recovery (FER) and the Association for the Environmental Treatment of End-of-Life Vehicles (SIGRAUTO), SRR will host a specific exhibition area displaying various works of art by the sculptor Ángel Cañas, including pieces created from recycled tires.

- ‘20 Years of Legislation’ Zone. At SRR, attendees will be able to visit this space, hosting an exhibition on the past 20 years of environmental legislation in Spain. A journey through recent history starting with the Waste Act of 1998, with illustrated panels and informational texts, spotlighting the legislation that has marked the course of waste management and environmental protection over the last two decades.

·      ESCLEAN

The third Hygiene and Cleaning Trade Fair, ESCLEAN, is a benchmark event for suppliers of equipment, machinery and services in this sector. A total of 71 exhibitors, 7 represented companies and 50 brands will attend the trade fair, bringing their latest developments, based on innovation and a growing concern for environmental sustainability. ESCLEAN will also feature various activities related to the future of the sector, including a seminar organised by the Madrid Association of Contract Cleaners, AELMA, and a major symposium on the future of professional cleaning services.

- The First Symposium on Professional Sustainable Cleaning Services (13 and 14 June, in the Auditorium in Hall 9) is organised by IFEMA in partnership with the trade journal Limpiezas (http://www.revistalimpiezas.es).  The event aims to take a step forward on key aspects for the future of the sector which, according to most experts, involves increasing its commitment to not only environmental sustainability, but also to the professionalism of the services provided and the recognition of the value of human capital, the main asset of companies providing cleaning services. This event will include six panels, revolving around the situation and analysis of the professional hygiene and cleaning sector in Spain, the implementation of sustainability and new technologies in shopping mall cleaning, sustainability in the cleaning industry and eco-labelling for service companies. There will also be two round tables, the first outlining good practices and challenges in management of cleaning services for shopping malls and large areas. See the full programme for the Symposium.


Now in its third year, the MADRID CITIES FORUM will again debate the future of green and sustainable cities, and will also discuss urban spaces with a commitment to social innovation, new urban economies, civic participation and entrepreneurship. The Forum’s programme includes more than 200 speakers, who will address 23 sessions in three auditoriums (in Hall 9). The programme has been designed with the participation of more than 60 organisations, including the 12 that make up the Forum’s Advisory Committee.

The Forum will take place in partnership with Madrid City Council and will involve the participation of over 70 Spanish, European and Latin American cities, thanks to the collaboration of entities such as the Union of Latin American Capital Cities (UCCI), the National Association of Public Environmental Management Companies (ANEPMA), the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), the European URBACT programme, the Spanish Association of Landscapers, the Sustainability and Architecture Association (ASA) and the Spanish Network of Bike-Friendly Cities.  The Forum’s main sponsor is FCC Medio Ambiente, with specific sponsorship provided by Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN), the Madrid Business Forum and Ecoembes.

The discussions held in the three auditoriums will be supplemented by a television stage, where interviews with speakers will be held, an exhibition of good urban practices entitled ‘Green and Sustainable Cities’, involving 17 urban projects, a special exhibition of an ‘urban geography table’ to be installed by the School of Architecture at the Camilo José Cela University, and the presentation of the final documents from the Forum’s two Focus Groups: the Circular Economy and the Collaborative Economy.

The 23 sessions in the 2018 Forum are:

·        The 2030 Agenda: the SDGs and new global, European and national urban agendas

·        Sustainable urban mobility and quality of life in cities

·        New town planning for new cities (double session)

·        Climate change and urban resilience

·        Clean energy: a new energy model for cities

·        Waste and innovation: separating and recycling

·        Presentation of the Report on Participation in Cities within the Autonomous Community of Madrid

·        MARES projects: mobility, food, recycling, energy and health

·        Good practices in social innovation

·        Cities moving toward the circular economy (double session)

·        Connected cities: technology for civic welfare

·        Urban rewilding and green infrastructure: Natural CITY (double session)

·        Water and cities: local government, business and civic engagement

·        Seminar on projects and cities from the European URBACT Programme

·        Social innovation: good practices in urban regeneration

·        Social innovation: new urban economies

·        The collaborative economy: good practices

·        Cities and childhood: urban learning environments

·        City Campus: new knowledge for the management of our cities

·        The green economy, eco-entrepreneurship and climate change


The full programme is available on the MADRID CITIES FORUM website.


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