In focus: the European Conference on Optical Communications in Basel

The Congress Center and Messe Basel

Although Switzerland’s third-largest city has a population of just 200,000 and a surface area of only 37 km2, it nonetheless boasts a vibrant social and cultural life, as well as one of the world’s most productive economies.

Basel’s appeal stems, on the one hand, from its unique position at the point where three countries meet – offering direct access to all the key transport routes and the world’s oceans – and, on the other hand, from its longstanding tradition as a science and research location. It is thus hardly surprising that those in charge took the decision to hold their conference in this city on the Rhine.

The choice also fell on Basel due to the versatile rooms at the Congress Center and Messe Basel, which provide ideal conditions for the different ECOC formats. As Ueli Koch, general manager of ECOC 2022, explains: “The Congress Center makes it possible to stage state-of-the-art conferences with hybrid elements on premises located right next to the exhibition grounds – a decisive combination.”

Apart from an exhibition showcasing the latest trends, visitors will benefit from a programme featuring panel discussions, presentations and workshops on materials, appliances, systems, and networks.

Not only will representatives of top universities be giving presentations, but also speakers from influential companies in this field. They all have one thing in common – ECOC is their preferred meeting place for sharing know-how, exchanging ideas, and engaging in cooperation at a global level.

Jonas Scharf, head of MCH Venues which includes the Congress Center and Messe Basel, is also looking forward to the ECOC: “Such eminent events help us to further consolidate our position as a centre of knowledge and innovation.”

Advantages at the Congress Center and Messe Basel

When you hold an event at the Congress Center or Messe Basel, you are booking a great deal more than just a well-equipped location. You also benefit from the following:

  • An easy journey to get there, a central location, proximity to the airport, and good links to the rail network.
  • The support of an experienced and professional team working to a high-quality standard.
  • An uncomplicated stay at the venue - thanks to its state-of-the-art infrastructure and immediate proximity to the city centre.
  • An inspiring atmosphere due to Basel’s leading position in the areas of life sciences, biotechnology, and medicine.

A favourable environmental footprint as the city of Basel generates 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources.