28th IAKS Congress

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28th IAKS Congress

The world’s leading international forum on the planning, building and operation of sports and leisure facilities.


When and where

Date and time

Tue, 24 Oct 2023 10:30 - Fri, 27 Oct 2023 13:30 CEST


Köln Messe/Deutz Deutz-Mülheimer Str. 111 Entrance North 50679 Köln Germany

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About this event

  • 3 days 3 hours
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Building resilient communities through sport and leisure facilities

How can we make the transition to carbon-neutral sports and leisure facilities? Public value in sports facilities: Which factors play a decisive role in the social return on investment (SROI)? What are the latest developments in the field of funding and economics? Where do we stand on the SDGs for sustainable development as a global plan to promote sustainable peace and prosperity and to protect our planet?

More than 40 speakers

500 participants

40 nations

Local authorities, clients, technical and operative management, architects, engineers, designers, sports federations, clubs

International information exchange

4 days, 8 sessions, 1 gala night

Presentations and discussions

(conference language: English with simultaneous translation into German)

Industry meeting

The IAKS Congress will take place together with FSB 2023 - the leading international trade fair for public space, sports and leisure facilities!


Expert knowledge from renowned architectural firms such as FaulknerBrowns, HCMA, HDR, MJMA, Populous,…


Since 1969 the centre for the exchange of new approaches and strategies.

More than 50 years of knowledge and insights for design, construction and management of sports and leisure facilities.

Programme overview

Tuesday, 24 October 2023

13:00 – 14:30 h: Building resilient communities through sports and leisure facilities

15:00 – 16:30 h: The activity path to 2032 and beyond

18:30 – 23:00 h: 2023 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes ceremony / Gala night

Wednesday, 25 October 2023

10:30 – 12:00 h: Socially relevant design: A commitment to the whole community

13:30 – 15:00 h: Equal participation for diverse user groups

Thursday, 26 October 2023

10:30 – 12:00 h: How does today's design influence future opportunities and impact?

13:30 – 15:00 h: Reducing the environmental footprint

15:30 – 17:00 h: Active living in the public domain

Friday, 27 October 2023

10:30 – 12:30 h: Joint IAKS & ESTC Session on synthetic turf developments

About the organiser

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The IAKS is a global non-profit organization and source of information about planning, design and management of sports and leisure facilities.

Our network is the meeting place for architects, engineers, clients, designers, local authorities, technical and operative management, sports federations and clubs!