2021 Berlin Demolition Conference cancelled

By Leila Steed20 October 2020

Johann Ettengruber, chairman of the German Demolition Association's board of directors

Johann Ettengruber, chairman of the German Demolition Association’s board of directors

The 2021 Berlin Demolition Conference, also known as Fachtagung Abbruch, has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The annual event, which last year included 20 expert speakers, 127 exhibitors and attracted over 1,000 attendees, was originally due to place in March 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

The decision to cancel the event was made by the board of directors of Deutscher Abbruchverband – the German Demolition Association. While the conference could have taken place if it implemented the measures outlined in the country’s Corona-compliant hygiene regulations, the organisers felt the impact of this would negatively impact the event.

Johann Ettengruber, chairman of the association’s board, said: “What good is the best and safest concept for all participants, exhibitors and other stakeholders if the Fachtagung Abbruch thereby loses the character so cherished by all those present.”

The German Demolition Association said the personal interactions between the event’s attendees is what makes it such a special experience and that the implementation of the coronavirus protection measures would mean that necessary interaction would be lost.

In a statement, the organisation said that the event, “should remain what it is – the largest demolition conference in Europe, which everyone can come to with a good feeling”.

While the Berlin Demolition Conference has been cancelled for 2021, the association said the event will go ahead “with all its advantages” in 2022.

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