The 2014 World Congress invites guests to a German evening
Forest and mountains, the sea and the Frankfurt skyline – these were the panoramas that greeted guests of the German Evening at the 2014 World Congress, the social highlight of the world’s largest event for occupational safety and health.
“… what does your heart beat for?” – this question was the evening’s motto, and the peppy and multi-faceted programme of entertainment provided the international audience with some surprising answers. The 2,000 guests enthusiastically watched the spectacle in Frankfurt’s Festhalle, whose splendid architecture offered an attractive backdrop for the event.
As the event got under way, it remained true to the theme of the Congress by devoting itself – of course – to prevention. First off, the Innovation Star Award 2014 was conferred, in recognition of the best presentations at the Forum for Prevention. Three prizes were awarded. The expert jury presented its prize to Michael Taupitz, Rainer Knittel and Georg Nottelmann from Germany for their presentation on the topic “Offers and concepts of the DGUV and its members for mobility education and road safety in educational institutions”. The audience’s vote went to the presentation by Markus Beike and H.-Martin Prüsse, also from Germany, for their work titled “Target Zero! From ‘Vision Zero’ to a lived occupational protective target”. Prize-winner Beike commented that he and his colleague had of course never expected to win an award. But they had worked with large picture elements and had noticed that audiences tended to give the most stars to presentations with strong images.
All audience members participating in the voting also had a chance to win a prize by being selected at random in a prize drawing. Cristian Pravat from Romania was the lucky winner. All three winners received an iPad. The prizes were handed over by the Chairs of the Governing Committee of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Dr Rainhardt Freiherr von Leoprechting and Manfred Wirsch.
Our hearts also beat for good food. The audience thus embarked on a culinary journey through Germany, and shortly afterward enjoyed a rousing stage show made up of films, graffiti art, beat rhythms and ballet – numerous examples that showed what hearts in Germany beat for. No matter what corner of the world the guests came from, as soon as Cris Cosmo and his band took the stage and struck up the song “Herzschlag” (Heartbeat), they were inspired to climb onto the benches and take up the rhythm of the heartbeat. From that moment on, “Open your heart” was the new motto of the evening at the Frankfurt Congress Centre.
Text: Norbert Ulitzka