The "Congress Experts Mainz" are ambassadors for the science, business and congress location Mainz. They are multipliers and proven ambassadors for the conference and congress location Mainz. The award is presented to persons who are particularly committed to the location and who represent it in their networks. The honorary congress ambassadors have a personal connection to Mainz and are willing to take on representative activities.
The "Congress Experts Mainz" are a joint initiative of the state capital Mainz, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Rheinhessen (IHK Rheinhessen) and mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH. The overriding aim of the initiative is to attract further national and international congresses and conferences to Mainz.
Since December 3rd, the city of Mainz has had two further official ambassadors in the field of conferences and congresses. During a ceremony at wineBANK Mainz, Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova, physics professor and director of SPICE (Spin Phenomena Interdisciplinary Center) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and Daniel M. Metzler, managing director of wikonect GmbH, accepted the prestigious award "Congress Experts Mainz". Both gentlemen have long been regarded as multipliers and promoters of the Mainz congress system and have rendered outstanding services to the location.
Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova received his doctorate in physics from Indiana University and then taught and researched at universities in Tennessee and Texas as well as at the Academy of Sciences in Prague. At the beginning of 2014, he accepted a call to Johannes Gutenberg University to become Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Physics at the Institute of Physics, where he promoted the founding of the Spin Phenomena Interdisciplinary Center (SPICE). From 3 to 7 September 2018, Europe's largest congress on magnetic research - the "Joint European Magnetic Symposia" (JEMS) - took place in the Rheingoldhalle Mainz. 1,000 participants made their way to Mainz on five congress days - a total of 4,000 overnight stays were generated for the local hotel industry.
The JEMS Congress was largely organized by the Professional Congress Organizer (PCO) wikonect. Daniel M. Metzler is Managing Director of wikonect GmbH. Every year, wikonect organises up to 80 medical and scientific conferences and congresses in Germany and neighbouring countries. Thereof about 12 events in the Rheingoldhalle Mainz with up to 1,000 persons each.
The first appointment of the "Congress Experts" took place on 21 November 2017. Professor Hauke Lang, Director of the Clinic for General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery at the University Medical Center Mainz, and Professor Christoph Huber, President of CIMT (Association for Cancer Immunotherapy), are the new "Congress Experts" of the City of Mainz. Both were distinguished by their high level of commitment at their world congresses held in Mainz in 2017. They prevailed against competing venues and ensured that the congress location Mainz was the centre of attention worldwide.
Hauke Lang was chairman of the local organizing committee of the "European-African Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association" Congress (E-AHPBA), which took place from 23 to 26 May 2017 in Mainz. This congress has set itself the task of providing a forum for new achievements in state-of-the-art technology and for HPA surgery. HPA surgery deals with diseases of life (hepar), pancreas and gall bladder (bilis) to be treated surgically.
Until 2009, Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Huber served as Director of the III. Medical Clinic and Polyclinic of the University Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He is also chairman of the CIMT (Association for Cancer Immunotherapy) and sits on the board of the Ci3 Cluster for Individualized Immune Intervention (Ci3) e.V. In addition, Prof. Dr. Huber advises international pharmaceutical companies as well as research-based medium-sized companies and large scientific research institutions. CIMT offers its members the opportunity to share information and the latest findings between academic and industrial scientists, physicists and regulatory authorities who develop immunotherapies. Prof. Dr. Huber is significantly responsible for the development of the CIMT Congress in Mainz.