A warm welcome!

We’re glad you’re interested in the 17th Federal Congress on National Urban Development Policy, happening on September 17-18, 2024, at the newly opened Heidelberg Congress Center (HCC).

The theme is “Collaborations in Urban Development – Alliances for the Common Good.” Please mark your calendars.

The detailed congress programme and the possibility to register are expected to be published in July.

Heidelberg is offering a limited number of hotel rooms at special rates for attendees, available until early to mid-August.

Alternatively, you can book accommodations through Heidelberg Marketing or other booking platforms.

Here at the Congress, we take sustainability very seriously; please help us achieve our goals – for example, by travelling by train. It’s sustainable and relaxing!

For climate-friendly travel, we have arranged a DB event ticket at a nationwide fixed price in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn. From any DB station to the congress, with a City-Ticket included.

Plan your trip now

A recap of the last congress’s programme in Jena is available in the media library and the video hereunder.

Event location

Czernyring 20, 69115 Heidelberg


Space as Performance

The newly inaugurated Heidelberg Congress Center (HCC) in April 2024 is the chosen venue for the 17th Federal Congress. It stands as a beacon of innovation with its visionary architecture, openness, cutting-edge event technology, and sustainability awarded with gold.

The design offers immense freedom across three levels, featuring a 6,600 square meter space for dialogue and a flexible room concept, including a brightly lit main hall for up to 1,800 people, adorned with the world’s third-largest LED wall, another versatile hall for 800, 10 meeting spaces, a 2,600 square meter foyer, and a Sky Forum with seating.

A highlight is its own TV studio for live streaming, recording, and video production. The HCC aims to foster opportunities, relationships, creative teamwork, enjoyment, and a space for constructive exchange.

Central location

The Heidelberg Congress Center boasts a prime location, being just about a minute’s walk from the main train station, in the vibrant and sustainable district of Bahnstadt.

It offers excellent accessibility with direct connections to public transport and highways, and features a two-level underground parking garage with 70 car charging stations and space for 115 bicycles, including 50 charging stations.

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(As of: 10 June 2024 / subject to change)

17 September 2024

from 10:00 AM
Entry and accreditation for the Federal Congress possible

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Side events
Various events by partners of the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development, and Building and the National Urban Development Policy

from 5:00 PM
Congress programme
Overall moderation: Anja Heyde

7:45 PM
Evening reception by the City of Heidelberg

18 September 2024

Overall moderation: Anja Heyde

from 8:30 AM
Entry and registration

10:00 AM
Opening and welcome

10:40 AM – 4:00 PM
Parallel future arenas: work formats with short impulses, practical examples, and participant discussions (partly as excursions)

Moderator Anja Heyde will provide an overview of the arenas and explain organisational notes at the beginning (until 11:00 AM).

11:00 AM
Start of the future arenas

The arenas will only partly take place at the Heidelberg Congress Center (HCC). Some arenas will be excursions to IBA projects. Buses will be available for the excursions if the locations are not accessible by public transport or on foot. Due to the space and logistics, the number of participants for some external arenas/excursions is limited. Please pay attention to the notes for the respective arenas. We kindly ask for binding registration and participation.

4:15 PM
Discussion: Partners of the National Urban Development Policy

5:15 PM
Farewell and end of the programme in the plenary

5:30 PM
Congress conclusion and get-together of the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development, and Building in the foyer of the HCC