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Convent Kongresse GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the ZEIT publishing group and has been designing business and research conferences in the premium segment since 1998. The company has grown based on conference formats for medium-sized German businesses and family firms and has been implementing the B2B event segment of the ZEIT publishing group since 2006 under the ZEIT CONFERENCES label. The company is headed by managing directors Detlev Leisse and Dr. Mark Schiffhauer, each of whom has over 15 years of experience in the international conference sector. Convent is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main.

Convent’s portfolio encompasses the following event types:

Under the ZEIT CONFERENCE and ZEIT DISCUSSION brands, Convent conceptualizes and realizes all events of the ZEIT publishing group. ZEIT events are distinguished by their focus on societal and political relevance, balanced content, inclusion of well-known ZEIT editors and supporting media services (ads, advertorials) in DIE ZEIT and on ZEIT ONLINE.

SME events
Convent has been holding events for the medium-sized business sector in Germany for over 15 years and is the market leader in this conference segment. Each year, we host about 15 regionally oriented medium-sized business days throughout Germany. These events are distinguished by their heavy focus on specific subjects and real-world practice and cover a broad range of topics with potential solutions geared toward practice for medium-sized and family businesses.

Annual conferences
The Convent annual conferences are designed as industry-specific or subject-specific events. They are held annually on a regular schedule at the national level, covering business segments such as pharmaceuticals, energy and the automotive sector or subject areas such as compliance, personnel and M&A.

German Economic Forum
A cross-industry highlight of the annual conference schedule, the German Economic Forum brings top management from the worlds of business and politics together at St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt once a year to discuss the competitiveness of the German economy.

Managed events
Convent also acts as a full-service provider for select customers, providing advice on the conceptual design of high-end event formats, support for acquisition of speakers and participants, and management services for conference budgets and service providers and guaranteeing implementation and organization at the highest level.