One year ago, we couldn’t guess that most of the events and conferences we listed on our 2020 edition would be cancelled due to COVID-19. This time around, we know that no plans are set in stone. As a matter of fact, we still don’t know if some of these events will take place in a physical location, online, or in a combination of the two. Regardless, if you want to stay on top of industry trends, these are the Facility Management events, conferences and trade shows that you should put on your calendar for 2021!
Facility Management Events in Europe in 2021
23 February 2021 (virtual event)
Last year’s programme was all about using technology and FM to improve wellness which, looking backwards, showed incredible foresight. But 2021 is the year of the “new normal” on the FM calendar, and the conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities for growth and development. It will be completely virtual, including presentations, ask-the-experts, live discussions, and Q&As.
17-18 March 2021 (hybrid event)
Building the workplace of the future is one the biggest challenges facility managers have been facing in the last few years, and that won’t change in the wake of COVID-19. IFMA’s World Workplace Europe 2021 edition will be a hybrid event, with live streaming of in-person sessions in three different countries (the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain). Virtual all access passes are already available, while hubs are still TBA.
18-20 May 2021, London (UK)
After the 2020 edition was cancelled, the event was immediately rescheduled for 18-20 May 2021 at ExCeL London. However, it is still unclear which format or safety measures it will adopt come May. This is one of the best trade shows out there to discover the latest FM products (previous editions have had +250 exhibitors) and you can already register your interest in attending.
1-3 June 2021, Bilbao (Spain)
When the IMIC 2020 was postponed and then cancelled, the organisation decided to hold the event in 2021, together with the 4th edition of Maintenance. It’s an event you should add to your calendar if you’re interested in industrial maintenance technologies and software, maintenance trends, and IIoT.
7-9 September 2021, Birmingham (UK)
The Facilities Event, which has long held the claim to be the “fastest-growing exhibition for Facilities Management” in the country, has already announced the dates for 2021. The event, along with the Health & Safety, Fire Security and Security sister events, will take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. You can already register for all events.
Facility Management Events around the world in 2021
21-22 April 2021 (virtual edition)
One event that will make the leap to the digital world is IFMA’s Facility Fusion. In 2021, the event will go fully virtual to host several educational sessions and symposiums. Tickets are already available for members and non-members, plus a reduced fee to attend only the Future of FM Symposium on the 21st of April.
1-3 June 2021, Johannesburg (South Africa)
Africa’s biggest FM event did not take place in 2020, but plans to make a full comeback in June 2021 under the theme “A holistic view of the safety, security and built environment”. The event hasn’t released any information about safety measures yet, but it’s already accepting requests to book a stand.
12-15 September, Dubai
FM Expo is the biggest industry event in the Middle East, and was yet another trade show that didn’t happen this year. Now, it’s looking full steam ahead to a new edition in 2021. The organisation is already ensuring visitors that it will take enhanced health and safety measures for face-to-face events, so it looks like a keeper on our calendars.
Facility Management Events we’ll miss in 2021…
Workplace and Facilities is scheduled to return only on 1-2 March 2022, in Dublin.