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Delivering a potent and high potent manufacturing strategy

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Delivering a potent and high potent manufacturing strategy

Minimise risk, ensure quality & accelerate manufacturing timelines to maximise product value of high potent and cytotoxic drugs

Conference Dates: 10th-11th May, 2011
Venue: Munich, Germany

This biannual event will be looking at the key elements and issues surrounding the implementation, production and up-scaling of high-potent APIs & highly active substances and the required infrastructure to maximise pipeline and commercial value. This event is not just another large-sized manufacturing conference or exhibition. Networking and building strong relationships in this niche area is also a key benefit that all who attend will achieve.

Why Attend?

Hear experiences from market leaders in the industry; understanding the challenges they are facing during the manufacturing of potent and high-potent APIs & drug products and hear their practical solutions to these issues.

Learn how to establish and demonstrate the presence of a safe working environment; develop tactics on how to reduce costs through more effective outsourcing models; operate efficient practices that increase productivity.

Benchmark your strategies in implementation, restructuring and up-scaling the manufacturing of potent and high-potent products.

Meet and discuss topics with other pharma, CMOs, expert consultants, hardware and software providers who can help you maximise your performance in safety, quality, and cost areas, in regards to potent & cytotoxic production

Attend an exclusive and complimentary networking dinner, between all stakeholders: experienced business development directors, senior scientists from Pharma, Biotechs, API manufacturers and CMOs. Stronger relationships will be built upon a better understanding of the challenges faced by each group.

Who will benefit?

Heads of Manufacturing, Heads of Development, Heads of Quality Management, Heads of Procurement, Heads of Outsourcing, Business Development Directors, Plant Directors and all professionals working in the field of Potent Compound Development and Containment as well as Occupational Health and Safety.

SOA & Cloud Symposium Agenda Grows to Over 100 Sessions, Cloud Camp

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

World’s largest and most comprehensive SOA and Cloud Computing Symposium is coming to Germany! With 100 Speaking sessions across 17 tracks, the International SOA and Cloud Symposium will feature top experts from around the world. The conference will take place on October 5-6, 2010 at the Berliner Congress Center in Berlin with the Cloud Camp pre-conference event occurring on October 4 and SOA & Cloud Certification Workshops scheduled for October 7-13, 2010.

The New Agenda for 2010...

…is now online and already contains 100+ expert speaker sessions from organizations such as IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, HP, SAP, Amazon, Layer7, SOA Systems, Red Hat, Vordel, TIBCO, Logica, US Department of Defense, CGI, and many more. International experts including Thomas Erl, Dirk Krafzig, Stefan Tilkov, Mark Little, Brian Loesgen, John deVadoss, Nicolai Josuttis, Tony Shan, Toufic Boubez, Paul C. Brown, Clemens Utschig, Francois Lascelles, Satadru Roy, David Chou and many more will provide new and exclusive coverage of the latest SOA and Cloud Computing topics and innovations. For further information, see SOA & Cloud Symposium Promotional GiveawaysLast week, the SOA & Cloud Symposium announced its first promotional giveaway. In the first round of this giveaway, five prizes have been given out to the first set of winners. The names of the winners will be published at Congratulations! This week, the event organizers are pleased to announce two addtional prize giveaway dates. You could win prizes valued up to 3,500 Euros! For more information on what prizes are available and when the entry deadlines are, visit

Register Before August 31st and Receive a 10 % Discount!

The early-bird discount is still available, but not for long! Registrants will have until Tuesday, August 31, 2010 for their last opportunity to receive an additional 10% off the registration fee. Register now at or to ensure your place at the event and pay only €981 excl. VAT for three conference days. Receive a further 10% discount by registering for any post-conference workshop. SOA Certified Professionals can also provide their SOACP IDs to receive an additional 10% discount.

Cloud Camp

The first conference day (Monday, October 4th) will be dedicated to hosting a Cloud Camp event, which is open for anyone to attend free of charge. Cloud Camp events are based on the “unconference” format whereby experts and attendees openly discuss and debate current topics pertaining to Cloud Computing. The Cloud Camp day is further supplemented by lightning talks also performed by attending Cloud Computing experts.

Post-Conference Workshops

The post-conference certification workshops from will be taking place the week of October 7-13. The workshops will include: Certified SOA Architect Workshop (5 days), Certified SOA Security Specialist Workshop (2 days) and, for the first time in Europe, the Certified Cloud Computing Specialist Workshop (2 days). Registrants who are also attending the SOA & Cloud Symposium will receive a 10% discount on workshop registration fees. Register for any of the post-conference workshops before August 31st to qualify for an early-bird discount of 10%. For outlines and registration, visit:

4 conferences at the world’s largest survivability event of the year

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

No matter what your platform or area of expertise, the challenge remains the same – evade detection, avoid engagement and survive the hit. Attendees now have the opportunity to come together to discuss the latest challenges they face within the increasingly demanding operational environment at the Platform Survivability conference and expo in Germany from 12-14 October.

Mobile and intelligent enemies operating within the complex counter-insurgent environment are still providing a huge array of challenges to those individuals operating platforms in-theatre. The threat to combat vehicles, their crews and to the mounted soldier continues to diversify and current operations in Afghanistan are a recent and constant reminder of this. There is also the increased threat emerging against maritime and aerial platforms as well as the crews and service personnel who support them.

Says Platform Survivability conference director, Robert Kerby: “Platform Survivability 2010 takes a unique approach in offering four unique and leading platform specific conferences within one event. This will allow delegates to meet with individuals from across the field of survivability whilst being able to attend a conference specific to their area of expertise and operating environment”.

These specific conferences will include:

Vehicle Survivability – Defeating the threat and keeping one step ahead
Now in its third year, the Vehicle Survivability conference enables you to discuss the very latest threats to vehicles and their crews in current operational theatres and what latest technologies, equipment and doctrine is available to keep one step ahead of the threat.

Soldier Survivability – Developing effective equipment and training to fight and survive
Whether in the mounted or dismounted role, the protection of our service personnel when in combat theatres continues to be a primary objective. This conference focuses on the ability to provide the latest solutions to the warfighter that are lighter, more durable and above all, affordable.

Aircraft Survivability – Enhancing survivability in modern combat theatres
As the threat to fixed-wing, helicopters and unmanned systems continues to grow in current operational theatres this conference will analyse both the susceptibility and vulnerability of all aerial platforms. There will be specific analysis on helicopter survivability in the difficult terrain of Afghanistan and the continued development of unmanned vehicle protection systems.

Ship Survivability – Breaking the kill chain and maximising damage control
The rise in terrorist threats against maritime platforms and the greater emphasis on the littoral environment is causing specific survivability challenges. This conference will look at how to break the ‘kill chain’ early involving the effective design, development and signature management of current and future ships as well as efficient training of crews and upgrading of sensors to increase recoverability of on-board systems and the platform.

Whatever your platform or area of expertise

Whether it is the latest advancements in situational awareness or an analysis on the physical defeat of the threat then this is the world’s largest event to network and discuss the latest developments in the field of survivability with an emphasis on:

Keeping service personnel safe through innovative solutions
Real operational insights from current operations
Outstanding networking opportunities

Platform Survivability 2010 is the only event of the year where all major nations and organisations from across the globe involved with survivability will come together under one roof.

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Marketing Manager: Verity Gibbons
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7067 1840

Hot topics and international speakers in FMX program

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media
FMX 2010
15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media
May 04-07, 2010

Stuttgart/Germany, February 10, 2010. Three months before the event, the leading European conference on digital entertainment and visualization presents a first glimpse on a top notch program: 3D stereo, hybrid imagery and virtual humans are only some of the FMX 2010 hot topics.

Top movies at FMX 2010

You simply cannot ignore Avatar these days: as most successful movie of all times, it has now been nominated for 9 Oscars, breaking new ground in technology and design. Senior Visual Effects Supervisor for Avatar Joe Letteri has now received his 4th Oscar nomination and already won Academy Awards for his work on Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong. At FMX Joe Letteri will talk on how he created the world of Pandora in James Cameron’s masterpiece. In the Virtual Humans track Jeff Kleiser, CEO of Synthespian Studios, will show effects work on Surrogates, discussing the composition of robotic elements in live action actors like Bruce Willis. The seamless mix of life action and CG characters and environments has become the trademark of hybrid movies. Roland Emmerich’s 2012 also fits this format. James Bissell, Production Designer for 300, will discuss the new challenges hybrid-technology bears for designers. Visual effects supervisors Volker Engel and Marc Weigert will discuss the 2012 effects work, while the German-American effects house Pixomondo will talk about pre-vis. However animation doesn’t have to withdraw from traditional techniques, which has been proven by another box office success using stop-motion: Production Designer Nelson Lowry will let you delve into the world of The Fantastic Mr. Fox at FMX 2010.

3D Stereo: From innovation to basic technique

Animation films have been integrating 3D for years. Bob Whitehill, Stereoscopic Supervisor on Disney/Pixar’s UP, is a 3D expert and will share his special knowledge at FMX this year. Often a major feature in Hollywood’s A-movies, we tend to forget that stereoscopy is much more than a spectacular dramatic device in action films. It’s a known fact that 3D stereo has conquered the world of media and has become a basic technique for all genres using CG imagery. Andy Hendrickson, CTO Disney Animation Studios, also adopts a more general perspective on the relation between technology and design. How do most recent developments such as stereo 3D, simulation sciences and non-photorealistic rendering influence art and content? Managing director of KUK Filmproduktion Josef Kluger will discuss the new grammar for 3D stereo language and illuminate the freedom and limits of stereoscopy. An impressive example for a broader approach is the 3D stereo documentary The Eye – Life and Science on Cerro Paranal by Parallax.

FMX Recruiting: Global chances for young talents

FMX has always been committed to supporting newcomers. For many years the conference does not only focus on providing knowledge and skills but has become one of the most significant recruiting events in Europe for CGI talents. In Recruiting Presentations and one-on-one interviews the global players in the industry search for new team members at FMX. So far Animal Logic, Black Rock Studio, Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore, Pixomondo, ScanlineVFX and RTT have confirmed their participation. Ramping up for shows to come, some will be present for up to four days in the Recruiting.

FMX is an event in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is hosting the Animation Production Day 2010 (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). FMX is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

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Please reserve FMX 2010 in your calendars. If you’re interested in photos or further info, please contact us.

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Journalists can download photographic impressions of fmx/09 in the press section on our new website. Please note: If you wish to download the pictures in high resolution, please select a picture first and then click original image.

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FMX 2010: 15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

FMX 2010
15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

May 04-07, 2010, Stuttgart, Germany

++ We’re online! +++
Check out the just launched FMX 2010 website and see what’s new at

++ Save 10% on your booking! +++
Partners for Sponsoring, Trade Floor booths, Workshops, Masterclasses, Recruiting or Education get 10% off when booking before December 18, 2009. Please check the Contribute section online.

++ Watch the FMX 2010 Trailer +++
Our new trailer “Only Human” created by Benjamin Swiczinsky was selected due to its look and the top notch technology behind it. At first the film appears rather two-dimensional, but soon enough the spectator is surprised witnessing how everything turns 3D, a world created with humans only. Benjamin used Massive for crowd simulation, something he claims could only be achieved by this special software, which is available to all students at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

++ The hot topics for FMX 2010 +++
The binding theme of FMX is the convergence of film, television, computers, consoles and mobile devices. Hot topics for FMX 2010 are 3D Stereo, Hybrid Imagery and 360° Media. There will also be presentations on Cross Media, Realtime Visualization as well as Immersive Design and Virtual Humans. If you want to stay posted and not miss any program updates, visit the FMX website regularly.

++ Mark your calendars +++

The conference week will be full of things for you to do! FMX will be hosting the 4th Animation Production Day (APD) in joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).
The Festival will take place from May 04-09 and the APD from May 04-05, 2010.

++ Strong partners for FMX 2010 Program and Advisory Board +++
We are happy to continue our cooperations with ACM Siggraph, AIAS Academy of Arts and Sciences, VES Visual Effects Society and 5D Conference.
In the FMX Advisory Board we welcome Viktor Antonov, Doug Chiang (ImageMovers Digital), Michael Coldewey (Trixter), Elizabeth Daley (USC School of Cinematic Arts), Oliver Deussen (University of Konstanz), Thomas Ertl (University of Stuttgart), Markus Gross (Disney Research Zurich), Andy Hendrickson (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Pierre Hénon (Paris ACM Siggraph Chapter), Isaac Kerlow (Computer Animation Festival 2010), Andy Lomas (Framestore) and Terrence Masson. Read more…

FMX 2010 is a non-profit event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

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Counter-Trend Expansion – CAE-Specialist ITI Starts International Expansion in Europe

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Dresden/Germany, 31 August 2009 – ITI GmbH, international leader in virtual system engineering, today announces its debut in Great Britain. The foundation of ITI Northern Europe Limited enables the company to extend its presence on international markets and to provide its customers in Northern Europe with class-leading levels of service support, sales and customer-orientation. ITI also announces the expansion of its Headquarters in Dresden/Germany; software development will be continuously strengthened. Counter the general economic trend, the company performed well in the first half of the year and is financially set for further expansion with sales running stable and an increasing global demand for ITI simulation solutions.

For many years with more than 25 selected distributors on three continents, ITI has been cooperating with a successful network of stand-alone, state-of-the-art partners dedicated to the sales and service of SimulationX, the standard multi-domain software for system simulation. The establishment of the UK facility in Milton Keynes is a debut in ITI history thus tightening its international market position. The new subsidiary has already started operation and acts independently in local sales, marketing, and human resources development. Simulation solutions are provided and supported for SimulationX customers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Chris Litchfield becomes Business and Sales Manager for Northern Europe and will be supported by Emmanuel Domingues, Technical Manager. Each of them brings more than eight years experience in delivering system simulation solutions to a wide range of industries.

We want to advance our commitment to ITI customers in Northern Europe by providing the world’s highest level of satisfaction in service support and sales of SimulationX thus implementing true innovations together. Our aim is to become a key player on the European CAE market within the next two years, said Jens O. Schindler, ITI Managing Director, about the aims of the new facility. “In the past years ITI strengthened its position as a leader in virtual system engineering and became an internationally-demanded engineering partner, adds Dr. Andreas Uhlig, ITI Managing Director, and further explains: “With highly-qualified people and financial strength we are ready for new investments to expand our business. The establishment of the subsidiary is a milestone in ITI’s company history.

About ITI

For more than 18 years ITI has been one of the internationally leading companies for the virtual system engineering. The software SimulationX is applied by engineers and scientists at more than 600 well-known companies such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Continental, Schaeffler, Siemens, Demag, Husky, Nikon, Mitsubishi and Liebherr. SimulationX is also widely used in academics and research world-wide. Main fields of application are power engineering, Power transmission, fluid power, mechanical engineering, power generation and automotive. Apart from this ITI supports its clients in the field of research and development of high-technology with engineering and consulting services. In the field of real-time and HiL test-system applications ITI provides turnkey projects and references for various companies including CNH, Putzmeister or Hoerbiger. Further information on

About SimulationX

SimulationX – The Driving Force in System Simulation determines the level of modeling, simulating and optimizing complex technical systems. The software models the interaction of components from a multitude of domains including their mutual interaction and feedback on one platform. This significantly distinguishes SimulationX from any other kind of CAE software (FEM, CFD, MBS). SimulationX is the standard in software for evaluation of the interaction of all components in technical systems. It is the universal CAE tool for modeling, simulating and analyzing physical effects – with ready-to-use model libraries for 1D mechanics, 3D multi-body systems, power transmission, hydraulics, pneumatics, thermodynamics, electrics, electrical drives, magnetic as well as controls – post-processing included. SimulationX fully supports Modelica® language and offers a wide range of open, comprehensive CAx-interfaces. Further information on

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2nd Annual Proteins Congress 2009 to be held in Berlin, Germany

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Oxford Global Conferences is proud to present the 2nd Annual Proteins Congress 2009, which is to be held on the 29th & 30th October in Berlin. The congress is the single most focused event in Europe dedicated to key technological and scientific trends in Proteins in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, as well as academic institutions. It will also be co-located with our GPCR Congress

With the ever-expanding protein therapeutic market, there is a need for the bio/pharma industry to reassess the technology, discovery and delivery trends.  Protein expression & characterisation systems are rapidly evolving, and there is more pressure to harvest larger, purer quantities of product to support research pipelines. More efficient methods are also needed to identify and analyse proteins involved in disease populations with the aim to discover novel diagnostic tools and treatments. The conference also looks at effective strategies in protein assays and microarrays and data mining in discovery.

Over two days, the 2 events will attract over 150 senior-level decision makers working in Proteins development from the UK, Europe and US.  This prestigious event provides a forum for practitioners and prominent innovators to learn more about key solutions being provided to their industry, network with their peers, and address key industry concerns through a series of cutting edge conference presentations in a professional yet relaxed environment, during a 2 day conference programme.

Day One

Protein Expression, Purification and Characterization: Examines different expression systems including Bacman technology in mammalian cells through the use of Baculovirus, as well as purification and characterization processes, new cell line development, and how to overcome immunogencity problems

Vaccines, Novel Technologies & IP and Outsourcing Issues: Explores various techniques and technologies involved with Proteins and Vaccines and also a strategic overview of various IP & outsourcing issues.

Day Two

Biotherapeutics: Protein engineering technologies for next generation biotherapeutics including focus on increasing half life, alternative scaffolds and biosimilars

Protein Structure & Production: Analysis of protein structure from a structural biology angle as well as focus on Protein Production solutions and techniques


Who you will meet

Delegates are pre-qualified dependent on budget, responsibility and seniority.  Delegates are senior-level decision makers, from major pharmaceutical, biotech companies and research institutions based in Europe and typically include VPs, Directors, Managers and Heads of:


Proteins   Protein Engineering  Structural Chemistry  Crystallography  Molecular Research

Proteomics Protein Science  Structural Biology    Bioformulations  Biopharmaceutical Development

Discovery Protein Production  Bioinformatics Biomarkers  Biologics Research

Biotherapeutics  Medical Science Biochemistry  Expression Systems  Technology Development



Meet face-to-face with leading solution providers and senior-level industry peers through a series of formal and informal networking opportunities.  Using our online appointment system, you are able to view the full profiles of all solution provides before the event.  In addition you have the chance to pre-arrange one-to-one meetings with them, giving you the opportunity to discuss technologies, services and solutions that address your key business needs.  Categories of solution providers include:


Protein Analysis  Expression Vectors  Protein Engineering Solutions  Protein Chip & Microarrays

Lyopllization  Phage Display  Protein & Antibody Labelling High Throughput Applications / Platforms

Purification Sequencing Plasma Protein Profiles  Protein Expression Systems

Sequencing  Immunogenicity  Diagnostics   Protein Protein Interactions

Transcription Regulation Protein DetectionCell Signalling  Parallel Quantitative Biology



Oxford Global Conferences, produce cutting edge congresses and summits in the Life Sciences sector. Focusing on summits,

Conferences and unique congress formats, our success is unrivalled in the production of high calibre events that offer tailored

knowledge-sharing, industry solutions and networking opportunities. A list of upcoming events is below:-

2nd Annual Proteins Congress, October 29th-30th 2009, Berlin Germany

GPCR Congress, October 29th-30th 2009, Berlin Germany

QPCR Congress, 16-17 November 2009, London

5th Annual Biomarkers Congress, February , 2010, Midland Hotel, Manchester, UK

2nd Annual Drug Development Summit, April 2010,One America Square, London, UK

11th Annual Drug Discovery Leaders Summit, June 2010

8th Annual Pharma Technology and IT Summit, June 2010

Special discounts are available by quoting “PCDEL09�. For information on sponsorship and registration please email or call +44(0) 1865 304925


fmx/09 – Comprehensive Photo Collection Available for Press Download

Sunday, June 21st, 2009


Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg, June 18 2009. Photos taken at fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media are now available in the press section of the FMX website. Sorted by days, journalists can download photos for their reports for free.

Once again a photographer supported FMX by documenting this leading European conference on digital entertainment all-over. Captured were not only speakers in action, but also the general atmosphere of the event in Stuttgart, Germany. The wide collection of motifs can be found at in the section “press – media downloads – press photo gallery�. Please note: If you wish to download the pictures at a high resolution, please select a picture first and then click original image.

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fmx/09 was an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, the FFA German Federal Film Board, and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

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fmx/09 Growing Numbers, Well-Established Quality

Monday, June 15th, 2009


This year, more visitors than ever from 41 countries participated in discussions, encounters and lots of exciting content. The relaxed atmosphere proved to remain a central aspect for specialists wanting to network and establish new business relations.

A total of 350 speakers from 25 countries took part this year in up to 10 rooms at the same time. The program with its special series of talks and different thematic focuses reflected the wide range of fields, interests and developments within CGI, emphasized their diversity and showed their common grounds.

Talks in fmx/conference included concepts uniting and overlapping into different specialized programs. �Immersive Design�, for example, was one of the central terms connecting the many disciplines at fmx/09. A side-effect of which was that participants had the possibility to think outside the box in reference to projects of their own. As technologies and forms of content converge in exciting ways these days, the fmx/09 program embraced and connected games, visual effects, animation, and portable imagery – all different parts of entertainment using the same technologies.

Top names filled the fmx/forum, presenting themselves in fmx/expo, holding workshops and engaging in fmx/recruiting even and especially in these turbulent times. Companies like Aardman, Double Negative, Pixar, Scanline and Sony Pictures Imageworks had plenty of jobs to offer, resulting in long lines of applicants who wanted to show their reels and open future professional doors.

In the first FMX school campus a big success with participating 25 schools another important focus of the conference lay on talents of the future, emphasizing the educational aspect of CGI. This was also reflected in the increased numbers of student visitors at fmx/09, while the total ratio of 61% professionals versus 39% students remained a perfect mix for both sides.

We would like to thank you for contributing to fmx/09. Partners, speakers and visitors alike help make the conference a success in their own special ways and enable us to present a perfect whole. Again thank you!

New fmx/09 pics

Enjoy the fmx/09 atmosphere once more and check out new pics and videos now available on our website.


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fmx/09 from May 5 – 8 2009 A Closing Report

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009


Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg – May 12, 2009. In the early hours of Saturday morning, fmx/09 drew to a close as the most persevering guests finally left the closing party. Once again, the 14th International Conference for Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media gathered an international community of CGI enthusiasts in Stuttgart. Animation has long become a key technology shared across a wide range of media, going beyond animated films to live-action films and television shows as well as computer games and mobile content. This English- language conference addresses aesthetic and technical trends with a structured series of specialized programs. The desired side-effect: these parallel offerings encourage participants to cast an eye beyond the immediate scope of their own profession to exchange and compare. Immersive Design, for example, was one of the most-used concepts uniting the many disciplines at fmx/09. This year, more than 7,000 visitors from 41 countries participated in discussions, encounters and of course lots of exciting content and new-won knowledge.

The Program Choices a Land of Plenty

A record-breaking 350 speakers from 25 countries took part this year in up to 10 rooms at the same time. By far, the most widely expressed view of the fmx program was the Qual der Wahl – the torture of choice when faced with so many simultaneous top-of-the-bill offerings. Despite the decision of presenting quality talks in parallel sessions, fmx/09 was stretched to capacity on a number of occasions resulting in halls filled to the last seat and beyond. A sure sign that the event organizers of the Institute of Animation at the Filmakademie Baden- Wuerttemberg once more laid their capable fingers on the pulse of the times. The team surrounding Professor Thomas Haegele reaped ample praise not just for the high quality of individual talks, but also for the curation and thematic relevance evident within each series. Specialist visitors were also attracted by one central aspect: the relaxed, open atmosphere at the FMX is prerequisite to making business connections and exchanges that matter, not to speak of targeted networking. No wonder that participants showed themselves to be happy in feedback to the organizers. All of these factors contributed to the continued upward trend at FMX, as if there were no economic crisis. Over 7,000 registered visitors from 41 countries 61% professionals, 39% students underscores FMX’s standing as the prime European specialist conference for digital entertainment.

New Horizons and a Look Back

Faster, more international, more tightly integrated: the way CGI creatives work together today would have been unthinkable even only a few years ago. Crossmedia and transmedia applications set the tone in the digital day-to-day workings within production and design. The borders between animation and visual effects, between film and games are dissolving. And yet all these computer-generated images only represent an age-old cultural technique in new form – which continues to be primarily in service of a captivating story. Fmx/09 revealed many aspects of these new technologies and evolved workflows:

Previsualisation has become an essential part of film and games production, as well as applications for scientific and economical purposes. The possibilities are endless from precise and thus cost-effective scheduling for live shoots to the playful exploration, testing and polishing of desired sets. So its only natural that â€?previsâ€? played a leading role at fmx/09, including numerous talks by recognized kings of the trade such as Ron Frankel or his fmx/conference colleagues Kevin Tod Haug (Quantum of Solace, Kite Runner) and John Scheele (Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center) – but it also took center stage within the specialist series on automotive design.

Nonlinear animation, as experienced in computer games every day, is also advancing in large strides. Realtime was a much-used term this year, of course in series addressing games and interactive design, or the flasconference event. The scene’s playful, anarchistic approach has developed into an exciting, increasingly mainstream field in which the responsibilities of designers, programmers and creatives are experiencing a true melting pot.

Alex McDowell, renowned production designer (Watchmen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Minority Report) and long-standing FMX partner, has coined the term immersive design. He even founded the 5D Conference to explore and discuss not just the new, globalized teamwork within a virtual workspace, but also the creation of contributive virtual worlds to further the visual opportunities and habits. This year in Stuttgart was the premiere of the European division of the 5D Conference. The top-class panel stressed their ambitious goals even in the title: Imagination, Creation, Construction, Perception and Interaction.

Despite the rapid pace of innovation, FMX finds it important to take the time to reflect upon the technical and artistic conditions in which we advance. The audience seemed to agree as the greatest interest was given to the pioneers of animation first and foremost the four-time Oscar winner Richard Edlund, the VFX veteran Harrison Ellenshaw (Tron, Star Wars, Superman) and the equally ironic and impressive speakers of the series Early Days in France.

fmx/forum: the right concept for moving times

The fmx/forum can be described as FMX’s high-traffic market place. Workshops, demos and masterclasses transfer in-depth knowledge and education. Visitors could inform themselves about innovations in hardware and software at the booths. fmx/recruiting drew talents together with international companies on the lookout for capable teams while schools, students and alumni presented their work at the fmx/talents.

The durability of this talents concept proved itself, despite the first year of the global financial crisis. Thanks to the expanded cooperational model School Campus, for example, approximately 1,000 students from 32 European schools became a future-bound element of fmx/09. Further circles were drawn by the School Offerings with partner institutions from as far away as California, China and New Zealand.

Further good news can be reported from Recruiting: unbroken engagement of companies such as Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm/LucasArts, Aardman Animations and Crytek, long lines leading to the Recruiting Desks and – most important of all smiles everywhere. Whoever was searching for new team members was definitely at the right place. And in light of economic hard times, many companies confirm that highly qualified personnel is their greatest capital.

Strong Partners, strong Input

Many renowned institutions have contributed their input, ideas and contacts into the fmx/09 program both internationally and regionally. First and foremost, FMX collaborated with its oldest and most trusted partner, the International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) as well as its newest partner pop open within the new Kreativraum Stuttgart. The parallel offerings had both an inspiring and overwhelming effect – so much so that even die-hard animation fans were driven to their limits. The combi-ticket for both ITFS and FMX turned out to be the secret star of both shows.

The FMX shares deep roots with the MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg. MFG Innovation dedicated its energies on Visual Computing with two full series of talks highlighting the Visual Computing Cluster, which it also founded, and the Symposium Best of Eurographics, dedicated to the European academic association of the same name. MFG Film Funding contributed to the series Financing & Brands.

The Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the film fund from Germany’s capital, launched a brand-new series. The talks presented the vibrant, young production and service scene located in Berlin and Potsdam.

Animation Production Day (APD 2009) In Tune with the Industry

Feedback from the participants of the Animation Production Day, a mutual event by FMX and ITFS in cooperation with Michael Schmetz Mediaconsult, was overwhelmingly positive. The third edition of this financing platform had been considerably expanded in comparison with previous years and now included games, TV series and mobile content in addition to animated movies. The key to the event’s unique success is that creatives meet with potential investors in pre-arranged individual discussions instead of public pitchings. At APD in Stuttgart this year, 60 European companies discussed a production volume of 140 million Euro. The organizers chose to focus on exclusiveness and concentration class instead of mass. And the concept is proving itself. Even in critical times, the difficult search for financers has lead to a disproportionately high number of happy endings. The mutual interest and openness on both sides of the business tables was tangible: The discussions began at the Animation Production Day and will be continued. The producers here were excellently prepared with business plans and very professional. We encountered only win-win situations, commented for example the representative of the Commerzbank. Thanks to the overwhelming presence shown by the industry in Stuttgart, the founding of the newly created Alliance of German Producers could be announced at the APD’s kickoff in the presence of Dr. Christoph E. Palmer.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, the FFA German Federal Film Board, and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

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14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital


May 05-08-2009

Stuttgart, Haus der Wirtschaft, Germany