SMM to host top-class conferences on open stages for the first time


From 3 to 6 September, SMM in Hamburg will open its gates to more than 40,000 participants from 120 different countries, hosting over 2,000 exhibitors from 70 countries as well as a first-rate stage programme focused on the industry’s most important topics.

Covering the entire value chain of the maritime industry on 90,000 m² in twelve exhibition halls, SMM describes itself as the world’s foremost platform for innovation and the latest technologies in the maritime sector that brings together business leaders from around the world.

Themed ‘SMM – driving the maritime transition’, the 31st SMM will focus on the maritime energy transition and digital transformation. An attractive conference programme and a wide range of networking opportunities will supplement the exhibition. For the first time, the conferences will take place on open stages inside the exhibition halls – free of charge, and accessible to all fair visitors.

“SMM is more than just a trade fair. It is a platform for sharing innovations and new ideas that will move the maritime sector forward. This is where thought leaders and pioneers meet to set the pace for the future of shipping,” says Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director – Maritime and Technology Fairs at Hamburg Messe und Congress.

“At our five conferences, international experts will discuss the key concerns of the industry. As a major novelty, the conferences will be held on the freely accessible Transition Stages in the exhibition halls for the first time. This means that all participants will be able to attend the panel discussions and lectures free of charge,” explains Selbach.

In addition, numerous Stage Sessions will be held to provide profound insights into the core topics on the stages Green Stage (Hall A4), Open Stage (Hall B2.OG), Cruise & Ferry Stage (Hall B5) and Digital & Security Stage (Hall B6).

“SMM serves as a platform addressing the most important issues of the maritime industry. It helps pave the way into a sustainable and digitalised future,” says Claus Ulrich Selbach.