Message from the Organizing Committee

Big events are normally announced well in advance. This is why we are already looking forward to October 2016, when we will be welcoming members of the worldwide electrotechnical standardization community to the 80th IEC General Meeting in Frankfurt am Main – in the heart of Europe.

The German electrotechnical industry has played a vital role in leading technological progress around the world for over 150 years. Its dedication has played an essential role in developing standards which apply around the world. This makes Germany one of the driving forces of future innovations. And it also shapes our role as host of the 80th IEC General Meeting.

The DKE is doing everything to provide a welcoming and productive atmosphere for the approx. 2000 participants.

But we want more: Through the use of innovative event formats, we also want to turn this important international event into a forum in which crucial future topics and questions of electrotechnical standardization will be discussed in an open atmosphere. With the IEC Campus, and the Reinvention Laboratory in particular, we are creating a unique environment for international exchange, for discussions and networking as well as for interesting debates between generations and between experts from different countries.

As in so many areas of life, digitalization also creates numerous challenges for electrotechnical standardization. The world is changing ever faster. This is also increasing the speed and complexity of new requirements by customers and experts in the field of standardization.


There is no doubt that this profound shift will be our biggest challenge. Instead of being simply carried along we want to play an active role in shaping this change. This is a key objective of DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies, and of the IEC General Meeting 2016 as an international platform. Its claim „connecting communities – reinvent standardization" is both a commitment and an Invitation.

With this in mind, we cordially invite you to come together in Frankfurt am Main, feel the spirit, work in collaboration and inspire one another – at the 80th IEC General Meeting 2016.

Roland Bent
President of the German National Committee of the IEC
President of DKE

Michael Teigeler
Secretary of the German National Committee of the IEC
Managing Director of DKE

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