Future events

The World Canals Conference will be held for the first time in Germany, hosted by the city of Leipzig, on 20-24 September 2020!

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The theme of the conference in 2020 is “Reshaping landscapes – waterways in transition”

Key facts about the WCC 2020 in Leipzig

Pre-conference excursions programme: 18-19 September 2020
Conference in Leipzig: 20-24 September 2020
Post-conference excursions programme: 25-26 September 2020
Venue – Kongresshalle at the Leipzig Zoo
Organiser – City of Leipzig
Partner – Leipziger Messe GmbH
Metropolitan Region Central Germany
Transformation is the key topic. The conference will shed light from different perspectives on the transformation process in Central Germany from a lignite mining region to a diverse and liveable water landscape in its uniqueness. This will be discussed and deepened in the following sub-sections:
• Structural change and transformation
• Ecology and nature
• Urban and regional development
• Culture and landscape
• Tourism, economy, sociology
• Technology and information systems
• International networking with Eastern Europe and South America (model regions)
• E-Mobility on water

The WCC in 2021 will be held in the town of Hagerstown, Maryland, close to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, USA, hosted by Visit Hagerstown and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association. August 31 to September 3, 2021.

Cushwa’s Basin at Williamsport on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. This key site on the canal is close to the conference venue at Hagerstown.

Invitations to host the WCC from 2022 onwards are invited from interested parties.