The City of Frankfurt am Main, is the metropolis of the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany. Frankfurt is an alpha world city and a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism, transportation and data. It is the home of the largest European airport with over 60 Million passengers per year. Just 11 minutes away by train from the city center; as well as the biggest national and international internet data node, that processes 90 % of all domestic and 35 % of all European Internet traffic. Effective and efficient infrastructures of all kinds are at the heart of Frankfurt and made it ‘the site to be’ for countless companies, component suppliers and service providers of the global industry.
Although being a infrastructure hub, the city is characterised by green parks, including the central Wallanlagen, the City Forest and two major botanical gardens, the Palmengarten and the University’s Botanical Garden. Frankfurt is located on both sides of the Main River, south-east of the Taunus mountain range. The southern part of the city contains the Frankfurt City Forest, Germany’s largest city forest.
Frankfurt is also rich and colorful in history and culture: The medieval old town has recently been extensively reconstructed. St. Paul’s Church was the seat of the 1848 Frankfurt Parliament, the first publicly and freely-elected German legislative body. At the “Museumsufer” more than 15 museums can be found on both banks of the Main River or in the immediate vicinity, some of which are located in historic villas others in architecturally interesting modern museums.
Frankfurt also offers a delicious local kitchen accompanies by the light-alcoholic Apple Wine, until the famous Riesling Wines from the river Rhein, as many small beer breweries. Frankfurt is also known for its famous sausages ‘Frankfurters’ and being the birthplace of techno and electronic music with the famous OMEN club from Sven Väth.
IG Farben Building
LAK2020 will mainly take place in the iconic IG Farben Building, also known as the Poelzig Building. This historic building was built from 1928 to 1930 as the corporate headquarters of the IG Farben conglomerate, then the world‘s largest chemical company and the world‘s fourth-largest company overall. The building was the HQ for production administration of diverse chemical and pharmaceutical products, and for research projects relating to the development of synthetic oil and rubber. Notably IG Farben scientists discovered the first antibiotic, fundamentally reformed medical research and “opened a new era in medicine.”
Among these bright achievements, the company and the Poelzig building also has a very dark chapter. The company became a donor to the Nazi Party in the 1930s, and was a large government contractor after the Nazi takeover of Germany, providing significant material for the German war effort and becoming embroiled in regime policy including the use of slave labor at IG Farben’s Buna facility at Auschwitz, and the use of its minority-owned subsidiary’s Zyklon B poison gas in the Holocaust.
After World War II, the IG Farben Building served as the HQs for the Supreme Allied Command and from 1949 to 1952 the High Commissioner for Germany. Notably Dwight D. Eisenhower had his office in the building. It became the principal location for implementing the Marshall Plan, which supported the post-war reconstruction of Europe. In 1948 the Frankfurt Documents, which led to the creation of a West German state allied with the western powers, were signed in the building. Since than the IG Farben Building served as the HQ for the US Army’s V Corps and the Northern Area Command until 1995. It was also the HQ of the CIA in Germany. It was informally referred to as “The Pentagon of Europe”.
In 1995, the US Army transferred the IG Farben Building to the German government, and it was purchased by the state of Hesse on behalf of the University of Frankfurt. The building underwent a restoration and was opened as part of the university in 2001. It is the central building of the West End Campus of the university. The University and the state of Hesse extended the complex with modern buildings in the same design and placed all social science disciplines around the original IG Farben building to underline its humanistic research focus for a future democratic society.
Goethe University Campus
Northwest from downtown Frankfurt in one of the most beloved residential quarters of the city, lays “Germany’s most beautiful campus.” Goethe University campus Westend offers a dreamlike and state-of-the-art study conditions.
Frankfurt’s Goethe University campus Westend disposes a wide range of attractive chambers and halls perfectly suited for LAK conference. Goethe University offers a variety of conference and seminar rooms, an auditorium, several ballrooms, the Eisenhower Rotunda, a historical auditorium and lecture halls featuring the most modern technical equipment.
To host the conference sessions the campus counts with a new lecture hall center with an 800 m² foyer on the ground floor, flexible conference rooms suited for 130, 260, or even 600 participants, and modern seminar rooms for up to 100 participants.
The conference reception and poster sessions can take place at the Eisenhower Rotunda whose impressive architectural design and magnificent view to the countryside makes this room ideal for these types of events.