At Frankfurter Buchmesse: IPA Events Open to Trade Visitors, Exhibitors

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

The International Publishers Association has a series of events during Frankfurt Book Fair, many open to trade visitors and exhibitors.

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Specialized Programming During Frankfurt
As each year at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 18 to 22), the International Publishers Association (IPA) has a series of meetings and events, some of the closed to its membership and others open to interested trade visitors and exhibitors.

Here is a simple listing of what’s known at this point about the organization’s schedule at this point, with the proviso that we may need to return and make updates as some plans are firmed up.

As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the association comprises 92 organizations from 76 countries in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and the Americas, and is based in Geneva.

Here are some of the highlights of its programming open to non-member Frankfurt-goers.

Wednesday, October 18

Sustainability Summit
1 to 2 p.m.
Room Conclusio 1 and 2, Level 2, Messe Frankfurt Congress Center

Freedom to Publish Open Meeting
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Room Conclusio 1, Level 2, Messe Frankfurt Congress Center

“From Inclusion to Innovation: How Accessibility Is Transforming the Book Value Chain”
3 to 4 p.m.
Frankfurt Studio, Hall 4.0, Room Europa

Accessibility Networking Event
4 to 5 p.m.
Room Entente, Hall 4C

Thursday, October 19

“Guest of Honor or Guest of Horror: What Can Be Gained From Being GoH in Frankfurt?
2 to 2:45 p.m.
Guest of Honor Pavilion, Level 1, Forum
IPA vice-president Gvantsa Jobava, experienced in Frankfurt Guest of Honor events from the Republic of Georgia’s turn, is in a conversation with:

  • Michalis Kalamaras
  • Urpu Strellman
  • Margit Walsø
  • Renata Zamida, moderator

“Pressure on Publishers: Challenging Norms and Navigating Controversy”
3 to 4 p.m.
Frankfurt Pavilion, Agora

  • Moderation: Publishing Perspectives’ Porter Anderson
  • Michiel Kolman, chair, IPA Inclusive Publishing and Literacy committee
  • Kristenn Einarsson, chair, IPA Freedom to Publish committee
  • Åse Ryvarden, Aschehoug, Norway
  • Sherif Bakr, Al Arabi, Egypt
  • Trasvin Jittidecharak, Silkworm Books, Thailand

2024 International Publishers Congress Event
5 to 6 p.m.
Mexico stand, Hall 5.0, B132

The Mexican Publishers Association, the Cámara Nacional de la Industria Editorial Mexicana (CANIEM), and Guadalajara International Book Fair will host this meeing on the 2024 International Publishers’ Congress.

Friday, October 20

IPA Educational Publishers Forum: “Education and Sustainability: The Road Ahead”
9 to 11 a.m.
Room Conclusio 1, Level 2, Messe Frankfurt Congress Center

  • Session 1: “Awareness: What Is Net Zero and What Does It Mean for Education?”
    UNESCO: Greening Education Partnership
    Simon-Wanda Makhoka, program specialist, education for sustainable development
  • Session 2: “Inspiration: Stories From Colleagues Focused on K-12”
    Klett: Balance, Reduce, and Compensate, a  Strategy Toward Net Zero
    Ilas Koerner Wellershaus, publishing director, Ernst Klett Verlag
  • Session 3: “Action: What Is Happening? How Do We Get Coordinated?”
    An interactive round table featuring the senior leadership of the IPA Educational Publishers Forum
    Moderator: Stephen de Valk, chair, IPA Educational Publishers Forum
    Eduardo Rodrigues, chair, Latin American Educational Publishers Forum
    Ilas Koerner Wellershaus, vice-chair IPA Educational Publishers Forum
    Trasvin Jittidecharak, chair, ASEAN+ Educational Publishers Forum

More from Publishing Perspectives on the work of the International Publishers Association is here, more on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, and more on international book fairs and trade shows is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.