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Congress and Expo for Medical XR
September 20—22, 2023
Live and on site in Heidelberg, Germany


Experience the power of deep in-person physical networking at Europe’s most valuable Medical XR congress.

Since 2019, Shift Medical has established itself as Europe’s leading community for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality in healthcare. 2,800 members are actively engaged in our worldwide community by attending virtual and physical events and continuously advancing Medical Extended Reality by building strong collaborations across academia, industry and government agencies. In 2023, our flagship congress Shift Medical will focus on strengthening the open and structured knowledge exchange between healthcare providers, businesses, governments and the general public with an exclusive in-person congress in the beautiful city Heidelberg in Germany.

If you are bored by anonymous online conferences, shake your head watching overpromising marketing claims and biased self-promotional talks, and you miss deep in-person networking opportunities with colleagues who care about a sustainable Medical XR ecosystem, then Shift Medical 2023 is your congress.

Dedicated to evidence-based principles we will continue to shape ethical, regulatory, technological and data safety standards across the world for virtual, augmented and mixed reality in medicine.


Evidence-based status quo talks, stimulating keynotes and plenty of networking time


Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi

Parallel to the congress we will offer businesses and academic institutions the opportunity to exhibit their products and services in our Medical XR tech area.


“A truly multidimensional experience.”

Karthik Patanjali, The New York Times

“An exciting example of the power of VR to truly bring people together.”

Christopher Patnoe, Google

“This is what I call walking the talk at Shift Medical.”

Razvan Ionasec, Amazon Web Services


Deeply connect with your friends and colleagues, critically discuss the status quo, and shape the future direction of Medical XR

Your application

Buying a conventional ticket is so 2021! – Submit your personal application now!

Take the unique opportunity and apply now for the exclusive Shift Medical congress – live and on site in Heidelberg, Germany! Please apply as soon as possible, as we expect this event again to be oversubscribed.

Our application process in a nutshell:


“Thank you for the opportunity to present at your fantastic event. A great honor.”

Elizabeth Hyman, XR Association

“This is the most interactive way of holding a conference I have seen so far.”

Jürgen Klöckner, Handelsblatt

“Not only because of the great speakers, I really enjoy the meeting.”

Christian Elsenbast, Fraunhofer IESE


Nature, history and deep personal connections to shape virtual medicine

We want to ensure a meaningful professional exchange and build an intimate and relaxed congress environment for open knowledge exchange and critical discussions. Our goal is to strengthen the Medical XR community by building reliable long-term personal connections. That is why we have dedicated over 60 % of the congress time to deep networking activities such as hiking, canoeing, historic city walks and a craft beer brewery tour. Walks and picknicks in an inspiring environment of the Heidelberg Castle and the world renown Philosophers’ Way will make this congress a real physical experience advancing virtual medicine.


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We work with trusted long-term partners that share our mission of an open and unbiased knowledge exchange

Heidelberg Technology Park

City of Heidelberg

Heidelberg Startup Partners

Heidelberg University


We are thankful for the active creative contribution and generous financial support from our sponsors

Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor

HTC Vive




We proudly present the institutions of previous congress participants



Harvard Business School

Heidelberg University Hospital

Imperial College London

Siemens Healthineers

Stanford School of Medicine

The New York Times

Smart City

Shift Medical is based in the University City of Heidelberg

Heidelberg was mentioned for the first time in 1196 and is well known for Germany’s oldest university, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, founded in 1386. The city is also home for the world famous Heidelberg University Clinic, the German Cancer Research Centre, the National Center for Tumor Diseases, four Max Planck Institutes and the European Molecular Biology Laboratories (funded by 40 nations).

As one of the leading biotechnology hubs in Europe, Heidelberg is an extremely attractive location for businesses and technology providers. Due to the close cooperation with many of the companies, institutions, the university, the university clinic, the city of Heidelberg and the state of Baden Württemberg, we have an ideal biotope for the further development of our European Shift Medical Network.

Have a bird’s eye view of the many faces of the city Heidelberg

Heidelberg Image Film presented by Heidelberg Marketing


Photo by Tobias Reich


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    Anne-Linn Braun

    Congress Coordinator

    Sebastian Smieja

    Marketing Director

    Dr Lars Riedemann

    Scientific Director