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Virtual Congress and Expo
September 23—25, 2021


Take part in a completely virtual event with highly renowned speakers and an awesome program

With 320 participants, 73 speakers and over 42 participating international institutions and companies, Shift Medical has established itself as the leading European congress for virtual and augmented reality in healthcare.

In 2021 Shift Medical will strenghten the open and structured knowledge exchange between healthcare providers, businesses governments and the general public in order to increase medical XR adoption rates. Together we will continue to shape ethical, regulatory, technological and data safety standards for medical XR across the world.

Speakers 2020

Meet leading minds in the medical XR industry

Ryan Beams, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Jan Brönneke, Health Innovation Hub of the Federal Ministry of Health

Prof Grigore Burdea, Rutgers University

James Finley, USC University of Southern California

Karthik Patanjali, The New York Times

Dr Susan Persky, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Prof Albert Rizzo, USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Dr Isabel Van De Keere, Immersive Rehab

Statements 2020

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

Jürgen Klöckner, Handelsblatt

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

Elizabeth Hyman, XR Association

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

Christian Elsenbast, Fraunhofer IESE


Shift Medical – a multi-dimensional event

We want to ensure a professional exchange and to network experts worldwide under one European roof. To make this possible, Shift Medical 2021 will take place completely virtual. Our goal is to make the exchange of information accessible to as many people as possible.


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Facts and figures

The numbers that begin to tell our story

Congress and expo

Participants from 30+ Countries
International institutions and companies
Distinguished speakers
Media collaborations

Attendee profiles

Medical doctors
Young professionals
Investors, Journalists and Politicians


Healthcare sector
Medical XR Start-Ups
IT/Technology sector
Regulatory agencies

Media Outreach

Social Media
PR-Cooperations (News, Blog, Print, Newsletter)

All data based on in-house research

Statements 2020

“First time ever that I participated as an avatar in a congress. Shift Medical was a unique congress for that experience on latest developments in medical XR.”

Dr Dominik Fischer, Brainlab

“This is what I call walking the talk at the XR Healthcare Congress Shift Medical. It is indeed more fun to talk about the future while being in the future already.”

Razvan Ionasec, CTO Healthcare EMEA at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Program 2021

Choose from unique sessions and networking opportunities


Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi

Parallel to the congress we will offer businesses and academic institutions the opportunity to exhibit their products and services at an accompanying virtual expo.

In addition, we offer many other programm items like a virtual opening event with special speakers and a multifaceted after congress party.

Patronage 2020

We are thrilled to have two leading minds who will take patronage of our virtual congress

Theresia Bauer (MdL), State Minister for Science, Research and Arts

Prof Dr Matthias Weidemüller, Heidelberg University

Partners 2021

We work with a range of partners that help us achieve an open knowledge exchange

Heidelberg Technology Park

Heidelberg University

Heidelberg Startup Partners


Statements 2020

“High level experts from around the world. The program’s been perfectly presented in a relaxing virtual environment.”

Elle Langer, Pimento Formate

“Could be a future format of congresses, because it is much more interactive than streaming talks via Zoom.”

Philipp Fürnstahl, Balgrist Zürich

“It was a pleasure to present our work and talk about XR in Medical Education at Shift Medical Virtual Congress.”

Pablo Olmos, Anima Res

Institutions 2020

We proudly present the institutions of our congress participants

Amazon Web Services

The Food and Drug Administration

Harvard Medical School

Health Innovation Hub of the Federal Ministry of Health

Heidelberg University Hospital

HTC Corporation

Johns Hopkins University



Siemens Healthineers

Stanford University

The New York Times


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Become a sponsor

Why partner
with us?

Be part of the future of healthcare

Discover medical XR, identify possibilities for your strategic goals. Bring your experience into the discussion. Gain competitive advantage by being among the first to set foot in medical XR.

Boost your visibility

Invite your customers and key stakeholders to explore your innovative potential. Expand your brand awareness regarding the future of healthcare. Announce new products, engage in the conversation and leave an impression on your target group.

Advance your network and talent pool

Foster your existing business relationships and forge new strategic partnerships. Access a unique network and meet the world’s elite in the field of medical XR.

Grow your business

Extend your scope, discover new markets, meet potential customers and partners. Get in touch with the key figures for your successful market entry.

Be part of Europe’s largest virtual congress and expo in medical XR

Present yourself and your company in a technically innovative environment and benefit from many high quality contacts in the medical XR area.

Smart City

Shift Medical is based in
university city 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 Mnyar Samir


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Dr Lars Riedemann
Scientific Director

Prof Dr Daniel Görlich
Technical Coordinator

Anne-Linn Braun
Project Coordinator

Natascha Brockmann
Project Coordinator