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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 over 50 speakers and participating institutions as well as up to 500 participants, Shift Medical 2021 is Europe's leading Medical XR congress and expo.

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 also continue to shape ethical, regulatory, technological and data safety standards for medical XR across the world.


Meet leading minds pushing boundaries in the Medical XR Ecosystem

Prof Mark Billinghurst, The University of Auckland

Prof Dr JoAnn Difede, Weill Cornell Medical College

Prof Dr Sandy Engelhardt (MSc), Heidelberg University Hospital

Hunter Hoffman (PhD), University of Washington

Dr Jonathan M. Morris, Mayo Clinic

Karthik Patanjali, The New York Times

Mel Slater, Universitat de Barcelona

Erin Washington, Embodied Labs


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    “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 digital conference I have seen so far.”

    Jürgen Klöckner, Handelsblatt

    “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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    “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)


    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.

    Program will be announced soon


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

    Heidelberg Technology Park

    Heidelberg University

    Heidelberg Startup Partners


    Diehl Kommuniation


    “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


    We proudly present the institutions of our congress participants

    Heidelberg University Hospital



    Harvard Medical School

    Stanford School of Medicine

    Universitat de Barcelona

    The New York Times

    Weill Cornell Medical College


    Highly qualified experts lead through the days and make the sessions an outstanding learning experience

    Petra Dahm, Extended Reality Bavaria e.V.

    Dr Lars Riedemann, Heidelberg University Hospital

    Tobias Silberzahn, McKinsey & Company

    Noah Smith, The Washington Post

    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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    Anne-Linn Braun
    Sponsoring Coordinator

    Natascha Brockmann
    Project Coordinator

    Maike Diehl
    Public Relations

    Dr Lars Riedemann
    Scientific Director


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