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Compass Sessions – the navigational aid for the printing industry

Compass Sessions – the navigational aid for the printing industry


An important cornerstone of the overall drupa concept is the extensive knowledge transfer programme that helps visitors to get their bearings and provides real assistance. The programme’s building blocks, which are closely dovetailed, include the Compass Sessions, Highlights Tours, drupa innovation parc and industry forum.

“This modular system gives our visitors the opportunity to put together a personalised package and thus get the most out of the expertise on offer,” says drupa Project Director Manuel Mataré of the drupa 2008 concept.

The Compass Sessions are two-hour intensive workshops staged daily on topical issues regarding technology and new lines of business in the printing industry. Each Compass Session is devoted to a different theme. Held from 9am to 11am and combined with a light breakfast, they form the ideal start to the drupa day. As well as providing information, the Compass Sessions also offer an ideal frame of reference and meeting point to get together with colleagues and exchange news and views. The Compass Sessions are organised by Print & Media Forum AG and will take place in the Congress Center Düsseldorf.East at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Center.

The programme is as diverse as it is topical with themes ranging from digital/inkjet printing through offset printing, premedia and Web-to-print solutions to digital workflows and packaging printing. One of the highlights among the Compass Sessions promises to be the printed electronics talks on Wednesday, 4 June. Under the auspices of the Organic Electronics Association (, visitors will be able to gain comprehensive insight into this theme of the moment, which also encompasses RFID. Discussions are currently being held with other potential partner organisations.

The plans foresee each session comprising four half-hour talks by industry experts. Participation in the Compass Sessions will cost EUR 75; members of the German Printing and Media Industries Federation (bvdm) pay EUR 60. A detailed programme as well as registration facilities will be available from January 2008.

In their role as navigational aids, the first ever Compass Sessions at drupa 2004 were an instant hit with visitors. “We are highly satisfied with the total of over 500 participants over the eleven day programme,” commented Bernd Adam of Print & Media Forum AG looking back to the 2004 event. “It was also especially gratifying to see the highly international profile of participants – more than half of them had arrived from abroad.” Altogether, 39 speakers from more than five countries addressed nine themes, covering a wide range of material. As was expected, demand was especially strong on the days dedicated to JDF and networked production, offset printing as well as prepress.

Further information, a detailed schedule of events and the opportunity to register for the Compass Sessions can be found online at

Compass Sessions 2008 dates and topics

Friday, 30 May
Digital/inkjet printing

Saturday, 31 May
Digital workflows

Monday, 2 June
Offset printing

Tuesday, 3 June
Web-to-print solutions

Wednesday, 4 June
Printed electronics (partner OE-A)

Thursday, 5 June

Friday, 6 June
Packaging printing

Saturday, 7 June
Digital/inkjet printing

Monday, 9 June
Digital workflows

Tuesday, 10 June

Wednesday, 11 June
Offset printing


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