Prolight + Sound previews expanded seminar programme

One of the numerous changes for Prolight + Sound 2016 from 5 to 8 April will be the expanded and restructured seminar programme.

This year, over 70 expert lectures will be given by experienced speakers.

“With modern professional-development formats and a broader spectrum of subjects, we aim not only to offer technical expertise but also to generate new impulses and creative stimuli for the sector. Thus, more than ever before, Prolight + Sound will be the leading information platform for the entire event industry," said Prolight + Sound director Michael Biwer.

As in the past, the programme will be split into the Prolight + Sound Conference for professional users and the Eventplaza Conference for managers and organisers of events, congresses and conferences, but new this year is the Manufacturers’ Forum, at which companies present the latest trends from the world of event and AV-media technology, illustrated by specific projects.

With Prolight moving to the eastern section of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre, the seminar programme will be held for the first time in Forum.0 and Forum.1.

Also set to debut next month is the Future Talents Day on Tuesday 5 April, which is aimed at students and trainees in the technical field who want to find out about career opportunities, while giving companies the chance to make contact with emerging talent in their sector.

This year, the Prolight + Sound Conference has been reorganised and split into two thematic tracks: Prolight + Sound Forum Basic and Prolight + Sound Forum Advanced.

At the Prolight + Sound Forum Basic, participants have the chance to learn about various technical issues and refresh their knowledge. To this end, many top professionals have agreed to hold lectures, including Volker Ruf (satis&fy), who will talk about setting up and designing PA systems and Andrew Livine (Association of German Sound Engineers (Verband Deutscher Tonmeister – VDT)), who will provide practical tips on miking.

The Prolight + Sound Forum Advanced will be a source of expert knowledge on technologies and challenges currently facing the industry. On the first day of the fair, the focus will be on training as part of the Future Talents Day, and on Wednesday the spotlight shifts to duties and powers in the field of event technology and demands on top events. Visitors can look forward to a broad spectrum of subjects on Thursday and Friday, with 3D audio among them.

The Manufacturers’ Forum gives companies the chance to pass on their expert knowledge and experience, while enabling visitors to learn about technical developments via best-practice examples.

Participants so far include ALC NetworX, AV Stumpfl, Barco Entertainment, d&b audiotechnik, DPA Microphones, ETC GmbH, Gerriets, Klippel, Lawo, Meyer Sound, Microtech Gefell, Osram and the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology.

Subjects due to be covered range from broadcasting and studio technology to new standards for multi-media networks and audio-over-IP.