EMV 2021 Tradeshow to be Held Virtually in March

February 01, 2021 by Shannon Cuthrell

The popular EMC conference and tradeshow will be held online this spring.

EMV 2021, a popular annual event for the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) sector, will be held digitally from March 23 to March 25, centering around the theme “creating a compatible future.”

The virtual event platform will include chat and video call functions, discussion features, product presentations and a matchmaking feature to help attendees network based on their interests. 


EMV 2021 goes digital. Image courtesy of Mesago Messe Frankfurt


The EMV 2021 program features more than 30 half-day, expert-led workshops and training covering topics relevant to EMC engineers and business leaders. Expert-led sessions will cover legal standards and regulations, new testing methods, procedures and tools, technical trends, the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, and more topics. 

Exhibitors have yet to be announced, but the demo lineup is slated to include products across 12 categories: Antennas, lightning and overvoltage protection, EMC services, EMC training and education, ferrites, filters and filter components, cables and connectors, conductive materials, standardization, measurement and test engineering, shielding, and source of interference.

Held annually in Germany, EMV typically brings in a turnout of thousands of international attendees. Mesago Messe Frankfurt, the organization behind EMV, started the program in 1988 and has since expanded it to become Europe’s leading annual destinations for the electromagnetic compatibility market. 

In non-pandemic times, EMV alternates between venues in Stuttgart and Cologne every other year. EMV 2019 in Stuttgart drew a turnout of 2,779 attendees (20% of them international), 121 exhibitors (38% international) and 1,043 workshop bookings. 

Last year’s conference, initially scheduled for March 17-19 in Cologne, was canceled near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the interim, Mesago Messe held a shortened version of the event digitally in May. 

In announcing EMV 2021's virtual format, Mesago Messe Frankfurt President Petra Haarburger cited expected travel restrictions and other limitations of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as reasons to digitize the in-person program originally planned for Stuttgart. Germany has recorded more than 1.98 million COVID-19 cases and over 42,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The state of Baden-Württemberg, of which Stuttgart is the capital, has seen over 267,600 cases and 5,800 deaths.

“We are delighted to be able to offer the international EMC community a digital alternative,” Haarburger added. “Due to the early switch to an online edition, we are glad to provide exhibitors, speakers and all other attendees time to plan their participation.”