Berlin (GER), December 2017 - ClosterStill Media, a London-based exhibition and conference organiser, has announced the acquisition of one of Europe’s leading education and learning conference and exhibitions, OEB (Online Educa Berlin), from ICWE GmbH for an undisclosed sum.
OEB is one of Europe’s most respected conferences for technology-assisted learning, drawing on more than 2,000 participants from across the education and corporate learning sectors.
CloserStill runs a leading workplace learning event brand, Learning Technologies. The brand currently comprises two market-leading events, in Paris and London, a global digital community, and a major awards programme for corporate learning and development professionals. The London event is Europe’s largest annual exhibition and conference for the workplace learning sector, attracting more than 8,000 visitors and over 200 exhibitors.
CloserStill, recently ranked in the top 100 in the Sunday Times International FastTrack 200 of the UK’s fastest growing exporters, and as the fastest-growing events business in Europe according to the 2017 Financial Times’ FT1000 Index, will incorporate Learning Technologies into OEB 2018, which will again be held in the German capital in December 2018.
In regard to the acquisition and the 2018 launch plans for Learning Technologies Germany alongside OEB, CloserStill’s Learning Group Director, Mark Penton, commented, "We are genuinely excited to bring the highly respected OEB event into our family of market leading events and to work with its founder, Rebecca Stromeyer. We see a significant opportunity to evolve OEB into one of Europe’s most important learning events with the introduction of our Learning Technologies brand into the heart of the European marketplace."
OEB founder Rebecca Stromeyer, who will continue to be involved in shaping the education agenda for OEB with CloserStill, added, "I am delighted to be taking OEB into a new partnership with CloserStill and its Learning Technologies brand. With its worldwide network of leading learning and technology events, CloserStill brings an impressive portfolio of attributes, which will help to strengthen OEB and maintain its position as Europe's leading conference on technology assisted learning. The CloserStill team are true professionals who have run events all over the world, and I look forward to some exciting times ahead."