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Cleanzone Award 2020

The innovation award for clean technologies

Since 2012, this award has been recognising people and their entrepreneurial courage in pioneering new approaches. The award honours pioneering advances in the field of cleanroom technology for their innovation, sustainability and efficiency. The Cleanzone Award is open to companies, organisations, scientific and academic institutions and individuals worldwide.

Since 2019 the Cleanzone Award has been presented by Messe Frankfurt in partnership with the publisher Wiley-Verlag and its ReinRaumTechnik trade journal. The 2020 award will be presented on 19 November 2020 at the international Cleanzone trade fair in Frankfurt am Main.

A five-person panel drawn from the fields of research, instruction and actual practice is responsible for selecting the five most pioneering concepts amongst all submissions.

Visitors can vote for their favourites during the trade fair, and the Cleanzone Award will be presented on 19 November 2020 at Cleanzone in Frankfurt am Main.

Application deadline: 15 August 2020

Cleanzone Award 2020 Tender Documents


Egon Buchta

Egon Buchta
Ingenieurbüro & Reinraumservice Egon Buchta GmbH

Anja Diete

Anja Diete
Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Dr.-Ing. Roy T. Fox

Dr.-Ing. Roy T. Fox
Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA

Josef Ortner

Josef Ortner
Ortner Reinraumtechnik GmbH

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmid

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmid
Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen

Cleanzone Award Winner 2019 ...

Cleanzone Award Gewinner

Friedrich Sailer: Hygienic Design Magnet – Magnetic Mounting Solution for Cleanrooms

Cleanzone Events 2019

Cleanzone Conference with strong partners – Stand 1.2 H22

Visitors at Cleanzone Conference

The Cleanzone Conference – the heart of the event programme – boasts an entirely new format this year. With a compact presentation programme, it shines a spotlight on the topics that are important to the industry's future and comprises the central presentation area at the trade fair. For the first time, the German Cleanroom Institute (DRRI), the VDI Association of German Engineers and the International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies (ICCCS) will be content partners of the event.

These speakers are waiting for you, among other at the Cleanzone Conference

Cleanzone Conference Modul 1 (A)
— energized by ICCCS —
(International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies)

19.11.2019, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

‘In the presentations in our block at the Cleanzone Conference, experts will be illuminating the latest ISO standards.’

Koos Agricola, Chairman of the ICCCS Education Committee

‘As an international trade fair, Cleanzone is the perfect platform for discussing important topics in the field of cleanroom technology with a global audience and promoting the transfer of knowledge across national borders. In the presentations in our block at the Cleanzone Conference, experts will be illuminating the latest ISO standards and exploring the significance of international standardisation for product trading, sustainable design and use of clean zones, professional training and uniform product quality.’

Cleanzone Conference Modul 2 (B)
— energized by DRRI e.V. —
(Deutsches ReinRaumInstitut e.V. / German Cleanroom Institute)

19.11.2019, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

‘Cleanzone is an outstanding trade fair at which to bring to life the themes that are vital to the future of the industry.’

Dr. Gernod Dittel, Chairman of the Board of the German Cleanroom Institute (DRRI)

‘Cleanzone is an outstanding trade fair at which to bring to life the themes that are vital to the future of the industry. When I visit exhibitors’ stands, I am able to grasp these concepts in every sense of the word, while the conference gives me the opportunity to learn more about them from experts. As an organisation dedicated to representing the interests of the cleanroom industry, the DRRI covers both of these aspects at Cleanzone. We have a large joint stand at the trade fair, and we will be contributing our expertise to this year's Cleanzone Conference programme. In our topic area, participants will not only learn about the technological fundamentals, but also about visions for the future of cleanroom production.’

Cleanzone Conference Modul 3 (C)
— energized by VDI e.V. —
(VDI Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e.V. / VDI – The Association of German Engineers)

20.11.2019, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

‘As an interdisciplinary trade fair, Cleanzone offers the ideal platform for presenting the new guidelines to a broader audience.’

Thomas Wollstein, VDI

‘The technological advances of recent years have been putting ever greater demands on cleanroom technology – to name but one example, nanoparticles must be handled entirely differently to larger particles. These new requirements have given rise to a series of new VDI guidelines. In the VDI module at the Cleanzone conference, experts from the committees responsible for writing these guidelines will present the new guidelines and explain their impact. They will also be exploring the importance of standards and the ways in which any company or employee can benefit from actively taking part in defining these standards. As an interdisciplinary trade fair, Cleanzone offers the ideal platform for presenting the new guidelines to a broader audience.’


A lecture 'The fascination of space - women's power between atmosphere and orbit' by Claudia Kessler, the founder of the startup 'Die Astronautin'. She will give her talk as part of the Cleanzone Conference on 20.11.2019 at 14.00, Stand 1.2 H22.

Claudia Kessler, founder of the initiative ‘The first female German astronaut’
Claudia Kessler, founder of the initiative ‘The first female German astronaut’

Ms. Kessler, why did you decide to give a presentation on your ‘The first female astronaut’ project at the Cleanzone trade fair?

There are still far too few women in technological professions. The shared purpose of Ladies@Cleanzone at the Cleanzone trade fair and the ‘The first female astronaut’ project is to highlight the role played by women in the natural sciences and technology. Women in the technological professions have a great deal to offer, yet they are often overlooked. This is something that must change.

Is that why you launched your ‘The first female German astronaut’ project?

Precisely. We want to provide women and girls with role models. We want to inspire dreams and visions. Women must be knowledgeable in very specific areas if they want to become astronauts. In fact, they have to be scientists, as that is the only way that they will be able to fulfil their dreams of travelling into space. This is where we do our part by offering workshops and presentations that highlight new paths and opportunities for women in technological professions.

Please give us a brief description of your project.

Our aim is to send the first female German astronaut on a research mission to the International Space Station (ISS). By doing so, we hope to inspire women and girls to pursue technological professions and to obtain degrees in natural sciences. Furthermore, during her stay in the ISS our astronaut is to pursue a programme of experiments to see how the female body reacts to weightlessness. That is why we launched the start-up ‘Die Astronautin gGmbH’ back in 2016. We have a team of more than ten engineers here who are working to prepare both finalists for their mission, as well as another team dealing with finances.

What are some of the interfaces to cleanroom technology and to the Cleanzone trade fair?

There are quite a few, in fact: the aerospace industry also works under cleanroom conditions, and this is a very important topic there. Both of the astronaut candidates (one of whom will be flying to the ISS in 2020) practise such things as working with instruments using a so-called ‘glove box’ to carry out scientific experiments while avoiding contamination. And naturally, just like the trade fair, we want to achieve greater equality for women in technological and scientific professions.

Now let us take a look into the future – into women’s future. What changes to you see occurring in coming years?

Work and life boundaries will become increasingly blurred. In conjunction with increasing digitalisation, there will be greater freedom for combining family life with professions, and this will benefit women. Yet we have to be thinking much further ahead: already today, there are ambitious plans like those of Elon Musk to begin colonising Mars in 2025. If we really do want to make these plans a reality, then highly educated and dedicated women are a must. Women are essential to the future of humankind, as well as to the protection of our planet, our natural environment and our resources. And anything that aims to be productive requires equal opportunity and equal rights.

DRRI Research Award

Lisa Keßler

The 2019 DRRI Research Award, which comes with 2,000 euros in prize money, is being given to Lisa Keßler for her master’s thesis: “Requirements for pharmaceuticals manufacturing and product liability in international cases”. She submitted her master’s thesis to the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences.

The master's thesis chosen for the award is the first of its kind to explicitly address the interdisciplinary fields across their interfaces. In doing so, it renders transparent the complex situation underlying the necessity for cleanroom technology in the pharmaceutical production process.

The award ceremony for the Master's Thesis will take place on November 19 at 5 pm in the Cleanzone Conference (Stand 1.2 H22) and will be open to all interested trade visitors and exhibitors free of charge.

To German Cleanroom Institute (DRRI)

Keßler’s master's thesis is based on the sad but unfortunately not unlikely scenario in which a person dies as a result of being given contaminated medication. The pharmaceutical firm is based in Germany, i.e. within the EU. The company has relocated some of its pharmaceutical production to countries outside the EU (China). The problem with this medication originated in China, and the cause of the problem is known – an improperly sealed isolator.

In addition to highlighting the technical interrelationships – from cleanroom technology through to the subsequent process – this thesis also identifies the factors that can impact the quality of the medication. Furthermore, this master’s thesis delves into the liability situation for the pharmaceutical company within the framework of strict liability in accordance with Section 84 I No. 1 of the German Medicines Act (AMG) (strict liability regardless of fault), as well as in accordance with Section 823 I of the German Civil Code (BGB) (tortious liability).

Cleanzone Campus – Stand 1.2 D20

Cleanzone Campus 2017

Focus on research and development
Universities and research institutes are drivers of innovation for industry – particularly in the highly dynamic field of cleanroom technology. Their findings give rise to new approaches, offer solutions to current problems and lay the foundation for future products and processes. The list of institutions that have already signed on includes Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Hermann-Rietschel-Institut at the Technical University of Berlin, Technische Hochschule Rosenheim and METAS (Federal Institute of Metrology).

Top Themes Cleanzone 2019

The trade fair will be addressing production efficiency in cleanrooms.

Cleanzone shapes the future

Cleanzone Product

How will contamination be controlled in future? Will I still be relying on people for production processes or cleaning, or will this be taken care of by robots? Digitalisation and automation are already helping to optimise processes in cleanrooms. Data generation, data organisation and data exchange are all prerequisites for enabling AI-based systems to react flexibly to changes. Thanks to the use of smart simulations in advance, it is possible to eliminate some problems during the planning phase. At Cleanzone you can discover how your production under controlled conditions might look in future.

Cleanrooms do not have to be expensive


Not all cleanrooms are created equally. Depending on the requirements with regard to particle size and quantity, a lower cleanroom class might be more than sufficient for a company’s needs. There are also a number of popular and flexible options for those times when it is necessary to create a cleanroom quickly, including tents and modular units that can be up and running in just a short period of time. Under the top theme ‘Cleanrooms do not have to be expensive’, we shine a spotlight on successful projects that satisfied the unique requirements of clients. Discuss your plans with the experts at Cleanzone and obtain proposals for individual solutions.

Automated contamination control is more reliable – and it can breathe

Automation and robotisation at Cleanzone

It appears to be a new law of nature: anything that can be digitalised, will be. Including in cleanroom production facilities. On 19 and 20 November 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, the Cleanzone trade fair will demonstrate how this can be put into practice in individual companies.

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Cleanroom technology should focus on product requirements – not on the length, width and height of a facility

Cleanzone Business

Cleanroom technology is applied interdisciplinary technology at a very high level. Even so, costs can still be kept within reason – if the right preliminary measures are taken.

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