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The International Elevator and Escalator Symposium (IEES) offers a new spirit and a breath of fresh air for the verticaltransportation (VT) industry as well as for developers, architects and facility-management professionals. This world-class, annual event brings together a global roster of top experts who present scholarly papers on the most-important VT issues of the day. IEES is jointly presented by two fully independent, well-known organizations, Liftinstituut, B.V., and Elevator World, Inc.

The inaugural IEES launched in 2018 in Istanbul, the history-rich yet modern economic and cultural center of Turkey and ancient heart of civilization where East meets West. Las Vegas, USA, was the destination for IEES 2019, during which guests were treated to 20 valuable and interesting presentations from different parts of the world. A panel discussion at the end allowed participants to brainstorm on lift and escalator safety and how it is affected by maintenance and inspections.

IEES 2021 will take place December 6-7 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the home of Liftinstituut. VT professionals, architects, developers and owners are invited to participate in an excellent program covering “The Future of Elevators and Escalators in 2030.” Presentations by international experts will ensure an exciting, professional atmosphere. IEES 2021 will also provide a stimulating opportunity for industry exhibitors to show their latest and most-advanced equipment, technologies and innovations.

About EESF

The International Elevator and Escalator Symposium is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds of this event to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF), the leading resource for educational programs that teach children and adults how to properly ride elevators, escalators and moving walks. EESF is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 in the United States by the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII®), the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC), NAESA International and Elevator World, Inc., the leading international industry trade publication. EESF’s main programs include Safe-T-Riders, which is for children in second grade and includes activities that can be downloaded from the program’s own website, Rise Up, Safe Rider is for college and university students, and A Safe Ride is for older adults. For more information on this organization and its programs, please visit

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