Bremen will be hosting the prestigious International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in 2026. Thanks to the successful application made by the U Bremen Research Alliance and the Section for Artificial Intelligence at the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik) this leading conference will be held in Germany again after 43 years. With this, Germany and especially Bremen demonstrated its suitability as an excellent place for artificial intelligence and science.
For the first time in 43 years, Germany will once again be hosting the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), the most renowned global artificial intelligence conference, in 2026. Bremen has been chosen as the host city for this event. The joint application made by the U Bremen Research Alliance and the Section for Artificial Intelligence at the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik) thus came out ahead in a closely contested competition. The IJCAI was established in 1969 and is the oldest and most significant conference in its field. It will be held in combination with the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) for the third time in 2026.
Following this successful application to host the IJCAI-ECAI 2026, Bremen has demonstrated its suitability as a national and international venue for conferences and academia for computer science in general and artificial intelligence in particular. Professor Tanja Schultz (University of Bremen, spokesperson for artificial intelligence in the U Bremen Research Alliance) and Professor Frank Kirchner (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence [DFKI – Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz], University of Bremen, spokesperson for artificial intelligence in the U Bremen Research Alliance) will be the local chairs and together will be responsible for organizing the conference.
“Bremen’s success proves how much potential there is in the U Bremen Research Alliance’s cross-organizational scientific collaboration. It encourages us to continue further down this path,” says Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, Chair of the U Bremen Research Alliance and President of the University of Bremen, on Bremen’s winning of the competition.