The Digital Reporting Convention #drc20 is a unique event with a clear focus on digital reporting. Along with reporting specialists from international top companies you will dedicate two days in Vienna or virtually from wherever you are to discussing a variety of topics around the future of corporate reporting. You want to participate virtually but cannot attend all sessions? Not a problem: You can also choose your topic of interest and participate in single sessions. Take this chance to learn from industry leaders and reporting specialists and get ready for the digital future!

what’s in it for you?

There will be a particular focus on case studies and the mutual exchange of experience – all in a pleasant workshop-like atmosphere. Participants will gain an impression of (new) possibilities for digital reporting and impulses for the further development of future reports.

key facts.

thursday, september 17 th

1.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

opening event
#drc20 sessions & workshops

after 5.30 p.m.

get-together: cocktails & standing buffet

friday, september 18 th

9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

#drc20 sessions & workshops

at 5.30 p.m.

joint dinner at a Viennese Heuriger
to conclude the event


crisis and digital opportunity

While the coronavirus pandemic has created many new and demanding challenges, it has also created a perfect setting for digital development, speeding up digitalisation in almost all aspects of our information and communication environment. For companies, this is a unique opportunity to rethink their corporate reporting strategy.

digital information design

Today’s reports are mostly used on screen. Despite this apparent trend on the usage side, companies often forget to consider the specific needs of their digital audience in the content creation process. Interactive infographics can, for instance, convey complex information in a much faster and more understandable way.

case study: adidas

adidas is striving for a new and innovative approach with their online report. In addition to a new visual design concept and many interactive features, one key element of the report is the active communication of specific reporting content via social media channels (push reporting). In this session adidas shares their first-hand experience.

interactive PDFs

Most companies ignore the fact that the PDF is a digital format – rather than a printed one. There are many ways to optimise the content presentation in PDFs for on-screen use. But no matter how much you optimise your interactive PDF in terms of presentation, multimedia, accessibility and usability there are clear limitations.

as added value

Digital financial reporting is inseparably linked with the term XBRL. The technical standard, which was developed with the goal to improve the processing of financial data 20 years ago, is now mandatory in more than 70 countries and considered useful by more than 130 regulators. However, its potential in financial communications has not yet been fully discovered.

case study: Merck

Push Reporting refers to concepts for active digital communication of corporate reports. Learn how Merck Group successfully used it to achieve more than 60,000 additional visits for their Corporate Responsibility Report.

speculative design

With a clear vision of the future companies find orientation in uncertain times and are able to make future-ready decisions. In this workshop by Liechtenecker Lab, you will learn to apply methods of speculative design. Together, we’ll create various future scenarios for your corporate report and discuss their implications.

fit for XBRL

XBRL is coming. All stock-listed European companies will be required to include XBRL tags in their 2020 annual reports. In this session we prepare you for the XBRL tagging of your financial statements. We clarify last questions about the taxonomy, address the auditing and give important tips. You also learn how to provide the full XHTML report including all relevant XBRL tags.

digital impact/
SDG reporting

Sustainability Reporting is constantly developing: instead of merely describing the past, focus increasingly shifts towards outlooks and impact. Online reporting gives companies new opportunities, to disclose their value creation and performance in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a stakeholder-oriented way.

board communication

Studies say that the portrayal of the management board can have a great impact on investment decisions. Annual reports have enormous potential for good board communication. But how can this potential be exploited? Which possibilities do online reports offer to position the CEO and the managing board?

case study: Clariant

With integrated reporting the online report is gaining even more importance as a publication channel. Digital reports provide solutions to important communication problems of today's integrated reports: they offer technical possibilities to reduce complexity, connect financial and non-financial content and explain the company's business model.

mobile reporting

Experts say the mobile Internet use will reach 28% in 2020. Today almost every digital report is mobile-optimised (Responsive Design). But companies often only fulfill the “minimum standards”. How to optimise e.g. infographics and interactive solutions for mobile devices? In this session, we will go into detail on a few best practice examples of mobile reporting.

use of digital integrated reports

How do stakeholders use integrated reports? Do they specifically access content suggested by the framework and non-financial information? A big-data analysis by the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration can provide answers to these question for the first time.

best practice concept & design

When it comes to online reporting, even the most creative concept is only suitable if it transports the company’s corporate identity. But what exactly are the latest trends in design? And what makes a design concept stand out? This session will provide some best practice examples from 2019 online reports.

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what last year’s participants say.

Around forty reporting experts from 25 international companies met on August 31, 2018 for the Round Table "Digital Reporting" in Vienna. The participants agreed that report information will be used even more digitally in the future. Where exactly the journey was headed was a question that all participants were keen to discuss.


The DRC is one of the most inspiring reporting events I have attended so far. One of my favorites was to learn how a smart online design concept can help elevate your report without compromising on quality, trustworthiness and professionalism of the content.

Isabel Strauß


Taking part in the DRC has enabled us to significantly improve our new digital reporting systems and in doing so gain both national and international recognition. The best practices outlined here have led to us rethinking the visual aspects and the UIX of our products and coming up with a promotional plan for much more effective digital reporting systems.

Paolo Pestelli


Compared to other reporting events, the DRC stands out with its hands-on flair, clear focus on digital reporting trends and an open and discussion-oriented atmosphere.

Rolf Bassermann


For me, the DRC offers the best opportunity to get to know current technical and content trends in digital reporting - and to discuss them openly and critically. In addition, the exchange with colleagues from other companies broadens my horizons.

Joachim Zdzieblo

CCI Muenster

The DRC took place in a pleasant, constructive atmosphere. It encouraged an intensive exchange with companies and enriching panel discussions.

Prof. Gisela Grosse

Deutsche Telekom

The DRC is an all-round successful event hosted by digital enthusiasts for all those who want to go on a digital journey in corporate reporting. After enjoying two days filled with inspiring insights, exchange and networking in beautiful Vienna, we were highly convinced and motivated to take the next step in digital reporting and go for Online First.

Deborah Knabe


I really enjoyed the DRC offering deep and hands-on insight around digital reporting trends in a casual setting. I rarely joined a similar event where presenters with such passion showed best-practice examples and were really open to sharing their knowledge.

Judith Rahner


The DRC is a unique platform for exchanging information with communication professionals on current topics in digital reporting. The event offers the opportunity to share best practices in order to develop target-group oriented and multichannel-grasping formats.

Sami Joost


OMV invests in the development of a comprehensive sustainability report. I learned from the DRC discussion that we need to unlock the full potential provided by online reporting and a digital communications campaign.

Bernhard Heneis


The DRC offers a great mix of best practice exchange and insights into future trends. The creative and friendly atmosphere enabled inspiring and lively discussions.

Jennifer Moore-Braun

Among last year’s participants


The DRC will be held both in Vienna and virtually. There are two options to participate:


1) In Vienna: The DRC will take place in Vienna as planned on September 17-18. You will have the chance to use the DRC as exchange platform and participate in the full programme.


2) Virtually: At the same time, we will provide various sessions in a live stream for those who will not be able to come to Vienna in September. You will have the chance to ask questions and participate in discussions from wherever you are.


The DRC is meant to be held on the campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. In the unexpected case that the COVID-19 situation should worsen in the coming months, we reserve the right to adapt the location and the convention plan accordingly.


The WU campus is made up of six building complexes designed by renowned international architects. The objective was to design a full-fledged university campus, complete with green areas, modern teaching equipment, ample infrastructure for faculty and students, and attractive spots to sit down and work or relax, both indoors and outdoors.

more on the WU campus

what to do in vienna.


art and culture.

Vienna has more than 100 museums with numerous exhibitions – some of them even offer breakfast packages. Start your day with a “Kunst-Frühstück” at the Leopold, the Belvedere or the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Prefer modern art? Then turn to the MUMOK Vienna after a late brunch at the MQ Halle Café (until 4 pm).


The first district of Vienna has a lot to offer, especially in terms of history and architecture. On the Vienna Ringstrasse you can experience some of the most important sights, such as the City Hall, the Parliament or the State Opera – all within walking distance. For even more Viennese charm, get off the beaten path and stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets.

coffee house.

Vienna is known for its coffee house tradition. If you don’t want to risk annoyed looks from the waiter, avoid ordering a regular “coffee”. There is no such thing here. Instead, choose one of the many varieties such as “Einspänner” or “Kleiner Brauner”, e.g. at the Café Hawelka, the Café Central or the Coffee Roasters Alt Wien.


Put on comfortable shoes and pack a picnic blanket: more than half of Vienna’s metropolitan area is made up of beautiful green spaces. The park surrounding the Schönbrunn palace is easy to reach and provides a great view over Vienna after a steep walk up to the Gloriette. More ideas: A boat trip on the old Danube or a hike through the Vienna Woods.

organisers and partners.

The Digital Reporting Convention is organised by nexxar, the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (scientific partner) and the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (organisational partner). The event is supported by AMANA and MESSAGE.