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Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) has just announced winning the bid to host the 1st Meeting of the International Societies for Investigative Dermatology in 2023 (ISID2023). At its inaugural meeting, the event is to be held from May 10-14, 2023 at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo. An estimated 2500 specialists from more than 50 countries will be attending the Meeting, which is anticipated to lead to future breakthroughs in investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology.
Tokyo, with the support from academia and government institutions, has offered a strong contribution in strengthening the field of dermatology and fostering education/collaboration creating a strong, expansive network particularly between young specialists and researchers in the region. This played a crucial role in winning this bid.
The Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO) 2021 will be held in Malaysia, more specifically at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 4 – 7 March 2021. The decision of the location for the congress was unanimous, after a bid by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and Malaysian Society of Ophthalmologist (MSO) at Hong Kong on 11 February 2018.
A total of 4,500 delegates is expected to be present during the four-day congress attracting top eye doctors from all over the world to discuss the latest advancements in the field that will greatly benefit the medical section and the general public in Malaysia.
Bringing together ophthalmologists from around the world, APAO 2021 is committed in fostering co-operation between ophthalmological societies in different countries and collaborating with other international or regional organisations with similar aims.
When Singapore Tourism Bureau (STB) invited several International and European associations to come over to meet the relevant local societies as well as visit conference facilities in Singapore, they did not expect such a symbiosis among these associations…
Words Cécile Koch
Last November, STB invited several associations to visit Singapore as a possible conference destination. These associations came from various fields of specialities, and at first glance they didn’t have much in common, although they were all International and European non-for-profit organisations. Their interests ranged from city planning to physical activity, knowledge and intelligence engineering to city bike promotion.
STB had not only arranged the visit of some specific conference infrastructure (see below), but they had also organised site inspections ‘much less travelled’ which made the whole trip suddenly very interesting!
The URA City Gallery for instance, which was initiated by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, gives an interesting view on how Singapore set up its strategy 50 years ago to grow as a city/state and how it’s currently planning its future. Let me focus on how Singapore has become the City-State leading in South-East Asia for their
- + economy, with high levels of innovation,
- + attention to green growth and
- + achievement as investment destination.
Innovation & Green Growth
It is the 2nd busiest port and 3rd largest financial hub in the world with over 14.000 European companies having facilities in the city-state. As for innovation and green growth, the city-state is a world leader in research, urban development, smart cities and sustainability. Vertical farming, sustainable and efficient transport are just a few examples. The purpose to focus on smart eco-cities development is to create a friendly, time-saving and stress free life for their citizens through large-scale investments. Singapore has become member of the Enterprise Europe Network in this way opening up opportunities for European SMEs.
The visit to Gardens by the Bay was a good way to explore the sustainable concern of the city: the concept of these gardens is to showcase how engineering and cutting-edge technologies can supply energy efficient solutions, while the so-called ‘Supertrees’ also empowered by sustainable energy, tower over you.
STB noticed during the trip that the group was really keen on seeing more of the city, so they organised a last-minute and quite unusual breakfast at Tiong Bahru market, a very local place that only the locals would know, a kind of indoor market with food stalls where you get dizzy with breakfast options! The participants not only got to see a different part of Singapore which they normally would never had visited, but it also enabled the group to bond ever more!
Another dinner one night at the Lau Pat Sat, historic market located downtown in the financial district, inspired the same kind of feelings, with delicious street food and beer while sitting at wooden tables in the middle of a street. It not only counterbalanced the refined diners at upscale restaurants we also enjoyed, but somehow it brought the city even more to life.
These experiences of total immersion in the city sparked off out-of-the box ideas among members of our groups. They started to see synergies in their fields of specialisation and ended up dreaming of a joined congress together as they noticed that there were some common interests. In the end, this trip was a fine example of how a visit to a city, which showcased its openness and flexibility, got lead to direct ROI: a new congress!
Fast Facts for Convention Facilities:
- + Marina Bay Sands: an integrated resort with conference halls, retail and casino. One of Singapore’s iconic building, complete with a sky park and an elevated outdoor pool. Exhibitions floors with 30.000 square meters of flexible space , a ballroom up to 2000 booths, and 250 meeting rooms.
- + SUNTEC Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre: With over 22,000 square metres exhibition space, 15,000 square metres of meeting spaces and a column free convention hall for up to 10,000 persons. It has the world’s largest HD LED screen.
- + Raffles City Convention Centre: Ideal for mid-sized meetings and conventions, for up to 3,000 persons
- + Shangri-la Hotel: Located in the outskirts of Orchard Road, a premier shopping district, Shangri-la hotel has a total of about 4,500 sq m of MICE facilities with 792 guestrooms and suites over three distinctive wings.
- + MAX Atria: the first premier eco-green venue in Singapore to attain the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum award, the convention wing of Singapore EXPO provides a dynamic and versatile 12,700 sqm, with 32 column-free rooms, spacious foyers, a garden courtyard and rooftop space, for more than 3,500 people.
The 2018 IEEE 4th World Forum onThe Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2018) was held in the Garden City of Singapore between 5 and 8 February 2018. It brought the latest from the research and academic community, including a broad program of papers and presentations on the latest technology developments and innovations in the many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications.
The theme of the Conference was “Smart Cities and Nations” in recognition of strides that host Singapore has made in the deployment of “smart” technologies, operating principles, and policies. The theme also underscores the importance of IoT technologies in making Smart Cities and Nations a reality.
During this 4-day event, hundreds of participants gathered to present research results, share visions and ideas, obtain updates on latest technologies and expand professional and social networking. Keynote speeches by distinguished speakers from industry, academia and the public sector, panels and forums, technical sessions featuring technical papers extensively reviewed by peers, workshops focusing on the latest trends in various technology, tutorials delivered by experts in respective disciplines, sessions for practitioners, policy makers, and executives, and exhibits were included in the program.
In 2020, Malaysia will be the first country in the Southeast Asia region to host the 10th International Conference on Isotopes & Expo (10ICI), which will take place in the capital Kuala Lumpur from 3rd – 7th February. Over 1.000 of the world’s leaders and best researchers in isotope technology and applications for interaction will gather to discuss the latest research as well as sustainable development in the field.
Organised by the World Council on Isotopes (WCI) following a successful bid by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and working alongside strategic local organiser Malaysia Nuclear Agency (Nuklear Malaysia), the event, which is held every three years, is expected to establish the country as the regional hub for education and training in the field of nuclear science and technology.
Malaysia is set to host several world congresses in 2018, starting with the United Nations’ 9th Session of the World Urban Forum 9 (WUF9) in February, the 22nd Biennial Congress of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) 2018, the WORDLCHEFS Congress & Expo in July, the 84th World Library and Information Congress 2018 in August, and the 2018 World Cancer Congress and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress 2018 in October.
A few months ago, Japan welcomed the XXIII World Congress of Neurology which took place in Kyoto. With more than 8600 people from 121 countries attending the congress, it exceeded original expectations for 6000 participants.
Its success was even more important considering the heightened political situation in the region just a few weeks before it opened its doors, as well a typhoon striking Kyoto during the event.
With the theme ‘Defining the Future of Neurology’, the XXIII World Congress of Neurology brought together leading scientists, public health experts and policy-makers to translate recent scientific advances into action and address the means of how to better global treatment standards within the current context of significant global economic challenges.
The next edition of the World Congress of Neurology will take place in Dubai, 2019.
The Global Associations Hub Partnership is driving international expansion for global associations and member markets are reaping the benefits. GAHP member-cities are home to 9.6 percent of association headquarters and regional offices, according to the 2017 report of the Union of International Associations (UIA) shared by GAHP International Advisor Herve Bosquet.
The UIA also found that association offices were growing at three times the rate of the global average in GAHP member-cities, which include Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, and Washington, DC. In the past year, 35 associations have opened offices in GAHP cities, representing 30 percent of all new headquarters and regional offices. During that same period, a total of 119 offices opened up worldwide.
Much GAHP member-cities’ association growth is due to their commitment to building knowledge economies, cultivating local innovation and driving regional economic activity. Representatives from each of the cities also emphasize their unique sectors from life sciences to technology and the potential of the association market to grow within each.
Japan’s Sendai International Centre aims to attract international conferences by offering a wide range of facilities.
With a number of universities and research halls in the nearby area, the Centre can be of interest to many international associations. The cultural aspect also plays an important role to all conventions organised in Sendai.
With a subway stop just beside the Centre, access is easy. Next to the Sendai International Center there is an exhibition building with a 3000sqm exhibition room. It is equipped with sliding walls so that it can be divided in two. The building consists of twelve conference rooms and two halls. Both the conference and exhibition building can be used in conjunction with one another and can host up to 800 participants.
Sendai has already organised the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 with several thousand participants including those attending related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. In May 2016 the finance ministers and central bank governors of the seven leading industrialised economies (G7) also met in Sendai.