Experts on Thrombosis, Hemostasis and Vascular Biology to Convene to Berlin

July 7, 2017

Experts on Thrombosis, Hemostasis and Vascular Biology to Convene to Berlin

At the ISTH 2017 Congress to be held in the CityCube Berlin, from July 8 – 13, 2017, thousands of the world’s leading experts on thrombosis, hemostasis and vascular biology will come together to present the most recent advances, exchange the latest science and discuss the newest clinical applications designed to improve patient care.

The International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH) is a global not-for-profit membership organization advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. Through an extensive lineup of educational sessions, poster and oral communications, state-of-the-art lectures, medical industry exhibits and professional networking opportunities, the Congress promotes important scientific discourse and advancement.

An international business hub, Berlin is a popular destination for professionals as well as tourists. The city is known for its distinctive history, modern economy, diverse architecture and high quality of living. As the ISTH 2017 Congress takes place during peak summer tourism season, the city will be alive with a cosmopolitan mix of people and events.

July 6, 2017

European Association Summit (EAS) to Take Place in March 2018

The annual gathering of professionals from the association sector, the European Association Summit (EAS) will be held in Brussels on 8-9 March 2018 at SQUARE-BRUSSELS MEETING CENTRE.

For the sixth consecutive year, will organise the European Association Summit together with its partners from the association world. Over the years, the event has become an important opportunity to share information and knowledge, and network with other international associations. As the headquarters of many European and of international organisations, Brussels is a fitting place to host such an event with particular focus on associations and the issues and challenges they are facing.

The summit is designed by international association executives for international association executives. The idea is to offer them the chance to put their success stories and innovative ideas under the spotlight, and so boost the number of people involved.

A Call for Presentations will be launched soon.

July 5, 2017

Creative Membership and Sponsorship Structures

Associations are changing.  Traditional models formerly used to grow membership in associations have become obsolete. Attracting professionals to become a member means more than just having them fill out forms, pay an annual membership fee and receive a monthly journal.

Words Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno, AIM Group International

 Transformation in the world today is coming from all directions, we are looking at disruption in many sectors, from the effects of the sharing economy to the far-reaching changes in technologies. No business or organisation will be exempt. In this fast and ever changing environment, associations will need to redefine “membership” if they want to be competitive and shift from a closed membership model to an open professional community.

More and more we see associations making an effort to be more relevant to their members. The value of associations is today defined more by the stakeholder than by the organisation. This is the reason associations are now offering “levels” of membership, a kind of à la carte option that serves different needs varying from full service to being able to pick and choose those products/services they need. The menu list is long and includes congress participation, traditional training, certification, participation at special members’ interest groups, digital membership, on-line education, and more. This catalogue of options allows each member to play their role within the association according to time, money, interests and professional age. The golden rule of any association is to understand what your members need and how to meet those needs.

Some may be interested in becoming directly involved in governance while others will pick and choose their activities. Yes, the core of the association remains those all-important full voting members, who pay for the full package of services and contribute to strategies and leadership. While the others may choose to benefit from selected services and programmes offered, they are no less a member and feel part of the community. This model summarises members’ behaviour in a phrase, “levels of engagement”. Associations who have adopted new membership structures say they did it not only from necessity but to make them more relevant and valuable. This process is not implemented over night. It takes time but by offering new options they provide flexibility and stay competitive in an increasingly tight market.

The same approach must be taken with association sponsors and corporate partners by offering customised corporate services aligned with the company’s needs. Sponsorships can introduce new audiences to your organisation, particularly if you choose your sponsorship partners carefully. While traditional packages have value, there are ways to creatively add value. And if we think of the opportunities of the sharing economy and technology, changes mean more opportunities for new types of sponsors.

Read the rest of this article in the latest issue of Boardroom – you can download it here.

July 5, 2017

Geneva to Welcome Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Geneva will hold the 17th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) 9-11 July at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

Children and adolescents are living in a world affected by continuous transitions. A phenomenon with a double meaning: it implies a life of change in a constantly evolving environment, as well as a possible a break of balance: a loss of equilibrium. Transition, the leading theme of the ESCAP 2017 Congress, contains many aspects that are relevant to youth mental health.

A first important issue is transition on a socio-cultural level. Children and adolescents are experiencing contemporary changes such as migration and globalization. For many children these changes have developed dramatically in the last decade – Europe is now being confronted with the turmoil in Syria, North Africa and other parts of the world, with the daily reality of the refugee crisis visible in its backyard. Another focus of the ESCAP Congress in Geneva will be transition in terms of systems of child and adolescent mental health care. Outcomes of new research will add to the congress attendees’ understanding of the development of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders, influenced by the many current dynamics.

According to its statutes, ESCAP pursues the following aims: promote mental health of children and adolescents in Europe, increasequality of life among children and families, ensure children’s right for healthy development and wellbeing.

July 4, 2017

How to Share Scientific Insights via Social Media

Social media to disseminate scientific knowledge – this is what 50 researchers discussed at the Ambassadors Club Summer Lounge of the Austria Center Vienna, upon the invitation of Managing Director Susanne Baumann-Söllner, in an effort to support leading Austrian researchers.

The way that people consume media has changed radically over the past 30 years: the majority of information is now acquired online. Media professional and social media expert Armin Wolf explained how to make the most of social media to position oneself, network with fellow professionals and share one’s research findings with a wider audience. To him, indeed, social media works just like any other form of personal interaction – users need to have something to say, learn to listen and take time over their content; followers will mainly recommend and share content if it is useful, as well as entertaining, and Twitter et al can be used as personalised news agencies and separate media channels.

“Content that is useful, entertaining and recommended by other people works particularly well,” Armin Wolf added. “For researchers, publishing useful content is the most promising approach, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to provide a little entertainment from time to time.”

“With exclusive talks and networking opportunities, our Ambassadors Club provides valuable support to the country’s academics, who have excellent contacts thanks to their seats on various international scientific committees and as such are very well placed to influence where the next major conferences will be held,” Baumann-Söllner explained.


July 3, 2017

Changes at the Federation of European and International Associations

On the occasion of its General Assembly of 14 June, the Federation of European and International Associations based in Belgium (FAIB) announced the following changes in its board of Directors.

Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime, becomes FAIB President. He says: “My aim is simple – to help FAIB to achieve its core aim which is to support the very diverse community of international associations and their staff – industrial, banking, NGO and professional, for our common issues as organisations working in Belgium.” 

Florence Bindelle, Secretary General of Europeanissuers, becomes Vice-President.“As a woman, I am very pleased to have been elected Vice President of FAIB. My goal is to assist the President and the Board provide pertinent services to our members. I will also promote FAIB with major stakeholders in Belgium and abroad, by developing new communication tools” she stated.

Fabrice Tabankia, Executive Director Finance and Administration of CEFIC, becomes Vice-President, saying: “FAIB will continue to represent the international associations in Belgium by strengthening its advocacy activities and by developing further added-value services for its members.”

June 30, 2017

Kuala Lumpur Is a Popular Choice Amongst International Associations

10 international associations have selected the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to host their events between 2017 and 2020.

These include the Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference 2017, Asia Pacific Retailers Convention & Exhibition (APRCE) 2017, the International Palm Oil Congress (PIPOC) 2017International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 2018 and 62nd International Statistical Institute World Statistics Congress (ISI WSC) 2019, to name a few. These events are expected to attract over 500,000 delegates and visitors to the Centre.

Elaborating on the Centre’s client centricity, Alan Pryor, General Manager, explained: As a purpose-built facility, we are able to deliver to the customised needs of associations and the flexibility to adapt our venue to meet the changing needs in meeting design, technology and the diverse food and beverage needs of multi-cultural attendees with various dietary preferences.”

The Centre’s expansion also continues to progress and is due to be completed in mid-2019. The extension will provide an additional 10,000 sqm of flexible and multi-purpose space, which means more room to comfortably accommodate larger exhibitions and international association meetings allowing new and current clients to grow their  events significantly.

June 29, 2017

Improving Associations Meetings with BestCities Global Forum

In the framework of sharing valuable industry knowledge and best practice with stakeholders across the globe, two representatives from the BestCities Global Alliance attended the Conference and Incentive Travel Industry Fair (CITIE) earlier this month in Hangzhou to provide delegates from across China with meetings industry knowledge on everything from destination amplification to generating loyalty and connecting strategic networks.

500 attendees from the public and private sector were able to get intel on key success factors in the hope of raising the standard of excellence for conventions and events in China and beyond. Three of the BestCities partners – Bogotá, Singapore and Vancouver – also presented, sharing innovative ideas, cases studies and experiences.

Understanding the benefits intelligence sharing and knowledge exchange can bring to international destinations and associations, Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities Global Alliance said: “Meetings must become more than simply well planned events, with an increasing focus on their lasting impact and success in the long-term. For destinations and associations, meetings should be regarded as a means to an end, not an end in itself.”

BestCities plans to share their industry insights at various events on the lead up to their Global Forum at the end of the year. The second BestCities Global Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) from 4 to 7 December 2017.

June 28, 2017

Surgeons Come Together in Basel

The 47th World Congress of Surgery arranged by the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) will be held in Basel from 13 to 17 August 2017. The decision for the choice of the venue was made based on the city’s security, political and economic stability, international travel options and a comprehensive system of public transport. A further factor that tilted the balance in Basel’s favour was the Congress Center Basel (CCB)’s modular infrastructure.

Around 2000 surgeons and exhibitors from all the different continents will be converging at the CCB. The focus of the congress is to be on the young generation of surgeons, for which it has coined the motto of “the Workforce of the Future”.

June 27, 2017

Korea and Associations: A Love Story ?

Korea now ranks in the #1 spot worldwide for global congresses hosted the previous year, according to the most recent International Meetings Statistics Report released by the Union of International Associations (UIA), reflecting the country’s strong growth. Boardroom asked Mr. Kapsoo Kim, Executive Director of the Korea MICE Bureau at Korea Tourism Organization, to explain what makes Korea such a great association destination.

Can you explain how Korea caters to international associations?

In Korea, there is a dedicated team of professionals, including local convention bureaus, convention centres, and service providers to help organize and execute business events in the country. We, Korea MICE Bureau, act as a liason between these professionals and international associations. In addition, we work closely with these international associations’ local counterpart or in the absence of which, we link them to universities and other local associations who are experts of their given field. This way, we are able to host international meetings in Korea, open an entire new knowledge pool, and also provide these associations an excellent support program – be it marketing, financial support, etc.

(the complete details of the Korea Convention Support Program can be found here.)

Can you talk about the knowledge clusters, the expertise there is in Korea and that associations can relate to?

Regional attractions add to the colorful spectrum of Korea’s MICE destinations. While Seoul, the capital city of Korea, hosts diverse international conventions, other major regions has its own cultural/touristic charm and specialized industry, making it even more appealing together with its beautiful convention centers equipped with modern facilities. This way, organizers can choose the destination that best suits their group’s needs and preferences.

In terms of MICE regions and specialized industries, among many others, I can mention Incheon and water management, Daegu and textile and water industries, self-driving cars and IoT-based wellness, Busan and offshore plants, film, and marine tourism. Lesser known but deserving destinations include Gyeonggi and IT and public safety, Gangwon and bioenergy, smart healthcare and tourism and Daejeon and science & technology, Asian wine, advanced sensors and biopharming.

(A list of local convention bureaus in Korean can be found here.)

How do you see the future of Korea as a business events destination?

Korea ranks 1st in the recent UIA International Meetings Statistics produced this June. On the other hand, Korea ranked 13th place on the latest ICCA rankings; however, Korea has exceptionally exceeded the other top 10 countries in terms of the number of international delegates where it ranked 9th with approximately 160,000+ international meeting delegates from 267 meetings.

Just by looking at these numbers, we are confident at the positive growth of the Korea as a MICE destination. Moreover, with Samsung, Hyundai, and LG becoming a household name – Korea is gaining more attention from the science and technology industry. Their technological breakthroughs highlight Korea’s great pool of industry innovators and leaders who are very much willing to address the international community through congress and scientific convention in the country. They are not only great source of innovation but are also great source of network.

In addition, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games is also contributing to the vast infrastructure development in the country, creating more accommodation options, venues, and impressive transportation network, including the speed train which reduces the 5-hour travel time from Seoul to Gangwon province to 2.5 hours!