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The new Halifax Convention Centre, part of the innovative Nova Centre, opened its doors in December 2017. Some 800,000 guests are expected to visit the new facility, which boasts the title of the largest green building in the region. The structure has incorporated the latest technology and the highest environmental standards as a LEED Gold certified facility.
More than 11,000 sqm of flexible event space are available to associations for their conferences, including a ballroom and an atrium arrival area. The new centre goes further by organising a ‘pop-up’ program in the centre’s public spaces to showcase authentically local products and experiences to conference attendees.
Ninety events are already booked for the facility’s first year of operations, including 44 national and international conventions, for instance the 2018 International Conference on Residency Education and the International Conference on Power Control and Optimasation.
The Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau will be hosting the BestCities 2018 Global Forum from December 9-12, which is expected to be all about the Power of People. In fact, in recognition of the Global Meetings Industry Day, the BestCities Global Alliance has announced a new communications strategy that will celebrate the unique role people play in making significant changes and progressions in the meetings and events industry.
Bogotá, together the 11 other BestCities destinations, will digitally promote this year’s ‘People’ theme for the Global Forum, making this the first time the alliance has communicated the theme from their annual event out to a wider audience via a targeted strategy that will see all cities share a cohesive message. Phase one of the campaign, which will run from 12 April until 14 May, will see all 12 of the BestCities partner cities share impactful images that illustrate what the Power of People means to them. Phase two will be announced shortly.
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 Association of Association Executives has launched a new event to include Africa in its series of congresses. The Africa Associations Congress will take place 29 – 31 October 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) in Pretoria, South Africa. Themed ‘Transformation’, the congress is designed for Pan-African, Regional and National associations in Africa and also for International associations with members in Africa.
When asked why this was the right time to organise such a conference, Damian Hutt, Executive Director of the Association of Association Executives, said: “At the AAE we have a growing number of members and subscribers in Africa, now over three thousand, as well as delegates from South Africa to our Associations World Congress earlier this year. We have been researching and assembling the building blocks for our Africa Associations Congress since 2015, including a marketer based in Kenya and our Global Development Director who is based in South Africa, who came on board last November.”
The programme will include streams for association leaders and strategists and streams for operation executives. The topics will include transformation through: organisational purpose, cultural transformation, best practice governance, membership engagement and value; transformational technology; conference transformation through content, marketing, sales and value, and more.
With the launch of this congress, Damian Hutt is committed to leaving a legacy in the african continent. He said: “Our commitment to Africa association and society executives is to provide valuable information, education and introduce vital business partners that will help them develop their organisations and member value, driving forward professions and trades throughout the continent.”
Recent years have seen increased regulation from government bodies within Europe, and from the industry regulators implementing more stringent codes and guidelines pertaining to the interactions between the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries and healthcare professionals. These factors have had direct impact on medical associations and their meetings activities. In this context, the Government of Monaco, together with all the key players in the business events industry, have converged towards the values of transparency expected in this sector.
With 530 healthcare professionals, Monaco has always aimed to achieve a high level of medical excellence and is renowned for the quality of its facilities in several fields, ranging from cardiology and gynaecology to emergency medicine and medical biology. In the fight against cancer, the CentreHospitalier Princesse Gracehas been standing out for many years. The range of disciplines available on site, collaboration with societies and links with various companies and industries has allowed many patients to access the most innovative strategies.
Monaco as a whole boasts a very dynamic healthcare cluster. If the Scientific Centre of Monaco (CSM), a public establishment founded by Prince Rainier III in 1960, is well known, the Monaco Cardio-Thoracic Center (CCM) gathers experts in diagnostic and interventional cardiology, anaesthesiologyandthoracic and cardiovascular surgery, while the Monaco Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery (IM2S) is dedicated to surgical osteo-articular treatments. Recently, the emphasis has also been put on clinical research, as the Principality strongly believes the management of diseases is optimal wherever clinical research is associated with care.
In this ever-changing world, Monaco, which boasts a strong track record of welcoming medical conferences, can provide a full range of support to organisations wishing to hold their next event in the Principality. As a destination, Monaco can help you ensure that the overall medical ethics are always respected and that regulations are duly followed. In Monaco, simply put, compliance will be the key word that is going to be applied to every aspect of your event, especially according to the guidelines of MedTech Europe, which is committed to a high level of ethical business practices and which advises on how to collaborate ethically.
Catherine Decuyper, CEO, Conference Manager with EuroMediCom, who organises the Aesthetic & Anti-Aging World Congressevery April since 2005,puts it like this:“Choosing Monaco as a venue for the Anti-Aging World Congress was one of the keys to its success. Monaco is an exceptional destination on many counts: superbly located and with a climate that is mild almost all year round. Monaco Tourist and Convention Authority is a real partner, keen to offer help and advice at all stages and the Grimaldi Forum Monaco is a perfect congress centre.”
Hosting some 13 international and American conventions in subjects ranging from geography to geology, to robotics, and more, 2018 seems like a busy successful year for Quebec City. Its team of volunteer ambassadors who promote the city as a smart choice for conferences and conventions, have played an important role in securing many of these high-profile events.
The 20th International Sedimentological Congress (ISC 2018) at the Québec City Convention Centre, with more than 800 earth science specialists from around the world, the 2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference gathering 2000 geographers, the annual FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) Training Conference and Exhibition and the International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE) are the main events planned for this year.
You can read all about these conferences and more about Quebec City here.
The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) has confirmed that NewcastleGateshead will be the host destination for its 5thUK Congress on Obesity (UKCO) on 6 – 7 September. The event, which will take place at Newcastle University’s Armstrong Building, will be attended by over 200 of the UK’s leading obesity researchers, clinicians, health care professionals and academics from around the country to hear the latest research on the prevention and treatment of obesity through the life course, from preconception to pension.
The busy program will include a line-up of renowned national and international speakers as well as local expert speakers from Newcastle University. Conference symposiums will also cover the topics of reproduction and intergeneration, obesity and age-related disease, molecular aspects of obesity, bariatric surgery and food insecurity and obesity.
In addition to the main conference programme, delegates will be invited to attend a free pre-conference symposium on 5 September on the topic of ‘translation of obesity research into practice’. There will also be a free workshop for early career researchers to develop their career in obesity. Furthermore, an event on 4 September will provide an opportunity for members of the public to listen to experts, ask questions and discuss the topic of obesity.
The CCH – Congress Centre Hamburg– has been undergoing comprehensive modernisation and remodelling since January 2017. From 2020 onward, the Centre will be able to offer association delegates a total available exhibition space of 12.000 square meters, another 12.000 square meters of foyer space, and 12.000 seats in up to 50 halls and rooms.
Heike Mahmoud, Chief Operating Officer CCH, says: “At IMEX in Frankfurtour customers can enjoy an exciting new technology: For the first time we will present a 3D viewing application based on the Real- time engine that is used with virtual reality (VR) goggles. The resulting visual experience is comparable to a real walk through the new CCH and by far exceeds static 360 degree views.”
In this way, conference participants can freely roam the rooms and entire buildings, walk down hallways, view their environment at any angle, and even interact with objects. Associations will also have at their disposal an iPad app and an individual space layout configurator to the Showroom centred around the virtual CCH hologram.