About the Young Members of the EORTC…

September 24, 2018

About the Young Members of the EORTC…

Dr Denis Lacombe, Director General of the the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), an independent cancer research organisation whose mission is to coordinate and conduct international translational and clinical research to improve the standard of cancer treatment for patients, answers Boardroom’s questions on how the association caters to younger members.

How do you connect and recruit younger members?

EORTC has access through its membership to very large networks across Europe. Key opinion leaders are members of the EORTC. Aiming at younger clinical investigators but with some degree of maturity, we have identified ‘rising stars’ in partnership with EORTC Disease Orientated Group officers based on their preliminary track records and publications. Altogether, we have identified 35 Early Career Investigators (ECI) across nationalities, disciplines and tumor types.

What do you think their specific needs are? Do they have a ‘typical’ profile?

Indeed, selected people have already been selected based on their motivation to ask THE extra question and run THE extra mile. They are curious for new knowledge, to transform it in therapeutic progress, they are not afraid to take challenges forward and have autonomy and drive to propose pragmatic solutions while keeping their objective for patient centric benefits.

They need to receive comprehensive training how to become leaders in a rapidly evolving society and how to run complex multisdiciplinary research internationally and set up fruit full cooperation across stakeholders. How to navigate across European regulations and policies is also a key element.

How do you engage them? How do you make them feel concerned and involved?

We have built a comprehensive programme running over 2 years where they receive training to acquire leadership skills. In addition, they are given autonomy to design the future of our organisation around critical themes which are central to our scientific strategy. Their proposal will be presented to our board. They are invited to join hands-on activities ranging from courses to participating in committees. But mostly, there are 5 3-days in-person sessions through which the full scope of challenges are presented, discussed and debates are organised with representatives of key stakeholders. The programme has been registered for Continuing Medical Education (CME). But above all, this is a very interactive place to meet across disciplines and nationalities to build the European cancer clinical research network for tomorrow.

Can generational differences be an issue within the culture of the association?

Yes, indeed. Seniors also need to learn to associate with the younger generation. There is an EORTC requirement for each research protocol to have an ECI as co-principal investigator. The forms and the methods also evolve with increasing role of technologies, internet, applications which modulate the landscape. Despite their professional quality, we also need to take into account the expectations of the younger generation for a more balanced professional and private life.

September 24, 2018

The Perfect Slot for Flying over Brisbane

Brisbane will be the host to more than 1200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world for the 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference from 12-15 November 2019. A consortium of tourism advocates, including Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, combined forces to bring this fiercely sought after conference to Queensland.

The event brings airlines and airports together to negotiate slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their passengers. Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC Chief Executive Officer, said: “There is enormous competition for airlines to secure the best ‘slots’ at key airports and with Brisbane’s new runway coming on line in 2020, now is the time for airlines to be securing highly sought-after peak time slots to enhance and grow their operations.”

September 21, 2018

Auditors Inspect Innovation in Dubai

For Dubai, half a century brought change that transformed a tiny fishing village into one of the leading cities across the globe for both business and tourism. Once a quiet coastal settlement, Dubai has reinvented itself, over just a generation, into the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) pioneering destination, with over three million inhabitants. A hub between East and West, it’s only normal international associations turn their attention to it, as did the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) when it chose Dubai as its host for its annual conference in May.

 Serving today more than 190,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories, the Institute of Internal Auditors held its first annual conference in New York City in November 1942. Since then, this event has been held in more than 50 locations worldwide and attracts over 2,500 attendees annually.

The IIA’s International Conference showcases the best the profession has to offer and provides participants from around the world with an understanding of the latest developments in internal auditing. Today, it is the premier event for internal auditors who want to hear powerful keynote speakers and international presenters representing the global internal audit profession. Attendees are presented with a number of concurrent sessions on today’s current issues and trends, industry best practices seeking to address common challenges, and knowledge-sharing opportunities. The overall experience enhances professional development, provides engaging peer-to-peer networking, and affords access to key service firms and vendors.

“There is nothing like gathering together with your colleagues and peers, to be able to exchange ideas. And our international conference gives us the ability to do that face to face,” argues J Michael Peppers, 2017-18 chairman of the Global Board of Directors for the IIA.“Our members are looking to be challenged, to expand their skillsets, their knowledge bases, so that they can serve their organisations well. And international conferences pull together speakers on so many topics and we’re able to get diverse viewpoints and opinions and learn about technologies that we may not have in the home regions where the members work.”

Connecting the World Through Innovation

Held under the patronage of is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai – and thus demonstrating government support at the highest level –the four-day 2018 Conference was organised at Dubai International Convention&Exhibition Center under the theme “Connecting the World Through Innovation”, with the participation of some 3,000 experts from over 100 countries from the global internal audit industry – a record-breaking attendance.

The theme was very fitting to Dubai. The Emirate was founded on oil – although the economy has long diversified away from it – and quickly developed into a city known for the tallest buildings and most exclusive hotels, aiming to be the most innovative at any goal it set forward. With the UAE Vision 2021, the country is building a competitive and resilient economy focused on fostering knowledge and innovation, as well as sustainability, honing in on seven main sectors: renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space.

Dubai Business Events’ bidding strategy is aligned with these sectors and the Emirate’s strongest knowledge economies. Work to get the Institute of Internal Auditors to hold its conference in Dubai started with the involvement of the UAE chapter of IIA, through the Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme. It helped, of course, that the city hosted the IIA Global Council back in 2014.“The Dubai Business Events Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme has been instrumental in bringing this conference to Dubai,” explains Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events“We’ve worked very closely with UAE-IAA chapter for many years and the leadership is part of our Al Safeer conference ambassador programme. So it’s through the ambassador programme that we identified this conference as an opportunity for Dubai where we engaged with the right local counterparts and jointly worked on submitting and promoting the bid for Dubai.”

The full version of this article, written by Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé, is available in the September issue of Boardroom available here.

 

September 21, 2018

Safety Comes First in Sydney

Sydney has successfully won the bid to host the XXIII United Nations’ World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2023. The Congress will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, where work health and safety experts, regulators, government and private authorities will collaborate and discuss different approaches to work health and safety.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) partnered with the Safety Institute of Australia to pitch Australia’s case for the bid, with strong backing from SafeWork NSW and SafeWork Australia. Australian Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash said it was a 10 year effort for NSW and the Coalition Government to secure the event. “Small business is the engine room of job creation in Australia. Our nation’s small businesses are responsible for the workplace health and safety of over 44% of Australia’s private workforce and we are delighted to be able to showcase their leading occupational practices.”

September 20, 2018

IMEX America Presents the Association Leadership Forum

The Association Leadership Forum, created in partnership with ASAE, will take place the day before IMEX America kicks off, namely on Monday 15 October. Designed exclusively for senior association leaders from around the world, the free high level strategic education and networking program covers multiple challenges of association management and development.

The Forum uses case studies and blends presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel – all designed to address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams. During the day, association leaders are inspired and challenged by leadership visionaries and role models from a variety of professional and trade association backgrounds.

Topics include future changes in the industry, diversity and how it can benefit revenue, building a volunteer program and repacking traditional membership offering. The day ends with a panel discussion on the future of events, followed by the Association Evening.

September 19, 2018

Orthopaedic Surgeons Study Shoulder and Elbow in Geneva

Starting today and until 22 September Geneva is hosting the 28th Congress of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and the Elbow (SECEC-ESSSE) at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG) with 1,300 participants. A combination of lectures from experts, symposia and workshops will make up the full scientific program of the congress. 

“On behalf of the Swiss Orthopaedics And Elbow Surgery Expert’s Group, we are very excited to welcome back the congress in Switzerland for the first time since 1988. Switzerland has been historically influential in orthopedic progress and nowadays is one of the top two best countries in the world for medical care. It is not only a melting pot for international NGOs but also a hub for scientific research led at CERN, watchmaking know-how, high-quality prized wines and of course finance.”, said Alexandre Lädermann, Congress President.

September 18, 2018

Vancouver Ties It All Together

The fact that this year’s American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting & The Foundation of the ASNR Symposium was held in Vancouver came as no surprise. The nearly 2,500 physicians and experts who are advancing the field of neuroradiology found a host destination with a successful life sciences sector and experts in their field, many of which do research at the the University of British Columbia.

“There’s a lot of research that’s done that we get to benefit from in this arena, and a lot of education and a lot of networking too,” says ASNR Executive Director Mary Beth Hepp. Neuroradiology is a discipline that depends on collaboration, she says. Delegates got to see what that looks like in Vancouver, where research institutions, biotech companies, universities and more make up a thriving life sciences ecosystem.

The 17th American Pediatrics Healthcare and Infectious Disease Conference was recently held in Vancouver, convening more than 25,000 pediatric researchers and practitioners. This year alone, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Society of Hematology, and the American Academy of Periodontology have made Vancouver their conference destination. Many of these associations choose the sustainable Vancouver Convention Centre with its largest non-industrial green roof in North America.

September 17, 2018

Call for Proposal for the European Association Summit

The European Association Summit (EAS) is approaching fast, set to take place between 28 February and 1 March 2019 in Brussels. The EAS is a key event designed by association professionals for association professionals who get the opportunity to share information and knowledge, and network with other international associations.

The Summit features educational content delivered by association experts and professionals from various fields, which is why any association representative wishing to share their experience can be a speaker at the event. A speaker session lasts 60-75 m and invite interaction and exchange with peers.

So, if you have concrete cases and experiences on which we can discuss and debate, please submit your proposal by Friday 28th September 2018 here.

September 17, 2018

Elevating the Growth of the MECSC

CEO of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and a member of Boardroom Advisory Board, David Macadam has been instrumental in making his organisation grow, taking advantage of a booming economy and resources to be found in the MENA region. In our third instalment with the Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP), he recalls how far the MECSC has come from and where it’s heading.

It’s not secret; we hear it day in, day out. Associations need more members, and, additionally, they need to retain them for longer.Most of the time, you get new members through your association with industry groups and conferences that you run within your industry. But there are many more strategies to increase member acquisition, and some associations are finding ways to both recruit broadly and target narrowly, resulting in high-value returns.

Taking over the leadership of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) in mid-2013, the organisation was in disarray. Financially as an association we were losing money and the member morale was at an all-time low. A common refrain from our low membership base was the question, what is your value proposition? Why should I become a member of the MECSC? Being based in Dubai, branded as a ‘shopping paradise’ the world over, surely helped, but it was not good enough.

Growth strategy

At that time the value proposition for becoming a member of the MECSC was not clearly defined. Reasons to become a member of the MECSC were few. Leading the organisation from this unsatisfactory low point was the challenge which I had signed up for. Developing a growth strategy for your association takes time. Hours can be spent on debating the best methods to use to reach prospective members, and days of content creation and campaign management. But what tactics are effective? Member retention? Member acquisition? A balanced, comprehensive growth strategy will include a mix of both.

At the same time, it is impossible to develop successful, sustainable long-term strategy without understanding the future in which your members will live and work. Whether through strategic planning or value proposition design, research confirms that associations must develop strategy based on the anticipated future of their industry or profession if they want to be successful. And this is precisely what we understood at MECSC. As we created partnerships and coalitions, as well as additional products and services, we became successful.

The MENA region is a good arena for the growth of nonprofit organisations because few currently exist in the region. Retail professionals from every corner of the region are looking to become more effective in business. Information sharing, education programs, conferencing, networking events are all important aspects of international associations. Not for profit associations in the region fulfill that promise. With a younger demographic population in the MENA region of nearly 400 million, the opportunity for growth is boundless.

Additionally, Dubai is a natural fit for hosting international associations, as it provides a platform that allows individuals and organisations alike to network, as well as tap into potential sectors that aim to serve the overall industry progression and contribute to the UAE’s economic development. In this context, Dubai Association Centre (DAC), since its establishment in 2016, has evolved to become a gateway for international associations that are looking to take advantage of a rapidly transforming city. As far as we are concerned, DAC has been very helpful to the MECSC team. The knowledgeable and talented people in the DAC provide thoughtful support and provide resources which enable growth of international associations, who stand to benefit from the innumerable opportunities the city has to offer, as well as from the growth mindset that Dubai embodies.

The full version of this article is available in the September issue of Boardroom available here.

 

September 14, 2018

Quebec Wins Bid for People-Environment Studies Conference

Québec City won earlier this summer an important bid in Rome, Italy. The combined efforts of Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre managed to attract the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS), which will host its 26th conference for the first time in North America.

From June 21 to 26, 2020, Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre will host some 500 researchers in the fields of architecture, urban planning, psychology, geography, sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines that study people-environment relations.

This conference will be an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of scientific work around the globe on the interrelationships between people and the environment and the long history of education and research in the field at Université Laval’s School of Architecture,”said Carole Després, a Université Laval professor and ambassador for Quebec City.