PCMA’s Convening Leaders Kick-Off

January 9, 2018

PCMA’s Convening Leaders Kick-Off

PCMA Convening Leaders 2018, currently taking place in Nashville, kicked off yesterday with a thump. The 4500 attendees, including Boardroom’s chief editor Remi Deve, are offered learning opportunities, thought-provoking sessions and networking events throughout the 3-day conference.

Under the theme ‘Amplifying Engagement’, the conference will provide knowledge on how  business-event organizers must amplify their attendees’ engagement at every turn, according to PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexto, who continues: “Our 2018 Convening Leaders participants will learn how to electrify their experiences, elevate their conference’s brand, and truly engage with their audience.”

Must-see and -do events include the Future of Face2Face, an immersive experience that allows participants to discover the next trends in the industry through conversations with experts and learning activities. PCMA’s open spaces provide live interaction and active breakout sessions for the attendees whereas Braindates allows them to participate in one-on-one or small-group knowledge transfers. Last but not least, a number of social engagements are organised throughout the city which are worth a visit.

 

January 8, 2018

Kyoto Comes Out on Top for Neurology Congress

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.

January 5, 2018

Tallinn Breaks Its Record with Major JCI Congress

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, will be the host for Junior Chamber International (JCI) 2019 World Congress. The selection of the venue was announced on November 8 at the 2017 event in Amsterdam. The 2018 congress will take place in Goa, India.

With 5.000 participants expected, this will be the biggest congress ever held in the country. Set to take place during the last week of October or the first week of November, the five-day event will include over 190 hours of training sessions, seminars, workshops and keynote speeches, organised both in the capital and in other Estonian cities and regions.

The major congress is expected to boost the local meetings industry, and will have an impact on the relatively small host city.

January 3, 2018

Book Launch Combined with Grand Opening for The Hague

The 13th of December marked the reopening of World Forum The Hague. More than 300 guests from the conference and events sector and the City of The Hague attended the reopening ceremony, which included a programme of speeches and entertainment, the presentation of the new name ‘World Forum The Hague’ and the launch of a new book.

Published by World Forum The Hague and GL events, the book is titled “Megatrends Events, we’ll never stop meeting, but how?”. The author, trendwatcher Adjiedj Bakas, focuses on trends and developments that are likely to have a major impact on the conference and events sector in the Netherlands and abroad, such as ‘Towards effective networking’, ‘Towards safety and security’, ‘Towards memorable experiences’ and ‘Towards more interaction and co-creation’.

Adjiedj Bakas said: ‘People tell me that meetings will be digital and virtual, that we will not meet each other anymore in real life. I don’t think this will happen, we are still going to conferences and events because we are mammals, we like to meet people in real life, we like to enjoy each other’s energy and company and we want to exchange views.’

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.

December 22, 2017

Mainz Hosts Cancer Scientists

The Third International Cancer lmmunotherapy Conference 2017 was staged in Germany, in particular in Mainz, one of Europe’s leading research centres for cancer immunotherapy. The conference co-chairperson and President of CIMT, Prof. em. Dr. Christoph Huber, summarized his impressions: “Junior scientists from all over the world presented the products of their research work in more than 500 outstanding abstracts”.

Taking place from September 6 to 9, 2017, the program was composed of two poster sessions, eleven plenary sessions with 55 discourses, a keynote lecture and an award lecture, the William B. Coley Lecture. Almost 1,500 physicians and researchers travelled to the Rheingoldhalle Congress Center Mainz from over 30 countries to present pioneering studies on the most recent findings in fighting cancer. Themed “Translating Science into Survival”, participants had their particular focus on therapies which strengthen immune defense against tumor-specific neoantigens and on the transfer of genetically-modified defense cells.

Read the full article on the Iceberg website, a partner of Boardroom.

December 21, 2017

EUROCITIES Discuss Circular Economy in Ljubljana

The EUROCITIES 2017 Annual Conference was hosted in Ljubljana between 15 and 17 November. Around 700 delegates, including decision makers and politicians, gathered in the city to discuss circular economy, a field in which, according to Daniël Termont, President of EUROCITIES and Mayor of Gent, cities show more ambition than countries.

A presentation on the role of circular economy in the resource story and the cities by Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for Environment, was followed by round tables where participants were discussing society, partnerships, economy and further growth according to circular principles.

Within the framework of the EUROCITIES conference the official award ceremony for best practices in circular economy was held. Munich’s Halle 2 won in the Cooperation category; in the Innovation Category, Brussels with the ‘Be Circular, Be Brussels’ innovative won; the Participation Category’s award went to Gothenburg for its »smart map« project.

December 20, 2017

Brisbane Gets Its Teeth into IFDH Symposium

The 21st IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene is set to take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in August 2019, aiming to link oral health and overall health and wellbeing to a global audience.

The three day symposium will focus on opportunities for leadership, empowerment, advancement and diversity. The program will have a broader framework and not just a purely clinical one, including the participation of clinicians, researchers, educators and advocates expected mostly from Europe and the United States with strong representation from Australia, India, Korea, Japan, South Africa and Singapore.

Hosted by the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) under the auspices of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), the symposium was secured for Brisbane by the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in collaboration with the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and supported by Brisbane Marketing.

December 19, 2017

Two More Congresses for Oman

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) and the Oman Convention Bureau are celebrating a double-win having successfully won two major congresses; the World Hospital Congress in 2019 and the Royal Congress of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 2020.

Announced in Taiwan, the World Hospital Congress is expected to bring approximately 1,000 delegates to the Sultanate. Marisa Luisa Gil Lapetra, Knowledge Strategies Manager of the International Hospital Federation said: “Over the years, the healthcare system in Oman has made monumental steps in improving the medical facilities available to its residents. Having recently visited Oman, I can honestly say that the authentic culture and heritage is truly breathtaking. This congress is an ideal platform for industry specialists to share thoughts on the strategies and infrastructure of the healthcare system.”

 The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ World Congress is expected to welcome over 2,500 delegates in the spring of 2020. Lynn Whitley, the Director of Business Development at RCOG said: “The brand new Convention Centre together with the enthusiasm of the local doctors and the beauties of Oman made it a winning combination and we are looking forward to a highly successful international congress.”

 Set to open in 2018, OCEC is part of Madinat Al Irfan, the new urban development in the heart of Muscat being developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN). The area includes three hotels, a business park, retail shopping areas and residential districts, surrounded by a nature reserve.

December 18, 2017

The Importance of Conferences through a New Book

Business Events Sydney’s latest research collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) resulted in the launch of a new book earlier this year. It was authored by international experts in the value of business events, associate professors Deborah Edwards and Carmel Foley, together with writer Cheryl Malone.

Titled ‘The Power of Conferences: stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change’, the book explores the long-term impacts of conferences through the stories of 10 prominent Australians who are synonymous with breakthroughs that save lives, change society or redefine best practice and policy.

The Power of Conferences: stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change’ demonstrates exactly how conferences have contributed to the achievements of the people behind these breakthroughs over the last 50 years. Legacies that come from unexpected encounters, bringing people with a common cause together and uniting them behind a compelling purpose are some of the topics mentioned in the stories.

The book includes stories from Nobel Laureates Barry Marshall and Brian Schmidt, as well as Bill Bowtell AO, Associate Professor Mary Bebawy, Dr Pia Winberg, Professor Ian Frazer AC, Professor Martin Green AM, Professor Tom Calma AO, Professor Ian Chubb AC and MP Linda Burney.