Belfast Rising to the Challenge

October 11, 2017

Belfast Rising to the Challenge

Belfast is growing fast among international associations as a choice for important conferences. The city’s facilities have recently been upgraded to attract business travellers from around the world.

Over the next 12 months, Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland’s 75,350ft2 (7,000m2) state-of-the-art conference facility, will welcome 9 international conferences, generating around 29,000 delegate nights. Routes Europe 2017, the 15th International Pragmatics Conference and the 44th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics are some of the international events to be hosted by the city, while others – such as Radar 2017, the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit, the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine Congress and the 16th Euro Fed Lipid Congress – are expected to follow.

Dr Frank Amoneit, Managing Director of Euro Fed Lipid explains why Belfast is the destination of choice for their conference: “The city’s overall package of facilities, a good spread of hotels nearby the venue and an extensive network of flights made Belfast an attractive destination for our annual conference.”

October 10, 2017

WorldPride to March through Copenhagen in 2021

2021 will be the year that WorldPride will take place in Copenhagen. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come out to the streets and celebrate tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

The Danish capital, known for its long history of promoting gay rights and acceptance, won the bid with a decision made by the international association InterPride during its Annual General Meeting held in Indianapolis, US. Organised by Happy Copenhagen, the event has enjoyed strong support from local and national governments in both Denmark and Sweden.

In addition to WorldPride, the city is also a candidate to host EuroGames in 2021, with the aim to combine the two events into a bigger one named Copenhagen 2021, featuring an extensive pride parade, a large human rights conference and hundreds of inclusive sporting events.

October 9, 2017

Final Call to Associations for BestCities in Tokyo

Just over two months away, this is the last chance for all senior international association executives interested in participating in the annual BestCities Global Forum, to be held in Tokyo from 4-7 December.

Themed ‘Building Global Connections Across Cultures’, BestCities Global Alliance is offering to champion inclusivity and multi-culturalism within the meeting tourism industry in 2018 and beyond. During this four-day programme, delegates will take part in workshops and informative sessions learning about cultural management and intelligence, while looking at ways of establishing purposeful meetings, and acquiring practical skills they can apply to their day to day work back home and future events.

In partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB), the Forum also offers attendees cultural activities in order to explore Japan’s unique and intriguing heritage. Finally, the annual Ambassador Dinner will provide delegates with the opportunity to establish relationships with peers and grow global networks.

October 6, 2017

Worldwide Association Professionals Virtually Connected

Organised by ASSOCIATIONSUCCESS.ORG, SURGE 2017 is a free virtual summit bringing together thousands of association professionals around the world with the aim to collectively innovate and push the industry forward.

While the actual event will take place between 7 and 9 November, attendees may start interacting with fellow association professionals as soon as they register, sharing ideas in the virtual idea box, participating by answering speakers’ questions, and absorbing the broader conversations taking place amongst and beyond the SURGE community.

The conversations will occur in the platform leading up to the final event, which will expand over three days. Each session is an hour long and is pre-recorded, allowing the speakers to spend the entire session period running a Q&A that corresponds to their content. At the same time, a chat box will also be available offering the opportunity to join in on whichever conversation is most interesting to the attendee.

October 5, 2017

Singapore Keeps Going Strong with International Congresses

2017 sees Singapore maintain its international standing as the leading business events destination in Asia Pacific once again. 20,000 visitors are expected to come to the city thanks to large congresses, regional exhibitions and conferences, most of which will be taking place for the first time in Southeast Asia or Asia.

Over the past year, Singapore has won bids to host five major world congresses from the medical and industrial solutions sectors.

It was recently confirmed as the host city for the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) Annual Meeting in 2021, which will attract 1,200 visiting physicians and healthcare professionals. 2018 will find the 20th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE) in Singapore gathering more than 4,000 endocrinologists from over 70 countries and further down the road, the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 2024 will welcome 8,000 anaesthesiologists from around the world.

In the industrial sector, the 46th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) on industrial and manufacturing theory and applications is expected to receive around 1,300 overseas attendees in 2020, while the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) is expected to host around 2,000 international industry professionals in 2022.

October 4, 2017

Agriculture Scholars Cultivate New Ideas in Darwin

The Darwin Convention Centre had the opportunity to host the 2017 Nuffield Australia National Conference, bringing together over 300 primary producers, investors and industry experts from a wide cross section of sectors and regions from Australia and overseas. In addition to the two days of sharing knowledge, conference delegates spent time on regional tours seeing first hand primary production in Northern Australia.

Jodie Dean, CEO of Nuffield Australia, said: “Nuffield scholarships provide unique opportunities to the new pioneers of agriculture to investigate technological advances around the world. The scholarship in itself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience but the benefits continue beyond the tour with a shift in the approach to learning, sharing and leading for the broader development of the industry”.

Themed ‘New Horizons’, the conference set the scene for discussions and presentations on the need for new research and integration of new technologies to the industry to continually improve efficiencies, safety and cost competitiveness.

2017 was the first time the Nuffield Australia National Conference has been held in the Northern Territory. The significance of the Territory in leading Australia’s agriculture exports into Asia is being recognised by businesses, investors and government but there is long way to go to realise the potential of the north.

Picture: Darwin Convention Centre

October 2, 2017

How Nantes Drives Innovation

Over just a few years, the fast-growing city on the French Atlantic coast has transformed itself. What used to be another French second-tier city is now a vibrant, booming destination full of energy. Elected European Green Capital 2013, Nantes is like a lively, open-air museum, a cultural hotspot full of history and an excellent choice for association events looking for something different, thanks to La Cité Nantes Events Center, Nantes Convention Bureau and their dynamic teams. Words Rémi Dévé

An article in the Sunday Times once called Nantes “the loopiest city in France” and that pretty much sums it all. The birthplace of Jules Verne is indeed equally innovative and bustling – the world-famous giant elephant which is regularly walking down the streets is the epitome of it and has become an icon, a true flagship for the city. In Nantes, the cultural and creative sectors are major growth drivers, part of a very diverse economy looking to a sustainable future.

But it’s not all play and no work: Nantes means business too. The economic prosperity of Nantes and the Pays de la Loire region comes indeed from the traditional industrial and maritime sectors, while several high-tech industries have seen the light of day over the last decade as well.

Nantes and its region also home to leading international companies such as Airbus, Armor, Eurofins, LU, STX Europe and Vivalis. The territory is also a centre of excellence for a large number of key industries such as digital economy, culture and creativity, mechanical industries, health and biotechnology, sustainable development. These industries are anchored around 14 European and international clusters such as Atlanpole Biotherapies (biotechnology/health) or Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (marine and naval sector), which, together with the University of Nantes as the driving force, led the city to be chosen for the 6th Congress of the International Society for Applied Phycology (ISAP). The event took place at La Cité Nantes Events Center in June. With over 300 people working in its universities and research centres and more than 100 businesses, Western France is indeed a European hotspot for the transfer and industrial development of marine biotechnology.

La Cité Events Center in numbers

6,000 sqm of multi-purpose areas

3 auditoriums with 450, 800 and 2,000 seats

30 meeting rooms

Total capacity: 4,000 people

An adjacent 4-star hotel with 105 rooms

AIPC Quality standards Gold certification

The scope of the event was to appreciate the huge phycological biodiversity and the diversity of its biotechnological applications through the prism of a new and promising industrial sector in full development. The Congress included speakers and posters presentations, exhibitors and, for the first time, a BtoB session as well as an open conference specifically designed for the general public. With more than 560 participants, ISAP Nantes 2017 was the most successful Congress of the Society to date, with twice as many attendees compared to previous editions.

When asked about the reasons for this success, Pascal Jaouen, Co-Chairman of the Congress and Head of Laboratory GEPEA-CNRS, whose research activities relate to the processes of valorisation in the fields of food, environment, energy and the sea, says: Marine biotechnology, or the utilisation of marine bioresources as targets or sources of biotechnology applications, is a field with massive potential for innovation and economic growth. The western French regions of Pays de la Loire and Brittany are leaders in the field and it just made sense to hold the Congress in Nantes, especially since there are strong links between innovation and the industries based there. As ISAP aims to promote research, preservation of algal genotypes, and the dissemination of information concerning the utilisation of algae, we knew we would get all the knowledge we needed to build up a strong academic programme.

In Nantes, the congress centre (La Cité) and the University work closely togetherThere is a charter of partnership between us for the prospection of congresses of expertise such as ISAP. As soon as they detect the possibility for Nantes to host an event, they come to us. In the case of ISAP, it started as early as spring 2014 – they were, and actually are, very reactive. Nantes and its region are home to 70 research laboratories and there is always some kind of congress activity going on!” explains Jaouen. The city and the region in general and La Cité in particular were praised as highly professional when it comes to the hosting of congresses like ISAP. Nantes’ accommodation is first-class but at competitive rates, it’s within easy reach by air and less than two hours away from most European cities, La Cité Nantes Events Center is situated at the heart of the city, opposite the high-speed train station, and its staff was extremely helpful and friendly both in the preparation of the Congress as during the congress. Altogether, Nantes is a very attractive place, which many of our delegates thoroughly enjoyed.” Jaouen adds.

The fact that La Cité Nantes Events Center and the city of Nantes have been actively engaged in welcoming international associations since 2010 also helped, with a Charter for hosting events with a view to making life easier for event organisers. “The delegates felt really welcomed in Nantes. The ‘Charte d’Accueil Destination’ did wonders to promote the Congress all over the city” Jaouen concludes.

No wonder, then, that the Laboratory GEPEA-CNRS is going to organize four additional events at à La Cité Nantes Events Center in the upcoming two years, including S2small 2017 Nantes (an international conference on sustainable solutions for small water and wastewater treatment systems) in October, the ISBC 2018 symposium (about biosensors) in May, EFFOST 2018 (for the European Federation of Food Science and Technology) in November, and SFGP 2019 (Société Française de Génie des Procédés) in October.

More information: www.lacite-nantes.com / www.nantes-saintnazaire.fr

 

 

October 2, 2017

How Surgeons Operated in Basel

Basel was the host city for the 47th World Congress of Surgery – staged by the International Society of Surgery – which took place between 13 and 17 August 2017 at the Congress Center Basel (CCB). About 2000 participants from all over the world – including an estimated 200 students – came to the city in order to attend the central events held in the CCB as well as additional events held in attractive venues in the vicinity.

The event was organized on a short notice as it had originally been planned for Argentina and the decision to go to Basel was only taken about a year beforehand, on safety and security grounds. Basel’s geographical location offers political and economic stability and is easily accessible thanks to a highly developed public transport system.

September 27, 2017

Oncologists Select Madrid for a Second Time

Following the excellent rate of participation in 2014, ESMO chose to bring its congress, a meeting organised by the European Society for Medical Oncology in partnership with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), back to Madrid. The congress took place at Ifema from the 8th to 12th September.

With almost 24,000 delegates – 85% of which were from abroad – the congress broke its own record for participation, the previous one being 20,000. Spanish participation in sessions and speeches accounted for 5% of all the works presented, which made Spain the second most prolific contributor in terms of the number of studies disseminated, after the United States.

The Madrid Convention Bureau focuses on attracting such large-scale events  from the scientific sector and universities. This year alone Madrid has hosted six congresses with more than 7,000 participants each, always in the field of medicine.

September 26, 2017

UN World Tourism Organization to Travel to St. Petersburg

After a decision made earlier this month by participants of the current United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Chengdu, the 23rd session of the Assembly will be held in St. Petersburg in 2019.

Holding the ‘Oscar’ for «World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2016» and «Europe’s Leading Destination 2016» and with more than 7 million tourists per year, almost half of which are foreigners, the city actively develops cultural and MICE tourism as well as congress tourism, hence becoming more and more interesting for association conferences.