Mainz Hosts Cancer Scientists

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.

December 15, 2017

Marinas at their Best in Athens

The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced that the 2018 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) will be hosted by the Greek Marinas Association (GMA) from 25 – 27 October 2018 in Athens, Greece.

The collaboration between the City of Athens, the GMA and Toposophy proved to be a winning combination for the bid presented by Athens. The announcement of the win was madein October, during a meeting held by ICOMIA Marinas Group in Vancouver.

The World Marinas Conference ensures successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe. IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbor operators and draws hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the globe.

Roberto Perocchio, IMG Chairman, praised the GMA win: “The Greek coast is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds of the world for nautical tourism, and the international community of marina operators will now gather there in 2018 to discuss global trends and be inspired by the new marina investments that can be developed in this country thanks to privatization programmes, urban waterfront rejuvenation projects and increased importance of tourism economy”.

December 14, 2017

World Forum The Hague Fully Renovated

World Forum The Hague (formerly World Forum) and the City of The Hague will reopened the largest venue for conferences and events in The Hague yesterday, after years of renovations and an investment of more than EUR 28 million.

The fully renovated building will allow World Forum The Hague to host even larger national and international events using the new 12,000 m² exhibition hall and other innovative developments.

The event, named The Next Chapter, called for a celebration, with over 300 guests from the conference and events sector and the City of The Hague. Mayor Pauline Krikke, Deputy Mayor Karsten Klein, GL events Executive Daniel Chapiro and World Forum The Hague’s General Manager Michiel Middendorf spoke at the event.

December 13, 2017

UKES Conference to Energise Newcastle

Newcastle, in the north of the UK, will welcome for the first time the 4th UK Energy Storage Research Conference (UKES) from 20 – 22 March 2018 at the new Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle’s Science Central development.

Organised by Newcastle University, 200 energy storage industry professionals from around the world, ranging from PhD students and early career researchers through to senior researchers in industry, academia, research institutes and government are expected to attend the conference. They will engage with internationally leading experts covering areas of research, application, policy and commercial deployment, to help shape the future landscape of energy storage.

UKES is an annual conference hosted by The Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN), the Energy SUPERSTORE and the STFC Network in Battery Science and Technology, all funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

 

December 12, 2017

Ukraine Aims to Put Itself on International Associations’ Maps

Ukrainian leaders are working hard to establish the country as a top destination for international association conferences and shift outsiders’ perception of its cultural and intellectual value. Representatives from several Ukrainian cities spoke at itbm Barcelona about their offerings and developments for associations.

For example, Lviv Convention Bureau deputy director Andriy Pavliv emphasized the city’s strong scientific heritage supported today by 40 research institutions and its recognition as one of the top emerging IT BPO (business processes outsourcing) destinations in Europe. Human resources and infrastructure are other knowledge sectors poised to grow greatly in coming years, according to a Deloitte study.

Pavliv also shared more logistical insights such as Lviv’s range of venues from the Opera and Ballet Theater, built in 1900 in a Neo-Renaissance style, to its academic venues located in grand historical buildings. Lviv’s airport also reaches 24 destinations with 17 airlines and 35 incoming/outgoing flights daily. 

The head of Kyiv City Tourism Anton Taranenko was also eager to share what the Ukrainian capital had to offer associations. A combination of affordability and quality underlined much of the conversation.

 

December 11, 2017

Expansion of the Global Associations Hub Partnership

The Global Associations Hub Partnership is driving international expansion for global associations and member markets are reaping the benefits. GAHP member-cities are home to 9.6 percent of association headquarters and regional offices, according to the 2017 report of the Union of International Associations (UIA) shared by GAHP International Advisor Herve Bosquet.

The UIA also found that association offices were growing at three times the rate of the global average in GAHP member-cities, which include Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, and Washington, DC.  In the past year, 35 associations have opened offices in GAHP cities, representing 30 percent of all new headquarters and regional offices. During that same period, a total of 119 offices opened up worldwide.

Much GAHP member-cities’ association growth is due to their commitment to building knowledge economies, cultivating local innovation and driving regional economic activity. Representatives from each of the cities also emphasize their unique sectors from life sciences to technology and the potential of the association market to grow within each.