Consider Your Impact at Every Stage of Event Planning

June 13, 2018

Consider Your Impact at Every Stage of Event Planning

Events have the potential to provide a lasting impact for the organisations that plan and own them, the participants who attend them, and the communities that host them. This potential is realised when events are intentionally designed to drive business value, to enhance the participant experience, and to engage the community economically, socially, and environmentally. A focus on this “legacy” helps us to make sure this impact is a responsible one.

In an interesting piece from Boardroom’s partner, PCMA, Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, CEO of the Events Industry Council, says there is a growing awareness about the effect events have on communities.

You can read all about it here.

June 13, 2018

The Meetings Show
– What’s in it for associations?


The Meetings Show is set to return for its sixth year, taking place at Olympia London on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June.

As the leading dedicated event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, The Meetings Show will see more than 2,400 event professionals from around the world coming together to do business, including meetings and events planners, destinations, venues and suppliers to the industry.

Alongside the show’s core offering of an exhibition with more than 700 individual exhibitors, one of the biggest attractions of The Meetings Show is its education programme. Offering more than 45 hours of free education, the two-day programme will include a dedicated stream for association attendees.

Topics up for discussion on day one, Wednesday 27 June, include ‘The Power of Partnerships’, a panel debate led by Nancy Carfrae of the Union of International Associations (UIA), and ‘The Influencer economy’, a talk given by Wei-Tyng Tsai from Freaks 4U Gaming on how associations can benefit from working with key influencers.

On Thursday 28 June, association attendees can hear from John Martinez of Shocklogic, presenting a real-life case study of ‘The Most Innovative Conference In The World’. Shocklogic supported the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) in creating the world’s most innovative conference, attracting more than 5,000 attendees and over 2,000 abstract submissions, and this presentation will provide a snapshot of the future and what organisers and associations must do to survive in the competitive world of events.

In addition to the dedicated sessions for associations, there will be general sessions running across both days of the event open to all. These sessions will span everything from the latest innovations in event technology and experiential marketing to personal and professional development and techniques and tools for meeting design.

Registration to attend The Meetings Show is free – just visit and register now.

June 12, 2018

Liverpool to Host UNI Global World Congress

ACC Liverpool will soon be the host for the first time for the UNI Global World Congress, taking place on June 17 – 20, which will also incorporate the UNI Women’s Conference a few days before, on June 14 – 15. 2,500 delegates from more than 40 countries are expected to attend the grand opening ceremony and the event itself. The event forms part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, marking the 10th anniversary of the city’s reign as European Capital of Culture.

Philip Jennings, UNI Global Union general secretary, said:  “We are delighted to be bringing the UNI Women’s Conference and the UNI World Congress to Liverpool, a city recognised throughout the world for its warmth, humour and fighting spirit. This is the largest global union gathering in 2018. Liverpool has its roots in the growth of the labour movement in the UK and we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the TUC as well as 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.”

ACC Liverpool has hosted a number of unions since opening in 2008 including Prospect, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Unite, Unison and the Trade Union Congress. It has hosted the Labour Party Conference twice – in 2011 and 2016 – and the Annual Conference will return again this September.

June 11, 2018

Ottawa Wins Across Various Sectors

Ottawa has confirmed several significant association wins as part of its ongoing campaign to target industry sectors with strong links to the city. Through a combination of University departments, hospital research specialities and growing infrastructure across the private sector, Canada’s capital has significant appeal to a wealth of associations from several key sectors including technology, engineering, medical, scientific, academic and commerce.

Ottawa’s accessibility has also been vital in winning such substantial international events.  In particular, direct flights from the US and Europe has ensured all clients including association delegates from around the world can reach the city with minimal fuss.


June 8, 2018

Transforming Associations on Purpose

The Association of Association Executives is organising an one-day workshop for Association Executive Directors who are about to start a transformation process or have already started one and are struggling to articulate a purpose that unites their governing board, office and members.

The event, which will take place on Thursday 28 June 2018 at Hilton Grand Place in Brussels, is for Executive Heads and those involved in strategic direction of Associations who are already members of the AAE. The goal is to leave with a set of tools and roadmap, personalised to your needs that are guaranteed to succeed.

You can find all the information here.


June 8, 2018

Build Diverse Connections with ICC Sydney

As Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) sits at the heart of Sydney, one of the world’s most diverse global cities.

ICC Sydney is located at the epicentre of the A$3.4 billion, 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour, a vibrant public domain. It boasts a prime waterfront location within a dynamic dining, leisure and business precinct, providing a truly unique stage for the world’s leaders and thinkers to meet, collaborate and innovate.

A City That Inspires

Since opening in December 2016, the venue has cemented Sydney’s reputation as one of the world’s most desirable meeting destinations on the doorstep of financial, creative, start up and education hubs.

To date, ICC Sydney has successfully hosted more than 1.6 million visitors at 1,000 events, bringing people together in an inspiring destination. The world class venue boasts a striking contemporary design, leading technology throughout and flexible meeting spaces to cater for the changing architecture of meetings.

ICC Sydney’s presence has been felt in Europe by event organisers who are increasingly looking to the venue to stage their events, enjoying the ultimate in choice and flexibility while experiencing Sydney’s outstanding infrastructure and opportunities for knowledge exchange.

In its first year of operation, the venue welcomed the 10th World Chamber of Congress to Sydney for the first time and hosted the largest and most prestigious event in the international law calendar, the International Bar Association Annual Conference, where 4,500 delegates from 128 countries travelled to Sydney.

Looking ahead, ICC Sydney is counting down the months to welcome more than 7,000 business leaders through its doors in October as it hosts Sibos 2018, the world’s premier financial services event. Returning to Sydney after 12 years, the prestigious event will celebrate its 40th birthday with the world’s financial community coming together to debate, network and discuss how the digital economy, technology and the growing fintech community will shape the future of the financial industry.

Forging Meaningful Connections

Underpinning ICC Sydney’s success has been its commitment to forging new ways of delivering for its clients. This includes its industry-first Feeding Your Performance culinary philosophy which sees the ICC Sydney team source the best, peak-of-season produce from local farmers to fuel the bodies and minds of delegates.

It is also forging connections in other ways includingits unique multi-streamed Legacy Program. Now underway, it has been designed to connect clients with a diverse cross-section of the local community through four diverse streams – Innovators & Entrepreneurs, Generation Next, Aboriginal Australia and Sustainable Business.

Each stream provides clients with an opportunity to connect with locals through dedicated initiatives – from direct exposure to Sydney’s network of entrepreneurs and startups and fostering the next generation of thought leaders via student engagement, to working with local Aboriginal businesses, and measuring the ecological impact of events.

Further showcasing the life, culture and creativity of Sydney, ICC Sydney publishes its quarterly custom magazine, Sydney Views which provides events professionals, business travellers, and delegates from around the world a fresh glimpse into Sydney’s dynamic city profile.

To experience ICC Sydney’s world class event offering and the best of Sydney, book your next event today.

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June 7, 2018

Kenes Group Partners up with CHEST

Kenes Group announced earlier this month a new five-year agreement to support the international education strategy of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). CHEST is the global leader in advancing patient outcomes through innovative education, clinical research, and team-based care.

CHEST’s partnership with the professional conference organizer (PCO), Kenes Group, is for the management of a new education series—one global conference and two regional meetings each year. The mission is to provide the latest education to CHEST members and chest medicine professionals around the world who help prevent, diagnose, and treat chest diseases. The PCO will facilitate the promotion and management of CHEST’s education events outside the US to meet the objectives of the brand and grow international membership.

With more than 19,000 members representing 100+ countries around the world, CHEST already holds education events in China, India, and the Middle East. Based on this experience and combined with the global know-how of Kenes Group, both organizations are looking forward to co-creating successful initiatives worldwide.


June 6, 2018

Medical Professionals to Heal Wounds in London

ExCeL London will host the 2020 European Wound Management Association (EWMA) Conference from the 13th to 15th May. In cooperation with the Tissue Viability Society (TVS), the event is expected to welcome over 4,000 delegates from across Europe including nurses, doctors, as well as other medical professionals such as micro-biologists and psychologists.

EWMA chose to return to ExCeL following its successful conference at the venue in 2015 and because of the respected practitioner and research community based in London. This is the latest of other medical associations such as European Association for Endoscopic Surgery, International Association for Dental Research and Diabetes UK, to select London and ExCeL as the host venue.

Sue Bale, EWMA President, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our congress to London. The city offers everything an international conference attendee needs, including excellent transport connectivity, a wide range of hotels and great options for after hours. London is also renowned as a centre of medical excellence, with globally respected hospitals and universities. We look forward to working with ExCeL and London & Partners to create a truly memorable event for all our delegates in 2020.”

June 6, 2018

GainingEdge’s Educating Early Meeting on Legacy during IMEX

On the last day of IMEX in Frankfurt, GainingEdge organised an early meeting on the premises aiming to educate its attendees further on the important topic of ‘Legacy’. In this framework, three speakers were invited to present their views and stories around the issue at hand. We, at Boardroom, hold Legacy in our heart, it’s a topic we deal with on a regular base with a special section on our website and once a year in print; so we were also there to hear all the experts had to say.

Representing Rehabilitation International World Congress, Venus Ilagan emphasised the need for the empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities, which was also the congress’s main theme. Held in Edinburgh in 2016, the challenge was to prepare the city for the hundreds of attendees with disabilities. RI’s vision is to ensure that when it holds its world congresses, it should leave a legacy behind; this time, in close collaboration with Convention Edinburgh, it went far beyond having an economic impact and a global prestige for the city, it fundamentally changed Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s approach to accessibility and inclusion and in shaping a better future for all. As a legacy from the RI World Congress, there has been a destination-wide working group that was created, focusing on accessible and inclusive tourism, called Everyone’s Edinburgh.

The second story shared in the room came from Colombia and Linda Garzón, who explained how the vision of leaving a legacy should start already from the bidding process. In Bogotá’s case, bidding for One Young World Summit (OYW) engaged young citizens to participate in different movements around the world; they are now measuring the impact of the projects regarding their contribution to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In the same way, the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates raised the level of dialogue around peace and contributed to the peace building process of the country by live streaming the event in seven countries and involving the vulnerable population affected by conflicts. You can read all about Bogotá and its legacy on our website.

Finally, Genevieve Leclerc, founder of Caravelle Strategies, described how convention bureaux can add value to their association clients and emphasized the difference between legacy versus impact. She explained how legacy is something left or handed down by a predecessor; a notion hard to measure, it implies changing the lives of the attendees and the community, but it might not be what an association set out to do in the first place. On the other hand, impact makes a significant change by addressing an existing challenge, social, economic or other type. It is durable and deliberate.

Written by Boardroom’s digital editor Vicky Koffa


June 5, 2018

Robots and Men Meet in Brisbane

Brisbane welcomed this past week 3.000 of the world’s leading robotics experts at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. This is the first time this international forum, described as a frontier of science and technology for robotic researchers, has been held in the Southern Hemisphere attracting the international elite in the very fast paced robotic sector.

The six day event exceeded expectations with record delegate numbers and papers submitted, mostly thanks to the excellent collaboration between Team Brisbane, including Tourism and Events Queensland, BCEC and Brisbane Marketing together with Australia’s world leading experts in robotics and automation.

Conference Program Chair, Professor Peter Corke, Director of the Centre for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) cites a number of reasons for the success of the event; “Brisbane’s strong reputation in robotics internationally, the acceleration of the technology worldwide, the appeal of Australia to the international community and the innovative approach we have taken for the conference program.”