Qatar Confirmed to Host ICEIRD 2018

November 19, 2017

Qatar Confirmed to Host ICEIRD 2018

Thanks to unified effort by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar University (QU), Qatar has won the bid to host the International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (ICEIRD) in October 2018. Over 250 conference delegates are expected to attend the conference for which Qatar University will be ‘local host’.

ICEIRD is a three-day conference organised by the University of Sheffield’s International Faculty bringing together academics, university technology managers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and businesses to foster and promote innovation-led growth. The conference offers a platform for academics, university technology managers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and businesses interested in the theory and practice of university-industry links as well as innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional development.

First held in 2007, ICEIRD has been taking place annually for the past 10 years in Europe; for its second decade, it will rotate worldwide and be hosted in a different region every year. The 2018 edition will be the first edition to be hosted in the Middle East.

,Qatar has a strong track-record in successfully hosting large-scale international conferences and events. Between 2014 and 2016, Qatar hosted a total of 56 events affiliated with the International Congress and Convention Association.

Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at QTA said: “ICEIRD is a perfect match for Qatar as it is a regional hub where academics, innovators and entrepreneurs can continue to learn and share knowledge within and outside the walls of a conference hall.” He added, “The hosting of this event comes as part of our continuous efforts to work with local partners to attract international events and boost business events tourism’s contribution to the national economy.”

Professor Panayiotis Ketikidis, Founder of ICEIRD, added: “Taking the 11th ICEIRD beyond Europe is a step towards to satisfying global demand for the wealth of knowledge that the conference has produced through its wide network over the past decade. We are highly honoured that the ICEIRD 2018 will be hosted by the University of Qatar and are confident that being hosted in a true regional innovation hub will further expand the conference’s network.”

Qatar Tourism expands international efforts to further establish the destination’s relevance for congress organizers – recent steps include a waiver of visa for 80 international countries.

Meet the team of QTA at ibtm Barcelona at Stand J60, join the Qatar Tourism Authority for a VIP Welcome Business Lunch on Tuesday 28 November at 1PM (to register click here) or contact Johanna Fischer of tmf dialogue marketing Germany (j.fischer@tmf-dialogue.com, +49 9002 111).

 

November 17, 2017

Sydney to Celebrate International Pathology Day

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has announced that Sydney will host the 2022 Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP). Held every two years, the Congress will take place at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and is expected to attract approximately 2,200 delegates over five days.

Hosting the event in Sydney in 2022 is especially significant as it will also be the 50th Anniversary of the Australasian Division of the IAP. Professor Richard Scolyer, Immediate Past President of the Australasian Division of the IAP and Congress Chair, said: “We feel there is no better way to recognise our 50th Anniversary milestone than by bringing the global pathology community to Australia to drive the advancement of our specialty worldwide”.

 Securing the event was a collaboration across the private and public sector both locally and throughout Australia.

November 15, 2017

Doctor’s Prescriptions for Medical Congresses in Europe

Recent years have seen increased regulation from government bodies within Europe, and from the industry regulators implementing more stringent codes and guidelines pertaining to the interactions between the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries and healthcare professionals (HCPs). These factors have had direct impact on medical associations, their meetings activities and revenue streams.

Medical association congresses have long been recognised as a valuable platform for the professional practitioner and allied healthcare community to come together with pharmaceutical and medical-device companies for learning and scientific exchange. External factors such as the introduction of transparency reporting of ‘Transfer of Value’ (ToV), and Congress Vetting by industry regulators have resulted in medical congress organisers having to review their logistical congress organisation, business models, and adjusting these to align with changes taking place.

New Challenges in 2018

2018 will be present new challenges. Whilst two of the significant impactors, EU GDPR and the cessation by the European medical-device industry authorities permitting the direct sponsoring HCPs to attend as a delegate third-party organised medical education conferences are EU focused, the outreach will be global.

Legislation pertaining to the interactions between the medical-device industry in Europe and HCPs is not new. Many European countries have had government statutes in place for years stipulating the conditions around direct sponsorship of HCPs. However, in December 2015, the members of the European Diagnostics Manufacturers Association (EDMA) and the European Medical Technology Industry Association (Eucomed) voted to phase out the direct sponsorship by their members of HCPs at third-party events by 1 January 2018. Since then member organisations of EDMA and Eucomed, individual companies and national medical-device trade bodies have started to implement revised practices in readiness.

Direct sponsorship is defined as the payment by companies of some or all the following: travel, lodging, and/or conference registration fees. These costs are either reimbursed to the HCP or paid direct by the company via the purchase of travel tickets, payment of hotel expenses and/or of the registration fee to the conference organiser.

Medical conferences in Europe, and those further afield which have benefitted from international delegations sponsored by medical-device companies in Europe, have already been experiencing a reduction in sponsored HCPs in readiness for the January 2018 deadline.

Eucomed and EFPIA will both continue to vet medical congresses, as an indicator to their members of congress ‘appropriateness’. However, the pharmaceutical industry, having introduced greater public transparency reporting of payments made to HCPs for activities such as sponsorship to attend third-party organised medical congresses, have to-date stopped short of prohibiting direct sponsorship.

Implications

So, what are the implications for the association medical congress organiser? Certainly, those who have been used to delegates being sponsored by the European medical-device industry should prepare themselves for revenue reduction. Whilst not all medical-device companies in Europe are members of EDMA or Eucomed, national association members of the European organisations have incorporated the EDMA and Eucomed Codes of Ethical Business Practice into their national codes.

These changes do not preclude all direct sponsorship of HCPs attending third-party medical education conferences by medical-device companies. HCPs who are ‘passive’ attendees (a delegate) will be ineligible to receive direct sponsorship. A passive attendee is defined as someone who is not faculty, and therefore does not have a specific active role at a conference.

HCPs who are defined as ‘active’ attendees, often called ‘faculty’, i.e. who will speak, present or serve another specific function at a third-party organised conference, will still be eligible for direct sponsorship under specific rules.

Medical-device companies will still be permitted to directly sponsor HCPs to company-organised training activities if the strict criteria outlined in the code is adopted, the rationale being that industry has a responsibility to train HCPs on the use of their products and relevant surgical procedures to ensure maximum safety for patients. Attendance at Satellite Symposia organised on the peripheries of a third-party organised conference does not meet the criteria for direct HCP sponsorship unless the HCP is faculty.

This article was provided by the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, author Caroline Mackenzie, Global Association Partners, on behalf of IAPCO. IAPCO represents today 117 companies comprised of professional congress organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 41 countries www.iapco.org

The full version of this article can be read in the November issue of Boardroom available here.

November 14, 2017

UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017: A Short Report

For over 100 years the Union of International Associations has been working to promote and facilitate the work of international associations. Organized once a year, the UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017 (an Asia one also rotates every year within Asia), held last week in Brussels, was an opportunity to learn through networking and the sharing of best practice. Rémi Dévé reports

With an impressive turnout of association representatives, from all kinds of fields of endeavour, the Round Table had something for everyone. Participants could choose from as many as six different sessions and had to carefully three to attend. Subjects ranged from legal questions to human resources, while public relations and funding models were also touched upon.

Facilitated by partners from legal firm Curia, my first session put on the agenda a number of burning issues for international associations such as the impact of Brexit, the engagement in commercial activities as a source of income, and most importantly the Global Data Protection Regulation which will come into force in May – that last topic triggered the most questions and concerns from the audience. A lot of work needs to be done in this area, it seems (more on this in the last issue of Boardroom).

Michel Ballieu, Executive Director of of the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe, talked about the recruitment of staff members and how it is key to the success and sustainability of associations. But this important task requires not only experience, but also time, a lot of time, and rare are the associations benefiting from a dedicated HR specialist.

Proven particularly popular was ‘Public relations on a shoestring’, facilitated by Christophe Ginisty, former President of the International Public Relations Association.  When you have very little budget (and most of associations don’t have much!), how can you make an impact? How can you differentiate yourself in a crowded, changing environment? How can Facebook, LinkedIn and social media networks provide opportunities to reach your audience? Participants were happy to leave with the latest techniques that can you make a difference by designing and executing smart PR strategies.

The UIA 6th Round Table Asia-Pacific will take place 26-27 September 2018 in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; the 12th Round Table Europe 15-16 November 2018 at Lyon Convention Centre in France.

November 13, 2017

Executives Networking at The Hague

Following the 2016 and 2017 SDN NFV World Congress, World Forum The Hague will host the event again for the next two years, 2018 and 2019, according to the contract which has been just signed between the venue and organisers Layer 123.

Launched in the spring of 2012, SDN NFV World Congress is a debating forum which showcases the rapidly growing and massively influential Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation industries. Hosting 2,000 executives, decision makers, leaders and activists meet, learn and exchange knowledge face-to-face in The Hague.

The city was chosen because it features global and local companies, research institutes, educational institutes, small and medium enterprises and suppliers in the sector of IT, Tech and Telecom. World Forum has recently invested in a new exhibition space offering a showcase area for the latest technologies, new product launches, and industry services from around the world.

November 10, 2017

Scotland: All about Technological Innovation

VisitScotland has recently launched a new digital campaign under the title ‘Legends’ with focus on Scotland as a centre for innovation and pioneer invention. Part of this campaign is promoting Scotland’s innovative history combining it with the defining role technology plays in solving problems the world faces today.

Technology Scotland, the organisation for industry, academia, and other institutes engaged in the Emerging & Enabling (E&E) Technology sectors in Scotland, has taken up the responsibility to make advances in technology which will be critical to unlocking innovation and catalysing step changes in efficiency and productivity, hence reinforcing Scotland’s place on the international map of the meeting industry.

Stephen Taylor, CEO of Technology Scotland, said that through closer collaboration with international partners future ground-breaking innovation will happen and that business events provide the opportunity for such collaboration and for new ideas.

November 9, 2017

Intelligent Transportation to Travel to Hamburg

Hamburg will host the 2021 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) from 11 to 15 October 2021. The event will take place at CCH – Congress Center Hamburg in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The halls of the Hamburg Messe exhibition grounds as well as selected streets in Hamburg’s urban area will also serve as a venue for the event.

The bid for the congress, which was titled “Cos it’s Hamburg – City of Solutions”, was submitted in Brussels last March, supported by more than 100 stakeholders from industry, research and associations across Germany and Europe. The announcement of the win was made in Canada during the last ITS Congress.

Held every three years in alternating locations in Europe, with interim events hosted in the Americas and Asia, the congress is expected to attract more than 10,000 international trade visitors. The agenda includes a trade fair, live demonstrations, and discussions about the latest developments in the field of intelligent transport systems and services.

November 8, 2017

European Association Summit 2018: Brussels Is the Place to Be

The European Association Summit 2018 will be held in Brussels between 8 and 9 March at the SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre.

Registration is now open for associations interested in participating in workshops, panel discussion, lectures, networking and information exchange. The European Association Summit is a peer-to-peer education and networking forum designed by associations professionals, for associations professionals.

The Summit will be a way for delegates to learn how to face challenges, exchange good practices as well as positive and negative experiences and lessons learned from them in order to get a new focus for their activities through interactive meetings. During the various workshops participants will get to share their views and visions while challenging their ideas and perspectives with others face-to-face. Part of the programme will be to meet a number of associations with European and international dimensions active in various fields aiming to build their network.

Throughout the two day summit, participants will have the opportunity to listen to speeches by industry leaders like Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions, GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, Secretary General at Leading European network on cultural management and policy, Zsuzsanna Bódi, Association Manager at European Network of Living Labs, Danielle Michel, Director Membership Services & Events at Airports Council International, Frederic Hoffmann, Lecturer and Coach at Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management to name but a few.

November 7, 2017

London’s Heart to Beat to Cardiologists’ Rhythm

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has announced that ESC Congress, the world’s biggest gathering of heart specialists, will return to London in 2021 despite the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

After the 2015 congress, which brought more than 32,700 delegates from 140 countries to London, the ESC decided to hold their 2021 congress in the city which is becoming a major centre for medical research. The decision coincides with the Mayor’s ‘Healthy Streets Approach’, prioritising health in transport and planning decisions, and investing into street schemes that promote walking, cycling and public transport over private car use.

Isabel Bardinet, ESC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “ESC Congress is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of cardiovascular medicine so that people can lead longer, healthier lives. For one week in August 2021, London will be the hub in this battle against heart disease, the number one killer in the world today, and we are proud to join forces with such a dynamic, forward thinking city.”

November 6, 2017

Endoscopic Surgeons to Exchange In-depth Views in Malaysia

The World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery of the Skull Base and Brain will take place for the first time in Asia, in Kuala Lumpur, from 10 – 13 June 2020. The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), in strategic partnership with the local organiser, the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists Head and Neck Surgeons, won the bid thanks to Malaysia’s rise in specialised medical research and medical-based business events.

Over 900 delegates from around the world and locally are scheduled to attend the four-day congress held at Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The congress will act as a platform for delegates to network and identify new medical trends and breakthroughs, while the show’s powerful line up of conference programme also helps to provide a holistic and comprehensive view of the latest technologies, issues and opportunities in the sector.