Yokohama’s First IEEE Conference on Nuclear Science

September 28, 2018

Yokohama’s First IEEE Conference on Nuclear Science

The IEEE NSS-MIC (Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference) will be held in October of 2021 at the new PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH facility, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020. The forum is a joint conference that encompasses the two fields of nuclear science and medical imaging. The host organization is the 186th Committee on Radiation Science and its Applications, a division of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

It’s the first time this conference will be held in Japan. About 2,000 participants are expected to attend with the majority (about 1,850) coming from abroad. Yokohama was chosen for the conference through the collaborative efforts of the YCVB (Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau), the city of Yokohama and PACIFICO Yokohama, and working in unison with JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).

September 27, 2018

The UIA Boosts Local Associations in Malaysia

Malaysia is currently welcoming the UIA Associations Round Table Asia Pacific 2018 (UIA 2018) from 26-27 September 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Organised by the Union of International Associations (UIA), the notable centennial event, is a conference which focuses on development for associations across industries to ensure collective growth. 120 international delegates from 15 countries are enjoying the Malaysian hospitality and interacting with local associations as the event is purely hosted by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).

Speaking from the business events perspective, Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, CEO of MyCEB looked back when the Bureau started nearly a decade ago: “When we started in 2009, we found that local associations are great at what they do and they have a lot of potential to go even further in championing not just a cause but an industry. That is the bar we wanted to raise, consolidate expertise for both their cause and impacting the country in other ways. We injected the business events point of view into our association counterparts by realising their maximum potentials. UIA 2018 will be another boost to our efforts as it is applicable to associations from all industries.”

September 26, 2018

Brussels Takes on Solar Power

The 35th edition of the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) will open its doors from Monday 24 to Friday 28 September 2018 at SQUARE Brussels Convention Centre. The EUPVSEC gathers the global PV community to conduct business, to network and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in Photovoltaics. The five-day Conference is complemented by the four-day Exhibition, held from Monday, 24 noon to Thursday, 27 September with technologies, innovations and new concepts in the upstream PV sector being the main characteristics.

This year conference programme, with more than 1,000 presentations, cover the entire range of PV research, technologies and applications, focusing on the latest scientific, technological and market- related trends and provides an overview on the latest R&D in photovoltaic technology from the leading global researchers of institutes, universities and solar companies. The Conference Programme is complemented with 9 Parallel Events that present around 110 additional contributions. They are jointly organised with major international organisations and offer a deep insight into specific topics along the most recent technology, market and business trends.

September 25, 2018

Hilton Ticks all the Boxes for Associations

The meetings industry has experienced significant changes over the last few years due to global economic trends, changes in participants’ needs and expectations, and increased competition among established and emerging destinations. These changes have created opportunities to benefit from new market conditions. In this context, Hilton as a hotel chain has become a trusted partner for association meetings.

As one of the leading groups in the hotel industry, Hilton can meet all the needs of associations with over 5.400 hotels located in 106countries. With a very diverse portfolio that includes hotels in new and trendy locations, facilities in well-established destinations with easy access and great infrastructure, as well as hidden gems in Europe and beyond (think rich culture, heritage and history!) and properties near air hubs or at the heart of well-connected regions, they have developed tailor-made offers for associations.

It comes hardly as a surprise that associations have been choosing Hilton to host their events. AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, organized their 54th Congress in 2016 at the Hilton Munich Park with 680 persons. It was so successful that the organization confirmed their next event at the Hilton Dubrovnik in November 2018.

Made-to-Measure 

Thanks to Hilton’s congress expertise, associations can enjoy a whole range of dedicated benefits. Practically speaking, should associations choose a hotel from the chain to organize their conference, Hilton can offer them a reduced deposit guarantee of up to 80%, while no deposit guarantee will be required for rooms that are to be booked and paid by each delegate individually. Hilton also offers flexibility to reduce the number of delegates by 20% cumulative from the time of booking until 45 days prior arrival, as well as an efficient tool that will allow your delegates to book and modify their accommodation directly online – a tool which, as the event organizer, you will have the opportunity to brand with your own texts and images.

On an individual level, association members receive a 10% discount off the Best Available Rate by booking , and enjoy on-property benefits when staying at Hilton, including breakfast or access to gyms and spas. While there will also be zero blackout dates (book what you need any time!), booking online will be efficient, easy and transparent through the Hilton brand websites or via the Hilton Honors App.

Need more information? Visit the newly created landing page for Associations www.stay.hilton.com/associations/ or write an email cecile.potut@hilton.com

September 24, 2018

About the Young Members of the EORTC…

Dr Denis Lacombe, Director General of the the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), an independent cancer research organisation whose mission is to coordinate and conduct international translational and clinical research to improve the standard of cancer treatment for patients, answers Boardroom’s questions on how the association caters to younger members.

How do you connect and recruit younger members?

EORTC has access through its membership to very large networks across Europe. Key opinion leaders are members of the EORTC. Aiming at younger clinical investigators but with some degree of maturity, we have identified ‘rising stars’ in partnership with EORTC Disease Orientated Group officers based on their preliminary track records and publications. Altogether, we have identified 35 Early Career Investigators (ECI) across nationalities, disciplines and tumor types.

What do you think their specific needs are? Do they have a ‘typical’ profile?

Indeed, selected people have already been selected based on their motivation to ask THE extra question and run THE extra mile. They are curious for new knowledge, to transform it in therapeutic progress, they are not afraid to take challenges forward and have autonomy and drive to propose pragmatic solutions while keeping their objective for patient centric benefits.

They need to receive comprehensive training how to become leaders in a rapidly evolving society and how to run complex multisdiciplinary research internationally and set up fruit full cooperation across stakeholders. How to navigate across European regulations and policies is also a key element.

How do you engage them? How do you make them feel concerned and involved?

We have built a comprehensive programme running over 2 years where they receive training to acquire leadership skills. In addition, they are given autonomy to design the future of our organisation around critical themes which are central to our scientific strategy. Their proposal will be presented to our board. They are invited to join hands-on activities ranging from courses to participating in committees. But mostly, there are 5 3-days in-person sessions through which the full scope of challenges are presented, discussed and debates are organised with representatives of key stakeholders. The programme has been registered for Continuing Medical Education (CME). But above all, this is a very interactive place to meet across disciplines and nationalities to build the European cancer clinical research network for tomorrow.

Can generational differences be an issue within the culture of the association?

Yes, indeed. Seniors also need to learn to associate with the younger generation. There is an EORTC requirement for each research protocol to have an ECI as co-principal investigator. The forms and the methods also evolve with increasing role of technologies, internet, applications which modulate the landscape. Despite their professional quality, we also need to take into account the expectations of the younger generation for a more balanced professional and private life.

September 24, 2018

The Perfect Slot for Flying over Brisbane

Brisbane will be the host to more than 1200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world for the 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference from 12-15 November 2019. A consortium of tourism advocates, including Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, combined forces to bring this fiercely sought after conference to Queensland.

The event brings airlines and airports together to negotiate slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their passengers. Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC Chief Executive Officer, said: “There is enormous competition for airlines to secure the best ‘slots’ at key airports and with Brisbane’s new runway coming on line in 2020, now is the time for airlines to be securing highly sought-after peak time slots to enhance and grow their operations.”

September 21, 2018

Auditors Inspect Innovation in Dubai

For Dubai, half a century brought change that transformed a tiny fishing village into one of the leading cities across the globe for both business and tourism. Once a quiet coastal settlement, Dubai has reinvented itself, over just a generation, into the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) pioneering destination, with over three million inhabitants. A hub between East and West, it’s only normal international associations turn their attention to it, as did the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) when it chose Dubai as its host for its annual conference in May.

 Serving today more than 190,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories, the Institute of Internal Auditors held its first annual conference in New York City in November 1942. Since then, this event has been held in more than 50 locations worldwide and attracts over 2,500 attendees annually.

The IIA’s International Conference showcases the best the profession has to offer and provides participants from around the world with an understanding of the latest developments in internal auditing. Today, it is the premier event for internal auditors who want to hear powerful keynote speakers and international presenters representing the global internal audit profession. Attendees are presented with a number of concurrent sessions on today’s current issues and trends, industry best practices seeking to address common challenges, and knowledge-sharing opportunities. The overall experience enhances professional development, provides engaging peer-to-peer networking, and affords access to key service firms and vendors.

“There is nothing like gathering together with your colleagues and peers, to be able to exchange ideas. And our international conference gives us the ability to do that face to face,” argues J Michael Peppers, 2017-18 chairman of the Global Board of Directors for the IIA.“Our members are looking to be challenged, to expand their skillsets, their knowledge bases, so that they can serve their organisations well. And international conferences pull together speakers on so many topics and we’re able to get diverse viewpoints and opinions and learn about technologies that we may not have in the home regions where the members work.”

Connecting the World Through Innovation

Held under the patronage of is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai – and thus demonstrating government support at the highest level –the four-day 2018 Conference was organised at Dubai International Convention&Exhibition Center under the theme “Connecting the World Through Innovation”, with the participation of some 3,000 experts from over 100 countries from the global internal audit industry – a record-breaking attendance.

The theme was very fitting to Dubai. The Emirate was founded on oil – although the economy has long diversified away from it – and quickly developed into a city known for the tallest buildings and most exclusive hotels, aiming to be the most innovative at any goal it set forward. With the UAE Vision 2021, the country is building a competitive and resilient economy focused on fostering knowledge and innovation, as well as sustainability, honing in on seven main sectors: renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space.

Dubai Business Events’ bidding strategy is aligned with these sectors and the Emirate’s strongest knowledge economies. Work to get the Institute of Internal Auditors to hold its conference in Dubai started with the involvement of the UAE chapter of IIA, through the Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme. It helped, of course, that the city hosted the IIA Global Council back in 2014.“The Dubai Business Events Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme has been instrumental in bringing this conference to Dubai,” explains Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events“We’ve worked very closely with UAE-IAA chapter for many years and the leadership is part of our Al Safeer conference ambassador programme. So it’s through the ambassador programme that we identified this conference as an opportunity for Dubai where we engaged with the right local counterparts and jointly worked on submitting and promoting the bid for Dubai.”

The full version of this article, written by Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé, is available in the September issue of Boardroom available here.

 

September 21, 2018

Safety Comes First in Sydney

Sydney has successfully won the bid to host the XXIII United Nations’ World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2023. The Congress will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, where work health and safety experts, regulators, government and private authorities will collaborate and discuss different approaches to work health and safety.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) partnered with the Safety Institute of Australia to pitch Australia’s case for the bid, with strong backing from SafeWork NSW and SafeWork Australia. Australian Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash said it was a 10 year effort for NSW and the Coalition Government to secure the event. “Small business is the engine room of job creation in Australia. Our nation’s small businesses are responsible for the workplace health and safety of over 44% of Australia’s private workforce and we are delighted to be able to showcase their leading occupational practices.”

September 20, 2018

IMEX America Presents the Association Leadership Forum

The Association Leadership Forum, created in partnership with ASAE, will take place the day before IMEX America kicks off, namely on Monday 15 October. Designed exclusively for senior association leaders from around the world, the free high level strategic education and networking program covers multiple challenges of association management and development.

The Forum uses case studies and blends presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel – all designed to address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams. During the day, association leaders are inspired and challenged by leadership visionaries and role models from a variety of professional and trade association backgrounds.

Topics include future changes in the industry, diversity and how it can benefit revenue, building a volunteer program and repacking traditional membership offering. The day ends with a panel discussion on the future of events, followed by the Association Evening.

September 19, 2018

Orthopaedic Surgeons Study Shoulder and Elbow in Geneva

Starting today and until 22 September Geneva is hosting the 28th Congress of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and the Elbow (SECEC-ESSSE) at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG) with 1,300 participants. A combination of lectures from experts, symposia and workshops will make up the full scientific program of the congress. 

“On behalf of the Swiss Orthopaedics And Elbow Surgery Expert’s Group, we are very excited to welcome back the congress in Switzerland for the first time since 1988. Switzerland has been historically influential in orthopedic progress and nowadays is one of the top two best countries in the world for medical care. It is not only a melting pot for international NGOs but also a hub for scientific research led at CERN, watchmaking know-how, high-quality prized wines and of course finance.”, said Alexandre Lädermann, Congress President.