Research & Development
in Hauts-de-France

April 25, 2018

Research & Development
in Hauts-de-France

With a network of eight major association destinations, from Lille to Amiens, from Dunkirk to Arras, Hauts-de-France definitely plays along the big champions of the meetings industry. Offering a wide range of facilities for congresses for up to 4,000 people, it boasts all the knowledge and expertise you might expect to find in major cities and regions, along with several competitive clusters of world fame. It is these very specialised fields you, as European and international associations, can connect with.

With a seemingly unstoppable globalisation, France is facing increasingly rapid economic changes, to which it has efficiently adapted. The reinforcement of its many competitiveness clusters, is testament to the country’s commitment to research and innovation to remain competitive. In this context, Hauts-de-France differentiates itself as it has transformed from a post-industrial region to a very dynamic destination, with a number of centres of excellence, ranging from intelligent transport and materials to textile innovation, from commerce and distribution to health, from fishing resources to environment.

Beating energy

In fact, the Hauts-de-France region, is committed to an ambitious and innovative policy: the Third Industrial Revolution (TIR). Initiated in 2013 and following the model of the American activist Jeremy Rifkin, this process is at the meeting point of the energy transition, digital revolution and new economic models.

Supporting its members’ national and international efforts inthree areas of excellence – energetic autonomy, with the Energeia cluster, digital uses, with the ADN cluster, and eHealth, with the le Bloc cluster –the Amiens Cluster Association structures, for instance, a network of companies, research laboratories, training organisations and institutions in several fields of expertise. Over the last few years, Amiens, in fact, has turned into the R&D capital of energy storage, sitting at the heart of a great European project to support the creation of the battery of the future.

Six Clusters

If Lille is known as a historical and cultural destination offering a large range of meeting facilities, it also captivates with its creativity and vitality. As a knowledge hub, it boasts seven sites of excellence and six clusters: I-Trans, for the railway industry, sustainable multimodal and urban transportation systems, Up-Tex which works on innovative textile, NSL, designed to stimulate and support collaborative research between private companies and academic laboratories in projects at the crossroadsofnutrition, health and longevity, Matikem, for all  materials related to domestics use and, last but not least, Pole Team² , a cluster for environmental technologies and circular economy.

And, as Rob Davidson, Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, added: Hauts-d-France is packed with refreshing novelty value for jaded participants. You’ll not only find that you save on travelling time and costs, but you’ll also find a warm welcome and efficient partners who will make your event memorable, for all the right reasons.’’

More information on Hauts-de-France: www.hautsdefranceconvention.com/en  & valerie.lefebvre@hautsdefranceconvention.com/ Amiens: www.amiens-tourisme.com &  c.odent@amiens-metropole.com / Lille Convention Bureau: www.lille-meeting.commc.vidal@lilletourism.com

April 16, 2018

Register to ASAE’s CEO Symposium in Amsterdam

How do you optimize a solid and strategic partnership?  How can you align the governance roles and responsibilities of your CEO and volunteer leader? ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership has designed the CEO Symposiumto provide leadership discovery and direction in an ever-changing association workspace. Held in Amsterdam 23-24 May, the Symposium encourages association executives to evaluate annual priorities and offers insight on how best to work with their incoming leader.

For more than 30 years, both first-time and past attendees discuss the value of attending an ASAE CEO Symposium, which provides current information and direction on the emerging issues that the association community faces.  CEOs return with their newly elected officers and establish mutual trust while learning ways to strategize on governance issues and volunteer culture. Isabel Bardinet, Chief Executive Officer of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) said, ‘This one programme had a profound influence on how we now develop policies, design committees, and the day-to-day interactions between permanent and volunteer leadership.  We passed along many of the lessons to our directors, which improved the functioning of their own teams. ‘

Making connections and establishing a common ground among top members of the leadership team developsa sense of ownership and stewardship within the association and ultimately createsmeasurable results on the overall mission and success of your organization.With unparalleled expertise and a proven track-record facilitating the CEO Symposium both domestically and internationally, faculty from Tecker International, LLC will deliver valuable insights for immediate application to the realities of your own association. Optimize your partnership, create mutual return, and foster effective governance by participating and applying:

  • + Current and anticipated challenges facing leaders of contemporary associations
  • + Value of research and strategy in decision making
  • + Relationships of board and staff in association governance
  • + Leadership behavior and its impact on change, innovation, and organizational culture
  • + Successful practices in strategic planning and thinking

Glenn H. Tecker is chairman and co-CEO of Tecker International. He has more than 35 years of experience assisting associations and corporations in planning for change. Glenn is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership and strategy. He has worked in an executive capacity with businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations and served as a board member for many nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Glenn’s expertise in the areas of governance, program strategy, organizational design, research analysis, and presentation skills will be critical to the effort.

Newly added program:

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Foresight:  Empowering Associations for the Future

Senior association professionals and volunteer leaders are often called upon to consider how the ever-changing business, technological, social, and political landscapes will transform the organizations they represent. Leaders must be equipped with the tools, resources, and skills to guide and direct dynamic conversations around environmental scanning and planning for change. This evidence-based program will draw from ASAE Foundation’s new research initiative, ASAE ForesightWorks, to deliver key information about current business and association drivers of change. The two-part session will address the value of foresight, creating a culture of foresight, and how associations may exemplify the “duty of foresight” into their board and committee orientations. Program resources will be used to demonstrate how a continual stream of intelligence about anticipated trends can be applied and integrated such that it stimulates meaningful discussions and action.

Register at ASAEcenter.org/Amsterdam to facilitate strategic conversations around your association’s strategy, digital transformation, research and analytics, engagement, and resource allocation.

March 5, 2018

Association Professionals to Profit from Association Day at IMEX

On 14 May, a day before the official opening of IMEX Frankfurt, association professionals will enjoy the opportunity to attend Association Day. Tailored to suit attendees’ requirements, the event will consist of three different streams featuring a highly topical program led by case studies, which aims to educate and inspire the participants.

The Association Management Stream, chaired by ASAE, has been specifically designed for those in senior positions and will place it focus on member and volunteer management and strategic governance. Meetings and Events Stream A, chaired by ICCA, covers ‘legacy’ – IMEX’s talking point for 2018 – innovation and engagement, building a community and building partnerships with convention bureaux. Finally, Meetings and Events Stream B addresses budget management and negotiation skills, security and risk management, sponsorship and programme content development.

Association Day is open to all levels of association professionals and will offer peer to peer education and networking, allowing participants to understand the successes and challenges faced by other associations. The event will be followed by Association Evening, which launches the start of IMEX in Frankfurt.

 

 

March 2, 2018

NewcastleGateshead Showcases Knowledge Economy Strengths

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has launched a new publication aimed at promoting its knowledge economy strengths as well as being a guide for people organising conferences and events in the North East of England.

Meet NewcastleGateshead is a collection of feature-driven articles promoting the research, business and sector strengths of the region. It introduces readers to key North East figures, featuring interviews with leaders from the world of business, academia, culture and sport – as well as some famous faces – to help get to the heart of what makes Newcastle, Gateshead and North East England a relevant and important place.

A copy of the guide can be accessed here.

February 27, 2018

Register to ASAE’s CEO Symposium in Amsterdam

How do you optimize a solid and strategic partnership?  How can you align the governance roles and responsibilities of your CEO and volunteer leader? ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership has designed the CEO Symposium to provide leadership discovery and direction in an ever-changing association workspace. Taking place in Amsterdam 23-24th May, the Symposium encourages association executives to evaluate annual priorities and offers insight on how best to work with their incoming leader.

For more than 30 years, both first-time and past attendees discuss the value of attending an ASAE CEO Symposium, which provides current information and direction on the emerging issues that the association community faces.  CEOs return with their newly elected officers and establish mutual trust while learning ways to strategize on governance issues and volunteer culture. The CEO recognizes the value a solid relationship with their Board Chair/President can have and its significant impact upon their association’s performance and engagement with stakeholders and members.  Isabel Bardinet, Chief Executive Officer of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) said, “This one programme had a profound influence on how we now develop policies, design committees, and the day-to-day interactions between permanent and volunteer leadership.  We passed along many of the lessons to our directors, which improved the functioning of their own teams.”

Making connections and establishing a common ground among top members of the leadership team develops a sense of ownership and stewardship within the association and ultimately creates measurable results on the overall mission and success of your organization. With unparalleled expertise and a proven track-record facilitating the CEO Symposium both domestically and internationally, faculty from Tecker International, LLC will deliver valuable insights for immediate application to the realities of your own association. Optimize your partnership, create mutual return, and foster effective governance by participating and applying:

  • Current and anticipated challenges facing leaders of contemporary associations
  • Value of research and strategy in decision making
  • Relationships of board and staff in association governance
  • Leadership behavior and its impact on change, innovation, and organizational culture
  • Successful practices in strategic planning and thinking

Glenn H. Tecker is chairman and co-CEO of Tecker International. He has more than 35 years of experience assisting associations and corporations in planning for change. Glenn is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership and strategy. He has worked in an executive capacity with businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations and served as a board member for many nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Glenn’s expertise in the areas of governance, program strategy, organizational design, research analysis, and presentation skills will be critical to the effort.

Register at ASAEcenter.org/Amsterdam to facilitate strategic conversations around your association’s strategy, digital transformation, research and analytics, engagement, and resource allocation.

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.

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 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.

October 23, 2017

PCMA Convening Leaders in Nashville: What’s in Store

The 2018 PCMA Convening Leaders conference will be held in the Music City, Nashville, between 7 and 10 January 2018. Under the theme “Amplifying Engagement”, the conference puts a spotlight on the engagement factor – one of the most critical pieces of connecting with your audience. However, PCMA will promote the new idea of how to navigate around digital distractions and satisfy increased attendee expectations at every turn.

With attendance reaching 4500 participants, this meeting is expected to be the best one yet. Between the opening and closing ceremonies filled with music and celebrities from the music field, the four-day schedule will offer a variety of events, including Nashville tours and “office body” exercises.

How to boost participant engagement with immersive events, how co-locating your events leads to success and how to boost your brand with strategic story-telling are only some of the topics mentioned during the conference. The new Future of Face-to-Face space will be an educational experience for delegates to examine the role of participant engagement through the lens of the future of events through learning sessions and facilitated conversations. Brain Dates will also be part of the program, with delegates making offers and requests for knowledge on topics of interest.

The main stage will be busy with inspirational speakers including Neri Oxman, an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions, General Stan McChrystal, delivering his analysis on the dynamic geopolitical environment and the implications it will have on security, politics, energy and the global population and Bill Strickland, who will share his powerful set of beliefs – in the closing of the main stage – about how leadership and self-worth give people the ability to change lives.

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.