IMEX Announces ‘Legacy’ Theme for 2018

January 12, 2018

IMEX Announces ‘Legacy’ Theme for 2018

Explaining why the IMEX Group chose ‘Legacy’ for 2018, CEO Carina Bauer said: “While the meetings and events industry has been evolving over the past five years we’ve seen a shift away from planning an event around a ‘single moment in time’ towards planning an event with longer-lasting, more meaningful impacts – impacts that can be seen long after the event has ended. That impact could be on the attendees, the host community, the local innovation economy, the destination partners, the city leadership, the environment or many other areas.”

During the following year, five different angles of legacy will unfold – political legacy, knowledge legacy/social impact, CSR legacy, environmental legacy and personal legacy – showing how technology and social media have allowed meeting and event planners to exploit and generate memory, meaning and value far beyond just one meeting or event, according to Bauer.

The industry will benefit from two new research reports and case studies and participants will have the opportunity to go further into the theme at the Policy Forum at IMEX in Frankfurt and throughout the preshow education days – EduMonday in Frankfurt and Smart Monday at IMEX America.

January 11, 2018

‘French Tech’ Label for the French Riviera

‘French Tech Metropolis’ is the label given to the region of Côte d’Azur in June 2015, which includes Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Cannes, Grasse and the rest of the Côte d’Azur department. The label is meant to promote the area’s digital industry to grow further, accelerating the growth of tech champions in Côte d’Azur and attracting further digital talents into the region.

‘La French Tech ‘ – as it is called – boasts highly educated entrepreneurs and refers to all the people working for or with French startups, in France or abroad. Investors, engineers, designers, developers, associations, bloggers, media, big companies, government agencies and, of course, entrepreneurs have all joined forces for the growth and international promotion of startups.

Launched by the French government, the label is given to to a small number of vibrant local ecosystems where startups, investors, and foreign talents can easily find the necessary ingredients to accelerate their development and become international ‘tech champions’ attracting foreign startups as well as skilled digital professionals.

 

January 10, 2018

Computer Architects Are Drawn towards Manchester

The HiPEAC18 conference will be held in Manchester between 22 and 24 January. Manchester Central will be the host venue, located in the centre of the city.

The 3-day event is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. Associated workshops, tutorials, special sessions, several large poster sessions and an industrial exhibition will run in parallel with the conference.

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the first programmable computer, Manchester is the ideal city for HiPEAC18. The city has a growing reputation for business attracting international events. For this reason, it is constantly looking for innovation, with advanced manufacturing, creative and digital and life sciences being its strongest sectors. Moreover, with over 18 universities and half a million students, as well as a faculty of leading researchers, it can be considered as one of the top European regions for higher education.

January 5, 2018

Tallinn Breaks Its Record with Major JCI Congress

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, will be the host for Junior Chamber International (JCI) 2019 World Congress. The selection of the venue was announced on November 8 at the 2017 event in Amsterdam. The 2018 congress will take place in Goa, India.

With 5.000 participants expected, this will be the biggest congress ever held in the country. Set to take place during the last week of October or the first week of November, the five-day event will include over 190 hours of training sessions, seminars, workshops and keynote speeches, organised both in the capital and in other Estonian cities and regions.

The major congress is expected to boost the local meetings industry, and will have an impact on the relatively small host city.

January 4, 2018

Switzerland: A Pioneer in Clean Technologies

Also referred to as clean technology, pertaining to renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy storage and mobility, cleantech refers to technologies which aim to protect and maintain natural resources and the environment. Clean technologies particularly deal with the development of environmentally sound products, the decrease in materials usage and waste, the reduction of energy consumption and And what you may not know is that Switzerland is today leading the development and marketing of cleantechn products and services in the global marketplace.

Words Rémi Dévé

An eco-friendly country where care for the environment has become part of everyday life, Switzerland has long been playing a leading role in environmentally sound technologies. The federal republic was among the first industrialized nations worldwide, with water power technologies being developed in various parts of the country, helping to set up industrial hubs. Today Switzerland’s cleantech cluster is very strong, boasting an outstanding record in a variety of fields from recycling and waste management to transport and landscape planning, and has long been committed to sustainable policies governing the use of natural resources.

With one of the most advanced and innovative environmental legislation, Switzerland provides a permanent incentive for corporations to be innovative in the cleantech sector – many of the companies most renowned for environmentally sound technologies are based in Switzerland. There is even a Swiss Cleantech Masterplan, currently being implemented, that was set up by the federal government in 2010, which came up with a vision and a series of objectives designed to strengthen the innovation capacities of cleantech companies and research institutions in Switzerland.

In this regard, Switzerland can really be considered as a cleantech pioneer. Some examples speak for themselves: the Valais alone accounts for about 30% of Switzerland’s hydroelectric power production; Swiss universities and institutions are at the forefront of the research in and the battle against climate change, depletion of natural resources and environmental pollution; and Zürich, Bern, and Geneva all rank among the world’s top-ten cities for quality of life – with environmental criteria a major factor.

January 3, 2018

Book Launch Combined with Grand Opening for The Hague

The 13th of December marked the reopening of World Forum The Hague. More than 300 guests from the conference and events sector and the City of The Hague attended the reopening ceremony, which included a programme of speeches and entertainment, the presentation of the new name ‘World Forum The Hague’ and the launch of a new book.

Published by World Forum The Hague and GL events, the book is titled “Megatrends Events, we’ll never stop meeting, but how?”. The author, trendwatcher Adjiedj Bakas, focuses on trends and developments that are likely to have a major impact on the conference and events sector in the Netherlands and abroad, such as ‘Towards effective networking’, ‘Towards safety and security’, ‘Towards memorable experiences’ and ‘Towards more interaction and co-creation’.

Adjiedj Bakas said: ‘People tell me that meetings will be digital and virtual, that we will not meet each other anymore in real life. I don’t think this will happen, we are still going to conferences and events because we are mammals, we like to meet people in real life, we like to enjoy each other’s energy and company and we want to exchange views.’

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.

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 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”.