Exclusive Content for Associations at The Meetings Show

March 21, 2018

Exclusive Content for Associations at The Meetings Show

The Meetings Show, the UK’s biggest dedicated event for meeting planners across all sectors, returns to Olympia London on 27 and 28 June 2018 with added content for associations. Association planners, AMCs and PCOs will also be able to access exclusive educational sessions and networking opportunities as The Meetings Show welcomes back the Association Meetings Conference.

The conference will kick-off on Tuesday 26 June as part of The Meetings Show’s Pre-Show Conference and will continue with dedicated sessions spaced throughout the rest of the two-day show. Association conference sessions will sit within the show’s main education programme, giving association planners the chance to hear advice and insight that is truly relevant to them.

Tuesday 26 June

Planned sessions on the opening afternoon include ‘Planning for 2030: where will we be?’ where experts will discuss innovation in events, technology solutions and how we can define our association strategies in the future. On the same day, you will be able to hear how associations are evolving their events through a series of case studies highlighting some of the most successful in ‘What does a successful event look like?’.

Wednesday 27 June

On the opening day of the show, find out how influencers can be your best conduit to membership and spreading new ideas, how to identify the influencers in your organisation and how to increase engagement with your members in ‘The Influencer Economy’. Later that same day, you can learn how to form strong partnerships and work together to ensure a successful event in ‘The Power of Partnerships’.

Thursday 28 June

The final day of the show will include a real-life case study of the world’s most innovative conference put on by the European Society of Organ Transplantation, supported by Shocklogic, as well as general sessions on areas such as innovation and presentation.

Network and build connections

Alongside this packed programme of educational sessions will be networking opportunities and the chance to meet more than 700 individual exhibitors, including venues, hotels, conference centres, destinations and technology suppliers.

David Chapple, Event Director of The Meetings Show said: “We are thrilled to welcome back the Association Meetings Conference to The Meetings Show in its new format, enabling association planners, AMCs and PCOs to access content targeted to them. By attending the show, this key section of the industry will also be able to benefit from the wider offering to make their time with us as valuable as possible.”

Associations buyers can also register to be a hosted buyer at the show. By joining the hosted buyers programme, buyers are given access to a premium attendance option to ensure they get the most out of the show.

Hosted buyer registration for The Meetings Show is open now, with standard visitor registration opening on 27 March. For more information and to register, visit www.themeetingsshow.com.


March 19, 2018

A Room with a Zoo for the Associations World Congress 2018

Associations seem to have found a home at the Associations World Congress. Organised by The Association of Association Executives, the 11th version of the event took place last week at The Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre in Antwerp and was attended by over 240 employees and officers of professional, scientific and trade membership organisations interested in exchanging knowledge and expertise.

There was a unique characteristic in this year’s congress as the venue where it was held was part of a zoo. The participants were impressed and inspired by the nature and the animal life around them, which gave the event a vibrant feel.

Well known keynote speakers, various simultaneous streams to choose from, workshops, success stories and expert briefings made for a varied program covering areas like problems associations are currently facing and future trends in the industry. Some of the topics included association governance, member recruitment, engagement and retention, revenue development, communications and lobbying, management and CRM systems and – my personal favourite – technology. I particularly enjoyed the advice given on how to take advantage of the rise of social media and which are the top technological innovations for conferences, for example using facial recognition as a faster way of registering for an event.

The wealth of information and topics was delivered by speakers from within the industry but also by experts from different fields. Roy Gluckman, Amanda Hammett, Philip G. Forte, Alex Inchbald, Miguel Neves and Dries Herpoelaert are only some of the names on the board of speakers. On the second day, Damian Hutt, Executive Director of AAE, presented Gothenburg, the host city for next year’s congress.

Social events like a welcome reception on 12 March and a gala dinner including the International and European Association Awards ceremony the following evening completed the program of the congress.

Winners recognized for their excellence in leadership, development and service included:

Executive Director of the Year
Angela Cherrington
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Young Association Executive of the Year
Drilona Shtjefni
European Biomass Industry Association

Best Conference Development
World Endoscopy Organization

Best Website & Integration
Union for International Cancer Control

Best Membership Engagement
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Best Association Video
International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies

Best Social Media Campaign
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Best Association E-Newsletter

This report was written by Vicky Koffa, Boardroom digital editor / digital@boardroom.global


March 13, 2018

ICCA Meeting Hosted in Istanbul

The ICCA Board of Directors came together for a Strategic Meeting in Istanbul this February with the support of Istanbul CVB and Turkish Airlines. Numerous local stakeholders supported the meeting, which was a success. Topics included how ICCA can build an even stronger community of suppliers and international associations, how to create high-level cooperative partnerships that will add new value for members, how to strengthen the impact of our advocacy work on the impact of our industry, and ways to generate a pipeline of new high-value services that can attract the investment funds needed to lift our association to a new level.

During the meeting, Nina Freysen-Pretorius, ICCA President stated: “I think the collaboration between the private and the public sector to host international association meetings really make Istanbul a destination not to be missed for international association meetings. Istanbul has wonderful local products and cuisine, wonderful surprises, wonderful hospitality and we are delighted with the support of all our Turkish ICCA Members”.

March 12, 2018

New Salary Survey Goes Deep into Detail

The Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium (FAIB) has just published the results of its salary benchmark survey carried out with the support of its Board members and its associate member, DKW.

This survey is based on data gathered on the remuneration and the fringe benefits of associations’ permanent staff from 131 organisations. It covers ALL job categories, from top management to administrative support staff and will therefore serve as a useful guideline and tool for (international) non-profit associations (I)NPAs.

According to the executive summary of the survey, there were large variances in salary and benefits between organisations, much of which can often be explained by the type and size of the organisation and the average age of the employees. More specifically, the 13th month and luncheon vouchers are the most common benefits provided whereas company cars are quite rare. When it comes to Secretary Generals, with a slight majority for the male population and an average age of 50 years, there is a considerable difference for monthly salary according to the overall budget of the association.

March 9, 2018

Building Bridges for Gastric Cancer in Prague

The 2019 International Gastric Cancer Congress is set to be held in Prague from 8 – 11 May 2019, at the Prague Congress Centre. This type of cancer is a major problem worldwide and especially in Europe. The choice of the host city was not random, as due to its location it can serve as a bridge between western and eastern Europe in order to strengthen and reinforce research and collaboration in Europe and worldwide. This goal is reflected in the congress’s motto Building Bridges.

The event is expected to bring together delegates from many disciplines, reaching from basic researchers, clinical scientists and physicians from all disciplines and other health care professionals, who will discuss the rapid development of research on gastric cancer as well as new insights into tumor biology and progress in health care delivery which allow for more precise diagnostics, more efficacious treatment and better quality of care.

March 6, 2018

Vienna Goes into Therapy in 2023

From 25-29 July 2023 Vienna will host the 10th World Congress for Psychotherapy at the Sigmund Freud Private University. The event will be returning to its inaugural host in 1996 for its tenth anniversary after having visited Durban, Moscow and Paris among other cities.

4,000 scientists and researchers will meet to discuss all the latest findings in the field of psychotherapy at a series of 500 lectures, seminars and workshops. 200 scientific posters will give an insight into the latest advances in the use of psychotherapy to treat psychiatric disorders. For the first time, the Vienna event will feature “Freudian walks”, during which participants will discuss the latest scientific breakthroughs.


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.

February 21, 2018

Artsy Bruges Welcomes Museum Curators

The 21st CODART congress will take place in Bruges, Belgium from 11 to 13 March 2018 welcoming approximately 140 curators from 25 different countries. CODART is the international network of museum curators of Flemish and Dutch art in museums worldwide.

Themed ‘Old Masters, Old-Fashioned?’, the congress will deal with the current status of the Old Masters in museums and with the role curators can play in this in a program compiled by CODART in collaboration with long-standing partner Musea Brugge. Participants in this congress will be able to attend lectures about the congress theme, and  present projects and ask each other questions in the Speakers’ Corner. There is also an extensive excursions programme as well as opportunities for networking.

Gerdien Verschoor, Director of CODART, said: ‘We are very pleased to gather in Bruges, where we are always welcomed very warmly. We meet in order to work out common plans for the future,  and for an international network for Dutch and Flemish art, it feels good to be able to organize a congress amidst these stunning Flemish works of art.’