Associations to Choose Among Swiss Convention Centres

September 20, 2017

Associations to Choose Among Swiss Convention Centres

When it comes to choosing a venue for their next event in Switzerland, associations are dizzy with choice.

The alliance Swiss Convention Centres takes in the ten largest congress centres in Switzerland. The capacity these partners are able to offer for congresses and events ranges from 500 to 5000 participants. The individual locations offer an exhibition area of at least 1,000 m2, always making sustainable investments in infrastructure and technical systems.

One example of this is the Congress Centre Kursaal Bern which expanded the total number of rooms it has on offer to 30; Kongresshaus Zürich and the Tonhalle are also scheduled to reopen with a new look in August 2020.

Each centre is unique in its own way. Some, like the Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken, the Congress Centre Kursaal Bern, the 2m2c Montreux Music & Convention Centre and the Palazzo Congressi Lugano offer wonderful views and picturesque accommodation. Others, such as the Congress Centre Davos and the Kongresshaus Zürich, offer free transportation and easy access. Congress Center Basel is an architectural delight. The multifunctional KKL Luzern as well as the SwissTech Convention Center Lausanne STCC offer advanced technologies, such as WLAN network and modular spaces. Last but not least is the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) in the heart of diplomacy, helping the city’s biodiversity.

 

 

September 18, 2017

European Calcified Tissue Society – Building a Sustainable Future

Founded in 1963 with the aim of bringing together scientists and researchers in the field of calcified tissues to interact, learn from each other and create new alliances to advance research, the European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) have, since 1963, been acting as a forum to promote scientific excellence and education in the musculoskeletal field.  Roberta Mugnai, Executive Director, who Boardroom met at the last European Association Summit, shares her insights as an association professional and explains how the organization operates. Interview Rémi Dévé

Can you briefly explain what ECTS is about?

With an Annual Congress, PhD Training Courses and many research funding instruments, the European Calcified Tissue Society acts as a forum for the dissemination of scientific excellence and education. ECTS represents today more than 600 members, including basic researchers, clinicians, students and health allied professionals working in the musculoskeletal field. It has a network of over 30 national and international societies.

Since its inception until the late nineties, our main activity was the organization of a bi-annual congress. The society and congress were run by a number of volunteers. But at a certain point, we found ourselves with a desire to create a stronger community: the frequencies of the congresses were increased to annual events and the first staff members were hired. That’s when ECTS started to become a truly professional membership organization.

Can you elaborate about the events you organize and you relate to Education, the main theme of this edition of Boardroom?

Like many learned societies, we organize a number of training courses and e-learning aimed to support all stages of career development, from PhD Students to established clinicians and basic scientists.

Education is at the very heart of ECTS. In 2016 we established the ECTS Academy, whose mission is to form a scientific network on musculoskeletal diseases to promote scientific excellence and the training of young scientists and doctors in Europe. It works as a kind of spinoff society of ECTS whose 10 members are elected for 5 years after a strict selection based on scientific excellence and cooperative engagement.

The ECTS Academy organizes a number of events and learning opportunities for the young generation. It is still rather new but since 2016 the ECTS Academy has successfully organized a number of activities, including special sessions during the ECTS Congress or quarterly webinars for instance, for what we call New Investigators to gain career advice, support and guidance by experienced professionals. This initiative is much more than a ‘school’ and prepares the next generation to truly become the new leaders of researchers in the musculoskeletal field.

Have you ever worked with a Professional Congress Organizer? Do you see the added value of it?

With the exception of the ECTS congress, all the activities that I just mentioned are organized in-house. We are a small team of four but the ECTS members are dedicated and committed to the ECTS mission and they take a large number of operational activities in their hands, which we are deeply grateful for. For the ECTS congress, we use the services of a PCO, but we keep the leadership of the strategic decisions, scientific programme and relations with our corporate supporters.

The size of our congress doesn’t justify the hiring of dedicated congress staff and the hiring of a PCO is the most appropriate solution for us at the moment. We selected our PCO very carefully based on a number of elements: first and foremost they needed to embrace our mission and vision and had to be ready to be a member of the ECTS family! Our PCO is now really part of the team. I believe collaboration and transparency are keys to success.

Read the rest of Roberta’s interview in Boardroom#4 – September 2017 available here.

September 15, 2017

Architects to Draw their Way to Copenhagen in 2023

Copenhagen will be the city to welcome the world’s largest architectural congress in 2023. 10,000 of the world’s leading architects will travel to the Danish capital to discuss how architecture can contribute to the achievement of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. The congress, which is held every three years, is organized by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the discussions will take place at the World Congress of Architects.

Copenhagen’s official DMO, Wonderful Copenhagen and Realdania, the Danish Architects Association, were instrumental in bringing the congress to the Nordic city, having presented an ambitious bid that focused on ‘Sustainable futures’ at this year’s congress in Seoul.

September 7, 2017

Association Delegates Are Rewarded in Edinburgh

Scotland’s Capital has launched a new mobile-responsive website, the Edinburgh Rewards scheme for delegates, making accessing city-wide VIP offers easier for Edinburgh’s business tourism visitors.

Marketing Edinburgh manages this new project, which consists of around 100 exclusive delegate offers at any one time from across a diverse range of restaurants, bars, retailers and attractions. Delegates can explore edinburghrewards.com on their mobile phone to discover nearby venues and offers with the help of an interactive map, a search facility and a mobile- geolocation service.

Edinburgh Rewards Passport is available only to delegates, who can soon receive one of the 25.000 copies being included in their up and coming delegate registration packs.  The Edinburgh International Conference Centre will also house displays of the passports on site for attending delegates to pick up their copy.

September 5, 2017

Canada to Meet European Associations

This September Business Events Canada (BEC) and their partners will return to Europe for their annual European Canada week promoting the country’s meeting and conventions offerings to local agencies. During this week associations looking to hold an event in Canada will be able to learn all about the country’s facilities and expertise in all kinds of fields.

Two events will be held in France and the UK on 18th and 21st September respectively providing attendees with networking opportunities and practical advice on holding business events in Canada whilst helping them get up to speed with all the latest news and developments, from technological advances to new hotels, venues and travel options.

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director of BEC, commented: “The European Annual Canada Week is set up to create a platform for our Canadian partners to meet with new prospective and qualified buyers and showcase their product or destination to generate new opportunities and ultimately confirmed business.”

Picture: Montréal

September 4, 2017

Riviera di Rimini,
An Introduction

Rimini, the fast facts 


40 kilometres of equipped beaches

2,141 hotels

11 urban parks

20 theme and water parks

17 theatres

1 international racetrack

2 golf clubs

20 villas and historical residences

45 museums and collections

2 marinas

30 discos

16 fortresses, towers and castles

2 thermal spa centres

93 kilometres of bike paths

Easy accessible by car, by train or by plane with just one hour shuttle from the Bologna Airport, Rimini offers the perfect blend of a territory steeped in history, a wonderfully and diverse inland area, modern accommodation and entertainment facilities, simple and efficient logistics. Formed in 1994, Convention Bureau della Riviera di Rimini is the oldest one in Italy and promotes the entire province of Rimini as an event destination – no wonder they have all the necessary experience to host your conference.

The Convention Bureau manages the Palacongressi di Rimini which offers a flexible space and can host events of any size and format, from business conventions to medical-scientific symposiums, from cultural gatherings to association meetings. The Palacongressi features 39 rooms that have a total capacity of 9,000 people, a plenary hall of 4,700 seats and 11,000 sq m. for exhibition.

The local area around the Palacongressi di Rimini and the congress centres of Riccione and Bellaria are well served with spaces for all types and sizes of meetings and events. From historical villas and castles, to medieval villages; from the numerous hotels to theme parks; from beaches to trendy bars, the Riviera di Rimini provides a special atmosphere that hopefully will make for a memorable event for your guests.

CBRR work together with meeting planners, PCOs, agencies and organizers at every stage of event organization. They provide a complete and customised service, free of charge. Their brand-new brochure is available here.

Need more information? Write an email to info@riminiconvention.it or visit www.riminiconvention.it

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August 31, 2017

Thought Leaders at Tomorrow’s Urban Travel Conference

A plethora of international thought leaders and innovators from the world of travel and beyond will speak at Tomorrow’s Urban Travel conference, kicking off on 12 October in Copenhagen. Among them is world-renowned author and Fortune500 advisor Joseph Pine. As the inventor of the term ‘experience economy’, Joseph Pine is credited with changing the way we think about consumers and marketing. He will talk about the experience economy from today into tomorrow, sharing new ideas on experience development in a new era of localhood as well as exploring the evolution towards transformational travel and the search for meaningful experiences of tomorrow.

Hosted by Copenhagen’s official DMO, Wonderful Copenhagen, the Tomorrow’s Urban Travel conference is an international event that looks at the future of tourism in major cities. Guided by its speakers, the conference will explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities that will define urban travel in the years to come.

Participants will also hear Destination Melbourne CEO Laura Cavallo talk about the relaunch of their ‘Discover Your Own Backyard’ campaign where locals become brand ambassadors for the city. Melbourne has just claimed the ‘most liveable city in the world’ title for the seventh year running.

August 29, 2017

Global perspectives in Geneva

Geneva is holding OESO’s 14th World Conference Global perspectives in Esophageal diseases from 2nd to 5th September at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

OESO, the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus, is unique in the world not only in its focus on a single organ, the esophagus, but also because of its multidisciplinary nature, covering all aspects of esophageal medicine: diagnostics, pathology, surgery, endoscopy, medical, etc. 19 specialities in total.

The meeting format is also unique, comprising as it does a multitude of very specific questions, arranged in fora that brings together disciplines that typically work independently. 1,000 attendees are expected at the congress in 2017, due to the quality of the program, the growing importance of the medical issues around the esophagus. The meeting is constructed in order to maximize the contact between industry and faculty and attendees.

August 23, 2017

Call for Proposals for the European Association Summit

Coming 8-9 March 2018 the European Association Summit (EAS) invites all association representatives to its 6th edition at SQUARE-BRUSSELS MEETING CENTRE, with a new format of sessions focusing on exchange and interactivity.

The 2018 European Association Summit is on its way. With a deadline set by 29 September a call for proposals launched early summer aims to gather abstracts for short presentations, allowing a variety of sectors to show their experience in key areas such as finance, events, advocacy, campaigns, business models or governance.

Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director of visit.brussels Convention and Association Bureau, said: “We wish to focus on concrete aspects of each case brought by an association. Having a narrow focus of the presenter’s speech allows the participants to have a more dynamic debate afterwards and come out to clear-cut conclusions, too”.

The format of the sessions has been adapted to match those expectations. A moderator shall deal with case studies of 5 minutes explained by maximum 3 speakers per session followed by an interactive workshop with the audience within 60 minutes. The goal is to facilitate the knowledge sharing in terms of success or failure and be a learning experience with tangible outcomes.

The strategic partners of the EAS already include UIA, ESAE, PCMA, ICCA, the Global Association Hubs Partnership, as well as FAIB and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

August 18, 2017

European eHealth Summit to be Held in Lausanne

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will be holding its eHealth Summit at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, 21st-22nd September 2017.

HIMSS Europe is the European arm of HIMSS, the largest health IT membership organisation in the world. More than 300 healthcare providers, alongside representatives from science, politics and industry, will attend this year’s summit. The event’s theme of ‘innovation’ will include seminar and keynote topics such as e-medication, m-health, Big Data and cyber security.

Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau will support the event with a number of operational services, including excursion management and accommodation coordination, using Lausanne’s bespoke hotel booking platform which optimises value for purchasers of accommodation.