Explosive Biotech Industry in Nantes

October 25, 2018

Explosive Biotech Industry in Nantes

With just a few days to go before the BIO Europe conference, which takes place from 5 to 7 November 2018, Nantes‘ biotech sector is attracting ever more biotechnology companies and displaying its bold ambitions. More than 2,500 health researchers focus on three main topics: biological immunotherapies, radiopharmaceuticals and regenerative medicine, while the city plays host to a substantial array of laboratories and technological hubs.

More and more biotherapy pioneers are coming to Nantes, with important startups like Valneva, Horama and Osé Immunotherapeutics taking the lead in creating vaccines, gene therapy treatments and innovative immunotherapies. The future of the Nantes urban area will also be built by mutually beneficial interaction between health and the digital sector as artificial intelligence is used for medical research and discoveries by the recent arrival of the startup Owkin. Not to mention the city’s highly advanced technological apparatus used for research and treatment.

4 to 5 biotechnological companies every year are created in the city, several of which are accommodated in the Nantes Biotech business incubator. This is also home to research laboratories and companies specialised in biotechnologies or health.

The future university hospital’s move to Ile de Nantes by 2023-2026 creates new opportunities for biotechnologies. As France’s biggest hospital development project, this hospital will be connected to the most advanced technologies and located in the heart of a genuine university hospital complex, with 6,000 students and lecturers. This will showcase the Nantes ecosystem and attract top researchers.

October 23, 2018

The Space Community
Gathers in Paris

In 2021, the Paris Convention Centre will host the the 72nd edition of the International Astronautical Congress. More than 6,500 representatives of the international space community, including scientists, academics, engineers and international space leaders, will gather at the new Centre to have a first-hand experience of its comprehensive facilities, including exhibition halls, meeting rooms, conference rooms, a corporate events space and a green terrace with a panoramic view of Paris.

As Pablo Nakhlé Cerruti, CEO of Viparis, notes: “The Paris Convention Centre was specifically designed to host the very largest gatherings – international events that bring together several thousand participants. Since its opening less than a year ago, the Centre has already hosted eight world conferences, and 28 more are already in the planning stages through 2023.”

October 19, 2018

Associations Set Sights on IBTM World

Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director,  IBTM Events, explains to Boardroom why associations should attend IBTM World in Barcelona this year.

Tell us what associations can expect at IBTM World?

As always, associations can expect an event full of opportunities to learn about and be inspired by new technology and services, to meet and do business with valuable new connections and to enhance their knowledge and insights through our Knowledge Programme.

New for this year is an Exploratory Zone located at the heart of the event that will offer a lively and interactive experience for attendees as exhibitors display the latest technologies and event solutions including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, facial recognition and 3D printing. From a synchronised robot dance routine, 3D chocolate model of the IBTM World logo and an immersive projection mapping culinary experience to a demonstration of combat and virtual reality in team building, the Exploratory Zone will offer new ideas for enhancing customer experience.

For this year’s Knowledge Programme, IBTM has partnered with AAE (Association of Association Executives) to develop focused sessions for association attendees, drawing on customer feedback on key challenges facing association event organisers.

As a result, the full tailored programme for associations is comprised of eight sessions delivering insights and knowledge on several subjects of interest, including successful ways to raise sponsorship, designing valuable event programmes, building audience engagement and managing sponsored content for greater revenue, among others. Speakers include Mike Treacher, Managing Director Events & Media, TM Forum; Damian Hutt, Executive Director, Association of Association Executives; and William Thomson, Managing Director, Gallus Events.

Anything new in the Knowledge Programme that associations can relate to?

This year’s Knowledge Programme has been extended to include three keynote speakers from outside the industry who lead a schedule of 55 sessions designed to enhance events expertise and keep attendees on the cutting-edge of industry trends.

The first keynote, Duncan Wardle, one of the primary creative forces behind The Walt Disney Company, will lead the ‘innovation, technology and creativity stream’ of the Knowledge Programme with his session titled ‘Think Different’, which will explore how leveraging creative thinking can generate far reaching and unexpected business results.

The second keynote speaker, Dex Torricke-Barton, former Head of Communications at SpaceX, Executive Communications Manager at Facebook and Executive at Google, will present on the emergence of macro societal trends and the development of technologies such as virtual reality and live-streaming, to forecast how they could affect the meetings and events industry.

The third keynote, multi-award-winning millennial tech entrepreneur Charlotte Pearce will draw on her background as CEO and founder of innovative technology platform, Inkpact, during her session entitled ‘Humans of business; why connection matters’, as she will explore methods in which businesses can connect to their customers in more thoughtful and personal ways.

Altogether the schedule covers eight topical content themes, falling under the following streams: industry trends; engagement and experiences; safety and security; sustainability and CSR; professional development, recruitment and wellbeing; business development and strategy; and marketing and digital.

What do you hope associations will benefit from when they come to Barcelona?

As well as having the opportunity to meet, connect and do business with potential suppliers and network with peers, association meetings planners can benefit from IBTM’s Hosted Buyer programme, engaging networking events and our Knowledge Programme will leave attendees inspired and motivated to create their own cutting-edge events.

IBTM World will take place at Fira Gran via Barcelona from 27 – 29 November 2018. For more information on IBTM World 2018 visit ibtmworld.com.

October 18, 2018

Young Talent Floods The Hague

The biggest One Young World Summit ever, with 1.800 young talents from more than 190 countries will be welcomed by The Hague from 17 to 20 October 2018. One Young World is a non-profit organization that supports young talents from all over the world and helps to make connections in order to make a positive change in the world. This year, the young leaders of tomorrow will gather at World Forum The Hague, where the initiative Ambassadors will work on the world’s toughest challenges outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals through their own projects and initiatives, many of which already made a real impact.

This year, the young Ambassadors will learn about the Political Challenges from the Ex-Prime Minister of the UK, Sir John Major; about the Energy Transformation from Chief Executives of BP and Shell; about Human Rights from the Secretary General of Amnesty International; and much more on Poverty Alleviation, Economic Development, Gender Equality and Education from the most inspiring speakers.

October 15, 2018

Manchester Strengthens its Position among Medical Associations

The European Hernia Society have announced that their 2022 annual congress will be held at Manchester Central, attracting over 1000 visitors from 24 different countries. This is the first time that the event will be held in England in over 20 years.

The society is a non-profit making international scientific forum that devotes itself to improving patient care in the field of hernia surgery. Professor Aali Sheen, a Consultant Surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary specialising in Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) and Gastrointestinal Surgery, has worked along side ‘Team Manchester’ on the hard-fought bid. The win was in part due to the continued collaborative approach between Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester and is another great example of their successful partnership, as well as the strong local academic community in Manchester.

The decision to bring the event to Manchester Central sees the venue further cement itself as the venue of choice for international medical associations. In coming years, the venue will also play host to congresses such as the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group, in collaboration with The Christie, and the European Resuscitation Council in October 2020.

October 9, 2018

PCMA Influencers Summit: What to Take Away

Luca Segantini is the Executive Director of the International Society of Nephrology, and attended the 2018 PCMA European Influencers Summit in Seville in September. He tells Boardroom how the programme was relevant to his organisation and what his takeaways are.

Can you briefly introduce the organization you work for? What’s your role in it?

Since 2009, I am executive director of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), a global organisation dedicated to advancing worldwide kidney health with a 35-people team. We build capacity with healthcare professionals via granting programs, education and research. My role is to make sure that all ISN programs are well-managed and support our mission.

Why did you choose to attend the Summit in the first place?

I have only been to a PCMA event once before, and I had a positive memory of the experience. Beyond my commitment as an AC Forum board member, I only go to a couple of association events each year, and I try to carefully select them. The PCMA European Influencers Summit promised to be right on target for me, as I will soon be moving from an international association to a European one, so I must learn more about specific issues and best practices on the continent.

What are your takeaways?

Although the line between global issues in the events/association world and local (European) ones is fairly thin, I learned that the value of collaboration, partnerships and teamwork is higher in Europe. Perhaps the fact that many excellent destinations are trying to attract customers in a comparatively small space forces everyone to overcome the purely competitive approach and seek ways to put in place win-win strategies. Alliances are a visible sign of this philosophy and I am personally convinced there is still work to be done to achieve their full potential, for customers and destinations/venues alike. 

What are the key highlights of the event according to you?

Like most of the audience, I enjoyed Dr. Nordström’s plenary speech, although I disagree with his conclusions. I appreciated the clear delineation of the forces influencing our future: de-globalisation, urbanisation, technology. The speakers showing new revenue streams were all interesting, in different ways, and some of their case studies are immediately applicable to any event. Finally, I thought the concluding workshop was well structured and gave me a few nuggets I am already sharing with my team – overall, a positive experience, in a wonderful setting in Seville. Just make sure it is not 38 degrees next time…

October 5, 2018

Nuclear Medicine Finds a Home in Düsseldorf

The 31st Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) – the world’s leading event in this area – will be taking place at the Congress Centre Düsseldorf (CCD) from 13–17 October. EANM ’18 will bring around 6,000 international participants from Europe and beyond to the city of Düsseldorf and will provide the possibility to network, socialize and discuss the newest trends and findings in the field of Nuclear Medicine.

The educational program will include up-to-date teaching sessions, enriched pitfalls seminars and Continuous Medical Education interactive sessions. With similar pedagogic intent, numerous multidisciplinary joint symposia, organised by several EANM Committees in collaboration with sister societies, will offer an integrative approach to various topics relevant to the state of the art of this discipline.

Photo : Congress Centre Düsseldorf

October 3, 2018

Respiratory Experts Take a Deep Breath in Vienna

The international congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) will take place in Vienna for the fifth time in 2020: from September 5-9 around 20,000 pulmonary and respiratory experts will meet at Reed Messe Wien for the congress’s 30th instalment.

The annual ERS congress is the world’s largest scientific get-together for physicians, researchers and other specialists working in the field of pulmonology. Participants at the gathering will find out about the latest treatment options for lung and respiratory diseases at more than 400 scientific lectures and training sessions. The large-scale congress is a global networking platform for pulmonary specialists from more than 100 countries.

October 1, 2018

Basel Proves Itself to Medical Academics

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) organised this year’s conference in Basel from 25 to 29 August at the Congress Centre Basel (CCB). The organisation brings together professors, lecturers, researchers, members of government and public administrations and also ambitious young academics from the medical and healthcare disciplines.

The Centre welcomed 3,800 participants, a plenary event with 3,000 guests, 35 sessions staged simultaneously and an accompanying exhibition on an area of 8,000 m2, featuring 83 exhibitors and 900 posters. The conference used the entire infrastructure of the CCB and the adjacent Swissôtel, proving that Basel is suitably equipped for major congresses with more than 3000 participants. Pat Liley and Nicola Williams from the AMEE communications agency PCO Worldspan were full of praise for the location, organisation and running of the conference.

Photo: Congress Centre Basel

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.