AIPC 2018: How Global Issues Impact Local Business

July 25, 2018

AIPC 2018: How Global Issues Impact Local Business

AIPC, the international association of congress centres, represents a global network of over 185 centres in 60 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals worldwide. It encourages excellence in convention centre management, based on the diverse experience and expertise of its international representation. To do so, it is engaging in a variety of educational, research, networking and standards programs. Its Annual Congress is part of those efforts to bring excellence in all areas of centre management: 2018 saw about 250 delegates converge to ExCeL London to tackle the very broad theme of Strategies for a Changing World!

The Conference achieved a balance between high level perspectives on global issues of potential significance for the meetings industry and the creation of practical solutions to the consequences for local centre management. These ranged from the implications of significant international and geo-political turmoil – as exemplified by the UK Brexit challenges evident in the Conference location – to growing urgencies in such areas as talent acquisition, accommodation access and affordability and a rapidly evolving exhibition industry.

Featured keynotes included Razeen Sally, a Singapore-based global economist and expert on trade agreements and global economic trends, who addressed the evolution of international relations and trade in a world increasingly moving toward protectionism and trade friction and Roger Martin-Fagg, a business process expert who counselled members on creating business strategies for uncertain conditions. Other sessions included a review of the international hotel scene under “peak” business conditions, the challenges faced by centres in recruiting and retaining key staff in a period of increasingly full employment and a highly selective work force and a comparison of different centre management models along with the factors considered by owners in choosing amongst alternatives.

Each “thought” session was followed up with industry-based panels that focused on the centre-specific implications of the big picture topics and explored ways in which centres might or already have responded. These latter insights served to “ground” discussion of high level issues and enable group insights that will assist centre executives in creating their own response strategies.

In 2019, the Conference will be held at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp. In 2020, the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur was selected.

 

 

July 24, 2018

Austria Center Vienna Wecomes European Council Meetings

In the second half of 2018, Austria will hold the rotating presidency of the European Council for the third time, after its presidencies in 1998 and 2006. During this time, Austria will serve as an important political hub within the EU. The majority of conferences at ministerial level and meetings attended by Council functionaries will take place at the Austria Center Vienna, which has designated permanent conference facility status.

The events held during the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council of the European Union will take place in areas that are clearly separated from the venue’s day-to-day conference activities. For security reasons, special clearance is required to enter the spaces reserved for the EU Council meetings. All other parts of the Austria Center Vienna will be available for regular event organisers and participants to use.

The presidency of the EU Council (also called the Council presidency) rotates every 6 months in a set sequence among the 28 EU member states. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council.

July 23, 2018

Last Call to Get an Incredible Impacts Grant from ICCA & BestCities

A grant programme that celebrates international associations for making inspiring, lasting impacts to their meeting destinations is calling out for final submissions for 2018 – with a chance to secure US $7,500 towards creating a legacy with future events.

The Incredible Impacts Grants Programme – run by BestCities Global Alliance, the network of 12 premier meeting destinations, and ICCA, the global meetings industry network – urges associations to submit entries featuring innovative legacy examples before the deadline on Wednesday 1st of August.

Now in its second year, the Incredible Impacts Grants Programme presents an opportunity for associations to be rewarded for creative approaches – delivering above and beyond traditional business tourism measures to deliver their events. Powerful examples from the programme are also utilised as a tool for inspiring other planners, with each example shared as a case study online.

Submissions will be put to an independent jury who will determine which three associations will be awarded grants, with winners set to be announced at the ICCA Congress in Dubai from 11-14 November 2018. Factors such as accessibility, environmental impacts and knowledge sharing are all considered in the judging process.

More information and/or to apply: www.bestcities.net and www.iccaworld.org/knowledge.

July 20, 2018

Call for Proposals for the 2019 European Association Summit

Coming 28 February-1 March 2019 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 2019 European Association Summit is on its way. With a deadline set by 28 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.

The EAS has become an unmissable opportunity to share information, knowledge and network with among international associations. The content of this annual peer-to-peer education and networking forum will come from this call for proposals and in collaboration with the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), the Federation of European & International Associations based in Belgium (FAIB), the Union of International Associations (UIA), ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

July 19, 2018

Bruges Knows About Lace

From 13 August until 25 August Bruges will bring the magic of lace to life during the World Lace Congress. Thousands of lace enthusiasts and experts from all over the world will participate in a versatile and interesting programme. Bruges and lace have always been inextricably linked, which is one of the reasons why the city is the perfect location for the congress.

Themed ‘Living Lace’, the congress will primarily focus on contemporary lace. Workshops are to be held from 13 until 16 August. The congress itself will take place in three unique locations from 17 until 19 August: the Gothic St Giles Church, the Bogardenkapel which will be transformed into a ‘Lace Chapel’ by students of the Stedelijke Academie, the art school, and the City Archives in the centre of Bruges which will show the economic dimension of lace in previous centuries. Additionally, there will be lectures by five lace experts in the Old St. John congress centre.

Afterwards, from 20 until 25 August, a lace tour that stops in ten different Belgian cities will be organised. Local museums and lace artists will host their own lace exhibitions.

(Picture: Oud Sint-Jan, Brugges)

July 18, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Gets Pride of Place in Stockholm

Stockholm will host the Federated AI Meeting (FAIM), the world’s largest scientific event on artificial intelligence, this very July. It will actually be a gathering of five world leading scientific AI conferences all under one roof – and for the first time. FAIM will take place at Stockholmsmässan. More than 5,000 international experts, scientists and engineers in the artificial intelligence field are expected to attend.

For almost 50 years, the world’s foremost scientific conference on artificial intelligence, International Joint Conference of Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), has been held annually in various cities around the world. When the Swedish AI Society, with support from Visit Stockholm, was granted to host the conference for a second time, a plan was set in motion to create a larger event week with several of the leading scientific conferences in the field gathering in Stockholm. The result was the Federated AI Meeting – the world’s largest event on AI.

Fredrik Heintz, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Linköping University and President of the Swedish AI Society commented: “It is unique to be able to bring together so many of the world’s leading AI researchers in one place to present the latest scientific advances. The fact that we can make this happen in Sweden shows that we are well respected in the scientific community, and offers a fantastic opportunity to present ourselves to the world.”

July 16, 2018

London Welcomes Experts in Data

Coming for the very first time in the UK, KDD, the world’s oldest and most important Data Science conference will be held at ExCeL London in August 2018. London has been chosen as the host city as it represents the heart of global data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning research, with the capital topping the European investment charts for funding into fast growing sectors such as Artificial Intelligence, cyber security and Fintech.

Aldo Faisal, publicity chair for KDD and Associate Professor in Data Science at Imperial College London commented: “KDD coming to the London ExCeL is both a reflection of the explosive growth in Data Science and AI and a testimony to the city’s global leadership in it.”

KDD is a leading interdisciplinary conference bringing together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining & large-scale data analytics.  Taking place over five days, the conference brings together thousands of professionals to listen to the top data scientists share their knowledge to advance the application of data science, expand their expertise and discuss novel ideas with industry peers. Delegates can learn from leading experts in the world of applied data mining and knowledge discovery with a series of invited talks, half day workshops and tutorial sessions.

July 12, 2018

New Sustainability Strategy in Copenhagen

It’s been some years now that Copenhagen has been recognized as the world’s most sustainable tourism destinations. As part of its aim to ensure the city’s position as a frontrunner in this field, Wonderful Copenhagen, the official tourism organization working to promote and develop both business and leisure tourism in the capital region of Denmark, has appointed a Project Manager for sustainable tourism development to help shape the sustainable direction of the organisation and the destination.

In the newly created role, Project Manager Mikkel Sander will be responsible for developing and launching Wonderful Copenhagen’s new sustainability strategy for 2018-2021, which will be closely aligned with the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). The new sustainability strategy will be launched later in the year.

Copenhagen has made significant investments in sustainable city solutions, attracting worldwide attention when it announced its ambition to become the first carbon neutral capital by 2025. Copenhagen’s meeting industry also takes sustainability seriously with almost 70 % of the city’s hotel rooms being eco certified while many suppliers in the city’s meeting industry have adopted green and sustainable initiatives.

July 4, 2018

The Hidden Treasures of Rimini

In Italy, Emilia-Romagna, the birthplace of ragu, prosciutto di Parma, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese, came in at number one on Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2018 list. And Rimini, which made the New York Times list of must-see places this year, sits right in the middle of it. It might be high time you consider it for your next event.

Internationally renowned food, the best-preserved roman, medieval and Renaissance architecture, and internationally worshipped sports cars are just some of the reasons that makes the Emilia-Romagna regionone of the top 2018 European destinations according to Lonely Planet.

If some of you may know Rimini as a great place for lazing on the beach and living the night life, it certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to conferences. A successful and innovative business destination, it boasts one of the most advanced – and iconic-looking – congress centres in Italy. Managed by Convention Bureau della Riviera di Rimini, the Palacongressi di Rimini offers a flexible space and hosts 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 sqm for exhibition.

Of course, there’s plenty to do and see after a hard day’s work at the Palacongressi. 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 will give yet another dimension to your event.

And if you’re after finding what you can do in Rimini and Rimini only, there are a few options. A visit to the Surgeon’s House, where the oldest set of Roman surgical instruments was once found, will reveal a host of unexpected treasures. A stroll along the 200-meter pier at the port while the sun is setting will ease your mind. You can also enjoy Rimini’s state-of-the-art marina with over 600 berths. And there is of course the Grand Hotel, where Art Nouveau charm and the memory of Federico Fellini, the world-renowned film director who was born in Rimini – and the inventor of the Dolce Vita – linger in the air…

Last but not least, at just 20 kilometers inland from Rimini and 760 meters above sea level lies San Marino, the smallest and oldest republic in Europe. Founded in the IV century, it became a UNESCO heritage site in 2008 as «a testimony to the continuity of a free republic since the Middle Ages». Definitely a place to see.

This article was powered by Convention Bureau della Riviera di Rimini. For more information:www.riminiconvention.it/ delaubert@riminiconvention.it

July 3, 2018

Medical Associations to Flock to NewcastleGateshead in 2018

Amazing innovations are happening in NewcastleGateshead – for example Newcastle University, which ranks amongst the top 100 life science universities in the world, was recently granted the first licence to create a baby with three genetic parents, which will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases, while its Human Nutrition Research Centre is undertaking ground-breaking research in areas of high public health significance, including obesity and ageing.

As a city with a proud history in medical sciences, NewcastleGateshead has a strong track record for hosting medical conferences. Following the success of major events including the Royal College of Nursing’s Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition and the British Society for Dermatological Surgery’s 35th Annual Surgery Workshop in March 2018, which together saw over 550 delegates visit the city, the momentum is set to continue with an influx of medical conferences throughout the rest of the year.

July is seeing the Association for the Study of Medical Education host its Annual Scientific Meeting at the iconic Sage Gateshead, with over 600 national and international medical professional delegates descending on NewcastleGateshead for the event.

September is set to be the busiest month for medical conferences, which will see over 1,500 delegates arriving in the city. The European Thyroid Association, the Association for the Study of Obesity and NuGO (an association of universities and research institutes focusing on the research areas of molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology) will hold significant events at venues across NewcastleGateshead. The European Network of Teratology Information Service and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists will also host their annual joint meeting at Newcastle University in September.

Rounding up the year’s medical events, the 17th Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care Update and the Multiple System Atrophy Trust’s Health and Care Professionals Study Day both take place in October, while the Federation of Infection Sciences Annual Conference takes place in November.