What You May Not Know About France

November 21, 2017

What You May Not Know About France

 

With a seemingly unstoppable globalisation and the fierce competition from all corners of the planet, France is facing increasingly rapid economic changes, to which it has efficiently adapted. The reinforcement of its many competitiveness clusters, is testament to the country’s commitment to research and reflects a creative way of thinking about the economy. Words Rémi Dévé

France is a champion in multiplying its innovation nodes. Clusters such as Imaginov et Eurobiomed contain within them multiple sub-groups showing a true sense of innovation all around.

Paris Convention Center, a highly anticipated venue

When it opens this month, Paris Convention Center will be able to accommodate as many as 5,200 people in a highly modular hall of 25,000 sqm under an immense glassroof. Nested in Paris expo Porte de Versailles, a 220,000 sqm site known for its international events, Paris Convention Center is part of a large-scale renovation effort that will turn the complex into an open space open to everybody.

If life sciences should presumably be more fundamental, biotechnology develops applied applications based on the fundamental advances achieved within the life sciences field. France counts approximately 400 biotech companies; France-Biotech, the association of French companies in the life sciences sector, has been instrumental in putting the country on the world map, with Paris and Lyon leading a well-developed ecosystem. In this context, the fact that European Society of Cardiology (ESC) will bring its annual congress and its 33,000 healthcare professionals to Paris for the second time in August 2019 doesn’t really come as a surprise.

In Northern France, Eurasanté, the development agency dedicated to tech transfer and business development in life sciences sector, works hard at promoting the growth of the biology, health and nutrition sectors in the Hauts-de-France region.  Sophia Antipolis, between Nice and Cannes, is the largest technical cluster in France and the whole of Europe, with more than 5,000 students and researchers. It is currently a hot-spot for direct jobs in the latest scientific research in ITC, multimedia, life sciences, energy, water management, risk and sustainable development.

Environment-friendly initiatives and corporate social responsibility are also high on the list of French priorities. VEGEPOLYS, located in the Loire Valley near Angers, has been recognised as the international plant cluster since July 2005: no wonder the International Hortical Congress has chosen the city for its 2022 conference, with an expected 3,500 delegates. In Nantes, the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) industry is stepping up a gear, with industry players and public and private research facilities working together to give birth to major projects. As a matter of fact, the city just hosted the  Ocean Energy Europe Conference, the largest network of ocean energy professionals in the world, last October.

Digital innovation and ICT also play a definite role in France’s competitiveness. The country has the third-largest ICT sector in Europe and in the last five years a quarter of France’s economic growth was attributed to digital development. The French digital economy is boosted by five innovation clusters, such as Cap Digital in the Paris region for the creation and distribution of digital content, Route des Lasers, a competitive cluster for photonics and laser technology companies based in Bordeaux, or Images et réseaux in Brittany and the Loire Valley destinations for communications networks. The 27th International WWW Conference, which will take place in Lyon in 2018 for the second time, will showcase the best of the world’s of the region’s technology, as well as its true commitment to research and innovation.

More info on France as an association destination: www.meeting.france.fr

November 20, 2017

‘Best Improved Destination Award’ for Glasgow

The “Best Improved Destination” Award was awarded to Glasgow Convention Bureau as the city received recognition for sustainable business tourism by the Global Destination Sustainability Index. With a score of 94%, Glasgow received the award at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress in Prague.
The GDS-Index promotes the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations and responsible business tourism best practices. It evaluates the performance of cities on a city’s environmental strategy and infrastructure, its social sustainability performance, the support provided by the industry supplier and the strategy and initiatives of the convention bureau.
Guy Bigwood, Director of the GDS-Index, said: “Glasgow demonstrated that change can happen quickly if the Destination Management Organisation takes an active lead in bringing stakeholders together to collaborate and fast-track environmental, social and economic action in their cities.”

November 14, 2017

UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017: A Short Report

For over 100 years the Union of International Associations has been working to promote and facilitate the work of international associations. Organized once a year, the UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017 (an Asia one also rotates every year within Asia), held last week in Brussels, was an opportunity to learn through networking and the sharing of best practice. Rémi Dévé reports

With an impressive turnout of association representatives, from all kinds of fields of endeavour, the Round Table had something for everyone. Participants could choose from as many as six different sessions and had to carefully three to attend. Subjects ranged from legal questions to human resources, while public relations and funding models were also touched upon.

Facilitated by partners from legal firm Curia, my first session put on the agenda a number of burning issues for international associations such as the impact of Brexit, the engagement in commercial activities as a source of income, and most importantly the Global Data Protection Regulation which will come into force in May – that last topic triggered the most questions and concerns from the audience. A lot of work needs to be done in this area, it seems (more on this in the last issue of Boardroom).

Michel Ballieu, Executive Director of of the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe, talked about the recruitment of staff members and how it is key to the success and sustainability of associations. But this important task requires not only experience, but also time, a lot of time, and rare are the associations benefiting from a dedicated HR specialist.

Proven particularly popular was ‘Public relations on a shoestring’, facilitated by Christophe Ginisty, former President of the International Public Relations Association.  When you have very little budget (and most of associations don’t have much!), how can you make an impact? How can you differentiate yourself in a crowded, changing environment? How can Facebook, LinkedIn and social media networks provide opportunities to reach your audience? Participants were happy to leave with the latest techniques that can you make a difference by designing and executing smart PR strategies.

The UIA 6th Round Table Asia-Pacific will take place 26-27 September 2018 in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; the 12th Round Table Europe 15-16 November 2018 at Lyon Convention Centre in France.

November 13, 2017

Executives Networking at The Hague

Following the 2016 and 2017 SDN NFV World Congress, World Forum The Hague will host the event again for the next two years, 2018 and 2019, according to the contract which has been just signed between the venue and organisers Layer 123.

Launched in the spring of 2012, SDN NFV World Congress is a debating forum which showcases the rapidly growing and massively influential Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation industries. Hosting 2,000 executives, decision makers, leaders and activists meet, learn and exchange knowledge face-to-face in The Hague.

The city was chosen because it features global and local companies, research institutes, educational institutes, small and medium enterprises and suppliers in the sector of IT, Tech and Telecom. World Forum has recently invested in a new exhibition space offering a showcase area for the latest technologies, new product launches, and industry services from around the world.

November 10, 2017

Scotland: All about Technological Innovation

VisitScotland has recently launched a new digital campaign under the title ‘Legends’ with focus on Scotland as a centre for innovation and pioneer invention. Part of this campaign is promoting Scotland’s innovative history combining it with the defining role technology plays in solving problems the world faces today.

Technology Scotland, the organisation for industry, academia, and other institutes engaged in the Emerging & Enabling (E&E) Technology sectors in Scotland, has taken up the responsibility to make advances in technology which will be critical to unlocking innovation and catalysing step changes in efficiency and productivity, hence reinforcing Scotland’s place on the international map of the meeting industry.

Stephen Taylor, CEO of Technology Scotland, said that through closer collaboration with international partners future ground-breaking innovation will happen and that business events provide the opportunity for such collaboration and for new ideas.

November 9, 2017

Intelligent Transportation to Travel to Hamburg

Hamburg will host the 2021 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) from 11 to 15 October 2021. The event will take place at CCH – Congress Center Hamburg in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The halls of the Hamburg Messe exhibition grounds as well as selected streets in Hamburg’s urban area will also serve as a venue for the event.

The bid for the congress, which was titled “Cos it’s Hamburg – City of Solutions”, was submitted in Brussels last March, supported by more than 100 stakeholders from industry, research and associations across Germany and Europe. The announcement of the win was made in Canada during the last ITS Congress.

Held every three years in alternating locations in Europe, with interim events hosted in the Americas and Asia, the congress is expected to attract more than 10,000 international trade visitors. The agenda includes a trade fair, live demonstrations, and discussions about the latest developments in the field of intelligent transport systems and services.

November 8, 2017

European Association Summit 2018: Brussels Is the Place to Be

The European Association Summit 2018 will be held in Brussels between 8 and 9 March at the SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre.

Registration is now open for associations interested in participating in workshops, panel discussion, lectures, networking and information exchange. The European Association Summit is a peer-to-peer education and networking forum designed by associations professionals, for associations professionals.

The Summit will be a way for delegates to learn how to face challenges, exchange good practices as well as positive and negative experiences and lessons learned from them in order to get a new focus for their activities through interactive meetings. During the various workshops participants will get to share their views and visions while challenging their ideas and perspectives with others face-to-face. Part of the programme will be to meet a number of associations with European and international dimensions active in various fields aiming to build their network.

Throughout the two day summit, participants will have the opportunity to listen to speeches by industry leaders like Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions, GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, Secretary General at Leading European network on cultural management and policy, Zsuzsanna Bódi, Association Manager at European Network of Living Labs, Danielle Michel, Director Membership Services & Events at Airports Council International, Frederic Hoffmann, Lecturer and Coach at Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management to name but a few.

November 7, 2017

London’s Heart to Beat to Cardiologists’ Rhythm

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has announced that ESC Congress, the world’s biggest gathering of heart specialists, will return to London in 2021 despite the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

After the 2015 congress, which brought more than 32,700 delegates from 140 countries to London, the ESC decided to hold their 2021 congress in the city which is becoming a major centre for medical research. The decision coincides with the Mayor’s ‘Healthy Streets Approach’, prioritising health in transport and planning decisions, and investing into street schemes that promote walking, cycling and public transport over private car use.

Isabel Bardinet, ESC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “ESC Congress is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of cardiovascular medicine so that people can lead longer, healthier lives. For one week in August 2021, London will be the hub in this battle against heart disease, the number one killer in the world today, and we are proud to join forces with such a dynamic, forward thinking city.”

November 3, 2017

Lausanne to Report on Science Journalists

The World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) will return to Europe after a six-year gap. The city of Lausanne was chosen to host the 11th WCSJ from 1 to 5 July 2019 at the SwissTech Convention Center, on the campus of the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Launched by the Swiss Association of Science Journalism (ASJS), soon to be joined by its sister organizations in France (AJSPI) and Italy (SWIM), the Lausanne candidacy won the bid on 28 October 2017.

Getting together every two years, over a thousand journalists and communicators of science representing more than 60 nationalities present, defend and promote quality independent journalism in the media worldwide. Under the theme “Reaching new heights in science journalism”, the conference will be built around original forms of presentation including creative workshops, mobile debates, brainstorming discussions and tutorials.

The Lausanne candidacy has enjoyed the support of four major academic partners from the start: the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute in Lausanne, CERN, and the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva, which will offer a range of laboratory visits as well as other study tours ranging from trips to alpine research stations to tours of many Swiss and European institutions.

In addition to academic and scientific support, the Lausanne candidacy also benefits from important backing from Swiss political, media and economic actors: the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation; Presence Switzerland; the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud as well as the European Commission.

October 30, 2017

World Health Summit Returns to Berlin

This year’s World Health Summit was held from 15 to 17 October 2017 at Kosmos in Berlin. The destination was chosen by the Summit for the 9th consecutive time, as the city provides all sorts of research facilities, advanced healthcare industry and important hospitals.

Professor Detlev Ganten, Founding President of the World Health Summit said: “The Charité University Medical Centre in Berlin helped bring the World Health Summit about and remains a close partner to this day. Berlin is also an ideal venue for organising events, since all of the key decision-makers in politics, science, business, and society in general are represented here.”

 This year’s agenda included big Data, digitalisation, health security, and sustainability, while around 2000 participants from 100 countries, including seven ministers, two Nobel Prize winners, and leading figures from renowned companies and NGOs (including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children), attended the Summit.