London Reveals Itself to Obesity Surgeons

January 30, 2018

London Reveals Itself to Obesity Surgeons

The 22nd World Congress of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) took place at Central London International Conference Centre (CLICC) in central London on 29 August – 2 September 2017. The British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) are part of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) and coordinated the event in London on behalf of the Federation.

The event used in combination both the spaces of QEII and Central Hall Westminster to bring together world leaders in metabolic and bariatric surgery to educate, discuss and collaborate. Attendees flew into London from all over the world, with their number reaching as high as over 2.500, in order to follow various events in smaller rooms as well as the plenary session and the exhibition in one larger area.

The bidding process started much earlier, with London & Partners suggesting the venue and PCO Travel for Industry Group (TFI) winning the bid, receiving support from various organisations in the sector. The UK excels in obesity surgery and the British government and the NHS (National Health Service) has prioritised obesity and metabolic disorders for some years now. As a result the UK, and in particular London, has become a knowledge hub for the sector.

 

 

January 29, 2018

Kellen to Manage Business for AMCA in Europe and the Middle East

Air Movement and Control Association, International Inc. (AMCA) has selected Kellen, a global management and communications company, to provide management services for the expansion of AMCA’s representation in Europe and the Middle East.

More specifically, the company, under the leadership of executive director Mark Stevens, will use its expertise to lead AMCA into the two newly chosen markets by overseeing issues of management, governance, membership services and marketing. 

Working with strategic partner CIMGlobal, one of Kellen’s main goals will be to promote the association’s Certified Rating Program (CRP) Certification, organize and manage AMCA’s regional meetings, seminars and trade shows, execute marketing and communications initiatives for the association and industry, manage membership marketing, recruitment and retention, and build and maintain relationships with key industry contacts and regional organizations on behalf of AMCA.

Mark Stevens, executive director, AMCA International said: “This is an exciting time for our organization as we grow rapidly into new regions overseas. Kellen is well positioned to help us successfully manage this expansion and achieve our overarching goal of promoting the health and growth of our industry.”

January 26, 2018

Do Away with Carbon at Westminster

Central Hall Westminster, London’s central conference centre, has launched a new initiative to make your meetings even more sustainable. As of January 2018, associations may ask the venue to use their carbon calculator for your upcoming event. This calculator will allow you to estimate the carbon impact of your event and either work to reduce it or undertake a carbon offset.

Using data from their partner Green Tourism, the calculator takes into consideration the carbon associated with the venue itself and the energy and water used by the venue space you are hiring. By choosing to offset, a procedure of neutralisation of a tonne of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emitted in one place avoids the release of a tonne of CO2e elsewhere. Another way of offsetting is to absorb a tonne of CO2e is which would otherwise have remained in the atmosphere.

The venue will be donating all money donated to offset carbon throughout 2018 to The Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.

January 23, 2018

SECC Celebrates 100 Years of Life

2018 is an important year for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC). Established in 1918 in Gothenburg, it celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of activities throughout the year, including an anniversary weekend in April as well as a grant awarded to an individual or company that plans to develop an idea that supports the Swedish tourism industry.

Since its foundation, the centre served as a meeting place that brought together local and foreign manufacturers and merchants. The goal of the SECC has always been to promote trade and industry, according to Roger Holtback, chairman of the SECC foundation, by offering the best total experience to delegates. The first trade fair drew 530 exhibitors and over 42,000 visitors.

Today, the SECC and Gothia Towers, the hotel which is part of the Centre, attract almost two million visitors each year, shifting the goal of the centre to innovation and expansion. Carin Kindbom, President and CEO, explains: “We are seeing strong international demand and we want to satisfy the global market by being responsive and leading the way. “It will be increasingly important to have physical places where people can meet in the digital world, and we believe in the continuing growth of the meetings industry. We have big plans for expansion and we look forward with confidence to the next hundred years in the story of the SECC.”

 

 

January 19, 2018

The Hague Celebrates the Beach

The Municipality of The Hague and The Hague Marketing Bureau launched the new campaign “Seaside Celebration”, commemorating the 200th anniversary of The Hague’s beach resort Scheveningen.

During the campaign a number of events have been set to take place throughout the year highlighting the significance the beach holds for the city and showcasing the opportunities for conference organizers and delegates.

After its establishment 200 years ago, nowadays it is the place for hotels, restaurants, and beach bars which draw the attention of many visitors every year. This stimulates the economy and promotes further development of the marine area offering the opportunity for associations to organise relevant events. The Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus is an institution in Scheveningen with a long history of welcoming tourists and hosting such events.

January 18, 2018

Cycling Around Glasgow for a Greener City

On the 30th and 31st October 2017, 200 delegates met at the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde for the Cycling Scotland Conference. As part of the conference in Glasgow, Cycling Scotland – the nation’s cycling organisation – offered delegates the opportunity to take part in one of four study cycle tours around the city, in addition to a walking tour in nearby Paisley.

The aim was to embed active travel as part of the conference and beyond, and to highlight some of the ways that Glasgow is helping its residents and visitors to travel actively, so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely. Delegates had the opportunity to learn about future infrastructure plans to make traveling by bike in Glasgow easier and safer.

Jennifer Fingland, Cycling Scotland Policy Officer said: “We hope that by including these study tours in our conference programme, delegates will take their learning and apply it locally, nationally and internationally.”

 

January 17, 2018

Looking into Medical Education in Newcastle

This summer, from 11-13 July 2018, NewcastleGateshead will be the host destination for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).

Taking place at the Sage Gateshead on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside from 11-13 July 2018, the meeting will attract more than 600 national and international medical professional delegates. The theme of the event is medical education with a global perspective, allowing delegates to attend keynote plenary speeches from influential speakers including Professors Phil Cotton, David Sklar, Deborah Helitzer and Susan van Schalkwyk, as well as networking, attending workshops, presenting their oral and poster abstracts to the medical education and research community, and attending social events.

The destination was an obvious choice for the ASME as NewcastleGateshead has a track-record of hosting high-profile medical conferences as well as having one of the country’s leading medical universities at Newcastle University, which is an ASME institutional member. Mairi Macleod, Events Officer at ASME, said: “NewcastleGateshead is the perfect destination to host the Annual Scientific Meeting next July – it’s easy to reach for commuters from the North and South of the UK, plus the event is known for its social and networking vibe, which combined with the energy and warmth of the people of Newcastle will make for a fantastic all-round experience for anyone attending the event.”

 

 

January 12, 2018

IMEX Announces ‘Legacy’ Theme for 2018

Explaining why the IMEX Group chose ‘Legacy’ for 2018, CEO Carina Bauer said: “While the meetings and events industry has been evolving over the past five years we’ve seen a shift away from planning an event around a ‘single moment in time’ towards planning an event with longer-lasting, more meaningful impacts – impacts that can be seen long after the event has ended. That impact could be on the attendees, the host community, the local innovation economy, the destination partners, the city leadership, the environment or many other areas.”

During the following year, five different angles of legacy will unfold – political legacy, knowledge legacy/social impact, CSR legacy, environmental legacy and personal legacy – showing how technology and social media have allowed meeting and event planners to exploit and generate memory, meaning and value far beyond just one meeting or event, according to Bauer.

The industry will benefit from two new research reports and case studies and participants will have the opportunity to go further into the theme at the Policy Forum at IMEX in Frankfurt and throughout the preshow education days – EduMonday in Frankfurt and Smart Monday at IMEX America.

January 11, 2018

‘French Tech’ Label for the French Riviera

‘French Tech Metropolis’ is the label given to the region of Côte d’Azur in June 2015, which includes Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Cannes, Grasse and the rest of the Côte d’Azur department. The label is meant to promote the area’s digital industry to grow further, accelerating the growth of tech champions in Côte d’Azur and attracting further digital talents into the region.

‘La French Tech ‘ – as it is called – boasts highly educated entrepreneurs and refers to all the people working for or with French startups, in France or abroad. Investors, engineers, designers, developers, associations, bloggers, media, big companies, government agencies and, of course, entrepreneurs have all joined forces for the growth and international promotion of startups.

Launched by the French government, the label is given to to a small number of vibrant local ecosystems where startups, investors, and foreign talents can easily find the necessary ingredients to accelerate their development and become international ‘tech champions’ attracting foreign startups as well as skilled digital professionals.

 

January 10, 2018

Computer Architects Are Drawn towards Manchester

The HiPEAC18 conference will be held in Manchester between 22 and 24 January. Manchester Central will be the host venue, located in the centre of the city.

The 3-day event is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. Associated workshops, tutorials, special sessions, several large poster sessions and an industrial exhibition will run in parallel with the conference.

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the first programmable computer, Manchester is the ideal city for HiPEAC18. The city has a growing reputation for business attracting international events. For this reason, it is constantly looking for innovation, with advanced manufacturing, creative and digital and life sciences being its strongest sectors. Moreover, with over 18 universities and half a million students, as well as a faculty of leading researchers, it can be considered as one of the top European regions for higher education.