Tallinn Breaks Its Record with Major JCI Congress

January 5, 2018

Tallinn Breaks Its Record with Major JCI Congress

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, will be the host for Junior Chamber International (JCI) 2019 World Congress. The selection of the venue was announced on November 8 at the 2017 event in Amsterdam. The 2018 congress will take place in Goa, India.

With 5.000 participants expected, this will be the biggest congress ever held in the country. Set to take place during the last week of October or the first week of November, the five-day event will include over 190 hours of training sessions, seminars, workshops and keynote speeches, organised both in the capital and in other Estonian cities and regions.

The major congress is expected to boost the local meetings industry, and will have an impact on the relatively small host city.

January 4, 2018

Switzerland: A Pioneer in Clean Technologies

Also referred to as clean technology, pertaining to renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy storage and mobility, cleantech refers to technologies which aim to protect and maintain natural resources and the environment. Clean technologies particularly deal with the development of environmentally sound products, the decrease in materials usage and waste, the reduction of energy consumption and And what you may not know is that Switzerland is today leading the development and marketing of cleantechn products and services in the global marketplace.

Words Rémi Dévé

An eco-friendly country where care for the environment has become part of everyday life, Switzerland has long been playing a leading role in environmentally sound technologies. The federal republic was among the first industrialized nations worldwide, with water power technologies being developed in various parts of the country, helping to set up industrial hubs. Today Switzerland’s cleantech cluster is very strong, boasting an outstanding record in a variety of fields from recycling and waste management to transport and landscape planning, and has long been committed to sustainable policies governing the use of natural resources.

With one of the most advanced and innovative environmental legislation, Switzerland provides a permanent incentive for corporations to be innovative in the cleantech sector – many of the companies most renowned for environmentally sound technologies are based in Switzerland. There is even a Swiss Cleantech Masterplan, currently being implemented, that was set up by the federal government in 2010, which came up with a vision and a series of objectives designed to strengthen the innovation capacities of cleantech companies and research institutions in Switzerland.

In this regard, Switzerland can really be considered as a cleantech pioneer. Some examples speak for themselves: the Valais alone accounts for about 30% of Switzerland’s hydroelectric power production; Swiss universities and institutions are at the forefront of the research in and the battle against climate change, depletion of natural resources and environmental pollution; and Zürich, Bern, and Geneva all rank among the world’s top-ten cities for quality of life – with environmental criteria a major factor.

January 3, 2018

Book Launch Combined with Grand Opening for The Hague

The 13th of December marked the reopening of World Forum The Hague. More than 300 guests from the conference and events sector and the City of The Hague attended the reopening ceremony, which included a programme of speeches and entertainment, the presentation of the new name ‘World Forum The Hague’ and the launch of a new book.

Published by World Forum The Hague and GL events, the book is titled “Megatrends Events, we’ll never stop meeting, but how?”. The author, trendwatcher Adjiedj Bakas, focuses on trends and developments that are likely to have a major impact on the conference and events sector in the Netherlands and abroad, such as ‘Towards effective networking’, ‘Towards safety and security’, ‘Towards memorable experiences’ and ‘Towards more interaction and co-creation’.

Adjiedj Bakas said: ‘People tell me that meetings will be digital and virtual, that we will not meet each other anymore in real life. I don’t think this will happen, we are still going to conferences and events because we are mammals, we like to meet people in real life, we like to enjoy each other’s energy and company and we want to exchange views.’

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.

December 22, 2017

Mainz Hosts Cancer Scientists

The Third International Cancer lmmunotherapy Conference 2017 was staged in Germany, in particular in Mainz, one of Europe’s leading research centres for cancer immunotherapy. The conference co-chairperson and President of CIMT, Prof. em. Dr. Christoph Huber, summarized his impressions: “Junior scientists from all over the world presented the products of their research work in more than 500 outstanding abstracts”.

Taking place from September 6 to 9, 2017, the program was composed of two poster sessions, eleven plenary sessions with 55 discourses, a keynote lecture and an award lecture, the William B. Coley Lecture. Almost 1,500 physicians and researchers travelled to the Rheingoldhalle Congress Center Mainz from over 30 countries to present pioneering studies on the most recent findings in fighting cancer. Themed “Translating Science into Survival”, participants had their particular focus on therapies which strengthen immune defense against tumor-specific neoantigens and on the transfer of genetically-modified defense cells.

Read the full article on the Iceberg website, a partner of Boardroom.

December 21, 2017

EUROCITIES Discuss Circular Economy in Ljubljana

The EUROCITIES 2017 Annual Conference was hosted in Ljubljana between 15 and 17 November. Around 700 delegates, including decision makers and politicians, gathered in the city to discuss circular economy, a field in which, according to Daniël Termont, President of EUROCITIES and Mayor of Gent, cities show more ambition than countries.

A presentation on the role of circular economy in the resource story and the cities by Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for Environment, was followed by round tables where participants were discussing society, partnerships, economy and further growth according to circular principles.

Within the framework of the EUROCITIES conference the official award ceremony for best practices in circular economy was held. Munich’s Halle 2 won in the Cooperation category; in the Innovation Category, Brussels with the ‘Be Circular, Be Brussels’ innovative won; the Participation Category’s award went to Gothenburg for its »smart map« project.

December 15, 2017

Marinas at their Best in Athens

The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced that the 2018 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) will be hosted by the Greek Marinas Association (GMA) from 25 – 27 October 2018 in Athens, Greece.

The collaboration between the City of Athens, the GMA and Toposophy proved to be a winning combination for the bid presented by Athens. The announcement of the win was madein October, during a meeting held by ICOMIA Marinas Group in Vancouver.

The World Marinas Conference ensures successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe. IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbor operators and draws hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the globe.

Roberto Perocchio, IMG Chairman, praised the GMA win: “The Greek coast is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds of the world for nautical tourism, and the international community of marina operators will now gather there in 2018 to discuss global trends and be inspired by the new marina investments that can be developed in this country thanks to privatization programmes, urban waterfront rejuvenation projects and increased importance of tourism economy”.

December 14, 2017

World Forum The Hague Fully Renovated

World Forum The Hague (formerly World Forum) and the City of The Hague will reopened the largest venue for conferences and events in The Hague yesterday, after years of renovations and an investment of more than EUR 28 million.

The fully renovated building will allow World Forum The Hague to host even larger national and international events using the new 12,000 m² exhibition hall and other innovative developments.

The event, named The Next Chapter, called for a celebration, with over 300 guests from the conference and events sector and the City of The Hague. Mayor Pauline Krikke, Deputy Mayor Karsten Klein, GL events Executive Daniel Chapiro and World Forum The Hague’s General Manager Michiel Middendorf spoke at the event.

December 13, 2017

UKES Conference to Energise Newcastle

Newcastle, in the north of the UK, will welcome for the first time the 4th UK Energy Storage Research Conference (UKES) from 20 – 22 March 2018 at the new Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle’s Science Central development.

Organised by Newcastle University, 200 energy storage industry professionals from around the world, ranging from PhD students and early career researchers through to senior researchers in industry, academia, research institutes and government are expected to attend the conference. They will engage with internationally leading experts covering areas of research, application, policy and commercial deployment, to help shape the future landscape of energy storage.

UKES is an annual conference hosted by The Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN), the Energy SUPERSTORE and the STFC Network in Battery Science and Technology, all funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

 

December 12, 2017

Ukraine Aims to Put Itself on International Associations’ Maps

Ukrainian leaders are working hard to establish the country as a top destination for international association conferences and shift outsiders’ perception of its cultural and intellectual value. Representatives from several Ukrainian cities spoke at itbm Barcelona about their offerings and developments for associations.

For example, Lviv Convention Bureau deputy director Andriy Pavliv emphasized the city’s strong scientific heritage supported today by 40 research institutions and its recognition as one of the top emerging IT BPO (business processes outsourcing) destinations in Europe. Human resources and infrastructure are other knowledge sectors poised to grow greatly in coming years, according to a Deloitte study.

Pavliv also shared more logistical insights such as Lviv’s range of venues from the Opera and Ballet Theater, built in 1900 in a Neo-Renaissance style, to its academic venues located in grand historical buildings. Lviv’s airport also reaches 24 destinations with 17 airlines and 35 incoming/outgoing flights daily. 

The head of Kyiv City Tourism Anton Taranenko was also eager to share what the Ukrainian capital had to offer associations. A combination of affordability and quality underlined much of the conversation.