Diversity and Sports for Copenhagen in 2021

April 4, 2018

Diversity and Sports for Copenhagen in 2021

Copenhagen will be the first city to host Worldpride and EuroGames combined in 2021, turning the two into one joint event named Copenhagen 2021. Over the course of 11 days, more than 500,000 people are expected to take part in a number of events including human rights debates, inclusive sport events and an extensive pride parade.

Copenhagen won the EuroGames bid only six months after the decision for the location of WorldPride, both of which enjoyed strong support from local and national governments in both Denmark and Sweden. Lars Christian Østergreen, CEO of Copenhagen 2021, notes that the event will build bridges and break down barriers by taking place in both Copenhagen and Malmö, in Sweden.

 

April 3, 2018

The Heart of Paris Beats for EuroPCR Congress 2018

The EuroPCR Congress 2018, the official annual meeting of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI), organised by Europa Organisation, will be held at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. With 11,000 participants, half of whom come from outside Europe, the Congress aims to share information on new discoveries in interventional cardiology. Part of the Congress are live demonstrations of percutaneous cardiovascular interventions streamed to different countries from several rooms of the Palais des Congrès, teaching new techniques to cardiologists, and showing them the latest innovations, new tools, etc. 

Jean Fajadet, a cardiologist from Toulouse and co-director of the EuroPCR Course explains: “The smooth running of the course and the screenings are therefore a real technical challenge. This requires a great deal of professionalism from the teams at the Palais des Congrès, and, so far, we have always been fully satisfied with the welcome and services provided.”

You can find the full interview of Jean Fajadet here.

April 2, 2018

Lausanne Takes Another Step against Cancer

The Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) has inaugurated as of the beginning of this year the AGORA – Pôle de recherche sur le cancer on the Lausanne hospital site. This building will bring together about 300 multi-disciplinary teams composed of doctors, biologists, immunologists, bioinformaticians and bioengineers from the different partner institutions. The objective is that through their often interactions development of new therapies will be accelerated which will enable patients to benefit from them immediately.

The ISREC Foundation, responsible for the construction of this building, will thus contribute to the setting up of the new interdisciplinary centre for applied cancer research (SCCL, Swiss Cancer Center Lemanic), which unites the competences of the universities, federal institutes of technology (EPFs), hospitals, clinics and public and private institutions.

March 29, 2018

Focus on Education at IMEX in Frankfurt

This year’s IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place between 15-17 May, will kick off again with EduMonday the day before the show. The day focuses on inspiring and immersive professional education and insights open to all. Examples like a workshop on new business models, the rising talent program, sessions covering sales skills, strategies for follow ups and destination marketing techniques showcase the day’s wide range of topics. There’s also exclusive education and networking for association meeting planners at Association Day.

The focus on education will continue to dominate throughout the three day show with over 180 seminars, including workshops, campfires and bite-sized show-floor education. Attendees can choose from carefully selected tracks, including Business Skills, Creative Learning, Marketing and Social Media and Diversity, to create their own bespoke schedule, all designed to help them keep a finger on the pulse of the industry. BestCities Global Alliance, IAPCO, PCMA and WINIT are but a few participants in this busy educative agenda. Special focus is given to sustainability, security and the rapidly growing world of influencers.

 

March 23, 2018

SQUARE Brussels Celebrates 60 years

On 20 March Brussels’ convention centre, SQUARE, celebrated its 60th anniversary in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, Karine Lalieux, Alderwoman for Tourism for the City of Brussels, Professor Jean-Louis Vincent, President of the Symposium on Intensive Care Medicine, ISICEM, Patrick Quinet, Co-President of the Delvaux Academy, and Ariane Deguelle, CEO of SQUARE. The speakers pointed out the key role it has played for over half a century in the economic growth of Belgium, and of Brussels in particular.

Founded for the 1958 World Expo, SQUARE-Brussels Convention Centre was only one out of two in its kind worldwide and has welcomed over the years heads of state, intellectuals, scientists, economic players and artists who have taken the opportunity to disseminate knowledge.

Its conveniently central location was pointed out by Professor Jean-Louis Vincent while its unique architecture and inspiring art were celebrated by Mr Patrick Quinet when talking about his experience during the event held there by Magritte du Cinema.

Finally, the new name – it used to be referred to as SQUARE-Brussels Meeting Centre –  and logo were announced as well as the decision to task its development unit with making the centre more attractive to the Chinese market.

 

March 22, 2018

Tech Talent and London Are a Perfect Match

 

Data compiled by LinkedIn and Stack Overflow for London & Partners show that the UK’s capital continues to draw technology workers both from within and outside the EU more than any other European city. According to Stack Overflow, London is home to more software developers than any other European city, with over 250,000 workers across the capital, followed by Paris, Madrid and Berlin.

London’s thriving tech sector and cultural vibrancy has created tech a talent pool attracting long-term investment from some of the world’s largest technology companies. Facebook is creating a new office in London this year, Spotify is expanding its R&D operation in London and doubling its developer headcount. On top of that, last year, Amazon revealed plans to increase its R&D staff in London as it opened its new UK headquarters in Shoreditch while Google and Apple are both opening new headquarters in the city. The global appeal of London’s tech hub was further boosted by the news that 2017 was a record year for venture capital investment into the city’s tech businesses.

March 21, 2018

Exclusive Content for Associations at The Meetings Show

The Meetings Show, the UK’s biggest dedicated event for meeting planners across all sectors, returns to Olympia London on 27 and 28 June 2018 with added content for associations. Association planners, AMCs and PCOs will also be able to access exclusive educational sessions and networking opportunities as The Meetings Show welcomes back the Association Meetings Conference.

The conference will kick-off on Tuesday 26 June as part of The Meetings Show’s Pre-Show Conference and will continue with dedicated sessions spaced throughout the rest of the two-day show. Association conference sessions will sit within the show’s main education programme, giving association planners the chance to hear advice and insight that is truly relevant to them.

Tuesday 26 June

Planned sessions on the opening afternoon include ‘Planning for 2030: where will we be?’ where experts will discuss innovation in events, technology solutions and how we can define our association strategies in the future. On the same day, you will be able to hear how associations are evolving their events through a series of case studies highlighting some of the most successful in ‘What does a successful event look like?’.

Wednesday 27 June

On the opening day of the show, find out how influencers can be your best conduit to membership and spreading new ideas, how to identify the influencers in your organisation and how to increase engagement with your members in ‘The Influencer Economy’. Later that same day, you can learn how to form strong partnerships and work together to ensure a successful event in ‘The Power of Partnerships’.

Thursday 28 June

The final day of the show will include a real-life case study of the world’s most innovative conference put on by the European Society of Organ Transplantation, supported by Shocklogic, as well as general sessions on areas such as innovation and presentation.

Network and build connections

Alongside this packed programme of educational sessions will be networking opportunities and the chance to meet more than 700 individual exhibitors, including venues, hotels, conference centres, destinations and technology suppliers.

David Chapple, Event Director of The Meetings Show said: “We are thrilled to welcome back the Association Meetings Conference to The Meetings Show in its new format, enabling association planners, AMCs and PCOs to access content targeted to them. By attending the show, this key section of the industry will also be able to benefit from the wider offering to make their time with us as valuable as possible.”

Associations buyers can also register to be a hosted buyer at the show. By joining the hosted buyers programme, buyers are given access to a premium attendance option to ensure they get the most out of the show.

Hosted buyer registration for The Meetings Show is open now, with standard visitor registration opening on 27 March. For more information and to register, visit www.themeetingsshow.com.

 

March 19, 2018

A Room with a Zoo for the Associations World Congress 2018

Associations seem to have found a home at the Associations World Congress. Organised by The Association of Association Executives, the 11th version of the event took place last week at The Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre in Antwerp and was attended by over 240 employees and officers of professional, scientific and trade membership organisations interested in exchanging knowledge and expertise.

There was a unique characteristic in this year’s congress as the venue where it was held was part of a zoo. The participants were impressed and inspired by the nature and the animal life around them, which gave the event a vibrant feel.

Well known keynote speakers, various simultaneous streams to choose from, workshops, success stories and expert briefings made for a varied program covering areas like problems associations are currently facing and future trends in the industry. Some of the topics included association governance, member recruitment, engagement and retention, revenue development, communications and lobbying, management and CRM systems and – my personal favourite – technology. I particularly enjoyed the advice given on how to take advantage of the rise of social media and which are the top technological innovations for conferences, for example using facial recognition as a faster way of registering for an event.

The wealth of information and topics was delivered by speakers from within the industry but also by experts from different fields. Roy Gluckman, Amanda Hammett, Philip G. Forte, Alex Inchbald, Miguel Neves and Dries Herpoelaert are only some of the names on the board of speakers. On the second day, Damian Hutt, Executive Director of AAE, presented Gothenburg, the host city for next year’s congress.

Social events like a welcome reception on 12 March and a gala dinner including the International and European Association Awards ceremony the following evening completed the program of the congress.

Winners recognized for their excellence in leadership, development and service included:

Executive Director of the Year
Angela Cherrington
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Young Association Executive of the Year
Drilona Shtjefni
European Biomass Industry Association

Best Conference Development
World Endoscopy Organization

Best Website & Integration
Union for International Cancer Control

Best Membership Engagement
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Best Association Video
International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies

Best Social Media Campaign
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Best Association E-Newsletter
AOSpine

This report was written by Vicky Koffa, Boardroom digital editor / digital@boardroom.global

 

March 13, 2018

ICCA Meeting Hosted in Istanbul

The ICCA Board of Directors came together for a Strategic Meeting in Istanbul this February with the support of Istanbul CVB and Turkish Airlines. Numerous local stakeholders supported the meeting, which was a success. Topics included how ICCA can build an even stronger community of suppliers and international associations, how to create high-level cooperative partnerships that will add new value for members, how to strengthen the impact of our advocacy work on the impact of our industry, and ways to generate a pipeline of new high-value services that can attract the investment funds needed to lift our association to a new level.

During the meeting, Nina Freysen-Pretorius, ICCA President stated: “I think the collaboration between the private and the public sector to host international association meetings really make Istanbul a destination not to be missed for international association meetings. Istanbul has wonderful local products and cuisine, wonderful surprises, wonderful hospitality and we are delighted with the support of all our Turkish ICCA Members”.

March 12, 2018

New Salary Survey Goes Deep into Detail

The Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium (FAIB) has just published the results of its salary benchmark survey carried out with the support of its Board members and its associate member, DKW.

This survey is based on data gathered on the remuneration and the fringe benefits of associations’ permanent staff from 131 organisations. It covers ALL job categories, from top management to administrative support staff and will therefore serve as a useful guideline and tool for (international) non-profit associations (I)NPAs.

According to the executive summary of the survey, there were large variances in salary and benefits between organisations, much of which can often be explained by the type and size of the organisation and the average age of the employees. More specifically, the 13th month and luncheon vouchers are the most common benefits provided whereas company cars are quite rare. When it comes to Secretary Generals, with a slight majority for the male population and an average age of 50 years, there is a considerable difference for monthly salary according to the overall budget of the association.