Innovation Park Zurich Connects Great Minds

June 30, 2018

Innovation Park Zurich Connects Great Minds

In the north of Zurich, a new innovation park has started to grow. The unique site, aptly named Innovation Park Zurich, will serve as an incubator for the ideas and events of the future.

As one witnesses the rapid advances in digitization and automation, the changes in mobility, the various progress in medicine, the demographic evolution, or the emergence of cleantech, these very disruptive forces create new needs, products, markets and industries and drive innovations of all sorts. Innovation Park Zurich will address these needs and act as a bridge between the city’s world-class universities and leading experience-rich corporations. This new platform for research and development in one of the most dynamic cities in Switzerland will help maintain Zurich’s position as a global innovative and economic leader.

Working in close proximity to internationally renowned universities (ETH Zurich, University of Zurich), Innovation Park Zurich will be home to highly qualified talents. With value chains already in place in various clusters, it will be provide a business-friendly environment in a region known for its political stability and quality of life. Easily accessible thanks to excellent infrastructure and an international transportation network, it will boast some highly advanced technology and sector clusters, and is set to welcome global corporate leaders.

Creating space for new ideas

Innovation Park Zurich aims to facilitate the transfer of research into marketable products and services. The park is focused on thematic areas that address current megatrends and that offer substantial potential for development. There are plans to set up a hub for robotics and mobility, a space hub and a block chain hub called ‘Trust Square’.

The establishment of a centre for advanced manufacturing technology in the medium term is also being explored. The park will act as a magnet for new research projects and thereby support the local economy, create new jobs and further enhance the already strong appeal of the Zurich region.

Watching it grow

A pavilion will mark the park’s first tangible presence on the site. It will house an exhibition, meeting rooms and the administrative offices of the Stiftung Innovationspark Zurich. Offices, laboratories and workshops will also be created with open, transparent floor plans and shared testing facilities and meeting points. There are plans to offer additional space in new buildings from approximately 2020 on that will meet the specific needs of the residents.

More info: about the Park: Stiftung Innovationspark Zurich / T. +41 43 259 49 10 / / on planning innovative meetings in Zurich: Convention Bureau Zürich Tourism / /  on Switzerland as a convention destination: T. +32 (0)2 345 83 57 /

This article was written by Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé (, together with Convention Bureau Zürich Tourism

June 27, 2018

The Association for Medical Education Heads for Basel

This year’s annual conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) will be held at the Congress Center Basel (CCB) from 25 to 29 August. The association chooses a different European city every year, and Basel was chosen this time because the city is able to satisfy the demanding space requirements – including a plenary room that can seat around 3000 delegates.

3.000 delegates – which include professors, lecturers, researchers, members of governments and administrations, and also ambitious young academics from the disciplines of medicine and healthcare – from over 90 countries are expected to arrive in the city to learn about the latest developments, exchange ideas regarding knowledge transfer and engage in networking. All the participants have the opportunity to present their work in the form of memos and posters and thus obtain feedback from an international audience.

June 26, 2018

Frankfurt Rising for Medical Conferences

Frankfurt, represented by the Frankfurt Convention Bureau of the city’s information centre Tourismus+Congress GmbH and Messe Frankfurt, has succeeded in securing two internationally renowned medical congresses for Frankfurt. The annual convention of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), which will be attended by an estimated 6,000 participants, is to be held at Messe Frankfurt’s locations between 24 and 27 March 2019. The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) convention, one of the largest European medical conventions with 15,000 participants, will then be held in Frankfurt between 3 and 6 June 2020.

The joint efforts of the city, the convention location and the scientific representatives, as well as the locational advantages have all contributed to attracting these conferences. Moreover, the city’s congress ambassadors were committed in their efforts to promote Frankfurt as a centre for medical conferences.

One of these ambassadors, Prof. Ulf Müller-Ladner, says: “We are regularly involved in organising national and international medical conventions, sometimes with more than 15,000 participants. From this experience, I can safely say that Frankfurt is in the Champions League of international congress destinations. The support provided by the well coordinated team of the City of Frankfurt and Messe Frankfurt shows the professionalism of the partners, as could be seen to great effect when the Rheumatology Congress was held in Frankfurt in 2016. As well as Frankfurt’s unrivalled location in the centre of Europe with its own major airport, its locational advantages include the motorway junction and Europe-wide Intercity Express hub.”

June 25, 2018

A Glance through History in Brussels

The 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH), which will be organised at the Palais des Académies in Brussels, from July 9 to July 13, 2018, follows previous editions held in Madrid (2003), Cambridge (2006), Cottbus (2009), Paris (2012) and Chicago (2015).

This 5-day international Congress will bring together around 250 researchers, policy makers and experts in the fields of construction, architecture, heritage and urban planning. The objectives include international knowledge exchange in the field of Construction History, stimulating further project and long-term collaboration between academic, public and private partners, as well as exchange knowledge between experienced and starting up researchers.

June 21, 2018

Third Time for EHA in Stockholm

The European Hematology Association Congress, based on its capacity and qualities to host a congress of EHA’s size, chose Stockholm to host the event for the third time. The 23rd EHA congress, taking place at Stockholmsmässan, opened its gates on June 14 for four days, gathering leading scientists and experts on hematology from all over the world.

This year’s congress reached all-time highs in several ways: the number of registered delegates has never been higher – more than, there have never been so many scientific sessions programmed, and the exhibition space has never been larger.

“We have chosen Stockholm as the place to welcome our participants and partners, to share EHA’s vision towards an excellent, ecologically and socially sustainable congress. Stockholm as the first-ever city designated as the European Green Capital, with the world’s leading sustainable airport Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and the Stockholmsmässan, an ecological and socially sustainable meeting place. We as EHA, have made significant efforts to work in a sustainable way, but also to create a social atmosphere where people meet, connect, and take care of each other. By working together, we all contribute to the progress in hematology research, education and ultimately patient care, and the congress venue plays an essential role in this”, said Carin Smand, EHA Executive Director and Rik Craenmehr, Executive Manager, European Hematology Association.


June 20, 2018

Towards Better Business Events for Europe with PCMA

PCMA‘s second European Influencers Summit (EIS) will take place from 23-25 September 2018 at the Barcel Sevilla Renacimiento hotel in Seville, Spain. It is so named to reflect the seniority of the 200 participants expected to attend the two-day event whose purpose is to create a Europe wide movement to galvanise the business events industry towards greater engagement around the importance of business events economically, socially and professionally.

Designed for senior-level association executives, CEOs and professionals, the programme will ask participants to embrace disruption and inspire unconventional thinking. It will also focus on the role meetings and events can play as a catalyst for business success and economic prosperity for communities, organisations and individuals alike.

Set to open the event is Swedish economist, writer and award-winning public speaker Dr. Kjell A. Nordstrom, who will urge participants to think differently about solving challenges and exploring untapped opportunities to help them become the leaders of positive change within their organisations. Other opportunities in the programme include looking at how data and analytics can help build brand loyalty and engagement.

June 18, 2018

Emergency Training by AIM Group in Lampedusa

AIM Group International organised the second edition of the SIAARTI Academy CREM (Critical Emergency Medicine), a complex training event of the Italian Society for Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care. The six-day event was held from 20th to 26th May in Lampedusa, a small island in the south of Italy.

The complex event included 35 hours of classroom training, 70 faculty members (teachers and speakers), 22 workstations and a maxi simulation lasting 10 hours and involving 300 people. The SIAARTI event involved important institutional partners such as the Coast Guard, the Italian Relief Order of Malta, Civil Protection and 118 (medical emergency service). Choosing a small island, usually not considered for congresses and events of high scientific value, has been a way to leave a positive legacy on the destination and local operators in terms of image and professionalism and economic development.

The innovative format for the first edition received several international awards such as the BEA World Award, the FCE Awards 2018 and the IAPCO Collaboration Award.



June 14, 2018

Associations to Gain Knowledge from Marketing Manchester’s Project

Marketing Cheshire has partnered with a host of local organisations to deliver a new concept for business events amongst association buyers.  Titled Brilliant Science, the project is promoting the UK as a world leader in sciences for international association events looking to make the most of the region’s scientific heritage and links.

Incorporating Cheshire, Manchester and Stoke on Trent, Brilliant Science is targeting association events across the whole spectrum of sciences.  Delegates attending such events will be encouraged to extend their visits with relevant tours across a variety of the region’s scientific venues and attractions, adding significantly to an events potential for knowledge transfer and retention.

The Brilliant Science Project will also deliver long term for the scientific community as the selection of attractions showcase past, present and future scientific research and development within the region. The project’s lead, Nicola Said, from Marketing Cheshire, commented: “By choosing to work with significant and internationally recognised attractions, Brilliant Science is focused on quality in terms of both science and the visitor experience.  Attendees will have an opportunity to go beyond their normal conference offering and do something new that will ensure the event stands out and delivers long term knowledge retention and therefore a true legacy.”

June 13, 2018

The Meetings Show
– What’s in it for associations?


The Meetings Show is set to return for its sixth year, taking place at Olympia London on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June.

As the leading dedicated event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, The Meetings Show will see more than 2,400 event professionals from around the world coming together to do business, including meetings and events planners, destinations, venues and suppliers to the industry.

Alongside the show’s core offering of an exhibition with more than 700 individual exhibitors, one of the biggest attractions of The Meetings Show is its education programme. Offering more than 45 hours of free education, the two-day programme will include a dedicated stream for association attendees.

Topics up for discussion on day one, Wednesday 27 June, include ‘The Power of Partnerships’, a panel debate led by Nancy Carfrae of the Union of International Associations (UIA), and ‘The Influencer economy’, a talk given by Wei-Tyng Tsai from Freaks 4U Gaming on how associations can benefit from working with key influencers.

On Thursday 28 June, association attendees can hear from John Martinez of Shocklogic, presenting a real-life case study of ‘The Most Innovative Conference In The World’. Shocklogic supported the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) in creating the world’s most innovative conference, attracting more than 5,000 attendees and over 2,000 abstract submissions, and this presentation will provide a snapshot of the future and what organisers and associations must do to survive in the competitive world of events.

In addition to the dedicated sessions for associations, there will be general sessions running across both days of the event open to all. These sessions will span everything from the latest innovations in event technology and experiential marketing to personal and professional development and techniques and tools for meeting design.

Registration to attend The Meetings Show is free – just visit and register now.

June 12, 2018

Liverpool to Host UNI Global World Congress

ACC Liverpool will soon be the host for the first time for the UNI Global World Congress, taking place on June 17 – 20, which will also incorporate the UNI Women’s Conference a few days before, on June 14 – 15. 2,500 delegates from more than 40 countries are expected to attend the grand opening ceremony and the event itself. The event forms part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, marking the 10th anniversary of the city’s reign as European Capital of Culture.

Philip Jennings, UNI Global Union general secretary, said:  “We are delighted to be bringing the UNI Women’s Conference and the UNI World Congress to Liverpool, a city recognised throughout the world for its warmth, humour and fighting spirit. This is the largest global union gathering in 2018. Liverpool has its roots in the growth of the labour movement in the UK and we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the TUC as well as 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.”

ACC Liverpool has hosted a number of unions since opening in 2008 including Prospect, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Unite, Unison and the Trade Union Congress. It has hosted the Labour Party Conference twice – in 2011 and 2016 – and the Annual Conference will return again this September.