Electrical and Electronics Engineers Wire Up Glasgow

May 10, 2018

Electrical and Electronics Engineers Wire Up Glasgow

Glasgow has been recognised as a go-to hub for electrical and electronics engineers after having hosted six relevant conferences since 2015 with a further six scheduled to take place through to 2022.

The 2020 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI), the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence, has been set to take place in the city from 19 – 24 July 2020 along with the IEEE 5G Summit on 14 May 2018, the IEEE Cyber Science on 11 and 12 June 2018, the IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics on 19 – 21 September 2018 and the International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society from 11 – 15 July 2022 attracting 8,000 delegates to Glasgow.

Seven different venues across Glasgow have been chosen thus far to host these conferences, including the city’s universities; the University of Glasgow, home to the oldest School of Engineering in the UK, delivering engineering education for more than 150 years and the University of Strathclyde, one of the UK’s leading technological universities ranking high on research power.

 

May 8, 2018

PCMA to Disclose
New Plans and Ideas

New PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat will discuss his vision for the organisation and the business events industry, including engagement in Europe, at IMEX in Frankfurt

He will talk about Ascent, PCMA’s new initiative to promote an inclusive business culture aimed at educating and empowering business events strategists globally, inviting fellow CEOs to join him in signing the Ascent CEO Promise, a commitment to creating and maintaining truly inclusive workplaces. On Monday 14 May, he will moderate a panel discussion entitled Women in the meetings industry – on eye level with men?  looking at the critical issues facing women in the meetings industry.

As part of IMEX Business School, PCMA will organise two educational sessions looking at how companies, particularly in Europe, have successfully challenged and disrupted their own strategies to change their business models. This falls within the framework of PCMA’s growing outreach in Europe. In fact, its second European Influencers Summit will be held in Seville on 23-25 September inviting CEOs and other senior professionals from across Europe to an interactive programme centred on embracing disruption and unconventional thinking in the digital age.

May 7, 2018

Meet the Congress Centre Düsseldorf at IMEX in Frankfurt

From 15 – 17 May 2018 Düsseldorf, the convention city on the Rhine, will present itself at IMEX Frankfurt to highlight the unique advantages and latest developments of the region. The centre, found in the Top Ten centres worldwide, invests in its future to respond to the new demands of the meeting industry. 

More particularly, the CCD Congress Centre Düsseldorf, located near the city centre, is getting a facelift and expanding its capacity and attractiveness to increase the quality of the city’s convention infrastructure. By summer 2019 directly connected hall 1 will be completely rebuilt, including an increase to 12,000 sqm and capacity for around 10,000 people in row seating. It will also become possible to use the newly created foyer as an event area. Six new, splitable conference rooms are envisaged, as well as 300 underground parking spaces and a covered open-air plaza. 

May 4, 2018

Russia Makes its First Appearance at IMEX in Frankfurt

For the first time Russia will be represented at IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place between 14-17 May, with a collective stand RUSSIA OPEN TO THE WORLD, organised by the Russian Convention Bureau. Established in November 2017 with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Russian Convention Bureau (National Convention Bureau Association) is actively promoting Russia as a favourable place to hold events of any scale and attract international meetings.

At the exposition RUSSIA OPEN TO THE WORLD, Russia will be represented by the key players of the Russian event industry market. These include representatives of national and regional companies in the meeting industry, congress bureaux, hotel networks, resorts, congress and exhibition centres, PCO and DMC from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, republics of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, Krasnodar Territory, Sverdlovsk and Kaliningrad regions.

Several presentations are planned at the stand, one of which will be devoted to the World exhibition EXPO2025 in Ekaterinburg. During the work of the exposition, special attention will be paid to the forthcoming the FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia for the first time.

May 3, 2018

Convention Centres Compare Notes in London

Senior level professionals from the world’s leading international convention centres will get together at ExCeL London from 1-4 July for the forthcoming 2018 AIPC (International Association of Convention Centres) Annual Conference.

The event provides an opportunity for delegates to learn, network and get more into strategic planning. Themed ‘Strategies for a Changing World’, this year’s programme includes four keynote speakers covering topics from the impacts of major policy and political shifts to the war for talent.

AIPC President, Aloysius Arlando commented: “Holding this year’s event at ExCeL London, showcases the high quality of facility AIPC membership represents and will be a particularly exciting and relevant destination for the kinds of industry and overall economic issues we will be addressing during our conference.”

May 2, 2018

Welcome Initiative by Glasgow for Medical Conference Attendees

With three major international medical conferences coming up this year, Glasgow is making preparations to welcome their attendees. Glasgow Convention Bureau has partnered with Glasgow Welcomes (supported by Scottish Enterprise) and VisitScotland to launch the People Make Glasgow Welcome initiative, a programme of awareness sessions for the tourism and hospitality industry educating over 350 employees from all sectors involved, from taxi drivers and staff at the transport hubs to employees at hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions. The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) will host all three medical conferences this year, with members of its staff taking part in the awareness sessions as part of its preparations for the event.

The People Make Glasgow Welcome sessions are delivered by experts from each organisation and local people living with the conditions dealt with at the conferences. 10% of those expected to attend the World Federation of Hemophilia in May, the World Down Syndrome Congress in July and the International Symposium on ALS/MND in December, are living with the conditions under discussion.

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SEC, commented: “When we secured these conferences several years ago, we knew that they would provide an important and unique opportunity to leave a legacy in the venue and the city – this training is the perfect example of how conferences have a much greater impact than economic benefit.”

May 1, 2018

International Conferences Make their Way to Liverpool

ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, this year celebrates a decade since it opened its doors. The venue has hosted more than 1,050 conferences and many international events since 2008 including BBC Worldwide Showcase, which returned for the seventh time in February; the European Association for International Education; Eurospine and the Union World Conference on Lung Health.

Following this success rate, over the next two years the destination has secured various international conferences including the International Orthoptic Association which will take place at the waterfront venue in June 2020, welcoming 1,000 delegates over four days and the Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) which will take place in the same year, attracting 3,500 delegates over three days.
Professor Mehul Dattani, head of paediatric endocrinology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, University College London Hospitals and the Institute of Child Health, is ambassador for the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology. He said: “As an ambassador for this event, we are confident that visitors will be impressed with the venue and will appreciate exploring such a vibrant, interesting city, as well as engaging in social events during the three days of the meeting. We are looking forward to hosting our 59th ESPE meeting in Liverpool from September 10 – 12 2020.”

May 1, 2018

Caring for Health in Nantes

Through its dynamic economy and attractiveness for companies, Nantes Métropole has established itself as the leading economic centre in France’s Great West. The health sector is one of the priority areas for Nantes’ economic growth and, in this context, La Cité Nantes Congress Centre (pictured) has been instrumental in getting the destination on the map, hosting numerous major medical congresses, like the FIAPAC Conference in September 2018.

Over the last decades, Nantes and its surrounding region have witnessed anexponential growth in both the number of companies created and in laboratories and researchers. Thanks to an ambitious scheme designed to make the destination a leading one in terms of R&D, many research organisations, such as INSERM, CNRS, INRA or IFREMER, and innovative businesses have made Nantes their home, and transformed it into an undisputable player in the health field.

As a tool for ec­onomic development, La Cité Nantes Congress Centre contributes to the national and international outreach of the sectors of excellence in the region. It has developed close ties with regional competitive clusters and unveiled a strategy to host events related to what it is good at, namely life sciences, to mention only but one. This excellence has led La Cité win the bid for the next congress of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC).

Professor Philippe David, Conference Chair and Gynecology and Obstetrics surgeon at the Clinique Jules Verne, explains : In September, over two days, the care provision of abortion and contraceptionwill be re-explored and discussed, a little more than 40 years after the adoption of the Veil law. The aim of the conference is to facilitate and trigger professional reflections, with an ethic view of woman health, and the control of reproductive life and sexuality. Nantes is the ideal place to do that, as it boasts a very dynamic and engaged community in the field, as well deeply involved citizens and local authorities.

When asked about La Cité itself, Professor David says the venue has shown its ability to host majorconferences in the past, and the know-how of its teams is no secret. La Cité Congress Centre is located in the heart of Nantes, opposite the high-speed train station, only two hours from Paris, and at walking distance from most hotels. So accessibility is good, even for the participants who will come from far. But what matters to me the most is the people working there. There has been a close relationship that has developed between myself and La Cité over the years; we initiatied and won the bid for the FIAPAC Conference together. I know we can trust them, and they surely can deliver.he says. Altogether, Nantes is a very attractive place.”

It comes hardly as a surprise, then, that La Cité recently won the hosting of another major health-related event. The Congress of the International Society For The Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids will take place in 2022, with an expected attendance of 700 participants.

More information: sandrine.chauve@lacite-nantes.fr \ lacite-nantes.com

 

April 30, 2018

Emerging & Cybersafe Rennes

Rennes might not be on every association’s mind, but this is certainly due to change thanks to a few interesting infrastructure developments the capital of Britanny in France is currently undergoing. Building on these projects, Rennes has also emerged as a hub in a number of sectors, ranging from digital technology, health, agri-food, the environment and automated production, with a number of ground-breaking achievements attracting the attention of associations.

Only an hour and half from Paris by high-speed train, Rennes, the capital of Brittany, is situated at the heart of a dual carriageway network linking Brittany to the French capital and Normandy and to the areas south of the Loire divide. A vibrant yet quite relaxed city, Rennes is also the place to enjoy some Breton culture and medieval heritage. Pleasant parks and gardens, as well as a delightful old town with restored streets and squares, colourful traditional timber-framed houses, outstanding buildings by famous architects and one of the biggest outdoor markets in France, complete the picture.

On the academic side, with engineering schools (INSA Rennes, Bretagne Telecom, Centrale Supelec…), the European Graduate School of Art in Brittany, Sciences Po, a business school and two universities, Rennes attracts young people from around the world – there are about 66,000 students in the city. A hub of excellence with four of Brittany’s certified business clusters – the internationally renowned Images et Réseaux and Mer Bretagne clusters, as well as Valorial (foods for the future) and ID4car (the name is self-explanatory!) – Rennes boasts an interesting ecosystem that fuels high-level research and innovation.

Perhaps lesser known is the city’s excellence in cybersecurity, a field which might well embody Britanny’s leadership, and a government priority. Its vocation is to draw together the expertise from across the region, from an education, research and technology point of view, in all fields of technical expertise such as cryptology, micro-electronics, equipment, industrial systems, soft and hardware. The cluster works in close relation with the French Defence department, and training establishments like Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan are able to support it directly, while 75 leading businesses such as Thales or Orange work in the field as well. There are also SMEs delivering technological solutions covering the whole cyber security value chain, and 13 academic research teams working in cyber security, including seven working in cyberdefence, like IRISA, a joint research centre for informatics, or Lab-STICC, an IT lab, to name only but two.

Rennes has also been in the news lately with the brand-new Couvent des Jacobins Convention Centre (pictured). Boasting two auditoria for up to 1,000 people, 4,000 sqm of exhibition space and 25 meeting rooms, it is housed in a former convent, making it really one-of-a-kind. With 4,000 hotel rooms, 2,100 of which are in the city centre, a stone’s throw from the Couvent, Rennes might well be your next event destination.

More information www.centre-congres-rennes.fr/en /couvent@destinationrennes.com

 

April 26, 2018

Congress Centre Basel at the Crossroads of Healthcare

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Drug Information Association (DIA) Europe meeting, the Congress Centre Basel (CCB) hwelcomed some 2000 participants from all over Europe from 17 to 19 April. Held at a different location every year, the meeting brought together experts in the development of healthcare products, allowing them to pool their findings and take forward measures for the development of healthcare products and lifecycle management.

With the motto “Join Us at the Crossroads of Healthcare”, the conference used all the available rooms at the CCB and creative stage elements for the wide range of different event formats, such as an exhibition with ePosters depicted on the CCB screens. Magdalena Daccord, Head of operations EMEA, says: “In future, DIA Europe will only be rotating between different locations, and one of these will be Basel”.