Association Professionals to Profit from Association Day at IMEX

March 5, 2018

Association Professionals to Profit from Association Day at IMEX

On 14 May, a day before the official opening of IMEX Frankfurt, association professionals will enjoy the opportunity to attend Association Day. Tailored to suit attendees’ requirements, the event will consist of three different streams featuring a highly topical program led by case studies, which aims to educate and inspire the participants.

The Association Management Stream, chaired by ASAE, has been specifically designed for those in senior positions and will place it focus on member and volunteer management and strategic governance. Meetings and Events Stream A, chaired by ICCA, covers ‘legacy’ – IMEX’s talking point for 2018 – innovation and engagement, building a community and building partnerships with convention bureaux. Finally, Meetings and Events Stream B addresses budget management and negotiation skills, security and risk management, sponsorship and programme content development.

Association Day is open to all levels of association professionals and will offer peer to peer education and networking, allowing participants to understand the successes and challenges faced by other associations. The event will be followed by Association Evening, which launches the start of IMEX in Frankfurt.

 

 

March 2, 2018

NewcastleGateshead Showcases Knowledge Economy Strengths

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has launched a new publication aimed at promoting its knowledge economy strengths as well as being a guide for people organising conferences and events in the North East of England.

Meet NewcastleGateshead is a collection of feature-driven articles promoting the research, business and sector strengths of the region. It introduces readers to key North East figures, featuring interviews with leaders from the world of business, academia, culture and sport – as well as some famous faces – to help get to the heart of what makes Newcastle, Gateshead and North East England a relevant and important place.

A copy of the guide can be accessed here.

February 27, 2018

Register to ASAE’s CEO Symposium in Amsterdam

How do you optimize a solid and strategic partnership?  How can you align the governance roles and responsibilities of your CEO and volunteer leader? ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership has designed the CEO Symposium to provide leadership discovery and direction in an ever-changing association workspace. Taking place in Amsterdam 23-24th May, the Symposium encourages association executives to evaluate annual priorities and offers insight on how best to work with their incoming leader.

For more than 30 years, both first-time and past attendees discuss the value of attending an ASAE CEO Symposium, which provides current information and direction on the emerging issues that the association community faces.  CEOs return with their newly elected officers and establish mutual trust while learning ways to strategize on governance issues and volunteer culture. The CEO recognizes the value a solid relationship with their Board Chair/President can have and its significant impact upon their association’s performance and engagement with stakeholders and members.  Isabel Bardinet, Chief Executive Officer of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) said, “This one programme had a profound influence on how we now develop policies, design committees, and the day-to-day interactions between permanent and volunteer leadership.  We passed along many of the lessons to our directors, which improved the functioning of their own teams.”

Making connections and establishing a common ground among top members of the leadership team develops a sense of ownership and stewardship within the association and ultimately creates measurable results on the overall mission and success of your organization. With unparalleled expertise and a proven track-record facilitating the CEO Symposium both domestically and internationally, faculty from Tecker International, LLC will deliver valuable insights for immediate application to the realities of your own association. Optimize your partnership, create mutual return, and foster effective governance by participating and applying:

  • Current and anticipated challenges facing leaders of contemporary associations
  • Value of research and strategy in decision making
  • Relationships of board and staff in association governance
  • Leadership behavior and its impact on change, innovation, and organizational culture
  • Successful practices in strategic planning and thinking

Glenn H. Tecker is chairman and co-CEO of Tecker International. He has more than 35 years of experience assisting associations and corporations in planning for change. Glenn is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership and strategy. He has worked in an executive capacity with businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations and served as a board member for many nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Glenn’s expertise in the areas of governance, program strategy, organizational design, research analysis, and presentation skills will be critical to the effort.

Register at ASAEcenter.org/Amsterdam to facilitate strategic conversations around your association’s strategy, digital transformation, research and analytics, engagement, and resource allocation.

February 21, 2018

Artsy Bruges Welcomes Museum Curators

The 21st CODART congress will take place in Bruges, Belgium from 11 to 13 March 2018 welcoming approximately 140 curators from 25 different countries. CODART is the international network of museum curators of Flemish and Dutch art in museums worldwide.

Themed ‘Old Masters, Old-Fashioned?’, the congress will deal with the current status of the Old Masters in museums and with the role curators can play in this in a program compiled by CODART in collaboration with long-standing partner Musea Brugge. Participants in this congress will be able to attend lectures about the congress theme, and  present projects and ask each other questions in the Speakers’ Corner. There is also an extensive excursions programme as well as opportunities for networking.

Gerdien Verschoor, Director of CODART, said: ‘We are very pleased to gather in Bruges, where we are always welcomed very warmly. We meet in order to work out common plans for the future,  and for an international network for Dutch and Flemish art, it feels good to be able to organize a congress amidst these stunning Flemish works of art.’

 

February 14, 2018

PCMA and Brussels Work to Strengthen Education for Associations

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) has announced its collaboration with visit.brussels to enhance the education programme of the sixth European Association Summit (EAS), taking place in Brussels on 8-9 March 2018.

As part of the Summit, PCMA will provide its senior level education expertise as well as speaker and moderator support, whereas visit.brussels will be in charge of the strategy, communications, structure and format of the event. In particular, on the second day of the event participants will learn about the factors that drive engaging event experiences, as well as ways to effectively evaluate events to increase audience engagement during a topical session led by Luca Favetta, PCMA Regional Business Director, EMEA, entitled The Age of Business Event Engagement: An Audience Centric Approach to Building Community. PCMA will have the opportunity to share knowledge and consult with industry leaders in Brussels.

The EAS, organised in collaboration with leading partners in the sector – ESAE (European Society of Association Executives), FAIB (Federation of European & International Associations Based in Belgium), UIA (Union of International Associations), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and PCMA – has become an unmissable opportunity for industry professionals to share information and knowledge, and network with other international association professionals.

February 13, 2018

Innsbruck MICE Dominates the Alps

3,000 participants from all over the world traveled to Innsbruck last year alone for two major conferences, the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS) and the International Society for Diabetes in Childhood and Adolescence (ISPAD).

Innsbruck, the major city in the Alps, is now only second to Vienna in the whole of Austria, according to the latest tourist statistics, with a new record of 3.2 million overnight stays for the full past year. The MICE sector is contributing to this success with the wide range of cultural, sporting and leisure activities in the Olympic region.

Christian Mayerhofer, CEO of Congress Messe Innsbruck (CMI), says: “Innsbruck is able to maintain its position as a top destination and compares favourably with international competition, not least because of its unique combination of mountain scenery and urban landscape, the short distances and excellent air, road and rail links.

 

February 12, 2018

Archaeologists to Discover the North East of England

The 5th International Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC) will take place from 17-20 September 2018 in the North East of England for the first time. Organised jointly by the McCord Centre for Landscape at Newcastle University and Durham University, the conference will enjoy the expertise of the two universities sharing their long traditions of archaeological research and training.

LAC is a biennial series of conferences run by the International Association of Landscape Archaeology (IALA) and around 300 participants are expected to attend from over 35 countries. The conference will cover topics across the archaeological spectrum, from long-established approaches to innovative new ideas, with important keynote speakers and an interesting diversity of scientific sessions.

The region is a perfect fit for such a conference as it is rich in Roman and Anglo-Saxon archaeology.

February 8, 2018

How Social Are You?

According to a report called #DigitalAssociations 2017 carried out by Cambre Associates, 33% of associations in Brussels are not digitally social. In a world where social media is taking over communications and advertising, it seems unimaginable that one third of associations in Brussels are opting out of this trend of conveying their message.

This is the third edition of the report, which first started in 2015, using data collected between August and December 2017 taking into account 598 european associations. The findings are revealing. Twitter remains the social media king, with its popularity, however, not growing as fast as in the previous years. The increase of characters and the decrease of space required for a photo are expected to attract more users in the professional field. The top five sectors for Twitter are: Business and finance, Telecommunications, Energy, Transport and Entertainment. Interestingly, the same goes for LinkedIn.

LinkedIn and YouTube have seen a considerable rise in numbers compared to 2016, with YouTube getting more than 2,000 new videos uploaded and attracting more than 3 million new views, hence rising by 6% in 2017.  Facebook got a mere 2% increase and is used by associations mostly to promote specific campaigns rather than engaging with policymakers, stakeholders or conveying their policy priorities. The rest of the social media is still present but not very influential. However, that does not mean that the scene might not change in the future.

What is encouraging is that more and more associations have at least one channel. This shows that progress is being made, but there is still room for improvement and growth. Associations must never stop thinking about how to keep their channels alive with engaging content as the numbers of users are increasing and so are their demands. On the downside, this volume of social media requires more personnel and more time to update regularly. Associations should consider how the future is laid out based on the new technology entering the professional field on a daily basis and invest in that accordingly.

 

February 7, 2018

Ambassador Awards for Promoting Brussels

For several years now, the Brussels-Capital region has been making increased efforts to attract big international events. Based on this goal, visit.brussels launched for the first time last year the Brussels Ambassadors Night in order to reward the people who publicise Brussels confirming its status as an international MICE destination. The event is a new way of adding to the international prestige of Belgium’s capital city and of showcasing local talent and expertise.

Attended by 150 academics, doctors, European Commissioners, rectors, chairpersons and directors of international associations headquartered in Brussels, scientists, hospital directors and other partners, this year’s gala evening rewarded 12 partners with the title of ambassador for their contribution to making Brussels one of the world’s most important venues for association conferences. It took place at Hotel de la Post during a festive evening filled with networking and acrobatics.

Each year, conferences held in the Belgian capital account for 2.5 million overnight stays. These events bring in annual receipts of 632 million euros and employ over 18,000 people.

February 6, 2018

Investing in Edinburgh

The annual Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Investment Conference will return to Edinburgh this March between 7 and 9 of that month. Taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the UK’s largest event will connect 950 pension professionals to discuss pension fund investment.

Themed ‘Driving the Economic Machine’, the conference will make an attempt to secure the role of investment as the engine of a prosperous, fair and sustainable economic model. Trustees, investment officers, scheme managers, investment managers, consultants and researchers will benefit from attending the various keynote, plenary and specialist stream sessions focusing on Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, Investment & governance and New horizons, along with the Academy Trustee Learning Zone, fringe meetings, exclusive exhibition area and many social events on offer.