Dubai Signs Collaboration Agreement with Expo 2020

January 16, 2018

Dubai Signs Collaboration Agreement with Expo 2020

The World Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai, making that the first time it will be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Open to the public on 20 October 2020 until 10 April 2021, the Expo is expected to attract millions of visitors, with over 200 participants and more than 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of ages, nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.

Themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and branching into three sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, Expo 2020 shares common goals of diffusing knowledge and innovation with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF). For this reason, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the two parties on the first day of Knowledge Summit 2017 in Dubai.

The MoU aims to integrate the contents, programmes, and initiatives of Expo 2020 into the UAE’s long-term ambition of establishing the country as a regional hub for knowledge, education and research.

January 15, 2018

Get to Know Africa

Meetings Africa 2018 is scheduled to take place between 26 and 28 February at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg in South Africa. The event showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can network, meet face-to-face with industry colleagues and form partnerships.

With exhibitors from 36 different countries worldwide, the 2-day exhibition includes various forums, information and education sessions, social events, as well as the annual awards ceremony for the top green stands at Meetings Africa 2018. In conjunction with the ICCA Africa Chapter, an Association Day is organised prior to the show, on 26 February 2018, gathering and education association professionals from Africa and beyond.

January 12, 2018

IMEX Announces ‘Legacy’ Theme for 2018

Explaining why the IMEX Group chose ‘Legacy’ for 2018, CEO Carina Bauer said: “While the meetings and events industry has been evolving over the past five years we’ve seen a shift away from planning an event around a ‘single moment in time’ towards planning an event with longer-lasting, more meaningful impacts – impacts that can be seen long after the event has ended. That impact could be on the attendees, the host community, the local innovation economy, the destination partners, the city leadership, the environment or many other areas.”

During the following year, five different angles of legacy will unfold – political legacy, knowledge legacy/social impact, CSR legacy, environmental legacy and personal legacy – showing how technology and social media have allowed meeting and event planners to exploit and generate memory, meaning and value far beyond just one meeting or event, according to Bauer.

The industry will benefit from two new research reports and case studies and participants will have the opportunity to go further into the theme at the Policy Forum at IMEX in Frankfurt and throughout the preshow education days – EduMonday in Frankfurt and Smart Monday at IMEX America.

January 11, 2018

‘French Tech’ Label for the French Riviera

‘French Tech Metropolis’ is the label given to the region of Côte d’Azur in June 2015, which includes Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Cannes, Grasse and the rest of the Côte d’Azur department. The label is meant to promote the area’s digital industry to grow further, accelerating the growth of tech champions in Côte d’Azur and attracting further digital talents into the region.

‘La French Tech ‘ – as it is called – boasts highly educated entrepreneurs and refers to all the people working for or with French startups, in France or abroad. Investors, engineers, designers, developers, associations, bloggers, media, big companies, government agencies and, of course, entrepreneurs have all joined forces for the growth and international promotion of startups.

Launched by the French government, the label is given to to a small number of vibrant local ecosystems where startups, investors, and foreign talents can easily find the necessary ingredients to accelerate their development and become international ‘tech champions’ attracting foreign startups as well as skilled digital professionals.

 

January 10, 2018

Computer Architects Are Drawn towards Manchester

The HiPEAC18 conference will be held in Manchester between 22 and 24 January. Manchester Central will be the host venue, located in the centre of the city.

The 3-day event is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. Associated workshops, tutorials, special sessions, several large poster sessions and an industrial exhibition will run in parallel with the conference.

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the first programmable computer, Manchester is the ideal city for HiPEAC18. The city has a growing reputation for business attracting international events. For this reason, it is constantly looking for innovation, with advanced manufacturing, creative and digital and life sciences being its strongest sectors. Moreover, with over 18 universities and half a million students, as well as a faculty of leading researchers, it can be considered as one of the top European regions for higher education.

January 9, 2018

PCMA’s Convening Leaders Kick-Off

PCMA Convening Leaders 2018, currently taking place in Nashville, kicked off yesterday with a thump. The 4500 attendees, including Boardroom’s chief editor Remi Deve, are offered learning opportunities, thought-provoking sessions and networking events throughout the 3-day conference.

Under the theme ‘Amplifying Engagement’, the conference will provide knowledge on how  business-event organizers must amplify their attendees’ engagement at every turn, according to PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexto, who continues: “Our 2018 Convening Leaders participants will learn how to electrify their experiences, elevate their conference’s brand, and truly engage with their audience.”

Must-see and -do events include the Future of Face2Face, an immersive experience that allows participants to discover the next trends in the industry through conversations with experts and learning activities. PCMA’s open spaces provide live interaction and active breakout sessions for the attendees whereas Braindates allows them to participate in one-on-one or small-group knowledge transfers. Last but not least, a number of social engagements are organised throughout the city which are worth a visit.

 

January 8, 2018

Kyoto Comes Out on Top for Neurology Congress

A few months ago, Japan welcomed the XXIII World Congress of Neurology which took place in Kyoto. With more than 8600 people from 121 countries attending the congress, it exceeded original expectations for 6000 participants.

Its success was even more important considering the heightened political situation in the region just a few weeks before it opened its doors, as well a typhoon striking Kyoto during the event.

With the theme ‘Defining the Future of Neurology’, the XXIII World Congress of Neurology brought together leading scientists, public health experts and policy-makers to translate recent scientific advances into action and address the means of how to better global treatment standards within the current context of significant global economic challenges.

The next edition of the World Congress of Neurology will take place in Dubai, 2019.

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 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 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.