Building Bridges for Gastric Cancer in Prague

March 9, 2018

Building Bridges for Gastric Cancer in Prague

The 2019 International Gastric Cancer Congress is set to be held in Prague from 8 – 11 May 2019, at the Prague Congress Centre. This type of cancer is a major problem worldwide and especially in Europe. The choice of the host city was not random, as due to its location it can serve as a bridge between western and eastern Europe in order to strengthen and reinforce research and collaboration in Europe and worldwide. This goal is reflected in the congress’s motto Building Bridges.

The event is expected to bring together delegates from many disciplines, reaching from basic researchers, clinical scientists and physicians from all disciplines and other health care professionals, who will discuss the rapid development of research on gastric cancer as well as new insights into tumor biology and progress in health care delivery which allow for more precise diagnostics, more efficacious treatment and better quality of care.

March 8, 2018

Incredible Impacts Programme Strikes Again

After a very successful inaugural year in 2017, the Incredible Impacts Programme – developed by the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA – has opened submissions for the 2018 grants. Showcasing examples of how associations’ international meeting can leave long lasting legacies beyond overnight tourism, candidates must simply demonstrate a track-record in legacy programme/project considering also how they will use the grant to better upcoming or future events. Factors such as sustainability, environmental considerations and knowledge sharing are fundamental criteria for the candidacy.

An independent jury, consisting of last year’s winners among others, will determine three associations which will be announced at the ICCA Congress in Dubai from 11-14 November 2018. Last year the programme launched with 20 associations submitting their unique and innovative approaches and evaluation was conducted through a peer review by a panel of judges from international associations, who were extremely impressed with the quality of case studies shared.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk stated: “Over the last decade the world’s leading meetings destinations have all embraced strategies that place intellectual capital creation and knowledge exchange, and economic and societal development goals ahead of traditional bed-night driven, tourist-centric metrics.  Everyone is now talking about the legacy that meetings generate, and no sector leaves a more powerful legacy than international association meetings.  Whether trying to influence government policy, drawing public attention to healthcare challenges, or simply finding new ways to provide support for disadvantaged groups of their members or stakeholders, associations are always aiming to make a positive difference, and so we’re delighted to be able to support them and to showcase their stories in this innovative way.”

March 6, 2018

Vienna Goes into Therapy in 2023

From 25-29 July 2023 Vienna will host the 10th World Congress for Psychotherapy at the Sigmund Freud Private University. The event will be returning to its inaugural host in 1996 for its tenth anniversary after having visited Durban, Moscow and Paris among other cities.

4,000 scientists and researchers will meet to discuss all the latest findings in the field of psychotherapy at a series of 500 lectures, seminars and workshops. 200 scientific posters will give an insight into the latest advances in the use of psychotherapy to treat psychiatric disorders. For the first time, the Vienna event will feature “Freudian walks”, during which participants will discuss the latest scientific breakthroughs.

 

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 1, 2018

Dubai’s Al Safeer Ambassadors Drive Meeting Success

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has awarded members of its Al Safeer Programme for their contribution in attracting international conferences to the city. The awards were presented to 26 member organisations at the Programme’s annual appreciation ceremony held on 27 February at Park Hyatt, Dubai. The event saw a gathering of over 150 ambassadors, including doctors, scientists, industry experts, business leaders and government officials from across the UAE, who are all playing a significant role in defining Dubai as a knowledge hub.

The Al Safeer Programme has grown to become a network of approximately 330 members, each of whom are champions within their industries and are driving Dubai’s position as a platform that provides invaluable infrastructure to support discovery and industry progression. Through wider memorandums of understanding signed over the course of the year, the programme was strengthened in 2017, with members joining from the Society of Engineers, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, the British University, Roads and Transport Authority, the Emirates Medical Association, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This community is set to further expand in 2018 as the Programme aims to target government agencies and key universities in the city to join the Programme and contribute in the city’s success.

Translating to ‘The Ambassador’, the Al Safeer Programme was established by Dubai Business Events in 2010 to engage with UAE-based key opinion leaders and government representatives, tapping into their expertise and professional networks to attract international business events to Dubai. Since its establishment, the Programme has assisted in successfully bidding for a total of 116 events with over 160,000 delegates in attendance.

 

February 28, 2018

A Guide to Excellent Association Events in New Zealand

 With the motto ‘100% Pure New Zealand’, Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team have come up with an online guide aiming to help association professionals organise successful events. With attendees demanding more from events, including unique experiences, healthy meeting spaces and ground-breaking content, and association budgets running tight, organisers have to get creative in order to satisfy their clients’ needs.
The Art of Excelling at Association Events is a 32-page booklet is full of research as well as advice from thought leaders making sure that your event will inspire, educate and entertain. Some of the topics it includes are the importance of conferences, appealing content, the right price, PCO and venue, and the latest technological trends. Three case studies are included in the end to support the advice given on this guide.

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 26, 2018

New Blood, New Initiatives for AIME 2019

Talk2 Media & Events (Talk2 ME), an incoming organiser for AIME 2019, is planning to make a strong entrance for next year’s event. The company’s CEO Matt Pearce announced a series of changes set to reflect the industry research the company has undertaken since being awarded the management contract.
According to Mr Pearce, the event mainly consists of three pillars: commerce, education and networking. The initiatives planned are meant to inhale the power of each and every one of those pillars in order to ensure the future longevity of the event.
To begin with, there will be special focus on The Hosted Buyer Program, by inviting key players which will reflect the Asia-Pacific region. Secondly, the range of education offered will be expanded to include both individual and industry development across all 3 days on a broad range of subjects. Finally, additional networking sessions on the show floor each day of the event as well as a new one on the Tuesday evening will be offered to participants.

February 26, 2018

In the Shoes of the Secretary General (Part I)

A member of Boardroom Advisory board, Mohamed Mezghani has been appointed Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in January. Boardroom has asked him to contribute a monthly column in which he explains all about the challenges of holding such a position. This is Mohamed’s very first insights.

 

Two months after taking office as Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport, I would say that I didn’t see the time passing. Whether it was to launch a new strategic vision for the association, to visit members, to meet sister associations or to spend time with colleagues, this kick-off period has been inspiring. Listening others’ views and expectations, and sharing mine has been a daily exercise. I am not new to UITP that I joined in 1999 and where I held various position, but people don’t talk to you with the same objectives and the same words; it varies according to your position and your capacity to act and follow-up on their expectations. For the majority of people, it is because they respect the position and give a special attention to deal with its top decision-maker. For some others, I must say a minority, you can easily notice they are opportunistic and are only looking to serve their personal interest, not to say their hidden agenda. All of a sudden, they notice your existence!

These multiple demands for meetings, delivering speeches at events or interviews need a careful organisation and a priority management. It is obviously very good for the ego. I call it the red carpet syndrome. This is precisely the trap in which you shouldn’t fall. That’s why I decided to involve the President as much as possible in representing UITP, and to share this task as well with my directors who, according to the topics, might be in a better position than me to speak on behalf of the Association. Not to mention the members who are very active and very involved: they have the practical experience and expertise that give their speech an indisputable credibility. This being said, it is important to personify the position and give it a face and a recognisable style. But this should be done naturally and with sincerity. It is something I learned from my theatrical experience: overacting is caricaturing, and this will make you lose credibility.

Wearing the shoes of Secretary General after four years as deputy implies a mix of continuity and disruption. Continuity in the values you always believed in, in your trust in your colleagues, in your passion for the mission of the Association and dedication for its members. Simultaneously, you are expected to show an indefectible sense of responsibility, a smart way of delegating this responsibility, a strategic vision and leadership skills much expected by colleagues and members. All the better, that’s suits me perfectly.

February 23, 2018

Associations Get More Choice in Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has joined forces with Rydges Hotel South Bank opening up new opportunities for smaller and medium sized conferences wanting a convention centre experience but with the added convenience of a single point of contact for both accommodation and conference facilities.

This new partnership between the two brought about the South Bank Conferences initiative, offering associations a one stop shop approach. The high quality conference facilities and the newly revisited hotel services will be combined with the security of the long experience of BCEC to provide both organisers and delegates greater choice and more options for the smaller and medium conference market.

BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe says: “Reflective of BCEC’s previous successful partnership model collaborating with business, the arts, education and research, this initiative is pivotal to developing innovative solutions targeting the specific conference needs of clients.”