Ottawa Wins Across Various Sectors

June 11, 2018

Ottawa Wins Across Various Sectors

Ottawa has confirmed several significant association wins as part of its ongoing campaign to target industry sectors with strong links to the city. Through a combination of University departments, hospital research specialities and growing infrastructure across the private sector, Canada’s capital has significant appeal to a wealth of associations from several key sectors including technology, engineering, medical, scientific, academic and commerce.

Ottawa’s accessibility has also been vital in winning such substantial international events.  In particular, direct flights from the US and Europe has ensured all clients including association delegates from around the world can reach the city with minimal fuss.

 

June 8, 2018

Transforming Associations on Purpose

The Association of Association Executives is organising an one-day workshop for Association Executive Directors who are about to start a transformation process or have already started one and are struggling to articulate a purpose that unites their governing board, office and members.

The event, which will take place on Thursday 28 June 2018 at Hilton Grand Place in Brussels, is for Executive Heads and those involved in strategic direction of Associations who are already members of the AAE. The goal is to leave with a set of tools and roadmap, personalised to your needs that are guaranteed to succeed.

You can find all the information here.

 

June 7, 2018

Kenes Group Partners up with CHEST

Kenes Group announced earlier this month a new five-year agreement to support the international education strategy of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). CHEST is the global leader in advancing patient outcomes through innovative education, clinical research, and team-based care.

CHEST’s partnership with the professional conference organizer (PCO), Kenes Group, is for the management of a new education series—one global conference and two regional meetings each year. The mission is to provide the latest education to CHEST members and chest medicine professionals around the world who help prevent, diagnose, and treat chest diseases. The PCO will facilitate the promotion and management of CHEST’s education events outside the US to meet the objectives of the brand and grow international membership.

With more than 19,000 members representing 100+ countries around the world, CHEST already holds education events in China, India, and the Middle East. Based on this experience and combined with the global know-how of Kenes Group, both organizations are looking forward to co-creating successful initiatives worldwide.

 

June 6, 2018

Medical Professionals to Heal Wounds in London

ExCeL London will host the 2020 European Wound Management Association (EWMA) Conference from the 13th to 15th May. In cooperation with the Tissue Viability Society (TVS), the event is expected to welcome over 4,000 delegates from across Europe including nurses, doctors, as well as other medical professionals such as micro-biologists and psychologists.

EWMA chose to return to ExCeL following its successful conference at the venue in 2015 and because of the respected practitioner and research community based in London. This is the latest of other medical associations such as European Association for Endoscopic Surgery, International Association for Dental Research and Diabetes UK, to select London and ExCeL as the host venue.

Sue Bale, EWMA President, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our congress to London. The city offers everything an international conference attendee needs, including excellent transport connectivity, a wide range of hotels and great options for after hours. London is also renowned as a centre of medical excellence, with globally respected hospitals and universities. We look forward to working with ExCeL and London & Partners to create a truly memorable event for all our delegates in 2020.”

June 6, 2018

GainingEdge’s Educating Early Meeting on Legacy during IMEX

On the last day of IMEX in Frankfurt, GainingEdge organised an early meeting on the premises aiming to educate its attendees further on the important topic of ‘Legacy’. In this framework, three speakers were invited to present their views and stories around the issue at hand. We, at Boardroom, hold Legacy in our heart, it’s a topic we deal with on a regular base with a special section on our website and once a year in print; so we were also there to hear all the experts had to say.

Representing Rehabilitation International World Congress, Venus Ilagan emphasised the need for the empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities, which was also the congress’s main theme. Held in Edinburgh in 2016, the challenge was to prepare the city for the hundreds of attendees with disabilities. RI’s vision is to ensure that when it holds its world congresses, it should leave a legacy behind; this time, in close collaboration with Convention Edinburgh, it went far beyond having an economic impact and a global prestige for the city, it fundamentally changed Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s approach to accessibility and inclusion and in shaping a better future for all. As a legacy from the RI World Congress, there has been a destination-wide working group that was created, focusing on accessible and inclusive tourism, called Everyone’s Edinburgh.

The second story shared in the room came from Colombia and Linda Garzón, who explained how the vision of leaving a legacy should start already from the bidding process. In Bogotá’s case, bidding for One Young World Summit (OYW) engaged young citizens to participate in different movements around the world; they are now measuring the impact of the projects regarding their contribution to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In the same way, the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates raised the level of dialogue around peace and contributed to the peace building process of the country by live streaming the event in seven countries and involving the vulnerable population affected by conflicts. You can read all about Bogotá and its legacy on our website.

Finally, Genevieve Leclerc, founder of Caravelle Strategies, described how convention bureaux can add value to their association clients and emphasized the difference between legacy versus impact. She explained how legacy is something left or handed down by a predecessor; a notion hard to measure, it implies changing the lives of the attendees and the community, but it might not be what an association set out to do in the first place. On the other hand, impact makes a significant change by addressing an existing challenge, social, economic or other type. It is durable and deliberate.

Written by Boardroom’s digital editor Vicky Koffa

 

June 5, 2018

Robots and Men Meet in Brisbane

Brisbane welcomed this past week 3.000 of the world’s leading robotics experts at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. This is the first time this international forum, described as a frontier of science and technology for robotic researchers, has been held in the Southern Hemisphere attracting the international elite in the very fast paced robotic sector.

The six day event exceeded expectations with record delegate numbers and papers submitted, mostly thanks to the excellent collaboration between Team Brisbane, including Tourism and Events Queensland, BCEC and Brisbane Marketing together with Australia’s world leading experts in robotics and automation.

Conference Program Chair, Professor Peter Corke, Director of the Centre for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) cites a number of reasons for the success of the event; “Brisbane’s strong reputation in robotics internationally, the acceleration of the technology worldwide, the appeal of Australia to the international community and the innovative approach we have taken for the conference program.”

 

June 4, 2018

Marseille to Host the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, signed earlier this month an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held from 11 to 19 June 2020 at Marseille’s Parc Chanot.

A presentation of a new biodiversity plan by the French Minister preceded the signing ceremony. New global targets to curb the escalating biodiversity crisis under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity are to be set later in 2020. This is also the year when the Paris Agreement on climate change will formally come into effect and start being implemented, with countries submitting new or updated pledges.

Backing from all levels of the French authorities, from the municipal level to the national government, as well as France’s commitment to event sustainability and engagement from French IUCN Members are among the reasons behind France’s selection.

Held every four years, the IUCN Congress is the world’s largest conservation event. It brings together leaders from government, civil society, indigenous peoples’ organisations, business and academia to determine the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges, and actions to address them. The 9 day conference will include the Nature World Forum with 5.000-7.000 participants and the General Assembly of IUCN gathering 1.200-1.800 participants.

 

June 1, 2018

Sustainable Building Drives Strasbourg’s Competitiveness Cluster

Recognising the need to stimulate growth and jobs in various sectors, Strasbourg established in 2015 the Fibres-Energivie Competitiveness Cluster with the merger of the Alsace-Energivie and Fibres Clusters. It is the only competitiveness cluster dedicated to materials for the construction industry. Focusing on the construction sector, it brings together all of the players in the value chain (from materials suppliers to integrators): chemical industry, materials, building design, constructive systems industry, energy facilities, building trades, building maintenance and property development promotion.

This unique positioning is able to make the most of the synergy effect to enhance the performance of each sector. In this way, the sustainable building is clearly identified as the driving force behind the development of innovative materials since it represents the biggest spender on materials in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Its challenges cover 3 fields of strategic action, i. e. sustainable fibres and materials, constructive processes and systems and energy, networks and flows.

By joining the Cluster, members enjoy resources to guarantee their projects the best chances of success and find funding. The members network is also one of the foundations of the Cluster. Boasting 270 members, the Cluster provides various tools and actions to facilitate the sharing of experience, contact, the spotting of opportunities and the visibility of its members, whether in France or overseas.

 

May 31, 2018

Copenhagen Wanders Beyond Legacy

During IMEX, Copenhagen presented us with the interesting notion of the image problem academic events are facing; the endless conference invitations and the talk around carbon footprint paired with the strained budgets at public research institutions result in the loss of academics as key meeting attendees. The meeting industry should be able to document value creation, to make an impact, and in Copenhagen they are trying to do just that; help academics evaluate their events.

The campaign for legacy is meant to highlight how the meeting industry contributes to a better world, however, according to Industrial PhD student, Thomas Trøst Hansen, this concept is not clear and the real challenge lies in developing evaluations of the existing value creation at academic events, e.g. inspiration, network development, community building and exchange of recognition. These are the reasons for having academic events and we have failed to demonstrate their importance.

Always according to Mr Hansen’s research, academics work and receive recognition through a value chain which is used as a basis for evaluating academic events. He has found remarkable differences in the outcomes between different types of events, including congresses, specialty conferences, symposia and practitioners’ meetings. By focusing on the academic sector and addressing the academic outcomes, the evaluation framework will be more engaging for the academic sector, including universities, funding bodies and scientific associations. The involvement of such actors in the evaluations of their own events is key to promoting the broader outcomes of the meetings industry.

 

May 31, 2018

Promising Future for Melbourne

A partnership between Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and creative powerhouse C2 International was announced at the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt. A world first, this union signals a dramatic shift ahead for the future of business events. This alliance will be mutually beneficial as it grants MCEC exclusive access to C2’s experiential design platform and signature “labs” (challenging yet playful ideation sessions) while providing C2 a powerful gateway from which to continue the conversation in the Asia Pacific region.

For the first time, C2 International will hold its three-day flagship event outside Montreal, transforming Melbourne’s iconic MCEC between October 17-19 this year. MCEC customers will be able to access C2 labs and experiences from 1 July 2018.

But that is not all. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion site is under two months away from opening. Once completed, the new space will cement MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with 9,000 square metres of exhibition space plus additional flexible, multi-purpose event space, 1,000 seat plenary theatre, multiple meeting rooms and a banquet room.

Over 300 events have been confirmed or are being negotiated for the new expansion space, between July 2018 and the end of 2024. The 1st Malaria World Congress will be the first event held in Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion space, between 1 – 5 July 2018. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said: “At present, there is no mechanism anywhere in the world for all stakeholders to share information and build a solid framework for collaborative action against malaria. The inaugural Malaria World Congress, initiated by Club Melbourne Ambassadors, Professor Alan Cowman and Professor Brendan Crabb aims to address this gap.”