PCMA Influencers Summit: What to Take Away

October 9, 2018

PCMA Influencers Summit: What to Take Away

Luca Segantini is the Executive Director of the International Society of Nephrology, and attended the 2018 PCMA European Influencers Summit in Seville in September. He tells Boardroom how the programme was relevant to his organisation and what his takeaways are.

Can you briefly introduce the organization you work for? What’s your role in it?

Since 2009, I am executive director of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), a global organisation dedicated to advancing worldwide kidney health with a 35-people team. We build capacity with healthcare professionals via granting programs, education and research. My role is to make sure that all ISN programs are well-managed and support our mission.

Why did you choose to attend the Summit in the first place?

I have only been to a PCMA event once before, and I had a positive memory of the experience. Beyond my commitment as an AC Forum board member, I only go to a couple of association events each year, and I try to carefully select them. The PCMA European Influencers Summit promised to be right on target for me, as I will soon be moving from an international association to a European one, so I must learn more about specific issues and best practices on the continent.

What are your takeaways?

Although the line between global issues in the events/association world and local (European) ones is fairly thin, I learned that the value of collaboration, partnerships and teamwork is higher in Europe. Perhaps the fact that many excellent destinations are trying to attract customers in a comparatively small space forces everyone to overcome the purely competitive approach and seek ways to put in place win-win strategies. Alliances are a visible sign of this philosophy and I am personally convinced there is still work to be done to achieve their full potential, for customers and destinations/venues alike. 

What are the key highlights of the event according to you?

Like most of the audience, I enjoyed Dr. Nordström’s plenary speech, although I disagree with his conclusions. I appreciated the clear delineation of the forces influencing our future: de-globalisation, urbanisation, technology. The speakers showing new revenue streams were all interesting, in different ways, and some of their case studies are immediately applicable to any event. Finally, I thought the concluding workshop was well structured and gave me a few nuggets I am already sharing with my team – overall, a positive experience, in a wonderful setting in Seville. Just make sure it is not 38 degrees next time…

October 8, 2018

Toronto Goes into a Tech Rush

Toronto has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing tech markets; indeed, it’s the 3rd largest in North America with some 14,000 tech companies and 65+ incubators. In the past 30 days, the city has seen a number of announcements, such as Microsoft’s expansion of their Canadian headquarters or that Pinterest is opening its Toronto office, a clear indicator that Toronto’s tech boom shows no signs of slowing down.

With organizations such as Business Events Toronto, Toronto Global and the Toronto Leader’s Circle helping provide access to local sponsorship and thought-leaders, attendance-building tools and industry networking opportunities, the city is the right destination for tech conferences. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the largest convention centre in Canada and Enercare Centre, the largest exhibition space in Canada, make it easy for conferences such as Collision, North America’s fastest growing tech conference, to relocate to Canada’s downtown.  

In a recent article on the Collision Conference, Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto, noted how Toronto’s Tech scene is shaped by global events hosted here,  “Hosting a conference of this magnitude demonstrates how meetings and events can be a powerful catalyst for economic development for sectors like technology and innovation, showcasing and elevating the booming tech industry, people and companies that have made the Toronto region a tech powerhouse.”

October 5, 2018

Nuclear Medicine Finds a Home in Düsseldorf

The 31st Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) – the world’s leading event in this area – will be taking place at the Congress Centre Düsseldorf (CCD) from 13–17 October. EANM ’18 will bring around 6,000 international participants from Europe and beyond to the city of Düsseldorf and will provide the possibility to network, socialize and discuss the newest trends and findings in the field of Nuclear Medicine.

The educational program will include up-to-date teaching sessions, enriched pitfalls seminars and Continuous Medical Education interactive sessions. With similar pedagogic intent, numerous multidisciplinary joint symposia, organised by several EANM Committees in collaboration with sister societies, will offer an integrative approach to various topics relevant to the state of the art of this discipline.

Photo : Congress Centre Düsseldorf

October 4, 2018

Yokohama Is the Destination of Choice for Computational Mechanics

Yokohama has been chosen as the host city for the 15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM), which will take place at the new PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH in 2022. About 3500 researchers and experts in the fields of computational engineering and computational mechanics from around the globe are expected to participate. Of those, roughly 2,000 will be coming from abroad.

The success of the mission was thanks to a joint effort by JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) and the Japan Tourism Agency, YCVB (Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau) and the city of Yokohama and PACIFICO Yokohama. The local organising committee established “Pursuing the Infinite Potential of Computational Mechanics” as its vision statement promoting new concepts and technologies to address societal needs.

October 3, 2018

Respiratory Experts Take a Deep Breath in Vienna

The international congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) will take place in Vienna for the fifth time in 2020: from September 5-9 around 20,000 pulmonary and respiratory experts will meet at Reed Messe Wien for the congress’s 30th instalment.

The annual ERS congress is the world’s largest scientific get-together for physicians, researchers and other specialists working in the field of pulmonology. Participants at the gathering will find out about the latest treatment options for lung and respiratory diseases at more than 400 scientific lectures and training sessions. The large-scale congress is a global networking platform for pulmonary specialists from more than 100 countries.

October 2, 2018

Darwin Discusses Australia’s Ports

Some 200 industry leaders, decision makers and government speakers from all over Australia met in Darwin recently for the 46th biennial Ports Australia biennial conference. The conference, one of Australia’s chief maritime events, focussed on the opportunities and challenges facing Australia’s port sector, delivering strong, positive messages about the value Australia’s ports contribute to society.
During the two-day event, delegates attended 23 presentations and Q&A segments on the conference’s main themes, including security, economic and regulatory issues in Australia’s ports sector, social licence and community engagement, alternative energy, new technologies and innovation, port policy, Australia’s business and trade relationship with China, and coastal shipping.

Ports Australia’s Communications Director, Mike Fairbairn, said Darwin’s unique atmosphere and welcoming personality was one of the highlights. “The atmosphere in Darwin relaxed people, and they were able to socialise. I think there were a lot of new relationships and networks built out of the Darwin conference, which is one of the main reasons we do the event in the first place. The setting actually encouraged the sector to unify more—that would be one of the legacy issues from the Darwin event”.

Photo : Darwin Convention Centre

October 1, 2018

Who Does Your Association Conference Serve?

In an article published on the website of Convene, one of Boardroom’s partners, Dave Lutz, CMP, reflects on how an association conference shouldn’t be a rite of passage or a way for someone to leave a legacy.

Conferences are there to serve the paying attendees. Organizations that don’t put the attendee first in every conference experience they offer lose an opportunity to grow trust and loyalty.

Read Dave’s opinion piece here.

October 1, 2018

Basel Proves Itself to Medical Academics

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) organised this year’s conference in Basel from 25 to 29 August at the Congress Centre Basel (CCB). The organisation brings together professors, lecturers, researchers, members of government and public administrations and also ambitious young academics from the medical and healthcare disciplines.

The Centre welcomed 3,800 participants, a plenary event with 3,000 guests, 35 sessions staged simultaneously and an accompanying exhibition on an area of 8,000 m2, featuring 83 exhibitors and 900 posters. The conference used the entire infrastructure of the CCB and the adjacent Swissôtel, proving that Basel is suitably equipped for major congresses with more than 3000 participants. Pat Liley and Nicola Williams from the AMEE communications agency PCO Worldspan were full of praise for the location, organisation and running of the conference.

Photo: Congress Centre Basel

September 28, 2018

Yokohama’s First IEEE Conference on Nuclear Science

The IEEE NSS-MIC (Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference) will be held in October of 2021 at the new PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH facility, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020. The forum is a joint conference that encompasses the two fields of nuclear science and medical imaging. The host organization is the 186th Committee on Radiation Science and its Applications, a division of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

It’s the first time this conference will be held in Japan. About 2,000 participants are expected to attend with the majority (about 1,850) coming from abroad. Yokohama was chosen for the conference through the collaborative efforts of the YCVB (Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau), the city of Yokohama and PACIFICO Yokohama, and working in unison with JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).

September 27, 2018

The UIA Boosts Local Associations in Malaysia

Malaysia is currently welcoming the UIA Associations Round Table Asia Pacific 2018 (UIA 2018) from 26-27 September 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Organised by the Union of International Associations (UIA), the notable centennial event, is a conference which focuses on development for associations across industries to ensure collective growth. 120 international delegates from 15 countries are enjoying the Malaysian hospitality and interacting with local associations as the event is purely hosted by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).

Speaking from the business events perspective, Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, CEO of MyCEB looked back when the Bureau started nearly a decade ago: “When we started in 2009, we found that local associations are great at what they do and they have a lot of potential to go even further in championing not just a cause but an industry. That is the bar we wanted to raise, consolidate expertise for both their cause and impacting the country in other ways. We injected the business events point of view into our association counterparts by realising their maximum potentials. UIA 2018 will be another boost to our efforts as it is applicable to associations from all industries.”