Agriculture Scholars Cultivate New Ideas in Darwin

October 4, 2017

Agriculture Scholars Cultivate New Ideas in Darwin

The Darwin Convention Centre had the opportunity to host the 2017 Nuffield Australia National Conference, bringing together over 300 primary producers, investors and industry experts from a wide cross section of sectors and regions from Australia and overseas. In addition to the two days of sharing knowledge, conference delegates spent time on regional tours seeing first hand primary production in Northern Australia.

Jodie Dean, CEO of Nuffield Australia, said: “Nuffield scholarships provide unique opportunities to the new pioneers of agriculture to investigate technological advances around the world. The scholarship in itself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience but the benefits continue beyond the tour with a shift in the approach to learning, sharing and leading for the broader development of the industry”.

Themed ‘New Horizons’, the conference set the scene for discussions and presentations on the need for new research and integration of new technologies to the industry to continually improve efficiencies, safety and cost competitiveness.

2017 was the first time the Nuffield Australia National Conference has been held in the Northern Territory. The significance of the Territory in leading Australia’s agriculture exports into Asia is being recognised by businesses, investors and government but there is long way to go to realise the potential of the north.

Picture: Darwin Convention Centre

October 2, 2017

How Surgeons Operated in Basel

Basel was the host city for the 47th World Congress of Surgery – staged by the International Society of Surgery – which took place between 13 and 17 August 2017 at the Congress Center Basel (CCB). About 2000 participants from all over the world – including an estimated 200 students – came to the city in order to attend the central events held in the CCB as well as additional events held in attractive venues in the vicinity.

The event was organized on a short notice as it had originally been planned for Argentina and the decision to go to Basel was only taken about a year beforehand, on safety and security grounds. Basel’s geographical location offers political and economic stability and is easily accessible thanks to a highly developed public transport system.

September 29, 2017

Challenges for Associations up for Discussion

Members of ABPCO (Association of British Professional Conference Organisers) had the opportunity to participate in a round table at the KIA Oval in London exploring the challenges faced by their organisations.

Held under Chatham House Rules and titled “What Keeps You Awake at Night?”, the event highlighted – amongst other issues – how GDPR relates to membership organisations and their relationships with agencies and how no shows at free to attend events make it impossible to select the right sized venues. It also dealt with assessing risks and managing crisis in a blame and liability focused culture as well as the understanding of ‘Compliance’ and how to work with it.

The discussion even touched the issue of conflicting priorities and commitment amongst stakeholders and volunteers who don’t always value the importance of events or their role. Finally, it examined the management of engagement and retention, and workloads when key members of the team leave, particularly with the growth of transient staff.

After the end of the round table, a short EGM was held passing a motion to move the AGM and Conference from a set January time-slot to create a better balance of member events throughout the year, whilst fitting more closely with the association’s financial calendar.

Rose Padmore, joint chair of ABPCO, said: “The event highlighted the truth of the old adage that a problem shared is a problem halved. Every challenge was greeted by a host of thoughts and ideas from other people in the room who had either experienced the same or similar problems.”

September 28, 2017

A Smart Nation Presented : Singapore

On the occasion of the celebration of the city-state’s National Day on 26 September, the Singapore Convention Bureau and EDB organised an event – attended by Boardroom – for associations and corporates based in Brussels who might have an interest in developing their business in Singapore and in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Region, which by 2050 will be the world’s 4th largest economic block.

The event’s aim was to introduce both Singapore and ASEAN to the attendees, for a better understanding of the environment and opportunities in the region. With Singapore preparing to take over the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2018, and with the EU-Singapore FTA ready to come into force in the near future, there will be increased opportunities in this dynamic and growing region.

Singapore is a city-state at the heart of South-East Asia – while being a getaway to the rest of Asia – with a modern service-based and fast growing economy. Furthermore, it has a high-standard of living and serves as a regional hub for both financial and port activities.

For its future development, Singapore’s focus will be on innovation and green growth. Indeed, the city is investing heavily on urban development transforming it into a smart eco-city. Moving in this direction, will help Singapore address the adverse effects of climate change, develop a sustainable and efficient transport system and vertical farming.

Some basic facts that support such statements are: by 2030 Asia will account for 80% of middle class spending, its consumer market is larger than that of India and similar to that of continental China, Asia has overtaken North America and Europe in the number of patent requests filed with the European Patent Office…

Understandably, Singapore was eager to share these figures during the celebrations for its National Day!

September 27, 2017

Oncologists Select Madrid for a Second Time

Following the excellent rate of participation in 2014, ESMO chose to bring its congress, a meeting organised by the European Society for Medical Oncology in partnership with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), back to Madrid. The congress took place at Ifema from the 8th to 12th September.

With almost 24,000 delegates – 85% of which were from abroad – the congress broke its own record for participation, the previous one being 20,000. Spanish participation in sessions and speeches accounted for 5% of all the works presented, which made Spain the second most prolific contributor in terms of the number of studies disseminated, after the United States.

The Madrid Convention Bureau focuses on attracting such large-scale events  from the scientific sector and universities. This year alone Madrid has hosted six congresses with more than 7,000 participants each, always in the field of medicine.

September 26, 2017

UN World Tourism Organization to Travel to St. Petersburg

After a decision made earlier this month by participants of the current United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Chengdu, the 23rd session of the Assembly will be held in St. Petersburg in 2019.

Holding the ‘Oscar’ for «World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2016» and «Europe’s Leading Destination 2016» and with more than 7 million tourists per year, almost half of which are foreigners, the city actively develops cultural and MICE tourism as well as congress tourism, hence becoming more and more interesting for association conferences.

September 25, 2017

Edinburgh’s Leaders Help Attract Association Conferences

Over 75 representatives from Edinburgh’s business, scientific and academic elite got together last Wednesday during the Edinburgh Ambassador Dinner. Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, congratulated them on the significant role they had played in boosting the local economy in the last 21 years.  In the last 12 months alone this had included confirming events such as Eurocities 2018 and the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies Workshop 2018.

Taking place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, the annual dinner was also attended by world recognised leaders in their field, including the University of Edinburgh, Moredun Research Institute, NHS Research Scotland and The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Amanda Ferguson, Head of Business Tourism at Marketing Edinburgh said: This month, Edinburgh will launch a new integrated marketing campaign that aims to build business tourism through creative collaboration across the city. The Edinburgh Ambassador Programme is testament to that collective approach in winning new conferences. ”

September 22, 2017

Alzheimer’s Conference to Be Remembered in Wales

Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference – the UK’s largest dementia research conference – will be hosted at ICC Wales in March 2020, an announcement made even before the completion of the construction of the Centre.

The two-day annual conference will welcome dementia experts from across the UK and internationally, featuring presentations from researchers and clinicians as well as opportunities to network and forge collaborations. A forum for researchers to hear the latest investigative findings into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – from discoveries in the laboratory to clinical perspectives – will also be provided.

Once complete in 2019, ICC Wales will provide total floor space for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and events of 26,000sqm. Sponsored by Celtic Manor and Welsh Government, the Centre will accommodate 5,000 delegates and include a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500sqm outdoor plaza.

 

September 21, 2017

Ageing Issues to Be Raised in Sarawak

Sarawak will host the 1st ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing on 10th-12th October, organised by the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS) in collaboration with the Sarawak Convention Bureau. Themed Ageing – Challenges, Successes and the Journey Ahead, the conference is aimed to help address the issues and challenges of rapidly ageing populations in the region.

Clinicians from various disciplines, allied health professionals, the legal fraternity, financial institutions, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, policy makers, and housing developers are among stakeholders set to attend the 3 day conference that will include plenaries, workshops, forums and symposia in its scientific programme covering various age-related issues.

On the last day of the conference, a consensus will be drawn up on the issues and challenges of ageing faced by the region and a report will be forwarded to the respective ministries.

Professor Nathan Vytialingam, Organising Chairman of the ASEAN Conference, says: “The ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing will be an ideal platform for stakeholders in the region to gather and discuss these issues and challenges so that the right preparations, policies and framework can be put in place in advance to help prepare their nations for the impact of ageing populations”.

 

 

September 20, 2017

Associations to Choose Among Swiss Convention Centres

When it comes to choosing a venue for their next event in Switzerland, associations are dizzy with choice.

The alliance Swiss Convention Centres takes in the ten largest congress centres in Switzerland. The capacity these partners are able to offer for congresses and events ranges from 500 to 5000 participants. The individual locations offer an exhibition area of at least 1,000 m2, always making sustainable investments in infrastructure and technical systems.

One example of this is the Congress Centre Kursaal Bern which expanded the total number of rooms it has on offer to 30; Kongresshaus Zürich and the Tonhalle are also scheduled to reopen with a new look in August 2020.

Each centre is unique in its own way. Some, like the Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken, the Congress Centre Kursaal Bern, the 2m2c Montreux Music & Convention Centre and the Palazzo Congressi Lugano offer wonderful views and picturesque accommodation. Others, such as the Congress Centre Davos and the Kongresshaus Zürich, offer free transportation and easy access. Congress Center Basel is an architectural delight. The multifunctional KKL Luzern as well as the SwissTech Convention Center Lausanne STCC offer advanced technologies, such as WLAN network and modular spaces. Last but not least is the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) in the heart of diplomacy, helping the city’s biodiversity.