Parasitologists to Tend to Animals in Dublin

November 29, 2017

Parasitologists to Tend to Animals in Dublin

The 28th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) in 2021.

With 1,000 international participants expected to attend, the conference is themed ‘Parasitologists Without Borders’ encouraging scientific collaboration across the globe to deliver one health, sustainable livestock production, animal welfare and control of parasitic diseases in animals, humans, and ecosystems. It will provide an excellent opportunity for education and engagement among the international research community.

The CCD worked closely with conference ambassador Professor Grace Mulcahy to initiate the bid for Dublin which was put together by the Local Committee in partnership with Keynote PCO, and supported by Fáilte Ireland, Meet in Ireland and Dublin Convention Bureau through the Conference Ambassador Programme. The WAAVP2021 committee includes several organisations: University College Dublin (UCD), the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dublin City University (DCU), Queens University Belfast (QUB), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Teagasc.

Professor Grace Mulcahy, WAAVP2021 Conference Chair and Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin commented: “This biennial Conference brings together the largest number of veterinary parasitologists globally, and has a strong tradition in showcasing both basic research and innovation in the discipline. We are determined that WAAVP Dublin 2021, building on previous conferences, will present a cutting-edge scientific programme spanning parasitology relating to companion animals, farm animals, one health, wildlife and ecosystems”.

November 28, 2017

Melanoma Experts Examine Solutions in Brisbane

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) attracted melanoma experts from all over the world in the framework of the event that took place from October 18-21.

The world’s leading melanoma minds were among 1500 delegates who met in Brisbane to discuss the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and research of melanoma. With more than 1700 Australians dying of this type of cancer alone every year, the congress provides a global platform bringing together the world’s foremost researchers, medical practitioners and health professionals from 53 countries.

The congress was supported by Brisbane’s key convention partners, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland, led by the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Prof Soyer, Congress Co-President, said the congress pushed forward new medical and scientific discoveries and treatment which would help transform melanoma prevention, diagnoses and treatment worldwide.

November 27, 2017

Amsterdam to Be New Home to EU’s Medicines Agency

Europe has chosen Amsterdam as their new home for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), after meeting the EMA’s requirements for stability, safety and social responsibility. The decision will boost the knowledge industry of the Netherlands and will trigger more meetings and conventions for the city. Operations in Amsterdam are scheduled to start by 30 March 2019 with the commitment for a smooth transition.

The EMA’s executive director, Guido Rasi, said: “Amsterdam ‘ticks many of our boxes’, offering excellent connectivity and a building that can be shaped according to our needs”. The arrival of EMA will bring the high quality level of visitors that Amsterdam is looking for. Their average spending is good and they are expected to be cultivated (as opposed to the actual problem Amsterdam seems to having with loud and noisy tourists).

Set up in 1995, the agency will bring prosperity to the city since it employs about 900 people and hosts tens of thousands of visitors for hundreds of meetings each year. Pharmaceutical companies are expected to follow, while the university and research institutions will also see a boost.

November 24, 2017

Designing Computer Graphics in Bangkok

SIGGRAPH ASIA 2017 is due to take place between 27 and 30 November in Bangkok, as announced by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.

With at least 7000 delegates and visitors from over 60 countries worldwide, SIGGRAPH ASIA is Asia’s biggest conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques or digital content as generally referred to. The goal of the event is to foster the network of academic and commercial cooperation and the exchange of knowledge in the field.

November 23, 2017

Two-City Cooperation for Nuclear Medicine

The Board Meeting of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine has recently agreed to continue the cooperation with Barcelona and Vienna, with CCIB in Barcelona and the Austria Center Vienna in Vienna being the respective venues. During that meeting, which took place in October 2017 in Vienna, it was decided that after 2016 and 2019, the 2022 and 2025 Congresses will take place in Barcelona again, and Vienna will be the host city in 2023 and 2026 (after 2017 and 2020).

The congress normally attracts more than 6,300 participants, who are offered more than 2,000 scientific abstracts and almost 160 sessions. The Review Centre, one of the two novelties of the congress, offers the opportunity to view a presentation in case a participant missed it and can ask directly questions to the presenters. Young researchers and scientists have the possibility to present their papers in an own session within the framework of the European Congress as part of the “Under 30’s session” – the second new element of the congress.

Kristoff Muylle, President of the Europan Association of Nuclear Medicine: “We started our longterm cooperation with Barcelona and Vienna with the congresses 2016 and 2017 and the overall positive impact for us as an association but also for our participants made it easy for the Board to confirm the cooperation until 2026 with both cities.”

November 22, 2017

Melbourne Hits No 1 in Sustainability in Asia-Pacific

Melbourne has been ranked the number 1 sustainable city in the Asia-Pacific region – and number 13 in the world overall – for business events in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

The city environmental strategy and infrastructure, city social sustainability performance, industry supplier support and MCB strategy and initiatives were all factors on which Melbourne and Melbourne Convention Bureau’s (MCB) sustainability performance was evaluated, scoring 75% in social sustainability and 74% in convention bureau performance.

Melbourne’s focus is on proposing and implementing collaborative sustainability initiatives for the business events sector. Associations can enjoy easily accessible hotel inventory and convention facilities using public transport, a program that supports restaurants with a commitment to sustainability, public bike sharing facilities, subsidised public transport for major conventions as well as a green environment.

November 20, 2017

‘Best Improved Destination Award’ for Glasgow

The “Best Improved Destination” Award was awarded to Glasgow Convention Bureau as the city received recognition for sustainable business tourism by the Global Destination Sustainability Index. With a score of 94%, Glasgow received the award at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress in Prague.
The GDS-Index promotes the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations and responsible business tourism best practices. It evaluates the performance of cities on a city’s environmental strategy and infrastructure, its social sustainability performance, the support provided by the industry supplier and the strategy and initiatives of the convention bureau.
Guy Bigwood, Director of the GDS-Index, said: “Glasgow demonstrated that change can happen quickly if the Destination Management Organisation takes an active lead in bringing stakeholders together to collaborate and fast-track environmental, social and economic action in their cities.”

November 17, 2017

Sydney to Celebrate International Pathology Day

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has announced that Sydney will host the 2022 Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP). Held every two years, the Congress will take place at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and is expected to attract approximately 2,200 delegates over five days.

Hosting the event in Sydney in 2022 is especially significant as it will also be the 50th Anniversary of the Australasian Division of the IAP. Professor Richard Scolyer, Immediate Past President of the Australasian Division of the IAP and Congress Chair, said: “We feel there is no better way to recognise our 50th Anniversary milestone than by bringing the global pathology community to Australia to drive the advancement of our specialty worldwide”.

 Securing the event was a collaboration across the private and public sector both locally and throughout Australia.

November 16, 2017

Association Winners of Incredible Impacts Grants

Three winning associations were chosen as examples of excellence within the meeting industry by the Incredible Impacts Programme. Supported by ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance, the programme took place for the first time with the hope that the winners’ good practice will be a source of reference and inspiration for other event planners worldwide.

The winners were announced at the ICCA Congress in Prague and will each receive US $7,500 towards future projects, in recognition of their hosted events going “beyond tourism” in areas such as legacy development, sustainability and accessibility. After 20 entries, the three winning associations are the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) – World Thrombosis Day Campaign, the World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) – World Parkinson’s Congress and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).

The ISTH’s World Thrombosis Day campaign organised more than 8,200 events across the globe in 2016, while creating a platform for people to talk about the condition, sharing expert advice and insights during their annual Twitter Chat digital event. The WPC impressed the judges with their “Patients Included” element of the programme, through which people with Parkinson’s become part of the discussion and decision-making process. Finally, the WCPT places a large focus on creating knowledge transfer opportunities with its attending and non-attending audiences, via their effective use of social media and by sharing outcomes from the congress proceedings free of charge post event.

November 14, 2017

UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017: A Short Report

For over 100 years the Union of International Associations has been working to promote and facilitate the work of international associations. Organized once a year, the UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017 (an Asia one also rotates every year within Asia), held last week in Brussels, was an opportunity to learn through networking and the sharing of best practice. Rémi Dévé reports

With an impressive turnout of association representatives, from all kinds of fields of endeavour, the Round Table had something for everyone. Participants could choose from as many as six different sessions and had to carefully three to attend. Subjects ranged from legal questions to human resources, while public relations and funding models were also touched upon.

Facilitated by partners from legal firm Curia, my first session put on the agenda a number of burning issues for international associations such as the impact of Brexit, the engagement in commercial activities as a source of income, and most importantly the Global Data Protection Regulation which will come into force in May – that last topic triggered the most questions and concerns from the audience. A lot of work needs to be done in this area, it seems (more on this in the last issue of Boardroom).

Michel Ballieu, Executive Director of of the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe, talked about the recruitment of staff members and how it is key to the success and sustainability of associations. But this important task requires not only experience, but also time, a lot of time, and rare are the associations benefiting from a dedicated HR specialist.

Proven particularly popular was ‘Public relations on a shoestring’, facilitated by Christophe Ginisty, former President of the International Public Relations Association.  When you have very little budget (and most of associations don’t have much!), how can you make an impact? How can you differentiate yourself in a crowded, changing environment? How can Facebook, LinkedIn and social media networks provide opportunities to reach your audience? Participants were happy to leave with the latest techniques that can you make a difference by designing and executing smart PR strategies.

The UIA 6th Round Table Asia-Pacific will take place 26-27 September 2018 in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; the 12th Round Table Europe 15-16 November 2018 at Lyon Convention Centre in France.