Gothenburg Signs Agreement for Associations World Congress

December 1, 2017

Gothenburg Signs Agreement for Associations World Congress

In April 2019 Gothenburg will welcome the Associations World Congress to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC) for the first time. The Association of Association Executives (AAE) and the three counterparts from Sweden signed the agreement at the Swedish stand at ibtm world in Barcelona.

Gothenburg has become known for its ability to partner and collaborate with clients, industry and the academic world, which is greatly appreciated by visiting meeting associations. It brings together the innovative business community, a knowledge-intensive academy, and a sustainability focus.

Recently the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre presented the third phase of its expansion plans. The programme includes larger entrances, flexible meeting and event facilities and increased hotel capacity. The aim is to achieve a total hotel capacity of roughly 2,000 rooms by 2030.

November 30, 2017

Associations Line up for Copenhagen

Associations seem to have a soft spot for Copenhagen, as 2017 was a busy year for Bella Center Copenhagen. 2018 is expected to keep up the pace with an estimated 73.000 delegates from across the globe attending conferences and congresses at the venue.

The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) has decided to return to the city and Bella Center Copenhagen with their EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2018. Ricardo Vivas van Leeuwen, Business Liaison Officer at EAGE says: “The communities that we serve want to see us bringing the annual Conference and Exhibition to major industry cities and regions, and here Copenhagen delivers on several parameters: It is centrally located in Scandinavia, easily accessible from abroad and offers a high level of safety and political stability. On top, we receive great local support from our industry, and at the same time the city offers high quality suppliers for all event activities; conference & exhibition suppliers, social programs, etc.”

Ranking 4th in total number of participants according to ICCA’s most recent    Statistics Report, the city has a number of conferences lined up for next year. The 33rd Annual EAU (European Association of Urology) Congress, 16-20 March with an expected 15,000 delegates from over 100, the ESA 2018 (European Anaesthesiology Congress), 2-4 June expected to attract some 6,000 delegates from across the world, the EAGE Annual 2018, 11-14 with more than 6,000 people from almost 100 different countries, the ITS World Congress, 17-21 September with an estimated 10,000 delegates and the BIO-Europe 2018, 5-7 November with 4,000 delegates.

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.