Geneva to Welcome Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

July 5, 2017

Geneva to Welcome Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Geneva will hold the 17th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) 9-11 July at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

Children and adolescents are living in a world affected by continuous transitions. A phenomenon with a double meaning: it implies a life of change in a constantly evolving environment, as well as a possible a break of balance: a loss of equilibrium. Transition, the leading theme of the ESCAP 2017 Congress, contains many aspects that are relevant to youth mental health.

A first important issue is transition on a socio-cultural level. Children and adolescents are experiencing contemporary changes such as migration and globalization. For many children these changes have developed dramatically in the last decade – Europe is now being confronted with the turmoil in Syria, North Africa and other parts of the world, with the daily reality of the refugee crisis visible in its backyard. Another focus of the ESCAP Congress in Geneva will be transition in terms of systems of child and adolescent mental health care. Outcomes of new research will add to the congress attendees’ understanding of the development of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders, influenced by the many current dynamics.

According to its statutes, ESCAP pursues the following aims: promote mental health of children and adolescents in Europe, increasequality of life among children and families, ensure children’s right for healthy development and wellbeing.

July 4, 2017

How to Share Scientific Insights via Social Media

Social media to disseminate scientific knowledge – this is what 50 researchers discussed at the Ambassadors Club Summer Lounge of the Austria Center Vienna, upon the invitation of Managing Director Susanne Baumann-Söllner, in an effort to support leading Austrian researchers.

The way that people consume media has changed radically over the past 30 years: the majority of information is now acquired online. Media professional and social media expert Armin Wolf explained how to make the most of social media to position oneself, network with fellow professionals and share one’s research findings with a wider audience. To him, indeed, social media works just like any other form of personal interaction – users need to have something to say, learn to listen and take time over their content; followers will mainly recommend and share content if it is useful, as well as entertaining, and Twitter et al can be used as personalised news agencies and separate media channels.

“Content that is useful, entertaining and recommended by other people works particularly well,” Armin Wolf added. “For researchers, publishing useful content is the most promising approach, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to provide a little entertainment from time to time.”

“With exclusive talks and networking opportunities, our Ambassadors Club provides valuable support to the country’s academics, who have excellent contacts thanks to their seats on various international scientific committees and as such are very well placed to influence where the next major conferences will be held,” Baumann-Söllner explained.


July 3, 2017

Changes at the Federation of European and International Associations

On the occasion of its General Assembly of 14 June, the Federation of European and International Associations based in Belgium (FAIB) announced the following changes in its board of Directors.

Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime, becomes FAIB President. He says: “My aim is simple – to help FAIB to achieve its core aim which is to support the very diverse community of international associations and their staff – industrial, banking, NGO and professional, for our common issues as organisations working in Belgium.” 

Florence Bindelle, Secretary General of Europeanissuers, becomes Vice-President.“As a woman, I am very pleased to have been elected Vice President of FAIB. My goal is to assist the President and the Board provide pertinent services to our members. I will also promote FAIB with major stakeholders in Belgium and abroad, by developing new communication tools” she stated.

Fabrice Tabankia, Executive Director Finance and Administration of CEFIC, becomes Vice-President, saying: “FAIB will continue to represent the international associations in Belgium by strengthening its advocacy activities and by developing further added-value services for its members.”

June 30, 2017

Kuala Lumpur Is a Popular Choice Amongst International Associations

10 international associations have selected the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to host their events between 2017 and 2020.

These include the Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference 2017, Asia Pacific Retailers Convention & Exhibition (APRCE) 2017, the International Palm Oil Congress (PIPOC) 2017International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 2018 and 62nd International Statistical Institute World Statistics Congress (ISI WSC) 2019, to name a few. These events are expected to attract over 500,000 delegates and visitors to the Centre.

Elaborating on the Centre’s client centricity, Alan Pryor, General Manager, explained: As a purpose-built facility, we are able to deliver to the customised needs of associations and the flexibility to adapt our venue to meet the changing needs in meeting design, technology and the diverse food and beverage needs of multi-cultural attendees with various dietary preferences.”

The Centre’s expansion also continues to progress and is due to be completed in mid-2019. The extension will provide an additional 10,000 sqm of flexible and multi-purpose space, which means more room to comfortably accommodate larger exhibitions and international association meetings allowing new and current clients to grow their  events significantly.

June 29, 2017

Improving Associations Meetings with BestCities Global Forum

In the framework of sharing valuable industry knowledge and best practice with stakeholders across the globe, two representatives from the BestCities Global Alliance attended the Conference and Incentive Travel Industry Fair (CITIE) earlier this month in Hangzhou to provide delegates from across China with meetings industry knowledge on everything from destination amplification to generating loyalty and connecting strategic networks.

500 attendees from the public and private sector were able to get intel on key success factors in the hope of raising the standard of excellence for conventions and events in China and beyond. Three of the BestCities partners – Bogotá, Singapore and Vancouver – also presented, sharing innovative ideas, cases studies and experiences.

Understanding the benefits intelligence sharing and knowledge exchange can bring to international destinations and associations, Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities Global Alliance said: “Meetings must become more than simply well planned events, with an increasing focus on their lasting impact and success in the long-term. For destinations and associations, meetings should be regarded as a means to an end, not an end in itself.”

BestCities plans to share their industry insights at various events on the lead up to their Global Forum at the end of the year. The second BestCities Global Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) from 4 to 7 December 2017.

June 28, 2017

Surgeons Come Together in Basel

The 47th World Congress of Surgery arranged by the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) will be held in Basel from 13 to 17 August 2017. The decision for the choice of the venue was made based on the city’s security, political and economic stability, international travel options and a comprehensive system of public transport. A further factor that tilted the balance in Basel’s favour was the Congress Center Basel (CCB)’s modular infrastructure.

Around 2000 surgeons and exhibitors from all the different continents will be converging at the CCB. The focus of the congress is to be on the young generation of surgeons, for which it has coined the motto of “the Workforce of the Future”.

June 27, 2017

Korea and Associations: A Love Story ?

Korea now ranks in the #1 spot worldwide for global congresses hosted the previous year, according to the most recent International Meetings Statistics Report released by the Union of International Associations (UIA), reflecting the country’s strong growth. Boardroom asked Mr. Kapsoo Kim, Executive Director of the Korea MICE Bureau at Korea Tourism Organization, to explain what makes Korea such a great association destination.

Can you explain how Korea caters to international associations?

In Korea, there is a dedicated team of professionals, including local convention bureaus, convention centres, and service providers to help organize and execute business events in the country. We, Korea MICE Bureau, act as a liason between these professionals and international associations. In addition, we work closely with these international associations’ local counterpart or in the absence of which, we link them to universities and other local associations who are experts of their given field. This way, we are able to host international meetings in Korea, open an entire new knowledge pool, and also provide these associations an excellent support program – be it marketing, financial support, etc.

(the complete details of the Korea Convention Support Program can be found here.)

Can you talk about the knowledge clusters, the expertise there is in Korea and that associations can relate to?

Regional attractions add to the colorful spectrum of Korea’s MICE destinations. While Seoul, the capital city of Korea, hosts diverse international conventions, other major regions has its own cultural/touristic charm and specialized industry, making it even more appealing together with its beautiful convention centers equipped with modern facilities. This way, organizers can choose the destination that best suits their group’s needs and preferences.

In terms of MICE regions and specialized industries, among many others, I can mention Incheon and water management, Daegu and textile and water industries, self-driving cars and IoT-based wellness, Busan and offshore plants, film, and marine tourism. Lesser known but deserving destinations include Gyeonggi and IT and public safety, Gangwon and bioenergy, smart healthcare and tourism and Daejeon and science & technology, Asian wine, advanced sensors and biopharming.

(A list of local convention bureaus in Korean can be found here.)

How do you see the future of Korea as a business events destination?

Korea ranks 1st in the recent UIA International Meetings Statistics produced this June. On the other hand, Korea ranked 13th place on the latest ICCA rankings; however, Korea has exceptionally exceeded the other top 10 countries in terms of the number of international delegates where it ranked 9th with approximately 160,000+ international meeting delegates from 267 meetings.

Just by looking at these numbers, we are confident at the positive growth of the Korea as a MICE destination. Moreover, with Samsung, Hyundai, and LG becoming a household name – Korea is gaining more attention from the science and technology industry. Their technological breakthroughs highlight Korea’s great pool of industry innovators and leaders who are very much willing to address the international community through congress and scientific convention in the country. They are not only great source of innovation but are also great source of network.

In addition, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games is also contributing to the vast infrastructure development in the country, creating more accommodation options, venues, and impressive transportation network, including the speed train which reduces the 5-hour travel time from Seoul to Gangwon province to 2.5 hours!

June 21, 2017

An Invitation to Switzerland

The Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau (SCIB) based in Brussels, organises its traditional workshop on October 17th at 6 pm which will take place in the Botanical Garden Meise in the Plant Palace and Bouchout Castle. Associations are invited to discover the many possibilities for meetings and events in Switzerland.

This year the workshop will focus on nature as a constant source of inspiration and will demonstrate Switzerland’s venues and hotels surrounded by nature to guarantee excellence for organisers of meetings and events. The workshop will include information speeches on Swiss destinations and will be followed by a dinner where the main speaker will introduce alpine plants as sources of innovation and a return to tradition.

This evening is exclusively for professional organisers of meetings and incentives and is by invitation only. To obtain your own personal invitation, please contact


June 20, 2017

Brisbane Gathers Experts in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine

Some of the world’s leading anaesthetists, pain specialists and other medical practitioners from the healthcare sector were among 2,000 delegates and attendees meeting at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) last month for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), which celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The meeting has a tradition of successfully bringing together clinicians, science and industry to produce continual improvement in patient outcomes and safety.

‘Think Big’ was this year’s theme addressing topics of scientific, social as well as technological content, such as obesity, legislation around the eating habits of Australians and the use of medicinal cannabis, through 140 workshops and 40 concurrent sessions. The “Think Big” theme was also evident in the program’s activities with pop-up simulation emergency events using full-on emergency services and enacting a live theatre scenario on stage with doctors, nurses and technicians.

Among the facilities offered in the Centre, a crèche was available to the increasing number of women anaesthetists.


June 19, 2017

Melbourne Poses for Professional Conference Organisers

Boardroom joined a delegation of European conference organisers in Melbourne from 7 – 11 June 2017 for five days of immersive experiences to learn about Melbourne’s capabilities as Australia’s leading business events destination.

Europe is Melbourne’s largest source market with over 40 per cent of all association conferences secured by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) coming from a European city.

The educational program, which was developed in partnership with MCB and Tourism Australia’s Business Events Australia (BEA), addressed European key association planners and decision makers. The program highlighted the city’s various accommodation and event venues and was followed by a regional program that took attendees to the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island.

17 MCB partners participated in the event, including Crown Melbourne, South Wharf Events, The Langham Melbourne, Grand Hyatt Melbourne to name but a few, aiming to demonstrate how the city’s infrastructure and products can facilitate a successful outcome for business events.