ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum in Singapore

July 2, 2018

ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum in Singapore

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is organizing an Association Leadership Forum at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 29–31 October 2018.  The event is expected to draw about 200 association attendees from the Asia-Pacific region along with participants from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, in addition to a few suppliers and industry partners from around the world.

Hosted by Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, and supported by Dubai Association Centre and Korea Tourism Organization, along the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the Forum is set to focus on building the association community, skills development and sharing best practices, with organisers unveiling a rich programme for October’s event. Using its extensive network and wealth of association meetings market knowledge, ICCA, represented by Noor Ahmad Hamid, Regional Director Asia Pacific, has provided support in designing the programme as part of the Forum’s Founding Advisory Board.

The program will focus on building effective associations as well as discovering practical ideas for association growth, serving members, and building partnerships in similar fields or industries. The Forum is being guided by a strong Advisory Task Force of members from across the region,” said Greta Kotler, CAE, Chief Global Development Officer ASAE.

 For more information, visit the conference website.

June 29, 2018

Sapporo
– Into the Wild

The capital of the northern island and prefecture of Hokkaido and the fifth-largest city in Japan, Sapporo gained international prominence when it was chosen as the host to the Winter Olympic Games in 1972. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, and not only in the sports field or because of its breweries. When it comes to association congresses indeed, Sapporo has many assets up its sleeves, starting with a wealth of knowledge in many areas of endeavours, as well as all the facilities you can expect in a fast-growing environment.

Knowledge Hub

With academic institutions of global fame leading in the fields of geosciences, organic chemistry, agriculture, forestry, energy, medicine, pharma, animal behavior and veterinary sciences, Sapporo’s unique and rich natural environment has a lot to offer when it comes to the value of a meeting.

Hokkaido University, for instance, is one of the top universities in Japan that conducts world-leading education and research. Found in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College, it now consists of 12 Undergraduate Programs, 21 Graduate Schools, 4 Research Institutes, 3 Research Centers, 10 Joint Research Centers, and a University Hospital with Medical and Dental Departments.

Among the university’s awards and achievements is the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, won by Professor Emeritus Akira Suzuki in 2010. One of the university’s recent projects is the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE), a faculty organisation that brings together world-class teaching staff from around the world. The program’s aim is to promote international collaborative research and education that leverages the University’s strengths and distinctive features, and to provide support for international collaborative research.

Collaboration is key

This drive for collaboration was particularly obvious when Sapporo Convention Center hosted the 5thInternational Wildlife Management Congress in July 2015, which brought together 1,400 participants from 46 countries and regions. Initiated by the Mammal Society of Japan (MSJ) in partnership with the Wildlife Society (TWS), the goal of the Congress was to enhance global sustainability and the conservation of wildlife, as well as to recommend improved international models based on the latest interdisciplinary wildlife research. Due to its unique natural environment, Sapporo has, for many years indeed, been introducing many exemplary practices in wildlife management and human dimension studies.

The legacy component of the Congress was impressive. If delegates and citizens joined forces for a good cause, clearing out and cutting down thickets and tall grass along Toyohira River, Rakuno Gakuen University and Sapporo City Government signed, on the occasion of the conference, an Agreement on Policy Proposals on Biodiversity. Thanks to this, research activities on alien species countermeasures and wildlife management discussed at the event are still continuing to this day.

The Congress also provided an important opportunity to discuss and come up with solutions for some of the serious wildlife-related issues that Sapporo was facing, such as the increasing appearance of brown bears and dears in urban areas. An open symposium on the topic was held for the public, which helped to increase the awareness of the issue, the city’s ecosystem and the importance of the wildlife preservation among the citizens. The younger generation was not left out either, as a special symposium on wildlife management and preservation was organised for junior-high and high school students from all parts of Japan during the conference.

This article was written by Boardroom Chief Editor Remi Deve (editor@boardroom.global)

June 29, 2018

New Partnership for an Ever Sustainable Sydney

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has recently partnered up with the City of Sydney Council, accommodation and tourism operators launching a dedicated Sustainable Destination Partnership program. Its objective is to to improve Sydney’s environmental performance by increasing its use of renewable energy, reducing water consumption and improving waste management and recycling systems.

The initiative brings together more than 30 local and international organisations including major hotels, museums and city attractions. CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said: “ICC Sydney is committed to operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sound manner and has already been recognised with some of Australia’s – and the world’s – highest sustainability ratings by building connections and creating impact for local communities, reducing its energy and water usage, and increasing its waste diversion from landfill.”

Designed to operate with optimal resource efficiency, ICC Sydney has utilised smart design strategies combined with cost efficient and renewable technologies, including a community funded solar array, a 200-kilolitre rainwater tank, energy efficient lighting and waste diversion strategies.

June 28, 2018

Toronto Opens its Doors for Medical Technology Experts

Toronto has been selected by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) to host the foremost international event for medical technology experts, The MedTech Conference, taking place October 5-7, 2020. The major convention will bring over 2,600 leaders in medical technology, including CEOs, venture capitalists, and policy makers to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

This is the first time The MedTech Conference will take place outside of the United States, marking Toronto as a centre for Life Sciences and medical technology advancements and manufacturing. In fact, it is home to half of Canada’s medical technology companies and most top 25 global medical technology companies operate in the region. The city’s health sciences sector is also ranked among the best in the world, along with its researchers.

June 27, 2018

The Association for Medical Education Heads for Basel

This year’s annual conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) will be held at the Congress Center Basel (CCB) from 25 to 29 August. The association chooses a different European city every year, and Basel was chosen this time because the city is able to satisfy the demanding space requirements – including a plenary room that can seat around 3000 delegates.

3.000 delegates – which include professors, lecturers, researchers, members of governments and administrations, and also ambitious young academics from the disciplines of medicine and healthcare – from over 90 countries are expected to arrive in the city to learn about the latest developments, exchange ideas regarding knowledge transfer and engage in networking. All the participants have the opportunity to present their work in the form of memos and posters and thus obtain feedback from an international audience.

June 26, 2018

Frankfurt Rising for Medical Conferences

Frankfurt, represented by the Frankfurt Convention Bureau of the city’s information centre Tourismus+Congress GmbH and Messe Frankfurt, has succeeded in securing two internationally renowned medical congresses for Frankfurt. The annual convention of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), which will be attended by an estimated 6,000 participants, is to be held at Messe Frankfurt’s locations between 24 and 27 March 2019. The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) convention, one of the largest European medical conventions with 15,000 participants, will then be held in Frankfurt between 3 and 6 June 2020.

The joint efforts of the city, the convention location and the scientific representatives, as well as the locational advantages have all contributed to attracting these conferences. Moreover, the city’s congress ambassadors were committed in their efforts to promote Frankfurt as a centre for medical conferences.

One of these ambassadors, Prof. Ulf Müller-Ladner, says: “We are regularly involved in organising national and international medical conventions, sometimes with more than 15,000 participants. From this experience, I can safely say that Frankfurt is in the Champions League of international congress destinations. The support provided by the well coordinated team of the City of Frankfurt and Messe Frankfurt shows the professionalism of the partners, as could be seen to great effect when the Rheumatology Congress was held in Frankfurt in 2016. As well as Frankfurt’s unrivalled location in the centre of Europe with its own major airport, its locational advantages include the motorway junction and Europe-wide Intercity Express hub.”

June 25, 2018

A Glance through History in Brussels

The 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH), which will be organised at the Palais des Académies in Brussels, from July 9 to July 13, 2018, follows previous editions held in Madrid (2003), Cambridge (2006), Cottbus (2009), Paris (2012) and Chicago (2015).

This 5-day international Congress will bring together around 250 researchers, policy makers and experts in the fields of construction, architecture, heritage and urban planning. The objectives include international knowledge exchange in the field of Construction History, stimulating further project and long-term collaboration between academic, public and private partners, as well as exchange knowledge between experienced and starting up researchers.

June 22, 2018

ICC Sydney Cements Global Reputation with Event Excellence

As Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is truly one of a kind. It features a striking contemporary design, state-of-the-art technology throughout and leading event services to cater to the changing architecture of meetings and events, all situated in the heart of Sydney.

 Following its official opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney has played a pivotal role in driving Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and event destinations. Its presence has been felt on a global scale, and to date it has welcomed a significant 1.6 million visitors to more than 1,000 events including major international business events, conventions, exhibitions and concerts.

Design: A Pioneering Venue

ICC Sydney sits at the epicentre of the A$3.4 billion, 20-hectare transformation of the waterfront Darling Harbour precinct in Sydney’s bustling CBD. It brings a new dynamic quality and reputation to the city whileproviding visitors and delegates the ultimate in quality, choice and flexibility for collaboration and innovation.

A fit-for-purpose facility with a unique and innovative design, the venue boasts spectacular views of the city skyline and a range of integrated facilities that help inspire the imagination and boost professional development. Guests can experience an industry-leading convention centre, 35,000sqm of exhibition space, sweeping views from a 5,000sqm open-air event deck, a spectacular 2,000 capacity grand ballroom – the largest of its kind in Australia – and world class theatres, meeting rooms and event spaces.

Following the 10th World Chamber of Congress held at ICC Sydney in 2017, Director of the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation, Anthony Parkes, was impressed by the modernity and efficiency of the building. “For me, the technology of ICC Sydney and the layout were two key elements that facilitated the dynamics of an innovative, modern-day event,” he said.

Supporting Client Success

Alongside a striking contemporary design, ICC Sydney has been recognised for its in-depth, comprehensive pre-planning process and exemplary service across all facets of the business. From a collaborative event planning process through to audio visual (AV) and technology support, as well as promoting an award-winning Feeding Your Performance culinary philosophy centred on boosting delegate’s concentration of minds and sustaining energy, the venue is setting a new benchmark for the industry.

At the heart of the organisation is ICC Sydney’s team of dedicated experts, all committed to client success and placing an innovation lens over everything they do while supporting clients through every step of the event planning process.

Heralding on the success of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, held at ICC Sydney this month, Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan said, “Once again, ICC Sydney has impressed on a global level hosting more than 1,200 leaders from the aviation industry. The feedback has been resoundingly positive with delegates not only acknowledging ICC Sydney’s exceptional functionality as well as its outstanding customer service and diverse food and beverage options.”

Looking ahead, the ICC Sydney team is focused on ensuring that everything it does consistently reaches a world class standard, elevating Australia’s position on the global stage while creating memorable event experiences for clients and visitors alike.

To experience ICC Sydney’s industry-leading venue and the best of Sydney, book your next event today.

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June 22, 2018

Shining Lights for Montréal

As Montréal‘s reputation as a technology hub continues to climb, the city decided to portray this by combining business with pleasure. Visitors and conference-goers can now explore Montréal’s most innovative attractions and exhibits as featured in Tourisme Montréal’s curated “tech in the city” experiences.

Some examples of this include the Jacques Cartier Bridge, one of Montréal’s foremost landmarks, which will be activated every night in real time thanks to intelligent programming, activated by millions of data that make up the pulse of the city. The grandiose light show at the Notre-Dame Basilica, Montréal’s most visited site, pays homage to the beauty of the historic building by creating a narrative upon its very structure.  Cité Mémoire, a free pedestrian nighttime circuit through Old Montréal, animates a poetic interpretation of the city’s history with large-scale projections on buildings, sidewalks and trees, complete with music and storytelling. Through animated projections that defy the mind, Space Next/EXO asks a beguiling question: is there life beyond Earth? It takes audiences off to new horizons and invites them to imagine life spreading elsewhere in the solar system and the cosmos. Finally, the Société des Arts Technologiques continues to push the envelope of innovation in entertainment, food and visual culture with its Satosphere, a spherical space on its top floor that’s the site of incredible immersive projection experiences where video and sound become one.

June 21, 2018

Business Events:
The Power of Associations

In the second of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, analyse the crucial role professional associations and the broader “civil society” deliver across all the whole of scientific and industrial development.

“Civil society organisations do work that government can’t necessarily do and do work that business can’t necessarily do. Yet if we can create a space where we actually pull together the professionals in a given field, and then invite business to the table, invite government to the table, invite your stakeholders to the table, we have much richer conversation” says Talley.

Watch the video on the website of Boardroom’s partner The Iceberg.