Leading Eye Specialists to Gather in Melbourne

September 1, 2017

Leading Eye Specialists to Gather in Melbourne

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has just secured the largest ever conference for the state.

Melbourne has indeed been chosen as the host city for the World Ophthalmology Congress® 2022 (WOC2022) of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). This biennial congress will convene at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 25 – 28 February 2022 and is forecast to be the largest conference ever secured for Victoria, attracting over 14,000 delegates from across the globe and generating more than $85 million in economic contribution for Victoria.

Secured by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), with vital support from MCB, WOC2022 offers world-leading experts, healthcare specialists and practice managers in the field of ophthalmology the opportunity to meet in Melbourne to discuss new trends, products and developments in ophthalmology and eye health.

August 16, 2017

Christchurch is Designed for Association Meetings

More than $40 billion is being ploughed into Christchurch, transforming New Zealand’s oldest city into its newest. ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau Bid Manager Claire Hector-Taylor says this compact, attractive city is an ideal meeting destination: “Christchurch is a future-focused city boasting major infrastructure developments, including a new convention centre due to be completed in late 2019. We are the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island with a top international airport just 15 minutes from the city.”

Famed as the Garden City, the CBD is now home to new green spaces with the Ōtākaro/Avon River precinct as its centrepiece, creating a beautiful walking environment.

New Zealand’s second largest city is home to world-class universities, Crown research facilities, start-up accelerators, and specialist innovation and health precincts. “Here we are bringing together people from all over the world with interests in Christchurch’s specialist areas of expertise, including earth sciences, health sciences, agriculture, food science, international education, building and environmental technology.” Claire adds.

Picture: Christchurch Convention Centre.

August 15, 2017

How Associations Can Raise their International Profiles

As the world’s information networks grow more saturated, associations can boost their national and international profiles and expand their world influence through aggressive membership drives and strategic public relations experts.

“The Sarawak Convention Bureau believes that strategic communications and public relations is a crucial growth force and a real return on investment for all types of national and international associations who are trying to expand their reach in the world, grow their membership, or achieve a wider audience for their products,” said Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of SCB. “Public relations firms specialize in mindful strategic planning, media management tools and extensive networks for the benefit of associations everywhere.”

To walk the talk, Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) recently named Intelectasia – an award-winning public relations firm who has represented numerous organizations across various sector – as another tribal ally for its latest and boldest marketing endeavor, the Redefining Global Tribes campaign.

“Integrated PR strategies can raise the visibility of not just associations and conference organisers, but also the destinations that such associations choose to hold their Business Events, which ultimately grows membership and participation,” said Manminder Kaur Dhillon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Intelectasia. When associations choose Sarawak as their congress destination, they can benefit from Intelectasia’s expertise in all kinds of PR areas.

August 14, 2017

An ISTH Experience at Messe Berlin

You know what it’s like: as an association planner, you get invited to famtrips and all you see is hotels, meeting venues and food. This is done with no spirit more often than not unfortunately. Well, that was not the case at all in Berlin in July when Messe Berlin got representatives of 17 international congress industry associations to come and take a look behind the scenes at the World Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). Words Rémi Dévé

Messe Berlin Site Experience. That was the name of it and it says it all. Dr. Ralf Kleinhenz, senior vice president at Messe Berlin, explains it this way: “Site visits are the old thinking. We wanted to offer a genuine site experience. By making convention organisers, our potential customers of the future, experience a behind-the-scene tour of a major international event held in the many rooms of the CityCube Berlin and the infrastructure on the grounds, they were able to gain a direct impression of the venue and what makes Messe Berlin and the city so attractive.

This was the very first ISTH congress to be held in Germany after 63 years. According to Thomas Reiser, executive director of the ISTH, the CityCube Berlin is a beautiful and well-designed building and ideally met the special requirements of the event. “The CityCube Berlin and neighbouring exhibition grounds represented a modern and attractive venue and the team was highly professional, which enabled us to perfectly realise our plans and ideas.” he said.

He also praised the work done by Berlin-based PCO KIT Group: “They belong to Messe Berlin, so they know both the city and the venue inside out. They took care of the registration, housing, social events, the whole exhibition execution and finanicial management, under our guidance and control and that worked very well. The clearly understood the needs and challenges of a Society like ISTH.

But what about the legacy that a congress like that wants to achieve? “The legacy that we want to leave behind is maybe less defined than others. We bring many physicians and scientists together so that they can exchange knowledge and best practice and take those back where they come from. We try to make the Congress very accessible. Germany is such an important scientific medical community and it was very smooth to achieve this. ” Reiser explained.

August 11, 2017

What to Expect from ibtm world

This year is a major milestone for ibtm events, as it is the 30th anniversary of ibtm world, taking place in Barcelona from 28 – 30 November 2017. Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, explains what’s in it for association professionals.

Can you give an overview of what to expect from the event this year?

Complementing the meetings programme at ibtm world, once again we have a full itinerary of networking events, some of them personalized to the sector including ‘Associations Connect’, specifically created for peer-to-peer engagement. We know that our Knowledge Programme is very well received by association buyers and that they place great importance on attending the sessions.

We have another exciting programme planned this year, headlined by two globally renowned keynote speakers who will be announced imminently, with association specific as well as generic education sessions, all aimed at delivering tangible learnings that the audience can apply in their business going forward. Select elite buyers will be invited to share their knowledge on hot topics including maintaining funding, adding value for members and recruiting chapter leaders.

Alongside this, our Innovation Zone, Technology and Services Zone and, new for this year, our Start-up Pavilion, will give association buyers access to a whole host of suppliers of emerging technologies and the opportunity to network and meet with potential new suppliers.

Ultimately our aim is to ensure that our buyers have the best possible experience at our event and that they get real value from attending. We are confident that this year’s enhancements mean we continue to offer a market leading programme.

What support do you offer for younger entrants to the industry?

ibtm events has, for the eleventh consecutive year, partnered with ICCA for the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals which this year has the theme of ‘The future is here, the future is you!’. Opening in Barcelona on the eve of ibtm world 2017, 26 November and closing on 28 November, the forum gathers 35 young events industry professionals from a range of organisations and associations for a three-day long programme of educational sessions, networking, social activities and guidance from some of the industry’s most influential professionals.

Delegates benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of the different industry sectors, strengthen their connections and networks with peers and industry leaders from across the globe and gain experience of working on multi-cultural and buyer-supplier teams. Attendees then have access to the show floor and can take advantage of the inspirational education sessions and networking.

Any new exhibitors this year ?

As always, a huge part of the appeal of the event is the amazing breadth of exhibitors in attendance. This year, some 3,000 exhibiting companies representing over 150 countries will attend, ensuring a comprehensive offering for meetings and events planners. Exhibitors range from destinations and conference centres to technology companies and suppliers from across the industry, New exhibitors confirmed to attend this year include Visit Wales, Synergy International Italy, Fiesta Hotel Group, Meet Puerto Rico, Visit Almaty, Titanic Hotels, Ceara, Designer Incentives and Conferences India.

Those and all the others will gladly meet up with associations that have already said they would be there, including the Optical Society, European Health Management Association, European Society of Ophthalmology, Association of International Seafood Professionals, European Cystic Fibrosis Europe, International Financial Cryptography Association, World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, and UEFA.

To register go here.

July 13, 2017

Rwanda, a Newcomer as a Convention Destination

Rwanda is shaping up as one of East Africa’s premier business tourism destinations, following efforts by the government and its partners to help strengthen and grow the private sector in the meetings market, a recent article in The Independent argues.

Having climbed from 7th to 3rd in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) 2016 latest ranking of business tourism in Africa, Rwanda is obviously becoming a destination of choice for association planners.

The east African country invested in a brand new state of the art convention centre adjoining the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kigali, Marriott Hotel Kigali with major meeting spaces available in the hotel plus added new hotels. as does the investment in the national airline RwandAir, which is now serving 21 destinations in Africa, the Middle East and India while adding London at the end of May to their network too.

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, boasts an international events under its belt, including high-level forums such as the World Economic Forum on Africa in May 2016, 27th African Union Summit in July 2016, the Global African Investment Summit in September 2016, Africa Hotel Investment Forum in October 2016 and the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in October 2016.

According to the latest biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Rwanda is ranked the ninth safest country globally for tourists.

July 10, 2017

Digital Healthcare to be Discussed in Jerusalem

Jerusalem and Israel as a whole are confirming they are shaping the future of digital healthcare, as will host the Mhealth conferences all the way until 2019.

With a keen eye on disrupting the entire industry, mHealth Israel Founder Levi Shapiro stated “we’re excited to hold the Mhealth conference in Jerusalem through 2019. Based on the comprehensive mHealth Israel database, it is clear that Jerusalem is experiencing a boom in life science and medtech investment and startups. Jerusalem offers the perfect setting for global C-level decision makers to meet innovative startups from across Israel, Europe and the US.”

The mHealth industry success is based on the key ingredients: highly educated professionals, an entrepreneurial spirit, a risk taking culture, tremendous technology innovation and continuous support by government and private investors. Mobile health is all about the apps – enabling people to interact while on the move with websites and online databases that help both with the maintenance of health, such as fitness apps that guide users to proper exercise and diet, as well as apps that help individuals with health problems, including diabetics.

With more than 4,200 members, mHealth Israel is the largest connected health community in the Middle East. The mHealth Israel WEEK, annual conference, global roadshows, Startups Database and other activities help connect Israeli digital health startups with global healthcare leaders. mHealth Israel 2016 doubled its attendees, indicating a clear benefit of the positive trajectory. The conference also brought the world’s leading health tech experts from over a dozen countries, including Fortune 1000 global health and technology company representatives attended.

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.”