Innovation Opens the Doors of New Destinations in Canada

April 8, 2019

Innovation Opens the Doors of New Destinations in Canada

While Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver have long been some of Canada’s top destinations for international business events, cities across Canada are attracting global conferences, thanks in large part to the academics and industry innovators across a variety of sectors.

With 10 post-secondary partners, New Brunswick, in Canada’s Maritimes, is growing its education system to meet the demands of cybersecurity, one of the fastest-growing segments in the Information and Communications Technology sectors, and Fredericton is ground zero. The city features Canada’s first advanced cybersecurity training program, the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity. Businesses will look to this inventive city to host conferences such as the Cybersmart Summit, which welcomes security experts from around the world to explore the issues facing online businesses and governments.

Ottawa has particularly shined in the automotive industry, making national headlines in 2017 when the first trial run of a driverless vehicle on a public street in Canada was held here. BlackBerry Limited will develop safe and secure software systems for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles. BlackBerry QNX will also develop and use concept cars as labs for technology and software development further establishing Ottawa as Canada’s AV capital, and the host location for events such as CAVCanada, Ottawa’s Autonomous Vehicle Summit where delegates learn about Canada’s expertise in AV technology.

Winnipeg is a centre of excellence for Advanced Manufacturing, thanks to the cutting-edge R&D on additive manufacturing and industry 4.0 technologies being done at the University of Manitoba, Price Research Centre North, Red River College and Canada’s National Research Centre. Host city of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporter’s conference, Winnipeg is also home to world-class venues such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Assiniboine Park Zoo with its Journey to Churchill Exhibit, and a soon-to-be-completed downtown revitalization project, True North Square.

 

Photo : Fredericton, New Brunswick

April 5, 2019

The Meetings Show is Open for Registration

This year’s Meetings Show is taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at Olympia London bringing together more than 4,500 industry professionals for two days of meeting, networking and learning. As well as having the chance to discover more than 600 suppliers to the industry, including destinations, venues, hotels and technology providers, the show is encouraging event professionals to shake up their events with an exciting education programme offering more than 40 hours of free learning.

Focused on the event planning journey, the education will feature sessions delivered in a variety of innovative formats, as well as keynote speakers set to inspire and one-on-one advice from the experts. Covering every aspect of planning an event, the programme will ensure no matter what level you’re at or what your job role is, there will be something that inspires you.

Visitor registration for The Meetings Show is open. The video that follows shows all the highlights of TMS, while introducing the new branding for 2019.

 

April 4, 2019

2020 Radiology Congress Scans Oman

Oman, represented by ORMIS (the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society), and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Oman Medical Association, the Oman Convention Bureau and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre has won a bid to host the 30th edition of the International Radiology Congress in October 2020. Key highlights of the conference will include diagnostic, interventional radiology, radiation protection and the important subject of Artificial Intelligence applications in radiology.  There will also be a separate programme within the congress for Radiographers and Radiology Technologists and an exhibition demonstrating the latest technology and equipment in the field of radiology.

ORMIS was formed in 2009 and one of its aims is to bring all radiologists working in Oman together under one umbrella to facilitate dialogue and exchange ideas. It also allows for sharing standardised protocols and procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic radiology procedures.

Khalid Al Zadjali, Director of the Oman Convention Bureau added, “It is expected that more than 1000 experts will attend the congress from all over the globe with many internationally renowned speakers covering the latest advances in radiology. We will ensure that they have the most successful conference ever and we will shower them with our warm Omani hospitality.”

 

April 3, 2019

Experts Help Fight Ageing at Grimaldi Forum

The 17th edition of the Anti Ageing & Medicine World Congress (AMWC) will take place between 4 and 6 April 2019 at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Under the scientific supervision of the World Society of Interdisciplinary Anti-Aging Medicine (WOSIAM), the conference will feature a highly interactive, stimulating and multidisciplinary program and will provide the ideal forum to stimulate ideas, educate, share expertise, initiate intense discussions and extend networking opportunities.

Many distinguished physicians, medical experts and scientists have joined the faculty and will take part in this congress. Every year, the event attracts over 10 000 participants coming from more than 120 countries. Over 300 leading international companies, showcasing on the 5-floor exhibition area, will be there to let you discover their latest products, technologies and services.

Grimaldi Forum is as green as ever having reached its environmental goals for 2018. The goal is to reduce the impact on the environment of the general maintenance of the building and of the events that take place within it, focusing primarily on sustainable and optimised water and energy management, energy management, waste sorting and recycling, an eco-responsible purchasing policy, good risk management, as well as on an active and event-driven communication. Water consumption is lower, energy efficiency has improved constantly and, while remaining steady, paper consumption relies more and more on sorting.

 

Photo : Esplanade, Grimaldi Forum Monaco

April 2, 2019

ICC Belfast Goes Under the Microscope

ICC (International Convention Centre) Belfast has announced it will host the Microbiology Society Annual Conference from 8 to 11 April 2019. The Society’s Annual Conference attracts attendees for the largest annual gathering of microbiologists in the UK and Ireland. More than 1,600 delegates from all over the globe will visit the city over four days attending over 30 sessions during the comprehensive scientific programme.

Chief Executive of the Microbiology Society, Dr Peter Cotgreave, said: “We can’t see them but microbes are everywhere, and affect almost all aspects of our lives. By bringing together thousands of microbiologists in one place for a festival of knowledge-sharing, we can make an impact on urgent problems like new and emerging diseases through to long-term issues like antimicrobial drug resistance and food security. We can answer very big questions by studying very small things.”

The venue officially repositioned its conferencing brand from Belfast Waterfront to ICC Belfast in October 2018, a change that is vital to delivering 50,000 conference delegate days each year by 2021 across the city.

April 1, 2019

IMEX in Frankfurt 2019 Means ‘Serious Business’

This year’s IMEX in Frankfurt, which takes place 21 -23 May 2019, is expected to bring together 3,500 exhibitors from over 150 countries, who can get stuck into some serious business. Imagination is IMEX’s Talking Point for this year and the theme informs content throughout the show, bringing with it a range of new experiences, exhibitors and educational events.

Learning opportunities are core to IMEX in Frankfurt, beginning with EduMonday, an afternoon of free professional education taking place the day before the show on Monday 20 May. For the first time, MPI (Meeting Professionals International, Strategic Partners to IMEX America) will also be offering high level education sessions during EduMonday: event marketing; risk management and inclusivity.

Association professionals from around the world are invited to Association Day & Evening, to share best practice and connect with peers. ASAE, ICCA and MCI have all collaborated with IMEX to create a topical and interactive programme, delivering three Learning Labs covering Leadership, Imagination and Knowledge.

March 29, 2019

The Meetings Show Returns with a Strong Education Programme

The Meetings Show is returning to Olympia London on 26 and 27 June 2019, with a packed programme of engaging education alongside the main exhibition.

The annual event brings together more than 4,500 industry professionals from across Europe and beyond, for an unmissable opportunity to find inspiration for their upcoming events, network with peers and learn from experts across a wide variety of fields.

The Meetings Show’s main education programme takes place throughout the two days of the show, with more than 40 hours of free-to-attend sessions on the show floor. As in 2018, there will also be a one-day Pre-Show Conference taking place on Tuesday 25 June, which is exclusively open to those who have applied for and been accepted onto The Meetings Show’s hosted buyer programme.

The theme of this year’s education programme will be ‘the event planning journey’, which will be split into seven stages, ensuring no matter what level you’re at or what your job role is, there will be something that inspires you.

The seven stages being covered are Sharpening Your Event Skills, Creating and Communicating the Vision, Textbook Planning, Making Your Events Memorable, Getting People There, The Bigger Picture and The Pat on the Back. From festivalisation, gamification and creativity to sustainability, social media and ROI, the programme will highlight all the latest trends and provide you with the information you need for the year ahead.

Engagement at events is key and The Meetings Show is going to be leading by example with education sessions delivered in a variety of innovative formats, as well as featuring keynotes and one-on-one advice sessions with experts.

Elsewhere at the show, visitors will have the chance to meet with exhibitors from around the world, including destinations, venues, hotels and technology suppliers, bringing all the inspiration you need for your next event under one roof. There will be numerous networking opportunities, including the Hosted Buyer Welcome Reception (for those on the official hosted buyer programme), MPI charity reception and lots of on-stand activities organised by exhibitors throughout the two days.

The Meetings Show is also partnering with a number of associations who will be attending, and in some cases holding their own meetings, at the show. These associations include the Event Marketing Association (EMA), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Meetings Industry Association (mia), Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) and Union of International Associations (UIA).

Hosted buyers will also have the opportunity to register for one of three post-show fam trips to Aberdeen, Brighton or Bristol, to experience the leading UK destinations first hand.

Registration is open now for both hosted buyers and visitor buyers. For more information, visit www.themeetingsshow.com 

March 28, 2019

The Barbican Follows the Letter of the Law

The Barbican will host the inaugural ‘London Conference on International Law’, from 3-4 October, 2019. This event is the first conference of this scale focussed on public international law to be held in London.

Under the theme of ‘Engaging with International Law’, international law academics, judges, practitioners, representatives of civil society, business-leaders and other stakeholders, will come together to discuss and confront how states and international organisations, academics and practitioners, and members of the public engage with international law. Panels and plenaries will address the most challenging current issues spanning the fields of environment, technology, conflict and security, transnational arbitration and dispute resolution, human rights and international criminal justice.

Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law and member of the Steering Committee comments: “Participants will consider the different ways individuals, organisations and countries seek to develop, change or restrict international law as they use it as a sword, a shield, a justificatory basis, an excuse, a language of cooperation, or a moral imperative.” 

Photo : The Barbican, London

March 27, 2019

Invest in Bogotá Becomes a Case Study for Sustainability

A recent analysis by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlighted Bogotá and its foreign investment promotion agency as a case study in the development of projects backed with foreign capital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The case study focused on the remodeling of the old El Campín Covered Coliseum, now known as the Movistar Arena. UNCTAD highlighted the fact that the remodeling project, executed through a Public-Private Partnership, is expected to create over 400 skilled jobs.

“The arena has special access and services for people with disabilities, such as dedicated entrances, ramps, and lifts for wheelchairs.” The remodeling resulted in four five-on-five soccer fields, a jogging track, a skateboarding park, and a cycling path, as well as a children’s playground and an area for art exhibitions. According to the document, “the new arena, which has 4.5G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network technology, is the most modern concert and event venue in Latin America.”

The UNCTAD document also drew attention to the fact that Invest in Bogota, the capital’s investment promotion agency, coordinated the institutional and commercial agendas of the public and private entities involved in creative industries, entertainment, and infrastructure, which facilitated the partnerships necessary to develop the project.

March 26, 2019

Learn How to Design an Event with ASSOCIATIONWORLD

ASSOCIATIONWORLD, partners of Boardroom, are organising one more interesting workshop at The Hotel in Brussels on 1 April. The workshop, called EventCanvas, is organised by Event Design Collective and provides a systematic approach to enable teams to design innovative events using Design Thinking applied to Events using the #EventCanvas methodology.

The Event Design Certificate Level 1 program is for leaders, executive directors, event directors, head of events, meetings planners and marketing managers who want a hands-on approach to understanding, designing and delivering events that matter. Basic skills include ability to interpret and create an Event Canvas Boundary box and discuss stakeholder needs.

After this workshop, participants will be ablate understand the event canvas methodology and templates to visually articulate the value of an event, sketch the canvas of a random event with a team offline or online, learn how to lead a team through the process of Event Design and create, design and prototype new events using the #EventCanvas.

You can register for the workshop here.