Associations Explore Jerusalem

September 8, 2017

Associations Explore Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an upcoming conference destination. Its history, the sites, the religious significance of the city to all global religions create an impressive atmosphere for any visitor. Combining that with the global medical research, technology and innovation, the city brings significant added value to the meeting industry.

Hadassah Medical Center, member of numerous international associations, hosts many conferences, events and symposiums. Professor Rivkind, Associate Professor of Surgery and Head of Shock Trauma Unit in the Department of the General Surgery at Hadassah Hospital, speaks about his city as a potential host city at his interview on the Jerusalem Conventions and Visitors Bureau blog.

September 6, 2017

Congress of Biomechanics Enjoyed Brisbane Hospitality

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre  hosted the congress for the International Society of Biomechanics – IBS 2017 from 23 – 27 July. More than 1,200 of the world’s foremost scientists from over 50 countries representing all aspects of the discipline came to the Centre for the five day Congress.

The city’s three leading universities representing an intense hub of biomechanics activity in collaboration with Team Brisbane, including Tourism & Events Queensland, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Brisbane Marketing, were the prime reason for conference organisers choosing Brisbane.

Professor Andrew Cresswell, President of the International Society of Biomechanics and Head of School, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, said the idea for the Brisbane conference started more than seven years ago ensured the biomechanics community would have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues in the Asia Pacific Region.

September 4, 2017

Mathematicians Are Invited to Tokyo in 2023

Tokyo will host the 10th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2023) according to the decision made at the Board Meeting of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Valencia in May 2017.

Having been founded in Paris in 1984, the Congress is held every four years attracting more than 3,000 participants related to mathematics from all around the world. The Congress will be held for the first time at Waseda University in August 2023.

Japan’s long-standing contribution to the mathematical society and ICIAM, financial and in-kind support from Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) and TCVB as well as “Team Japan” ‘s effort in preparing the proposal were all decisive factors in winning the bid.

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 31, 2017

Thought Leaders at Tomorrow’s Urban Travel Conference

A plethora of international thought leaders and innovators from the world of travel and beyond will speak at Tomorrow’s Urban Travel conference, kicking off on 12 October in Copenhagen. Among them is world-renowned author and Fortune500 advisor Joseph Pine. As the inventor of the term ‘experience economy’, Joseph Pine is credited with changing the way we think about consumers and marketing. He will talk about the experience economy from today into tomorrow, sharing new ideas on experience development in a new era of localhood as well as exploring the evolution towards transformational travel and the search for meaningful experiences of tomorrow.

Hosted by Copenhagen’s official DMO, Wonderful Copenhagen, the Tomorrow’s Urban Travel conference is an international event that looks at the future of tourism in major cities. Guided by its speakers, the conference will explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities that will define urban travel in the years to come.

Participants will also hear Destination Melbourne CEO Laura Cavallo talk about the relaunch of their ‘Discover Your Own Backyard’ campaign where locals become brand ambassadors for the city. Melbourne has just claimed the ‘most liveable city in the world’ title for the seventh year running.

August 30, 2017

Coex Gets Ready for UIA Seoul World Architects Congress

At least 30,000 people are expected to descend on Seoul this September 3rd to 10th for the 26th UIA Congress.

Located at both Coex and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), the eight-day congress will bring professionals and future leaders in the field of architecture to exchange the latest trends, best practices, and case studies.

Since its launch in 1948, the UIA World Architencts Congress has been held 25 times, with Seoul selected as the 26th destination under the theme “Soul of City”.

The 26th UIA Congress was organized closely with the Federation of Institutes of Korean Architects (FIKA), Seoul Metropolitan Government, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport of the Repulbic of Korea, and the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy

“September is the best month of the year to visit Seoul and all participants will be able to explore Korean traditional and modern culture, breathtaking scenery, and enjoyable cuisine,” said Jong Ruhl Hahn, President of the Congress. “There are also many other reasons Seoul will be the most convenient in every way, such as extensive WiFi networks provided in every corner of the City, warmest and energetic Seoullites, and trouble-free ground transportation.”

August 29, 2017

Global perspectives in Geneva

Geneva is holding OESO’s 14th World Conference Global perspectives in Esophageal diseases from 2nd to 5th September at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

OESO, the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus, is unique in the world not only in its focus on a single organ, the esophagus, but also because of its multidisciplinary nature, covering all aspects of esophageal medicine: diagnostics, pathology, surgery, endoscopy, medical, etc. 19 specialities in total.

The meeting format is also unique, comprising as it does a multitude of very specific questions, arranged in fora that brings together disciplines that typically work independently. 1,000 attendees are expected at the congress in 2017, due to the quality of the program, the growing importance of the medical issues around the esophagus. The meeting is constructed in order to maximize the contact between industry and faculty and attendees.

August 22, 2017

A ‘Dubai 360’ Immersion Experience for Associations

Set to be held 11-12 December 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the first-of-the-kind Dubai Association Conference will be part of a broader immersion experience, branded ‘Dubai 360’. If the conference aims to reinforce the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development, it will also be the opportunity for delegates to enjoy Dubai as maybe they have never before.

Associations play an integral role in Dubai’s sustainable growth, as they facilitate knowledge-sharing, which ultimately leads to innovation in key sectors, and more importantly supports the city in its ambition towards becoming a global knowledge hub. By attracting associations that are looking to expand within the Middle East, the Dubai Association Conference will go beyond traditional methods of education to focus largely on collaboration and engagement within the growing industries of the region, from technology and healthcare to education and finance.

Building on the success of the Dubai Association Centre, which was established in 2014 under an MoU between Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dubai Business Events and Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai now offers some much sought-after assistance for the establishment of non-profit, apolitical and non-religious professional associations and trade bodies in Dubai, so they can develop their activities and grow their membership in the emirate and the region.

The theme of the Conference will be ‘Building a Community’, and participants will have the opportunity to connect with key public and private stakeholders of Dubai, through discussions, networking and knowledge sharing, as international and regional experts will touch upon the latest trends in areas such as membership, online communities, restructuring education, volunteerism and governance, among others.

The Dubai Association Conference will also offer a unique opportunity to discover the various facets of Dubai, and what makes the city one of the most dynamic destinations in the world. At the same time, it will provide a better understanding of what is available in the city for associations to tap into. The itinerary will feature a deep-dive into the UAE’s rich heritage at the Etihad Museum, a glimpse into the future at the Prime Minister’s Office and Dubai Future Academy and its Dubai Future Accelerators, while unlocking happiness that seeps through city operations, thanks to the Smart Dubai programme. There will also be a behind-the-scenes peek of the site that will host Expo 2020 Dubai. Leisure activities will include a desert safari, a gala dinner, as you would expect at a conference, and tours of the Gold & Spice Souks.

August 21, 2017

Can Machines Really Learn in Sydney?

Sydney-siders experienced an influx of artificial intelligence as the world’s ‘Machine Learning’ experts descended on Australia. Over six days almost 2,500 professionals indeed met to discuss these frontiers of technology as part of the International Conference on Machine Learning. This area is a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence with applications across most industries. Conference sponsors included Nvida, Facebook and Google.

“NSW is known as Australia’s innovation powerhouse, bolstered by global events that are being held here. In 2017 and 2018 Sydney will host five global IEEE conferences covering topics from smart vehicles, nuclear science, medical imaging through to social implications of technology. They will promote STEM jobs and education, nurture the next generation of leaders and boost local expertise while pumping $11million into our economy. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation, committed to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity,” said Business Events Sydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith.

Earlier this year BESydney and Destination NSW collaborated to secure the Launch Festival, the world’s largest startup event, to Sydney in 2018 and 2019. This is the first time the festival will be held outside of San Francisco. It aligns with Sydney’s new $35 million startup hub – the first of its kind in Australia.

Picture: ICC Sydney

August 20, 2017

AIPC Annual Conference – Lessons from a City Reinventing Itself

 

Taking part in a congress whose delegates are actually the very people you deal with when you associations organise yours is always eye-opening. And when that congress takes place in a destination that’s reinventing itself –  and whose congress centre is part of that reinvention – you clearly understand how associations, venues and destinations can better work together to make the most of a conference.

Words Rémi Dévé

AIPC, the international association of congress centres, represents a global network of over 185 centres in 59 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals worldwide. It encourages excellence in convention centre management, based on the diverse experience and expertise of its international representation. To do so, it is engaging in a variety of educational, research, networking and standards programs. Its Annual Congress is part of those efforts to bring excellence in all areas of centre management: 2017 saw more than 150 delegates converge to Sydney and its international convention centre to tackle the very broad theme of Transformation!

Competition and adaptation are the two top challenges facing centres worldwide today, and for most venues that means applying new models and refreshing established ones in a transformation process that involves both the destination and the centre itself. At the same time, this must be linked to the broader strategies and approaches of the city and country in which centres operate, in order to ensure consistency with overall destination priorities.

In this regard, it made sense for the AIPC Annual Congress to kickstart with a session on how cities that want to play a role on the world scene – like Sydney does – must have all their stakeholders, including convention centres, work together to achieve the same unified vision and achieve growth. This way, association events can be regarded as partaking of this growth. Sydney, a recognized destination, indeed chose to reconfigure itself based on a new vision for its economic future, based on a range of perspectives that re-imagined the role of the new convention centre in the context of economic sector advancement, talent attraction and acquisition, academic leadership and an image consistent with all these goals.

As Michael Rose, Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, an independent think tank and champion for the whole of the city, pointed out: « Convention centres are a platform for success in the business events economy, has to play a role of a facilitator, and sometimes even of an accelerator, of knowledge and is hence a crucial partner in the way a city thinks about itself. »

Of course, I was particularly interested in a session called ‘Client Perspective’. After all, how associations and congress venues can work better together? What’s the overall experience of clients when it comes to convention centres around the world? Jan Tonkin, Managing Director of the Conference Company, which, among other things, offer convention services to associations, and Sven Bossu, Head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), who organises Sibos, the only global conference on financial services out there, shared their perspectives on change and evolution in the industry.

Jan Tonkin explained how key client groups are re-shaping event formats, centre expectations and traditional business practices. She summarised her experience this way: « Clients – including associations – and centres alike must demonstrate their open-mindedness, flexibility and forward-thinkingness. The trend is to experiment with meeting environments, designing ‘nooks and crannies’ possibilities or better interactive learning experiences. Security concerns are also dramatically on the rise, and collaborative planning in the matter is absolutely key. »

Sven Bossu explained: « Our last conference, which took place in Geneva, was completely reshaped. After having around 13 forums the previous year, we restructured and reformed the programme into four streams. Sibos is all about financial compliance, all about anti-money laundering, and all about cybersecurity, amongst other things. The goal is to bring people together and make them think about how to solve common challenges and that is what we’ve always tried to do with an event like ours. If convention centres understand what we want to achieve and they can be part of it, then it’s win-win situation. »

The rest of this article will be featured in the September edition of Boardroom, available soon.