Basel Makes a Big Step with a Small Footprint

March 22, 2019

Basel Makes a Big Step with a Small Footprint

As part of the MCH Group, the Congress Center Basel (CCB) pays particular attention to ensuring environmentally friendly standards and acting in an economically sustainable manner. Since 2016, the in-house Green Team has been responsible for optimisations, offers and also communication in the field of ecological sustainability.

The CO2 calculator marks one of the Green Team‘s sustainable achievements. The calculator enables organisers to work out the emissions generated by their events. Details can be entered for mobility, location, overnight accommodation, catering, and energy and water consumption, etc. The online tool then calculates the overall emissions generated by the event and the costs that these give rise to. The CO2 calculator has been developed in cooperation with CO2OL. This organisation has set itself the target of closing the gap between environmental protection and business.

In order to minimise emissions, the CCB’s Green Team is thus aiming to cooperate with the renowned Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, which is pursuing various climate-related projects. In future, organisers will have the opportunity to make a financial contribution to these projects and thus link their event to the conservation of our natural resources.

 

Photo : Congress Centre Basel

March 21, 2019

Cybersecurity Education in The Hague

(ISC)2, a non-profit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals, will hold its Secure Summit EMEA on 15-16 April 2019 at the World Forum in The Hague (NL), International City of Peace, Justice and Security. The two-day event will welcome over 400 visitors, bringing together the best minds in cybersecurity from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and providing a highly interactive educational programme that tackles today’s concerns.

Confirmed highlights include a GDPR simulation workshop. Attendees can work through a real-world GDPR data breach, developing the skills needed to keep their organisations compliant and safe from fines and reputational damage. The professional development track features sessions on “positive security” and its benefits to application security in the workplace, implementing agile crisis and continuity management and a look at the psychology of a hacker.

The cloud track features case studies from some of the world’s largest companies and institutions, showcasing how they have used and secured the cloud effectively. Meanwhile, the incident response track features sessions on digital forensics, dealing with exploitability over vulnerability, along with sessions on building better incident response plans tailored to your own organisation.

March 20, 2019

International Shipbrokers Sail their Way to Athens

The Athens Convention Bureau (ACVB) Member ARGO MICE and the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association recently announced the organising of the 7th Global Symposium of Maritime Executives, Pireas 2019, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Shipping & Island Policy, the Ministry of Tourism, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the University of Piraeus and the Aegean University amongst others.

This year’s Global Shipbrokers Forum (Yacht Club of Greece, 20.6.2019) and Shipbrokers Dinner (Metropolitan Expo, 21.6.2019) are expected to set the benchmark for shipping events and attract a record number of attendants, in excess of 3,500.

March 18, 2019

Is your Association Ready for the EU Elections?

 

ESAE, the European Society of Association Executives, is organising a new series of workshops for its members, preparing Association Leaders for the upcoming E.U. elections. Under the theme “Your Roadmap for the EU Super-Year 2019”, the workshops are co-produced with Interel Association Management and will kick off on March 26, with a session on the elections for the European Parliament.

The workshop will deal with projections on the makeup and majorities in the new EP and implications for Associations, identifying priorities set out in political group manifestos – how to influence the future Commission work programme and identifying which key MEPs are coming back and which newcomers could be the next “rising stars”.

The two other workshops are foreseen to take place on 25 June and 5 November under the themes ‘Who will be the next EU leaders?’ and ‘Getting to know the new European Commission and its priorities’ respectively.

Members can register here.

 

 

 

March 15, 2019

Leadership, Imagination, Knowledge at IMEX Association Day

Association Day takes place in Messe Frankfurt (host sponsor) on Monday 20 May, the day before the IMEX in Frankfurt show opens. This event is split into three streams – all aimed at senior association professionals and chaired by key organisations in the sector. 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. Attendees can choose sessions from all three streams and tailor the day to suit their own needs.

The ASAE Leadership Lab aims to help attendees build their people management skills touching topics like talent management and managing global teams. The ICCA Imagination Lab will take a creative look at event planning, business development and partnerships discussing creativity with a limited budget and how to evolve your annual congress. Festivalisation is the buzzword which begins the MCI Knowledge Lab which will talk about creating unforgettable, immersive experiences that still hit objectives and strategies for securing commercial partnerships and new sponsors.

The afternoon programme ends with a roundtable discussion before attendees join other industry professionals at Association Evening, held at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel, to celebrate the start of IMEX in Frankfurt.

March 14, 2019

Associations Benefit from BestCities Partnership

BestCities Global Alliance, the network of 12 premier international convention bureaus, is launching a range of client financial benefits, thanks to an innovative new partnership with payment solution company, Meeting Escrow. The three-year strategic collaboration will offer BestCities’ clients a new portfolio of secure payment, foreign currency budget protection and VAT reclaim services for business event clients globally. BestCities clients will receive preferred pricing on the fees for their services, that are not offered to clients meeting in other destinations.

Equipping BestCities with a competitive advantage and market differentiation, the partnership aims to address key challenges faced by clients when planning events globally across currencies. These challenges range from varying exchanges rates, which can have a significant impact on client budgets, to mounting administration costs and time involved in VAT reclaim processes.

Paul Vallee, Managing Director at BestCities Global Alliance, said:“Meeting Escrow is a company that we are pleased to partner with as they not only provide practical solutions for the marketplace but ensure they give back to the industry.  For example, they support the Incredible Impacts programme we jointly operate with ICCA that recognizes associations with $7,500 grants for long-term legacies.”

Grant Snider, President and CEO at Meeting Escrow, said: “BestCities’ prestigious international profile and values align perfectly with our global focus on financial security, transparency and risk management for Business Events.”

March 13, 2019

Associations Get Easier Access to Belgium

The new Belgian code on Companies & Associations was adopted earlier this month by the Belgian federal parliament. FAIB (Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium) welcomes the new Code: while preserving the essential elements of the flexibility of the AISBL / iVZW statute for international not for profit associations (INPAs) established in Belgium, the new Code modernises the law, making it much easier for associations of all types, whether trade or professional, NGOs or charities to transfer their seat seamlessly to Belgium. The merger and demerger of INPAs will also now be possible.

This is important as Brussels has now become the second advocacy capital of the world after Washington DC due to its twin advantages as the centre for the EU institutions and the flexible legal status for INPAs.

FAIB expects the new Code will enter into force on 1 May 2019 for new companies and associations while the new rules will apply to existing INPAs as from 1 January 2020. Changes to articles of association will also be required for all INPAs after a lengthy transition period of several years.

Adrian Harris, FAIB President, commented: “After the successful adoption of the law, what will be particularly important to ensure that the Code proves attractive to INPAs looking into relocating to Belgium by rapidly processing applications for AISBL/iVZW status and making administrative requirements such as the registration of foreign directors simple. These are issues which we are eager to quickly move forward on with the support of the Federal Ministry of Justice.” 

March 8, 2019

An Advocacy Workshop with ASSOCIATIONWORLD

A unique workshop is taking place on 15 March between 9.00 and 17.oo at The Hotel Brussels. In the framework of the ONE Campaign – an international, non-profit, advocacy and campaigning organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease – and in collaboration with ASSOCIATIONWORLD foundation, of which Boardroom is a privileged partner, the workshop will focus on improving girls’ education and health, securing more and better aid and fighting for anti-corruption laws. 

Under the theme ‘Advocating for Systemic Change’, the program will comprise of mini-presentations that present the key elements of successful advocacy and campaigning approaches illustrated with case-studies, applied group work and a panel discussion. 

The workshop will explore how to identify policy influencing opportunities and the decision makers you should target as well as strategies that combine policy evidence with politics and public opinion to shape debates and create a positive outcome and the role of strategic communication in influencing debates and creating the right environment for reform.

You can register for the event here.

March 7, 2019

Belfast Lauches New Business Tourism Campaign

Belfast’s official tourism marketing agency, Visit Belfast, has launched a brand new marketing campaign designed to rapidly accelerate the volume of inbound business conferences and events taking place in the city. Emphasising the importance of business tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland and developed by Visit Belfast with 13 major partners from the city’s tourism industry – Belfast Makes Sense – was officially launched at the start of International Confex 2019 in London.

Focused on Great Britain and international markets, the digital-led campaign is the largest dedicated business tourism marketing initiative ever undertaken by the city, incorporating a new website, video content, targeted advertising and public relations to support sales growth. Uniquely, the year-long campaign will also feature a range of high profile conference and event organisers and new testimonials from previous clients who are championing the city based on their own positive experience.

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland  (ASGBI) was one of Belfast’s first significant clients to bring its annual conference to the newly-expanded ICC Belfast. “More than 1,100 delegates attended and were immediately made to feel like VIPs. The entire city, from taxi drivers to staff in hotels, bars and restaurants were aware that we were in town and they made us feel so welcome.  I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Belfast to UK associations for conferences and events,” ASGBI General Manager, Bhavnita Patel said.

March 6, 2019

A Rush of Blood in Prague

EAHAD chose Prague as its 12th congress destination and more than 2 600 medical experts, pharmacists and community representatives from 80 countries from around the world came to Prague. A record number of EAHAD congress participants was brought to Prague not only thanks to the attractiveness of the city, but also due to advances in genetic therapy, which keep publishing promising results making an opportunity for a quality discussion during the congress.

The main program of the congress took place February 6 – 8, 2019 in 13 halls and meeting rooms, where also discrete sessions with specialists were held separately. These roundtable discussions were hosted by renowned conference partners.

Professor Mike Makris, the President of the association, underlined that Europe is leading the world in research on rare diseases. The President of the EAHAD 2019 Congress, Jan Blatný, expressed his pleasure from hosting the congress in Prague. “I consider this to be sort of a recognition of the Czech Republic and the cooperation of its specialists – physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, insurance companies – all, who take care of patients with bleeding disorders. No country where the care wouldn’t be at a high level would become the host of such a congress.”