Second Call for Proposals for EAS 2020

August 1, 2019

Second Call for Proposals for EAS 2020

The next edition of the European Association Summit (EAS), launched by the Association Bureau in Brussles, will take place the week of 9-13 March 2020. For this new edition a new application form has been created dividing the Call into two stages. The first Call took place from May 20th to 20th June 2019, where 4 themes were proposed, focusing  on new strategies for associations, engaging youth in your field, women empowerment and new sustainable ways of doing business (in your field of expertise).

The second Call from July 22nd to 22nd September 2019, based on the proposals of the first one, happening now, targets the thematic and therefore the choices of candidates.

Association representatives are invited to submit case studies via the call for proposals. Use the opportunity to relate your experience on a range of issues relevant for associations. Share your experience in fields such as finance, events, advocacy, marketing, business models, governance or other relevant topic you wish to see featured. EAS aims to show the diversity of associations active at the international level.

The Call for Proposals is now open here.

 

July 30, 2019

New Global Recognition Award Programme by BestCities

The BestCities Global Alliance launched the Global Recognition Award programme, rewarding associations who help deliver positive change and leave a lasting impact in their partner destinations with a $500 USD grant to donate a charity or initiative of their choice.

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) are the first recipients of the award. Each organisation has held numerous conferences in BestCities’ partner cities, with ISN holding their congress in five partner cities, and the YPO holding seven conferences in five BestCities destinations.

ISN used their Global Recognition Award grant to support their Continued Medical Education programme to cover travel costs for Professor Kriang Tungsanga, a nephrologist based in Thailand, to speak at the annual meeting of the Laos Society of Nephrology.

YPO donated their grant to Bridges for Music, an organisation who build creative schools. The money will go towards the purchase of music equipment for a music school being built in Langa near Cape Town. In addition, YPO are also donating furniture to the school.

July 26, 2019

Introducing the Branded Content Marketing Association (BCMA)

The Branded Content Marketing Association (BCMA) has launched BCMA Influence to represent the influencer marketing industry, promoting the value of influencer marketing to brands, as it has been acknowledged that influencer marketing is currently one of the fastest growing advertising sectors, with the industry is expected to be worth up to $10bn globally by 2020.

The BCMA is also extending its highly valued accreditation scheme to validate and ensure Influencers have genuine followers. Its aim is to create a standard of best practice and represent the best in class.

The BCMA is an established global member association representing leading brands, agencies, platforms and production companies such as, Red Bull, Mediacom, Twitch, EndemolShine Group and has partnerships with many leading exhibitions, summits and conference organisers in the marketing industry.

Andrew Canter, Global CEO of the BCMA said: “It’s our goal to give our members a collective voice and promote the value of influencer marketing. Using our experience and knowledge in working with members we will give additional confidence to brands that are planning to engage with Influencers as part of their marketing strategy.”

July 25, 2019

Manchester Central Continues to Meet ISO Standards

Manchester Central has successfully achieved continued certification to ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001.

The ISO management system standards set out the requirements for successful and consistent business performance, including product and service quality, operational efficiency, environmental performance and health and safety management.

The audit was undertaken over a 3-day period and encompassed all areas of the business. The report highlighted the venues’ ‘enthusiasm to improving the business and continually monitoring the client’s needs and expectations to ensure that they receive the best possible service’.

Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central, said: “Delivering high levels of customer service is everything to us at Manchester Central, so we’re delighted that the latest audit has recognised the work that we do to provide outstanding experiences for clients and visitors. We’re proud that we were the first major venue in the UK to receive triple ISO accreditation and we’ll continue to be guided by these standards to look at ways to improve further”.

 

July 24, 2019

New Online Event Service for Associations in Berlin

Names like ADAC, DFB and DRK will be well known to many in Germany – and the list of German associations is very long indeed. According to the German Association Forum, there are currently around 15,000 associations in Germany, of which 1,500 are based in Berlin – and the number is rising.

Gritt Kalkutschke-Herzberg, Senior Marketing Manager at visitBerlin’s Berlin Convention Office, knows that the capital is popular with associations. The reason: “Associations want to be where policies are made and where many members are based,” says the expert for association congresses.

And so it is not surprising that associations, with a share of 22 percent, are the absolute frontrunners in the Berlin meetings market. The fact that more and more modern and innovative conference formats are replacing tried and tested event procedures has now led to a new online service page for associations being set up. You can check it out here.

July 22, 2019

An invitation to Switzerland

The yearly networking workshops of the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau based in Brussels will take place in October 14thand 15th.

In this digital world, unplugging from technology and reconnecting with ourselves, community, nature and life have become a necessity. And this is precisely what Switzerland offers in abundance. Being one of the most environmentally sustainable countries in the world with mighty mountains, dark gorges, deep-green forests, picturesque lakes, rushing waterfalls, mystical moors, Switzerland is the place to be for teams to spend quality time, disconnect to connect, unplug to unwind, and tune-out to tune in. However, whether in robotics precision or artificial intelligence, drones, nanotechnology and biotechnology, virtual reality or cognitive science, Switzerland is also one of the world’s leading countries of innovation and cutting-edge technology.

 The keynote speaker and animator of the evening is Tom Meyers, an osteopath with more than 15 years of experience working with people suffering from psychosocial stress and technostress. This has led him to develop the innovative body-mind and educational Reaset Approach. During his talk, Tom will focus on the challenges that new technologies such as AI, AR, VR, robotics, IoT and space tourism represent for the body, mind and spirit. Through his Futurize Yourself concept, he will share relevant and purposeful insights on the future of the human race.

The event will take place at  the Tech. Lounge of Bluepoint, 80, Boulevard A. Reyers in Brussels, and be attended by 13 Swiss partners.

Want more information? Write to myriam.winnepenninckx@switzerland.com or call +32(0)2 345 83 57

July 17, 2019

AC Forum’s Learning Experience in Glasgow

A partnership between the Associations & Conference Forum (AC Forum) and the Leading Centres of Europe (LCE) delivered its inaugural Collaborative Learning Experience at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow earlier this month. Under the theme “The Language of Leadership”, the event was attended by 20 delegates from both organisations.

Glasgow-based communications consultancy, Pink Elephant, took the participants through a journey which tackled the golden rules of communication and interviewing skills. Attendees were challenged to communicate in the most effective way possible during filmed interviews which were then played back for analysis. Collaboration between groups and individuals was key throughout the event, helping to grow strong working relationships.  The SEC’s Chairman, who is the former president of Virgin Galactic and special advisor to Sir Richard Branson, delivered a session on the value and importance of brand and innovation.

Adrian Ott, President of the AC Forum, said: “Through this new partnership, the LCE and the SEC, supported by the Glasgow Convention Bureau enabled AC Forum’s educational ambitions to come a big step closer towards a natural synergy which fosters peer-to-peer education, innovation by sharing good practice, expanding thinking, and finally, neutrality by providing a forum free from commercial influence.”

More on this soon, in the September issue of Boardroom.

July 11, 2019

Sustainability Conference in Glasgow Makes a Difference

The 27th International Input-Output Association Conference (IIOA) draw to a close at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (pictured)  last week in Glasgow. The meeting – which took place in the UK for the first time – attracted a record number of delegates from nearly 50 countries.

The IIOA conference is focused on the advancement of knowledge in the field of data compilation and economic statistics and its use across a wide variety of sectors. A key theme of this year’s meeting is sustainability and minimising the environmental impact of conferences on their host destination.

Glasgow has aspirations to become one of Europe’s most sustainable business tourism cities and is currently the only UK city to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

Gordon Hodge, Head of Conferencing and Events at the University of Strathclyde added: “Our sustainability team has worked hard to identify ways that we can support clients like the IIOA to minimise the environmental impact of their meetings. Even simple gestures like encouraging delegates to bring their own water bottles to fill up for free; smart menu choices which include more vegetarian or vegan options; or making the most of our city-centre location and connectivity with public transport, can make a difference.”

July 9, 2019

Associations Are Welcome to Kent

Kent Event Centre has diversified its offering to attract more association events. The new association event programme follows the success of the recent International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) conference for equine vets which took place at the venue in April. The event attracted 90 vets from across the world who experienced practical ‘hands-on’ ultrasound sessions using a horse which was brought inside the venue and learnt more about the pioneering work being done by ISELP.

Kent Event Centre is the commercial arm of the Kent County Agricultural Society, an agricultural charity established in 1923 based at the Kent Showground near Maidstone in Kent. The Kent Event Centre was formed in 1991 as the commercial arm of the charity as a dedicated conference and events venue. Because the venue is a charity it understands the challenges charities and associations are facing today, particularly when it comes to funding and diversifying income, therefore the new offering includes dedicated, discounted rates exclusively for associations and charities.

The venue benefits from 7,000sqm of indoor space along with 200 acres of outdoor space, which proved a great asset to ISELP who needed space to transform into a working veterinary surgery for the duration of the event. The venue also benefits from 1,000 bedrooms at hotels within a 5-10 mile radius.

July 5, 2019

Bordeaux Joins Sustainability Index

With the Bordeaux Convention Bureau joining Global Destination Sustainability Index(GDS-Index), Bordeaux is now part of a global destination sustainability movement, that seeks to engage, inspire and enable urban centres to become more regenerative places to visit, meet and thrive in.

As such, the city will actively participate in the collaborative platform to benchmark the sustainability of their destination and their meeting and events industry, and improve the sustainability strategy of its Convention Bureau and Destination Management Organizations, among many other activities.

Guy Bigwood, Managing Director for the GDS-Index said: “Bordeaux, aside of being a touristic hotspot for wine aficionados, is also a world class host for large meetings and events. The city’s drive to make these more sustainable is commendable, and we look forward to helping Bordeaux develop a better sustainable destination strategy, improve their performance and share their tactics for change globally.”

Bordeaux has already made significant efforts to create a regenerative culture to meet, live, and thrive in. The wine capital of the world has the largest urban area classified by UNESCO, and is a hub for meetings for the medical industry, academia and learning, digital economy and aeronautics.