Hamburg City Tour of Innovation

February 28, 2019

Hamburg City Tour of Innovation

The Hamburg Convention Bureau has developed a new online resource – Hamburg – Gateway to the World of Tomorrow – giving meeting and event professionals an insight into leading-edge locations, companies and collaborations, showcasing Hamburg’s credentials as a city for innovative and sustainable business events.

The city’s economic clusters include logistics, maritime industries, aerospace, medicine, the life sciences, media and IT as well as renewable energies. HafenCity, for instance, regenerated former port site is now an innovative mixed use development with sound sustainability credentials, designed to reduce carbon emissions and ensure effective energy use. The ZAL, Hamburg’s Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, where industry and the sciences collaborate closely, is a research centre for civil aviation which enables testing conditions that come close to those of a real flight situation. Lastly, Hamburg’s Health Innovation Port (HIP) is a platform dedicated to the future of healthcare, bringing start-ups into contact with the sector’s experts.

Florian Gerdes, Marketing Manager Conventions at Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains: “Hamburg’s expertise and leadership in the sectors of logistics, maritime industries, aerospace, medicine, the life sciences, media and IT as well as renewable energies is driven by a strong innovative streak. We want to share this innovation with planners through our new online platform and help them to easily tap into the city’s strengths to support their event – by sourcing speakers, sponsorship, attendees and activities, for example.”

Photo : HafenCity Hamburg


February 19, 2019

Registration Is Open for The Meetings Show in London

Hosted buyer registration is now open for The Meetings Show, taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at Olympia London, offering a tailored buyer-led programme designed for buyers to maximise their time out of the office and give a new perspective to their event planning process. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals, it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

Hosted buyers attending on the three-day programme can enjoy exclusive education at the Pre-Show Conference with dedicated streams for associations, as well as the Hosted Buyer Welcome Reception, which last year attracted more than 400 attendees.

Della Penfold, hosted buyer programme manager for The Meetings Show, said: “Our new, streamlined programme for hosted buyers debuted at The Meetings Show 2018 and was extremely well-received the hosted buyers who took part. Unlike with some shows, we don’t make appointment matches, so it’s entirely down to the buyer who they want to meet with, and with the three attendance options it provides more flexibility for those tight on time.”

Registration for The Meetings Show’s 2019 hosted buyer programme is open. To apply, visit


February 18, 2019

Nantes Takes the Lead in Science and Technology

La Cité Nantes Events Centre is hosting a variety of national and international major events in 2019 in the field of science and technology, where scientists will discuss their research findings and present their innovative solutions.

Since 2005 with the creation of the competitiveness cluster EMC2, dedicated to advanced manufacturing technologies, Nantes has developed numerous projects developed within the Jules Verne innovation centre. In addition to EMC2, it is home to a Technological Research Institute (IRT), the Technocampus Composites and the Technocampus Ocean, as well as a prototyping workshop (FabMake), soon to be joined by a Manufacturing Academy. United, since 2014, under a single name « Jules Verne Manufacturing Valley”, these collaborative organisations work with engineers and academics to develop new manufacturing techniques based on research conducted on material transformation.

In 2019, 10 Science & Technology events will be held in Nantes including the 8th International Conference on Fundamentals and Development of Fuel Cells from 12 to 14 February with 200 participants, the ISEECap 2019 (International Symposium on Enhanced Electrochemical Capacitors) from 6 to 10 May with 150 participants, the 14th World Conference on Titanium with over 1,000 participants from 11 to 14 June, the European Conference on Constitutive Models for Rubbers from 25 to 27 June with 120 participants, the 27th Conference on Thermal Engineering from 3 to 6 June with 350 participants, the 24th General Conference of the French Physical Society (Société Française de Physique) from 8 to 12 July with 500 participants, the 36th IASP World Conference (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation) from 24 to 29 September with 1,000 participants, the 17th Conference of the French Society of Process Engineering (Société Française de Génie des Procédés) from 15 to 17 October with 800 participants and the Composites Meetings 2019 on 13 and 14 November with 800 participants.

Photo : La Cité Nantes Congress Centre 

February 15, 2019

Welcome ‘Destination Nancy’

Grand Nancy Congrès & Evènements, the Convention Bureau of the region, also in charge of the management of Centre de congrès Prouvé, has evolved and has now become ‘Destination Nancy‘, effective as of the beginning of 2019. With the integration of the Tourism Office of the region, the city wished for the actions of the company to grow further in order to reinforce the collaborations established on national and international level with the aim of further economic and touristic development.

Destination Nancy’s four missions include welcoming and organisation of events in the venues it represents, i.e. the Parc des expositions de Nancyand the Centre de congrès Prouvé, promotion of the destination  through the Convention Bureau and, finally, act as the Metropolis Tourism Office.

Already in 2019 several events have been planned for the Centre de congrès Prouvé, like the International Symposium of electromagnetic Fields with 300 participants and the Congress of Nephrology with 1200 participants, which will also celebrate its five years of existence.


February 14, 2019

FAIB Celebrates Associations Law

Last month the Federation of European & International Associations (FAIB)  based in Belgium celebrated two anniversaries in the Townhall of Brussels City, put at its disposal by Brussels authorities, with 130 participants. FAIB’s 70th year of existence coincided with the 100th of the adoption of the law of 25 October 1919 ruling INPAs. The guests openly debated on “The role of associations in shaping modern legislation”, that shed another light on a highly topical issue.

The 1919 law was innovative, granting international associations the civil personification. It first only referred to associations with a scientific purpose but in 1954, notably owing to the intervention of FAIB, the scope of the law was broadened to be philanthropic, religious, artistic or educational. In 2002, the scope of the law is further extended to incorporate associations that “pursue a non-profit-making aim of international utility”.

The 1919 law has played an important role in the recognition of the legal personality of non-governmental organisations and, a hundred years later, it is still valid. FAIB is actively coordinating the position of the international associations sector on the reform of “company and association law” currently at stake. The draft law amending the Code on companies and associations is in its final stages before its expected adoption in a forthcoming plenary session.

February 13, 2019

Get Tailor-Made Education at IMEX’s EduMonday

As part of Imex in Frankfurt 2019,  EduMonday, an afternoon of free professional education, takes place the day before the show starts, on 20 May 2019. “This year’s EduMonday delivers the power of bringing people together to learn new skills, co-create fresh ideas and innovate, with a free programme of high quality learning designed to inspire attendees to create incredible events”, says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

The day begins with the keynote at She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft. After this attendees can stay and be part of She Means Business, celebrating the role of women in the events industry, or mix and match from a programme of 20 general sessions designed around professional or personal developments.

Education in both English and German taps into the latest trends and issues, covering business skills, innovation, sustainability, crisis management as well as wellbeing and personal development. With emotional intelligence increasingly incorporated into event planning, IMEX is offering the Event Design Certificate Programme free of charge.

February 11, 2019

EAS Goes Green in Brussels

From February 28 to March 1, 2019, organises the European Association Summit (EAS) at the SQUARE – Brussels Convention Centre. For its seventh edition, the European Association Summit (EAS), an annual meeting of exchange and networking between international associations, has chosen an evocative theme: “share and co-create”. This year, the goals of the summit are to allow participants to build links between international associations and thus expand their network to develop short-term and long-term initiatives and to develop new models of cooperation and resource use through learning, networking and new projects.

In addition to these goals, the summit also invites associations to contribute together by their actions to the preservation of the environment. Indeed, the Association Bureau has the will to provide a responsible event to show ways to organise an eco-friendly summit. A plan including the dedication of specific resources, encouraging main stakeholders to adopt sound sustainability practices, and the commitment to specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) has been put in place.


February 7, 2019

Boardroom Joins Forces with AC Forum

Boardroom has formed a strategic alliance with the Associations Conference Forum (AC Forum), one of Europe’s only peer-to-peer networking platforms for the associations market.

The two organisations share a strong alignment of interests. Both are focused on delivering high quality, educational content for the associations sector. Boardroom persistently drives the global conversation on the most important topics, trends and destinations and prides itself on its position as an expert source of information for association professionals. AC Forum meanwhile strives to inspire and encourage its members to achieve excellence in association and congress organisation through the open exchange of information. Together they will jointly explore the benefits of peer-to-peer learning through a series of articles, to be featured in each issue of Boardroom commencing this February.

As part of the alliance, AC Forum will leverage Boardroom’s international audience to extend its reach within the sector and draw attention to its membership benefits. Adrian Ott, President, AC Forum, commented: “A partnership with the Boardroom Magazine means that AC Forum can highlight our educational offerings to a broader audience based on a diverse association sector, helping us build on new opportunities and greater interaction. It means that more associations can learn about the value of peer-to-peer education and networking, free of commercial influence.”

AC Forum will also utilise the union to share details of it alternative approach to learning and the sharing of information. “We have developed two Collaborative Learning Experience (CLE) workshops. One with the Leading Centres of Europe, which will take place in July, and another with the Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau for this autumn. Both of these will reflect the societal changes in learning and personal development by challenging us to move out of our comfort zones and discover new opportunities and challenges put into context with partners that many of us work with,”added Ott.

Remi Deve, Chief Editor, Boardroom said: “I’m delighted to have agreed this strategic partnership with the AC Forum. Boardroom’s vision and mission are all about the education of associations based globally, and we feel there is a strong alignment between our two organisations.”

This latest partnership marks another step forward in Boardroom’s broader strategy to collaborate with experts from leading industry associations around the world. Thanks to existing partnerships with organisations including the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and the government-controlled and sponsored China Social Organization, the publication reaches more than 7,500 associations across the globe as well as more than 10,000 industry professionals, in the major languages of English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Photo: Members of the AC Forum at the 20th anniversary of the organisation, in Vienna, in January.


February 6, 2019

Innovative Urban Projects for Viparis

As part of the 2nd edition of “Reinventing Paris” (Beneath the City), an innovative urban project to transform Paris’s underground spaces, Viparis will realise “Peace&Log”. The sustainable architectural project submitted by Viparis, was chosen by the Mayor of Paris and a jury of urban planning experts and elected officials and will be located at Espace Champerret– an event venue managed by Viparis.

By separating off traffic flows associated with the Espace Champerret’s activities from the public sphere, Peace&Log will optimise the venue’s logistics while improving residents’ quality of life. Delivery vehicles will have access to a dedicated dock – a former service station – located in a lower level of Espace Champerret. Moreover, Viparis and its partner Agripolis will use the transformation of the Espace Champerret site to set up the first multimodal food cooperative selling Parisian agricultural products – part of the produce offered for sale will come from the world’s largest urban rooftop farm located atop the future Pavilion 6 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The farm is expected to open in late 2019. At the same time, an innovative baggage management platform will allow visitors to Espace Champerret to check their luggage, encouraging them to use public transport rather than taxis.


February 4, 2019

How Relationships Underpin Success

Legacy is cemented in relationships. The way we learn from each other, relate to different experiences and viewpoints and interchange our philosophies, form the basis of humanity. Our position in the world becomes defined by our association to others. To our ancestors, our present circle and our imagined future selves. These connections, and their power to shape who we are, leave a significant indent in our life’s course – in our legacies.

Relationships have always been an important focus in the business world – it is critical when it comes to success. Understanding what the client wants and how to best deliver, supporting other workers to produce their best work and collaborating as a team, even with dividing opinions, is crucial. A final product often extends back to several layers of input – it is rare to accomplish something completely alone.

Shifting our perspective of legacy from one that is tangible to intangible has become increasingly common. Measuring events by financial success no longer holds such weight within society. It instead has become centered on the immaterial actions of organizations which impact the world and people around them. Holding a lens to how we create meaning in business is particularly pertinent in our fast-paced technological era. Focusing on relationships – both positive and negative – produces greater transparency, accountability and long-term success. It is a defining factor in the creation of a business.

Inspiring transformation

Former CEO and now Executive Chairman of Starbucks, Howard Shultz, powerfully spoke to this idea. He emphasised how authenticity inspires transformation: “In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit.”

Examples of harnessing aspects of success outside financial liability are constant. McDonald’s, perhaps one of the biggest symbols for corporate greed in our Western world, has this year pledged to use renewable, recyclable or certified materials in all packaging worldwide by 2025. Last year, Google’s global operations became fully powered by renewable energy – and they became the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power. Tesla is skyrocketing in sales and support for their eco-friendly electric powered cars. Locally, the rise of companies like Keep Cup and Frank Green, which both sell reusable coffee cups, have risen based on our desire to help save the planet.

These decisions extend further than environmental impact as companies have long turned to making their products, and processes, ethical. Whilst the fashion industry is constantly gaining undesirable attention for its abuse of power when it comes to sustainability and ethical sourcing, global retailer H&M has redirected this negativity. They have committed to supply chain transparency by publishing an up-to-date list of suppliers’ names and addresses on their website each quarter.

Changing the legacy

Whilst these actions have been at the forefront of our decision making for a while now, it is still critical in highlighting the importance of relationships. Without hesitation it is easy to suggest that the purpose of business is financial success and stability. Turning focus towards aiding the environment and conducting ethical practice for example, despite its cost, thus becomes highly significant. Organizations are emphasising the connection they hold with their consumer, their partners and their global reach – and they are listening to how the world is changing. They are altering their course based on how we are responding. They are changing their legacy because of the intangible necessity relationships have towards their growth.

The full version of  this article,  provided by the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, authors Ruby Kraner-Tucci and Sarah Markey-Hamm from ICMS Pty Ltd, Australia (, will be available in the upcoming edition of Boardroom. /