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The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has announced that it will return to London in 2020. The five-day event is to be hosted at ExCeL London and is expected to bring together over 10,000 hepatologists, doctors and medical professionals, to share recent data, present studies and findings, and discuss the hottest topics on liver disease. Delegates attend from all over the world, making it a truly international networking opportunity in the capital.
London is home to hubs for scientific excellence including the Francis Crick Institute, Imperial White City, the Institute for Cancer Research and The Alan Turing Institute. The strength of the London’s medical sector has been shown with the city welcoming more and more prestigious medical events over the past few years. In 2018, the city played host to Diabetes UK, the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP), the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) Annual Congress and the British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting. The city is also celebrating the return of the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) who are returning in 2020, in addition to financial services event, Sibos, set for this summer.
Laurence Verhagen, Managing Director, EASL said: “EASL is delighted to host the next International Congress in London in 2020, a truly global event gathering stakeholders in liver diseases for 5 days of the best science exchange, knowledge transfer, education, public health and patient support. London’s position as an international hub is an important factor in attracting a large audience of experts in the field.”
Photo : ExCel London
Hamburg has won the bid to host the conference of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (ISHCSF). In September 2022, about 500 specialists will travel to Germany’s second largest city to attend the ISHCSF annual meeting. The ISHCSF conference is aimed at advancing research into hydrocephalus – a condition in which an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up within the brain.
Nele Aumann, head of the HCB’s Conventions Division, explains: “We work closely with our dedicated healthcare cluster to ensure medical congresses can tap into the city’s diverse scientific landscape. We highly value this excellent cooperation with the city’s heathcare professionals as their expertise and support considerably increases Hamburg’s chances of winning a tender.” Hamburg’s healthcare cluster brings together the expertise of stakeholders from the healthcare sector, such as companies, universities, research and training institutions, hospitals, care providers, physicians, insurance funds and insurance companies, as well as professional chambers, associations and interest groups.
Hamburg’s winning bid for the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (ISHCSF) comes hot on the heels of recent successful bids to host the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) and the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and confirms the city’s international reputation as a healthcare location.
For the very first time, international hospital at home (HaH) stakeholders met at the World Hospital at Home Congress (WHAHC), held in Madrid, 5-6 April 2019, to connect the HaH ecosystem beyond borders. The World Hospital at Home Congress is a first-of-its-kind international platform to advance the HaH model, instituted by the Kenes Group Original Events team. The goal of the meeting is to provide all parties, from healthcare practitioner to policy makers, dedicated education and a place to showcase homecare best practices and technologies.
The inaugural edition of the congress gathered more than 400 participants from 40 countries. Among the session formats, there was a lot of interest in the one-on-one meetings, campfire discussions and the house of demonstrations – a set onsite that served to present different solutions for treating patients at home. There was also a session on the authentic experience of the participants that joined the Madrid HaH Tours – three groups visited respectively a hospital, a HaH unit, and a patient’s home to learn first-hand from Spain’s model.
Prof. Bruce Allen Leff, co-chair of the event commented: “We talked a lot about the HaH community that this meeting has helped to build, but with this congress we became a tribe. A tribe is a group of people who are “your people” in a deeply meaningful way. We addressed the models, technology, scalability, and more but for what I am most pleased is what the future holds – HaH is a major culture change, and we will continue developing it beyond borders through more meetings and the dedicated WHAHC community space.”
With packed two days, delivering nearly 24 hours of education, the next step for the World Hospital at Home Congress is to administer a dedicated community space. It will be used for data exchange and education, scalability and definition forums, and open discussions and information on policy, regulatory, logistics, and technology for HaH. The second WHAHC congress is already in planning and will be announced soon.
Düsseldorf Convention has recently presented its new website for marketing Düsseldorf to the meetings industry. Even faster than before associations will now be able to see all factors that advocate staging an event in the powerful meeting and convention location of Düsseldorf on www.duesseldorf-convention.de. “Düsseldorf Convention is a one-stop shop for all-in solutions whether it’s choosing a venue, finding hotels or putting together a social programme,” says Düsseldorf Convention Director Christian Ortlepp.
As soon as they click on the homepage, visitors to the new website will be immediately presented with the best reasons for choosing Düsseldorf, for example the city’s excellent meetings infrastructure. The new website is naturally available in two languages – German and English – and it is optimised for mobile end devices. The Meeting Guide serves as an innovative planning tool with which the user can generate offers by specifying just a few details about a planned event making research easier for interested associations.
The new website is one visible result of the partner programme that was successfully initiated last year and which has already seen almost 90 partners signing up. These most notably include the founding member, Düsseldorf Congress, as well as Messe Düsseldorf, D.Live and the state capital’s major conference hotels. “Our aim is to truly consolidate the strength of Düsseldorf’s industry players for the first time so that we can have an even greater impact in the market. The partner programme allows us to do just that. One of the things we give our partners is the Düsseldorf Convention quality checkmark which confirms their quality and expertise. We also provide them with extensive marketing support and help them optimise their own offering,” says Ortlepp.
The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) new workshop deals with the companies and associations Code, referred to as the ‘New Code’. This New Code enters into force on May 1st, 2019 and applies to new non-profit organisations, i.e. those incorporated on and after May 1st, 2019. However, as from January 1st, 2020, the New Code will apply to all non-profit organisations and these definitively need to get ready.
Titled ‘Companies and Associations Code – What does it mean for Association Executives?’, the workshop will take place on 21 May between 09.00 and 10.30 featuring Antoine Druetz and Alix Degrez as speakers. The first aim of the presentation will be to explain the major changes brought by the New Code (e.g. performance of commercial activities, new liability regime for officers, new governance rules, restructuration and transformation procedures, etc.) which will impact your non-profit organisation. The second aim of the presentation will we be to explain what non-profit organisations are legally required to do due to the entry into force of the New Code and how to better benefit from it.
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The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE) will take place at Newcastle University from 29 July to 2 August. Over 200 national and international delegates from computer science, mathematics, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the arts are expected to meet in NewcastleGateshead to exchange latest developments in the artificial life research field.
Organised by the International Society of Artificial Life, delegates of the conference will convene to discuss the theme of ‘How can artificial life help solve societal challenges?’ Harold Fellermann, General Chair of the 2019 Conference on Artificial Life, said: “In line with our theme, we are revisiting the very way academic conferences are run: a balanced amount of remote talks as well as broadcasting of presentations in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from flying, locally sourced plastic free catering – these are just a few of the ideas that the organizers will explore, so that us academics can realise some of the change we are advocating for.”
Paul Szomoru, Director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “Winning the conference bid after it was hosted in Tokyo is testament to the growth of the tech and science sectors in NewcastleGateshead. It’s going to be held in the Urban Sciences Building on Newcastle Helix, a landmark 24-acre hybrid city quarter specifically built for international tech and science innovation and home to two national innovation centres for ageing and data.”
St. Petersburg can proudly boast about its newly built congress and exhibition centre, Expoforum, which is now broadening its horizons towards international markets, more specifically international association congresses. The venue is Russia’s best, capable of hosting 30,000 delegates across 45 conference halls and 3 pavilions, supported by 50,000m2 of indoor exhibition space, 40,000m2 of outdoor space and a variety of local hotels.
Expoforum’s focus on its ICCA membership and media partnerships is now being reinforced by the venue’s collaboration with Soaring Worldwide and Watterston Associates to raise its profile and develop new leads and opportunities in key target markets.
“Expoforum has established itself as Russia’s leading venue for large events. Our hosting of the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, during which we host more than 17,000 people from 143 different countries including heads of state, is a clear demonstration of our capabilities,” said Maria Tsedeviyn, head of advertising, design and digital division at Expoforum.
Adam Baggs, creative director at Soaring Worldwide added: “When Expoforum originally approached us we recognised that there was a need to go beyond just a public relations and press offering. Having previously worked on several successful projects with Julie Watterston and her team it made sense to create a joined up approach to help develop Expoforum’s profile and new business opportunities. As a specialist to the meetings industry with a focus on venues and destinations targeting the association market this project is perfect for Soaring Worldwide and I look forward to working with the teams at Expoforum and Watterston over the next year.”
Photo : Expoforum, St. Petersburg
The Metropole of Lyon is the newest partner to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), a multi-stakeholder partnership to accelerate the sustainable development of international meeting destinations and management practices in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Highlighting why Lyon has chosen to participate on the GDS Index, Valérie Ducaud, Lyon Convention Bureau Manager said: “The city of Lyon is very happy to join the GDS Index. Our participation aims to build on top of our selection as the European Smart Tourism Capital, and accelerate our efforts to boost digital innovation, accessibility and environmental stewardship, and to work to become an even more sustainable and smart events destination.”
On top of becoming the 48th partner of the GDS-Index, Lyon has also been recognised by the EU for its achievements in sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation, and cultural heritage and creativity, winning the title of the 2019 European Smart Tourism Capital.
AIM Group International, a leading company specialised in congresses, events and communication, has received four First Prizes at the 9th Global Eventex Awards for their effective and creative events organised.
The SIAARTI Academy event of the Italian Society for Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care won 1st prize CSR event for the group. The event was hosted for seven days on the small island of Lampedusa, which was a way to leave a positive legacy on the destination and local operators in terms of image and professionalism and economic development. 1st Prize Educational Event also came from SIAARTI Academy through its training event that included classroom training, interactive sessions, hands-on workstations and a maxi simulation of an emergency situation.
1st Prize Medical Congress was awarded to the group for the 28th European Meeting on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Protection held in Barcelona and its live streaming between Barcelona and Beijing was organised during the presentation of the new ESH Guidelines. Finally, 1st Prize Gala came for the Welcome Dinner of the International Bar Association (IBA) at Villa Aldobrandini. The event is seen by IBA as a special event to mark the beginning of several days intense work and as a networking event which must surprise participants and be memorable.