Heartbeat Rising in Paris

October 30, 2019

Heartbeat Rising in Paris

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) staged its largest ever scientific congress this year in Paris. This year’s event was held at the Paris Convention Centre, a newly designed, centrally located venue that is part of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles complex. The Paris Convention Centre was inaugurated in November 2017 and has already hosted twelve major events since its opening.

“Following an extensive renovation project of the entire exhibition complex, this exciting new venue provided an exceptional experience for our conference attendees,” said Nata Nambatingué, the associate director of event operations at the ESC. “Among its many advantages, the centre features natural lighting throughout, outdoor green spaces and rest areas, fully equipped and soundproofed conference rooms, and high-density Wi-Fi. In short, this conference centre has it all.”

The Paris edition of ESC Congress was also the launch of the ESC’s first Heart Healthy Cities Round Table, in partnership with the French Society of Cardiology and the City of Paris. ESC Advocacy is actively involving cities to take concrete steps to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) in urban areas, while raising heart health on the political agenda. The Heart Healthy Cities initiative will become an annual rolling event that is held during ESC Congresses. This year’s congress also featured the ESC’s first patient forum, and a joint public-awareness campaign with a public event held on Saturday and Sunday. A playful and informative “Heart Village” provided an opportunity for audiences of every kind to learn how to care for their heart while having fun.

October 28, 2019

Final Call for BestCities Global Forum

BestCities Global Alliance is making its final call to all senior international association executives interested in enhancing their personal expertise and maximising positive impact of their events, by applying for one of the remaining places at the annual BestCities Global Forum, to be held in Copenhagen this December. The programme, centred on the theme of Exploring the Congress of the Future – Fortifying Impact, will run from the 8-11 December.

Set to explore the future of the business tourism industry, attendees will attend an Impact Workshop, discover innovative case studies, hear from inspiring speakers and grow relationships with like-minded peers from around the world. Organisations already confirmed for the Global Forum include the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, the Young Presidents’ Organization, and many more.

Copenhagen Convention Bureau (CCB) and BestCities will also launch an ambitious initiative to explore the future of congresses, in partnership with the Danish Design Centre and futurists from Public Futures. Delegates will be asked to take part in the building of these scenarios for associations for the future.

October 23, 2019

International Associations Gather for the European Association Summit

The European Association Summit will take place on 10 and 11 March 2020 at SQUARE – Brussels Convention Centre. The event brings together everyone in the world of associations for a series of workshops and talks every year, in order to exchange and benefit from the experience of their peers. Participants can meet secretary generals, managers and project managers, as well as external actors orbiting the association sector.

Amongst the expected participants is Anna Koj of the association Professional Women International Brussels (PWI), whose mission it is to help women make progress in their professional careers and private lives. Thomas Goodwin of the Project Management Institute (PMI) will help to formulate a defence against the challenges posed by current international events (Brexit, new European authorities). Representatives from the International Association of Firefighters and the European beer sector will also be amongst the speakers.

Over the course of two days, conferences and workshops will be led by association representatives and internationally renowned experts. Exchanges will be fuelled by most of the areas of concern in the world of associations: digital transformation, communication, funding, the revolution in ways of governance, as well as many other topics. With its focus on hands-on learning, the EAS is centred around workshops and dynamic exchanges between participants.

Organised by the Association Bureau visit.brussels, EAS 2020 is one of the tools being made available to facilitate the establishment, growth and professional lives of association representatives in Brussels.

As a reader of Boardroom, you can get a 15% discount on your registration fee with the code: EAS2020BR

October 22, 2019

AIM Explains Patient Involvement in Scientific Congresses

AIM Group International has recently published a new White Paper by Francesca Manzani, head of the Florence Office of AIM Group. The paper provides perspectives on why you should consider the integration of patients in your next congress and how to do it with success. Patient involvement in clinical care and research has gained momentum in recent years, firstly because the patient community itself is asking for a more active role. But also, because patient participation in health care systems has been proven to improve treatment outcomes.

The White Paper explains that, once a decision has been made to strategically involve patients in the congress, they can be entrusted to play different roles, such as event co-designers (patients can contribute to developing the scientific programme), they can offer an additional point of view (engaged as active audience participants or intervene as speakers) and logistics counsellors (to take care of the physical and medical needs of patients at the congress venue).

Ms. Manzani uses the real life example of the World Systemic Sclerosis Congress, which AIM Group organised since its first edition in 2010, to demonstrate patients fundamental role in improving the impact of a congress. «The connection between physicians and patients makes the congress really original and particularly rich in building human empathy. The presence of patients over the years has contributed to maintaining a greater attention to their needs and helping make improvements to their daily lives» concludes Manzani.

The full white paper can be downloaded from the AIM Group website.

October 21, 2019

Lyon Steps Up on a Greener Level

The Lyon Convention Centre and Eurexpo Lyon, two of the GL events group’s venues in Lyon united under the name the Lyon for events, fully integrate the principles of sustainable development in their activities and have earned ISO 20121 certification. This standard sets the guidelines for responsible management systems applied to event-related activities.

The recent certification demonstrates the implementation of sustainable development practices in Lyon Convention Centre and Eurexpo Lyon management, along with efforts to minimize the social, economic, and environmental impact of its events. The project fits in with a unifiying overall social and societal approach that considers a variety of stakeholders, including clients, employees, local government bodies, suppliers, and more. The CSR criteria now present in nearly all major calls-for-tender have also been adopted by the group’s current providers.

Sustainable actions carried out by the two venues include the recreation by staff of employee eating and informal areas, distribution of unconsumed food and beverage products to associations, partnerships for better waste management, optimization of the buildings’ consumption of energy and water and a charity event planned for the end of the year.

October 18, 2019

Sustainable Investments Discussed in The Hague

For the 6th time, Pensions & Investments organises its annual World Pension Summit in The Hague. On 22 – 24 October, the summit gathers pension professionals from across the globe at the Louwman Museum to discuss a more sustainable future for pensions in Europe and the world.

The WorldPensionsSummit (WPS) is a platform for and by pension professionals, which aims at providing a truly global learning and networking experience. This year, the programme evolves around the theme ‘Shifting Powers + Sustainable Investment: Separating the signal from the noise’. During plenary sessions
and dedicated tracks of choice delegates will discuss the long-term components of vital ‘pension cross roads’, meaning the programme covers all aspects of pensions, integrated at a senior in depth level.

Nikki Pirrello, Associate Group Publisher, P&I Marketing & Conference says: “The Netherlands is known as a place for pension innovation. That is why we ended up in The Hague, the international centre for justice, which aligns very nicely with the mission of most of the large pension funds”. Due to The Netherlands’ reputation of good pension systems, with many pension fund organisations located in The Hague, WPS 2019 invites a selected group of pension fund executives on a discussion tour, visiting Dutch pension funds and meeting global leaders in pension fund management and investment.

Photo : Louwman Museum 

October 17, 2019

ExCel London Welcomes Clinical Cosmetic Expo

With the growing demand for exhibition space and to cater for the ever-increasing amount of visitor traffic, Clinical Cosmetic Regenerative (CCR) has announced that the 2020 exhibition will move to ExCeL London.

The event is expected to bring together over 4,000 aesthetic medical practitioners and members of the medical aesthetic community.  Along with a busy exhibition space, CCR provides an opportunity for both surgical and non-surgical communities to meet and review the latest technologies and advances in medical devices for the profession, with access to hours of educational content from industry all-stars.  In its 7th year, CCR is held in partnership with BAAPA S (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons).

Alison Willis, Divisional Director, CCR says: “The move is in response to customer demand for continual growth and development of the scientific meeting and ExCeL London is best place to support our ambitious educational plans. We are committed to providing the greatest possible customer and delegate experience. ExCeL London’s location and facilities enable us to better cater for attendees coming from outside London and all over the UK and to organically grow our international audience with the proximity to London City Airport.”

October 15, 2019

Sustainability Focus at IACC Knowledge Festival

The 2019 IACC Europe Knowledge Festival, which took place at Dolce La Hulpe, Brussels on 4-6 October, was the very first event to attain the Event Industry Council’s brand-new Sustainable Event Standard. The conference put sustainability centre-stage as its attendees embraced the urgency and opportunity to be leaders in sustainable approaches to venue facilities and services.

The educational conference was attended by over 120 delegates from IACC certified conference and meeting venues from counties throughout Europe, America and Australia that represent the top 1% of small to mid-size venues.

The event also staged ceremonies for the IACC Europe Future Leaders Award for those demonstrating innovative ideas and initiatives implemented in the workplace presented to Sophia Montagna, HR Manager from Woodlands Event Centre in the UK. The IACC Europe Innovation Award for those proving innovation and creativity in the IACC community was presented to Land End Conference Centre in the UK for their sustainability program. IACC’s Global Distinguished Service Award was presented to Jeu Bressers, formally of the Kapellerput Hotel & Conference Centre in the Netherlands.

The conference concluded with a Solutions Café plenary session, where attendees identified changes that they were willing to commit to in order to operate more sustainably.

October 8, 2019

What to Expect at IBTM World 2019

IBTM World has unveiled the details of its Knowledge Programme, including sessions tailored for association meeting organisers, during the 2019 event taking place from 19 – 21 November at Fira Gran Via Barcelona.

Drawing on customer feedback on key issues and challenges facing association event organisers, IBTM partnered with the Association of Association Executives (AAE) to develop the Association Programme for 2019, which takes place on the afternoon of 19 November – the first day of IBTM World. The programme includes eight topical sessions andwill conclude with Associations Connect, a peer-to-peer networking event, in association with ICCA.

Themes for the afternoon include; driving delegate attendance, raising sponsor and exhibitor revenue, sustainability for events and cost control. The programme includes case studies, speeches and panel sessions from some of the leading organisations in the association sector.

Speakers include Senthil Gopinath, CEO of ICCA, who will lead a session on ‘preserving the world through sustainable meetings’; Gordon Glenister, Global Head of Influencer Marketing, The Branded Content Marketing Association, will cover ‘how influencers marketing can help build delegate awareness and uptake of your event’; and Greg Tracz, Chief Executive Officer, Diabetes Africa, will run a session on ‘developing sponsorship revenue streams for long-term benefit’.

Association meetings planners can also benefit from IBTM’s Hosted Buyer programme, engaging networking events, besides its market-leading Knowledge Programme. As part IBTM World’s Knowledge Programme, John Volanthen, the world-record holding British cave diver who played a major role in the astonishing 2018 Tham Luang Thailand cave rescue, will deliver a keynote session. John’s talk will focus on managing risk and keeping calm in a crisis, using gripping anecdotes from the hazardous rescue mission to illustrate his thoughts.

As always, there will be an incredibly broad spread of exhibitors. This year, over 2,800 exhibiting companies representing over 150 countries are expected to attend, ranging from destinations and conference centres to technology companies and suppliers, as well as over 3,000 buyers and over 15,000 visitors.

For more information, visit ibtmworld.com.

October 7, 2019

Easier Access to St Petersburg and Expoforum

International delegates from 53 countries visiting St Petersburg will now be able to arrange fee-free e-visas for visits of up to eight days.  The new system has been applauded by the Expoforum team, who see it significantly improving the city’s accessibility and appeal for international association congresses.

Visitor’s to Russia’s conference and cultural capital, St Petersburg can now complete an online process on the website of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry to apply for an eight-day visa.  The application can be made no later than four and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry.

This new initiative follows similar schemes previously introduced for travel to Kaliningrad and the Kaliningrad Region as well as Vladivostok and airports across the whole of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District.