An invitation to Switzerland

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.

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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.

July 3, 2019

New Operator for New, Flagship Venue in NewcastleGateshead

SMG Europe will operate a new arena, conference and exhibition centre in NewcastleGateshead, Gateshead Quays (pictured), due to open in 2023. The complex, developed by Ask Real Estate and PATRIZIA UK, includes 6,300m2 of conference and exhibition space together with additional 2,800 m2 of flexible meeting space. Extensive public realm will link all buildings including a 12,500-capacity indoor arena, hotels and restaurants.

The site for the new £260m waterfront complex on Gateshead Quays is being hailed as one, if not the most, truly exciting events settings in the UK. Located directly opposite the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on the banks of the River Tyne and at the heart of Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, the scheme will nestle in between Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art whilst being minutes from Newcastle City Centre.

Paul Szomoru, Director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau said: “Adding to our already outstanding business events offer of venues and hotels, our accessible location this is realising our long-held ambitions to be able to host major national and international events which align to the business and research strengths of our region and the UK government’s industrial strategy.”



July 2, 2019

All Hands on the Palacongressi di Rimini

Palacongressi di Rimini, the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) conference facility, has won the bid for the 28th congress of the Federation of the European Societies of Surgery of the Hand – FESSH, scheduled from 17 to 20 May 2023. The event is set to attract at least 1,500 participants, including doctors, surgeons and European and international experts, for a total of 6,000 overnight stays.

Voting took place on June 19th last in Berlin during the combined international medical congress of IFSSH and IFSHT – the federations that bring hand surgery experts under one roof. Rimini’s characteristics – with the positive reputation it has built up as a dynamic destination, a seaside resort and an art city –  its infrastructure and a conference facility with cutting-edge services, location and  versatility, all helped bring home the coveted prize.

The win extends the list of international events that will be hosted at the Palacongressi di Rimini in the coming years: ISS – International Strawberry Symposium (May 2020), CINC International Conference on Computing in Cardiology (September 2020), SWESD – Joint Conference on Social Work Education & Social Development (June 2020), ICCC – International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (July 2020), ESPN – European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (September 2021).


June 27, 2019

The Future of Military Medicine Discussed in Basel

At the 43rd ICMM World Congress on Military Medicine, 1000 participants from 90 countries debated the future of medicine in the Congress Centre Basel. The venue convinced the organisers with its security standards and with the Event Hall as a top location for the gala dinner. The Congress, which was held from 19 to 24 May 2019 under the motto “Medicine on the Move”, is dedicated to a worldwide exchange and update on the innovations in military medicine.
At a congress where the leading figures of international military medicine are meeting up, security issues play an overriding role. High security thus prevailed at the CCB for the duration of the congress. The military police took charge of access controls among other things. The fact that the buildings are protected by electronic locking mechanisms was particularly appreciated.
Photo : Congress Centre Basel

June 26, 2019

Lausanne Montreux Celebrates 50 Years of Technology

With 2019 marking the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 50th anniversary, the federal institute of technology is celebrating its golden anniversary with a series of events and festivals that showcases its successes in the science, research, education and innovation industries to members of the public. Key events include open science days, where technology enthusiasts can learn at the hands of  researchers about the vision for reproducible science as well as immersing themselves in innovative research events and celebrating the Alumni 50th day to honour previous graduates at EPFL.
Located in the Lausanne Montreux region, the EPFL is one of Europe’s most renowned science and technology establishments. For more than 20 years, the EPFL has been a key player in innovation and technology that also hosts one of the largest conference centres in Lake Geneva region, the SwissTech Convention Centre. The centre also acts as an educational base for students as well as a venue for business delegates.

SwissTech is just one of four convention centres partnered with Lausanne Montreux Congress (LMC), alongside the Beaulieu Convention Centre, The Olympic Museum and Montreux Music & Convention Centre (2m2c), with each centre showcasing different aspects of the region. With its strong reputation in the innovative technology industry, the SwissTech Convention Centre is already set to host a series of engaging conferences, including The 11th World Congress Science Journalists (WCSJ). The five day event will take place 1st-5th July 2019, providing delegates with the opportunity to network and discuss the future of science.

June 24, 2019

Archaeology Experts Discover Belfast

Belfast has been chosen to host Europe’s largest annual gathering of archaeologists, joining Barcelona, Istanbul and Lisbon in a strong international line-up of cities to bring up to 2,500 delegates together in one place. The European Association of Archaeology (EAA) will reach the city in August 2022 for this major week-long event.
ICC Belfast will host the main four-day conference event, supported by other venues across the city including Queen’s University Belfast. Visit Belfast, Queen’s University Belfast and ICC Belfast, with funding support from Tourism Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, secured the conference for the city. Through its Belfast and Northern Ireland Ambassador Programme, Visit Belfast worked with Professor Eileen Murphy, Head of Archaeology and Palaeoecology, which lies within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen’s University, to bid for the conference.

 EAA President, Felipe Criado-Boado, said he was looking forward to Belfast hosting its annual event. “Belfast is a modern city that looks to the future with confidence, as we do in the EAA. By coming to Belfast, we wish to acknowledge the support of our large number of members from the UK and Ireland and endorse their support of the EAA over the past 25 years.”