ESAE Workshop Presents the New Code

April 19, 2019

ESAE Workshop Presents the New Code

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.

In order to Register and secure your place, click here.

April 16, 2019

ALIFE Conference Breathes Life into NewcastleGateshead

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.”

April 12, 2019

St. Petersburg Promotes Expoforum to the World

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

April 11, 2019

Lyon Gets Recognised as Smart and Sustainable

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.

April 10, 2019

AIM Group Gets Awarded at Eventex

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.

April 9, 2019

More Digitalisation for Associations by ESAE

The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), the first ever European association supporting and representing association management professionals in Europe, partners of Boardroom, is organising a third workshop for its members. ‘Digital Internal Communications’ is the third in a series of sessions on “Digitalization for Associations” co-produced with Cambre. The workshop will take place on 14 June between 11.00 and 12.30.

The workshop, organised and presented by Marianna Tzaerli and Gianmaria Sisti, will focus on digitalizing the Internal Communications of an International Association. It will cover communications between Secretariat and members, the Committees and working groups and also the one between different Departments.

Find out more information on the workshop, the speakers and the location here.

April 5, 2019

The Meetings Show is Open for Registration

This year’s Meetings Show is taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at Olympia London bringing together more than 4,500 industry professionals for two days of meeting, networking and learning. As well as having the chance to discover more than 600 suppliers to the industry, including destinations, venues, hotels and technology providers, the show is encouraging event professionals to shake up their events with an exciting education programme offering more than 40 hours of free learning.

Focused on the event planning journey, the education will feature sessions delivered in a variety of innovative formats, as well as keynote speakers set to inspire and one-on-one advice from the experts. Covering every aspect of planning an event, the programme will ensure no matter what level you’re at or what your job role is, there will be something that inspires you.

Visitor registration for The Meetings Show is open. The video that follows shows all the highlights of TMS, while introducing the new branding for 2019.


April 3, 2019

Experts Help Fight Ageing at Grimaldi Forum

The 17th edition of the Anti Ageing & Medicine World Congress (AMWC) will take place between 4 and 6 April 2019 at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Under the scientific supervision of the World Society of Interdisciplinary Anti-Aging Medicine (WOSIAM), the conference will feature a highly interactive, stimulating and multidisciplinary program and will provide the ideal forum to stimulate ideas, educate, share expertise, initiate intense discussions and extend networking opportunities.

Many distinguished physicians, medical experts and scientists have joined the faculty and will take part in this congress. Every year, the event attracts over 10 000 participants coming from more than 120 countries. Over 300 leading international companies, showcasing on the 5-floor exhibition area, will be there to let you discover their latest products, technologies and services.

Grimaldi Forum is as green as ever having reached its environmental goals for 2018. The goal is to reduce the impact on the environment of the general maintenance of the building and of the events that take place within it, focusing primarily on sustainable and optimised water and energy management, energy management, waste sorting and recycling, an eco-responsible purchasing policy, good risk management, as well as on an active and event-driven communication. Water consumption is lower, energy efficiency has improved constantly and, while remaining steady, paper consumption relies more and more on sorting.


Photo : Esplanade, Grimaldi Forum Monaco

April 2, 2019

ICC Belfast Goes Under the Microscope

ICC (International Convention Centre) Belfast has announced it will host the Microbiology Society Annual Conference from 8 to 11 April 2019. The Society’s Annual Conference attracts attendees for the largest annual gathering of microbiologists in the UK and Ireland. More than 1,600 delegates from all over the globe will visit the city over four days attending over 30 sessions during the comprehensive scientific programme.

Chief Executive of the Microbiology Society, Dr Peter Cotgreave, said: “We can’t see them but microbes are everywhere, and affect almost all aspects of our lives. By bringing together thousands of microbiologists in one place for a festival of knowledge-sharing, we can make an impact on urgent problems like new and emerging diseases through to long-term issues like antimicrobial drug resistance and food security. We can answer very big questions by studying very small things.”

The venue officially repositioned its conferencing brand from Belfast Waterfront to ICC Belfast in October 2018, a change that is vital to delivering 50,000 conference delegate days each year by 2021 across the city.

April 1, 2019

IMEX in Frankfurt 2019 Means ‘Serious Business’

This year’s IMEX in Frankfurt, which takes place 21 -23 May 2019, is expected to bring together 3,500 exhibitors from over 150 countries, who can get stuck into some serious business. Imagination is IMEX’s Talking Point for this year and the theme informs content throughout the show, bringing with it a range of new experiences, exhibitors and educational events.

Learning opportunities are core to IMEX in Frankfurt, beginning with EduMonday, an afternoon of free professional education taking place the day before the show on Monday 20 May. For the first time, MPI (Meeting Professionals International, Strategic Partners to IMEX America) will also be offering high level education sessions during EduMonday: event marketing; risk management and inclusivity.

Association professionals from around the world are invited to Association Day & Evening, to share best practice and connect with peers. ASAE, ICCA and MCI have all collaborated with IMEX to create a topical and interactive programme, delivering three Learning Labs covering Leadership, Imagination and Knowledge.