Manchester to Welcome The European Hernia Society

August 28, 2018

Manchester to Welcome The European Hernia Society

Taking place in 2022 at Manchester Central, the congress organized by the European Hernia Society will attract over 1000 visitors from 24 different countries. It is the first time that the event will be held in England in over 20 years.

The society is a non-profit making international scientific forum that devotes itself to improving patient care in the field of hernia surgery. Professor Aali Sheen, a Consultant Surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary specialising in Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) and Gastrointestinal Surgery, has worked along side ‘Team Manchester’ on the hard-fought bid, thanks to a continued collaborative approach between Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester, and a strong support from the local academic community.

The decision to bring the event to Manchester Central sees the venue further cement itself as the venue of choice for international medical associations. In coming years, the venue will also play host to congresses such as the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group, in collaboration with The Christie, and the European Resuscitation Council in October 2020.

August 27, 2018

Call for Proposals for the 2019 European Association Summit

Coming 28 February-1 March 2019 the European Association Summit (EAS) invites, once again, all association representatives to its 6th edition at SQUARE-BRUSSELS CONVENTION CENTRE, with a new format of sessions focusing on exchange and interactivity.

The 2019 European Association Summit is on its way. With a deadline set by 28 September a call for proposals launched early summer aims to gather abstracts for short presentations, allowing a variety of sectors to show their experience in key areas such as finance, events, advocacy, campaigns, business models or governance.

The EAS has become an unmissable opportunity to share information, knowledge and network with among international associations. The content of this annual peer-to-peer education and networking forum will come from this call for proposals and in collaboration with the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), the Federation of European & International Associations based in Belgium (FAIB), the Union of International Associations (UIA), ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

August 23, 2018

The European Petrochemical Association Goes to Vienna

The theme of this year’s’ Annual Meeting – “Petrochemicals and the Low-Carbon Economy: Versatile Solutions for Greater Sustainability” – will look at how the petrochemical industry contributes to the transition towards a low-carbon economy providing innovative and sustainable solutions in cooperation with its suppliers, customers and other stakeholders that support smart cities, smart mobility and climate-resilient society at large.

One of this year’s highlights is the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC). The aim is to promote the importance of science, technology, sustainability and diversity. This European wide debate is organised jointly by the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope, one of the leading European trade associations.

The theme of this year’s EYDC competition is: “Living, Learning, working and moving in Smart Cities of the future: with or without plastics and petrochemicals?” Young people between 16 and 19 years, secondary school pupils and first year university students, are invited to participate and have qualified through national competitions held between April to September 2018. In each of the 9 European countries that these qualifications took place in, the three top winners will attend the EPCA Annual Meeting in Vienna and compete in the EU Finals. The jury of the EU Finals will consist of representatives of industry, media, NGO’s lecturers, experts, members of the EPCA Board of Directors and of PlasticsEurope – with winners chosen based on their knowledge, their ability to express themselves and to interact with one another.

August 20, 2018

Associations to Flock to Scottish Event Campus

Over the past few weeks, the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow has won a number of major conferences, many as a result of strong partnerships with key local academics and Glasgow Convention Bureau.  Wins include the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Global Implementation Conference (GIC),   the European Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ECTH) and most recently, the SEC and partners won the on-territory bid in Toronto for the International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN).  Each bid presented healthy competition from other world-class venues.

“These events will showcase the expertise of our academic, research and business communities in these fields.  Not only do these events bring a great opportunity for research and business collaboration, but will help to promote Glasgow and Scotland as a place of choice to invest, work, study and live.” commented Kathleen Warden, Director of Sales at the SEC.

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, added: “This series of new conference wins demonstrates Glasgow’s reputation as a world-leading hub for innovation. The city has the largest academic community outside London and conducts world leading research in the fields of life sciences, engineering, science and technology.”

August 17, 2018

Academy of Management Chooses Copenhagen 

Copenhagen will welcome around 10,000 scholars – professors and PhD students, as the Academy of Management (AoM) selected the city as the first destination outside North America to host its annual meeting.

Since 1936, the international member organisation Academy of Management has held their annual meeting in North America. But in 2025 Copenhagen will be the first overseas city to host the conference and welcome literally thousands of scholars, professors, PhD students and other participants for the five-day event, which will focus on research and education within the fields of management and organisations.

The conference will be organized at the Bella Center Copenhagen, who successfully partnered with Wonderful Copenhagen to bid on the event.

August 16, 2018

How the Association World is Evolving

Our partner PCMA/Convene just published a very interesting article on the evolution of the association community, written by Ben Hainsworth, executive director for K.I.T. Group, where he talks about market change and legacy.

Ben spent many years working for a large European medical society where he managed the congress and meetings division. But in 2014, he felt it was time for a change and moved on to an association and conference management company, K.I.T. Group.

You can read the full article here.

 

August 13, 2018

High Performance Secretariats Are Important

At the June session of the Association Leadership Academy were shared the conclusions of a report compiled by the recruitment company Ellwood Atfield. Based on face-to-face interviews, an online survey, and insights from other previous research, the report identifies seven key attributes of a high performance secretariat. Those attributes are: individual accountability, shared responsibility, open communication, participative leadership, mutual trust, proactive and responsive attitude and alignement on strategy.

Those attributes have been also confronted against the leadership of an association, as well as staff expectations for reward. The presentation at the event also underlined the need for an evaluation among the membership of the functioning of an association’s secretariat and keep the track on matching the purposes and resources of an organisation.

At the event two case studies served to illustrate the change management process related to their Secretariat undertaken by the Secretaries General of two associations, Euroheat & Power and CLEPA – the European Association of Automotive Suppliers.

The report is available on the company website –  here.

It will also be reported on in the September issue of Boardroom.

August 9, 2018

Speakers Announced for First International Tourism Security Summit

Speakers from UNWTO, the OECD, SmithBucklin, and TBWA are among the international speakers who have been announced as the speakers and panel leaders at the inaugural International Tourism Security Summit (ITSS), which will take place in Jerusalem this October 7-9, 2018. The new two-day conference will explore how destinations respond during turbulent times. The summit aims to provide its participants with practical knowledge and critical skills for preparing, mitigating, managing and recovering from tourism crises.

The conference will be held in Jerusalem, a city that over the past few decades has experienced numerous incidents of terror and conflict while maintaining its global position as an exciting tourist destination. Jerusalem is the bustling capital of Israel, a place where ancient meets modern. The city is a tourist destination that attracts millions of visitors every year, and in which tourism safety and security is part of the conversation.

More information here.

August 8, 2018

Global TEDSummit Chooses Scotland

Scotland will play host to the next TEDSummit in 2019. It will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 21 to 25 July 2019, bringing together up to 1,300 members of the international TED community.

The bid to bring the event to Edinburgh was led by the EICC, VisitScotland Business Events, Convention Edinburgh, and Scottish Enterprise, backed by support from the Scottish Government, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Social Bite, Festivals Edinburgh, Edinburgh Science Festival and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. All worked together to show why the capital is the ideal place to host this gathering of world-leading thinkers.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to identifying, and then spreading, relevant and potentially impactful ideas. It began in 1984 with a conference converging technology, entertainment and design and over time the organization has expanded its topics from science to business to global issues. TEDSummit gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for community brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops, outdoor activities and an eclectic program of mainstage talks – in beautiful surroundings.

August 3, 2018

Arts Marketing Association Chooses NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead will host the Arts Marketing Association for its 2019 annual conference, which will attract over 600 delegates from the cultural sector. The event will take place at Sage Gateshead on 9 – 11 July 2019, and participants are to immerse themselves in the conference experience with a programme that is set to cover the hottest topics in the sector plus an exciting range of social and networking events.

Danielle Patrick, Head of Projects and Events at the AMA said: “We were won over by NewcastleGateshead during the bidding process. The city has a huge cultural offering – iconic venues like Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Newcastle Castle are prominent amongst the cityscape and the city’s impressive cultural status is exactly what we’re looking for in a conference destination. We also found the city to be extremely welcoming and friendly, which left a lasting impression.”