Brisbane Designs Winning Bid for DRS2020

July 6, 2018

Brisbane Designs Winning Bid for DRS2020

Brisbane will welcome 600 leading minds in global design research after winning hosting rights for the Design Research Society (DRS) Conference 2020, after the bid, led by the Brisbane Convention Bureau in partnership with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, was won, it was announced last week.

“The collaboration between the Brisbane Convention Bureau and Griffith University delivered an outstanding bid that showcased our city’s design research credentials, an inclusive cross-disciplinary approach, on-the-ground support and unbeatable location,” said Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster.

DRS2020 Co-Chair and Head of Design at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, Professor Ming Cheung, said winning hosting rights for the conference was a coup for Brisbane and Australia’s design research community. “Hosting DRS2020 will see Brisbane and Griffith University take the lead in promoting excellence in design research,” Professor Cheung said. “With 600 of the world’s most talented academics and designers expected to meet in Brisbane, this conference will also provide significant development opportunities to local researchers, designers and students.”

July 5, 2018

Montréal Wins 2023 Hematology Conference

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) just selected the Palais des Congrès de Montréal and Montréal as their host venue for their 2023 ISTH Annual Congress.  Thanks to the efforts of the two partners, combined with the support of key resources from the life sciences community, nearly 8,000 delegates will converge to Montréal in five years’ time.

The bid was widely supported by the scientific community. Dr. Susan Kahn and Dr. Marc Rodger, co- directors of CanVECTOR, the Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research Network, put together a conference program focused on the development of young and emerging researchers, which wowed the leadership of the international association, which currently has 4,000+ members from 94 countries.

Over 600 pharma and healthcare organizations operate in Greater Montréal, making it Canada’s biggest laboratory. Ranked 7th among North America’s Top 20 cities for life sciences and health technology employment concentration,1it is home to 600 establishments and institutions, including 150 public and university research centres . The bid for the 2023 ISTH Annual Congress was endorsed by the Société des sciences vasculaires du Québec, Thrombosis Canada and the Canadian Hematology Society, among others.

July 4, 2018

The Hidden Treasures of Rimini

In Italy, Emilia-Romagna, the birthplace of ragu, prosciutto di Parma, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese, came in at number one on Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2018 list. And Rimini, which made the New York Times list of must-see places this year, sits right in the middle of it. It might be high time you consider it for your next event.

Internationally renowned food, the best-preserved roman, medieval and Renaissance architecture, and internationally worshipped sports cars are just some of the reasons that makes the Emilia-Romagna regionone of the top 2018 European destinations according to Lonely Planet.

If some of you may know Rimini as a great place for lazing on the beach and living the night life, it certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to conferences. A successful and innovative business destination, it boasts one of the most advanced – and iconic-looking – congress centres in Italy. Managed by Convention Bureau della Riviera di Rimini, the Palacongressi di Rimini offers a flexible space and hosts events of any size and format, from business conventions to medical-scientific symposiums, from cultural gatherings to association meetings. The Palacongressi features 39 rooms that have a total capacity of 9,000 people, a plenary hall of 4,700 seats and 11,000 sqm for exhibition.

Of course, there’s plenty to do and see after a hard day’s work at the Palacongressi. From historical villas and castles to medieval villages; from the numerous hotels to theme parks; from beaches to trendy bars, the Riviera di Rimini provides a special atmosphere that will give yet another dimension to your event.

And if you’re after finding what you can do in Rimini and Rimini only, there are a few options. A visit to the Surgeon’s House, where the oldest set of Roman surgical instruments was once found, will reveal a host of unexpected treasures. A stroll along the 200-meter pier at the port while the sun is setting will ease your mind. You can also enjoy Rimini’s state-of-the-art marina with over 600 berths. And there is of course the Grand Hotel, where Art Nouveau charm and the memory of Federico Fellini, the world-renowned film director who was born in Rimini – and the inventor of the Dolce Vita – linger in the air…

Last but not least, at just 20 kilometers inland from Rimini and 760 meters above sea level lies San Marino, the smallest and oldest republic in Europe. Founded in the IV century, it became a UNESCO heritage site in 2008 as «a testimony to the continuity of a free republic since the Middle Ages». Definitely a place to see.

This article was powered by Convention Bureau della Riviera di Rimini. For more information:www.riminiconvention.it/ delaubert@riminiconvention.it

July 3, 2018

Medical Associations to Flock to NewcastleGateshead in 2018

Amazing innovations are happening in NewcastleGateshead – for example Newcastle University, which ranks amongst the top 100 life science universities in the world, was recently granted the first licence to create a baby with three genetic parents, which will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases, while its Human Nutrition Research Centre is undertaking ground-breaking research in areas of high public health significance, including obesity and ageing.

As a city with a proud history in medical sciences, NewcastleGateshead has a strong track record for hosting medical conferences. Following the success of major events including the Royal College of Nursing’s Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition and the British Society for Dermatological Surgery’s 35th Annual Surgery Workshop in March 2018, which together saw over 550 delegates visit the city, the momentum is set to continue with an influx of medical conferences throughout the rest of the year.

July is seeing the Association for the Study of Medical Education host its Annual Scientific Meeting at the iconic Sage Gateshead, with over 600 national and international medical professional delegates descending on NewcastleGateshead for the event.

September is set to be the busiest month for medical conferences, which will see over 1,500 delegates arriving in the city. The European Thyroid Association, the Association for the Study of Obesity and NuGO (an association of universities and research institutes focusing on the research areas of molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology) will hold significant events at venues across NewcastleGateshead. The European Network of Teratology Information Service and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists will also host their annual joint meeting at Newcastle University in September.

Rounding up the year’s medical events, the 17th Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care Update and the Multiple System Atrophy Trust’s Health and Care Professionals Study Day both take place in October, while the Federation of Infection Sciences Annual Conference takes place in November.

July 2, 2018

ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum in Singapore

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is organizing an Association Leadership Forum at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 29–31 October 2018.  The event is expected to draw about 200 association attendees from the Asia-Pacific region along with participants from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, in addition to a few suppliers and industry partners from around the world.

Hosted by Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, and supported by Dubai Association Centre and Korea Tourism Organization, along the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the Forum is set to focus on building the association community, skills development and sharing best practices, with organisers unveiling a rich programme for October’s event. Using its extensive network and wealth of association meetings market knowledge, ICCA, represented by Noor Ahmad Hamid, Regional Director Asia Pacific, has provided support in designing the programme as part of the Forum’s Founding Advisory Board.

The program will focus on building effective associations as well as discovering practical ideas for association growth, serving members, and building partnerships in similar fields or industries. The Forum is being guided by a strong Advisory Task Force of members from across the region,” said Greta Kotler, CAE, Chief Global Development Officer ASAE.

 For more information, visit the conference website.

June 29, 2018

Sapporo
– Into the Wild

The capital of the northern island and prefecture of Hokkaido and the fifth-largest city in Japan, Sapporo gained international prominence when it was chosen as the host to the Winter Olympic Games in 1972. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, and not only in the sports field or because of its breweries. When it comes to association congresses indeed, Sapporo has many assets up its sleeves, starting with a wealth of knowledge in many areas of endeavours, as well as all the facilities you can expect in a fast-growing environment.

Knowledge Hub

With academic institutions of global fame leading in the fields of geosciences, organic chemistry, agriculture, forestry, energy, medicine, pharma, animal behavior and veterinary sciences, Sapporo’s unique and rich natural environment has a lot to offer when it comes to the value of a meeting.

Hokkaido University, for instance, is one of the top universities in Japan that conducts world-leading education and research. Found in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College, it now consists of 12 Undergraduate Programs, 21 Graduate Schools, 4 Research Institutes, 3 Research Centers, 10 Joint Research Centers, and a University Hospital with Medical and Dental Departments.

Among the university’s awards and achievements is the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, won by Professor Emeritus Akira Suzuki in 2010. One of the university’s recent projects is the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE), a faculty organisation that brings together world-class teaching staff from around the world. The program’s aim is to promote international collaborative research and education that leverages the University’s strengths and distinctive features, and to provide support for international collaborative research.

Collaboration is key

This drive for collaboration was particularly obvious when Sapporo Convention Center hosted the 5thInternational Wildlife Management Congress in July 2015, which brought together 1,400 participants from 46 countries and regions. Initiated by the Mammal Society of Japan (MSJ) in partnership with the Wildlife Society (TWS), the goal of the Congress was to enhance global sustainability and the conservation of wildlife, as well as to recommend improved international models based on the latest interdisciplinary wildlife research. Due to its unique natural environment, Sapporo has, for many years indeed, been introducing many exemplary practices in wildlife management and human dimension studies.

The legacy component of the Congress was impressive. If delegates and citizens joined forces for a good cause, clearing out and cutting down thickets and tall grass along Toyohira River, Rakuno Gakuen University and Sapporo City Government signed, on the occasion of the conference, an Agreement on Policy Proposals on Biodiversity. Thanks to this, research activities on alien species countermeasures and wildlife management discussed at the event are still continuing to this day.

The Congress also provided an important opportunity to discuss and come up with solutions for some of the serious wildlife-related issues that Sapporo was facing, such as the increasing appearance of brown bears and dears in urban areas. An open symposium on the topic was held for the public, which helped to increase the awareness of the issue, the city’s ecosystem and the importance of the wildlife preservation among the citizens. The younger generation was not left out either, as a special symposium on wildlife management and preservation was organised for junior-high and high school students from all parts of Japan during the conference.

This article was written by Boardroom Chief Editor Remi Deve (editor@boardroom.global)

June 29, 2018

New Partnership for an Ever Sustainable Sydney

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has recently partnered up with the City of Sydney Council, accommodation and tourism operators launching a dedicated Sustainable Destination Partnership program. Its objective is to to improve Sydney’s environmental performance by increasing its use of renewable energy, reducing water consumption and improving waste management and recycling systems.

The initiative brings together more than 30 local and international organisations including major hotels, museums and city attractions. CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said: “ICC Sydney is committed to operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sound manner and has already been recognised with some of Australia’s – and the world’s – highest sustainability ratings by building connections and creating impact for local communities, reducing its energy and water usage, and increasing its waste diversion from landfill.”

Designed to operate with optimal resource efficiency, ICC Sydney has utilised smart design strategies combined with cost efficient and renewable technologies, including a community funded solar array, a 200-kilolitre rainwater tank, energy efficient lighting and waste diversion strategies.

June 28, 2018

Toronto Opens its Doors for Medical Technology Experts

Toronto has been selected by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) to host the foremost international event for medical technology experts, The MedTech Conference, taking place October 5-7, 2020. The major convention will bring over 2,600 leaders in medical technology, including CEOs, venture capitalists, and policy makers to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

This is the first time The MedTech Conference will take place outside of the United States, marking Toronto as a centre for Life Sciences and medical technology advancements and manufacturing. In fact, it is home to half of Canada’s medical technology companies and most top 25 global medical technology companies operate in the region. The city’s health sciences sector is also ranked among the best in the world, along with its researchers.

June 27, 2018

The Association for Medical Education Heads for Basel

This year’s annual conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) will be held at the Congress Center Basel (CCB) from 25 to 29 August. The association chooses a different European city every year, and Basel was chosen this time because the city is able to satisfy the demanding space requirements – including a plenary room that can seat around 3000 delegates.

3.000 delegates – which include professors, lecturers, researchers, members of governments and administrations, and also ambitious young academics from the disciplines of medicine and healthcare – from over 90 countries are expected to arrive in the city to learn about the latest developments, exchange ideas regarding knowledge transfer and engage in networking. All the participants have the opportunity to present their work in the form of memos and posters and thus obtain feedback from an international audience.

June 26, 2018

Frankfurt Rising for Medical Conferences

Frankfurt, represented by the Frankfurt Convention Bureau of the city’s information centre Tourismus+Congress GmbH and Messe Frankfurt, has succeeded in securing two internationally renowned medical congresses for Frankfurt. The annual convention of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), which will be attended by an estimated 6,000 participants, is to be held at Messe Frankfurt’s locations between 24 and 27 March 2019. The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) convention, one of the largest European medical conventions with 15,000 participants, will then be held in Frankfurt between 3 and 6 June 2020.

The joint efforts of the city, the convention location and the scientific representatives, as well as the locational advantages have all contributed to attracting these conferences. Moreover, the city’s congress ambassadors were committed in their efforts to promote Frankfurt as a centre for medical conferences.

One of these ambassadors, Prof. Ulf Müller-Ladner, says: “We are regularly involved in organising national and international medical conventions, sometimes with more than 15,000 participants. From this experience, I can safely say that Frankfurt is in the Champions League of international congress destinations. The support provided by the well coordinated team of the City of Frankfurt and Messe Frankfurt shows the professionalism of the partners, as could be seen to great effect when the Rheumatology Congress was held in Frankfurt in 2016. As well as Frankfurt’s unrivalled location in the centre of Europe with its own major airport, its locational advantages include the motorway junction and Europe-wide Intercity Express hub.”