The Ultimate Legacy Ever in Adelaide?

January 11, 2019

The Ultimate Legacy Ever in Adelaide?

Last month, the Premier of South Australia in a joint announcement with the Australian Prime Minister announced Adelaide would be the home of Australia’s new A$41m Space Agency and in doing so, created one of, if not the largest legacies of any Australian business event.

Held at Adelaide Convention Centre, the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) with 4500 delegates remains the largest business event won by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Team Adelaide for South Australia.  From the outset of the  decade long process in bidding, losing, re-bidding and winning the highly prestigious event, the goal of the  local IAC committee members from the Space Industry Association of Australia was to utilise the event to ignite discussion and enthusiasm at a federal government level with the aim of creating an Australian Space Agency.  Their goal was realised on 25 September 2017 at the opening ceremony of the 5-day event with the announcement that the Government would indeed open a National Space Agency –  and thus began a fierce bidding process by most Australian states to house the agency’s permanent headquarters.

The Australian Space Agency location announcement is the pinnacle of a series of legacies eventuating from the IAC 2017.  It will be housed, along with similarly aligned businesses, innovators and organisations, in the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site (now known as Lot Fourteen Innovation Hub) in the eastern end of the CBD – just walking distance or a free tram ride from the Adelaide Convention Centre and the BioMed City including the new hospital all located the West End of the city.

Set to open in 2019, the Agency will employ 20 people and will regulate, licence and assess space-related activities conducted by private industry. It gives Australia a new seat at the table in the regulation of space under international law, will include a mission control centre and will be responsible for facilitating industry growth.  The Federal Government hopes that the agency will help coordinate Australia’s space industry to create 20,000 new jobs and triple its current A$4bn worth to A$12bn by 2030.

Damien Kitto, CEO Adelaide Convention Bureau, commented: “The Space Agency location announcement  truly is the ultimate legacy following the hosting the IAC and it presents a huge opportunity for the Adelaide Convention Bureau.  As with medical and health-based events following the massive investment in infrastructure in the BioMed City, this development has opened the doors to the Bureau now having a huge asset to utilise when seeking to attract space and related industry events to Adelaide.”

January 11, 2019

Ideas Academy Is Part of AIME 2019 Knowledge Program

Melbourne will be bustling next month with visitors attending the well known trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. Between 18 and 20 February AIME will give the opportunity to decision makers to connect, create and do business across the whole Asia Pacific region.

Open to AIME Hosted Buyers, Exhibitors and Media who have the Full Networking Package, the program will look at engagement beyond mere content. The expanded Knowledge Program on Monday will cover topics like challenging meeting norms, innovation and what the future of technology will mean for experiences. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature the Ideas Academy offering 30-45 minute knowledge sessions designed to provide thought-provoking opportunities. Topics will include turning events into powerful communities and ways to PR your next event. The Ideas Academy sessions are free to attend and are accessible to all AIME registered visitors.

Registration is open!


January 10, 2019


ASSOCIATIONWORLD (AW) and its President and CEO Kai Troll, Boardroom’s partner, recently talked to the Union of International Associations (UIA) about this Brussels-based foundation, established in June 2018 by an international board of directors, with a goal to address the absence of affordable educational programs which cover the real tangible needs both for big and smaller associations. The aim is to take a holistic approach towards the development of associations.

To achieve this purpose, ASSOCIATIONWORLD organises full-day workshops for small groups of 15 to 25 people. Each workshop focuses on maximizing the experience and learning outcomes for each participant, which are intended to be clearly applicable when delegates go back to their organisations. Besides content, the workshops focus on creating lasting experiences. ASSOCIATION WORLD also recognising the need for these workshops to be accessible, has opted to host them primarily, though not exclusively, in destinations which are home to the largest number of international and European associations and non-profits. As such, in 2019, there will be workshops in the cities of Brussels, Geneva, Paris and Berlin.

Find out more about Kai Troll’s interview here.

January 9, 2019

Germany Presents Future Meeting Space Research Results

The GCB German Convention Bureau presented the results of the second phase of its “Future Meeting Space” research project at the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders conference in Pittsburgh to an international audience. The research was funded by the Professional Convention Management Association and provides insights into attendee types and success factors as well as recommendations for action.

Based on the data from an online survey that was conducted between September 2017 and June 2018, where the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO asked the question “How to create successful events?”, six attendee types and six success factors were recognised. Attendees represent different degrees of tech-savviness, they differ in their communication behaviour, they are either more or less career-focused and can be found in different levels of their organization. Depending on the attendee type, age and gender also come into play. Success factors include satisfaction as the “meta” factor, largely influenced by the two other factors, knowledge transfer and disruption: attendees are happy with events if they learned something new that they can apply in their everyday work and if events surprised them or triggered changes. Networking, interaction and use of digital technologies are further success factors.

Recommendations for action  include, for example, dedicated support for more introvert or less tech-savvy attendees as well as tips for creating events that strike a balance between time spent on organization and what is gained from them. The research partners also recommended the use of new and innovative formats and technologies as well as visualisation aids and interactive formats to foster knowledge transfer. One interesting result of the study is the importance of disruptive elements: events that change CVs and organizations create lasting memories.

For more information and to download the full report, visit

January 8, 2019

Penang Receives Computational Design Congress

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) has recently won the bid to host the International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering (I3CDE) 2019 from 7 to 10 July at ParkRoyal Penang Resort.

Organised by the Society for Computational Design and Engineering from Korea and co-hosted by building SMART Korea, Asian Conference on Design and Digital Engineering (ACDDE), The Korea Contents Association, Korea Smart Factory Foundation and Korea Smart Manufacturing Industry Association, the congress is held outside Korea for the first time.

With themes spanning from traditional computational design in all industrial areas to the new 4th industry issues such as big data and deep learning, the Congress will gather international experts in various fields with a focus on Computational Design & Engineering.

“We are proud to welcome the upcoming I3CDE congress to Penang as the state is known as the Silicon Valley of the East for its industries, and is one of Malaysia’s most vital economic powerhouses. We are always looking to expand and improve on the Information Technology industry, as well as the Electric & Electronic and Manufacturing industry as they are recorded in the annual review published by the PCEB as one of the main contributors to Penang’s economy,” said Ashwin Gunasekeran, Chief Executive Officer of PCEB.

“I hope that this congress will spark the growth in research in this field, and that the connections made through the network of experts will benefit both Malaysians and the international community,” added YB Yeoh, Penang State Exco For Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture & Arts.


January 7, 2019

How to Keep Communities Consistently Engaged

In June 2016, the University of Edinburgh hosted the 13th World Congress (IAB2016) of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB). It is critical both to reflect on the event past and to consider how we might keep future events relevant and to adequately bridge the periods in-between. In other words, how do we generate and maintain legacy and help to keep communities consistently engaged over time? This brief article undertakes these functions by reflecting on some of the lessons learned from IAB2016 in the hope that it will prove useful to future IAB Congress organizers (and indeed other international conference organizers).

Read all about it here.

January 7, 2019

Brisbane Overflows with Freshwater Experts

The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021 will be held in Brisbane, making this the very first time the American based Society has held its annual meeting outside of North America. The selection of Brisbane is well aligned with the river at the heart of city life and a water knowledge hub, while Queensland universities have established leading and diverse expertise in a broad range of arid, tropical and subtropical water environments. Australia also has the largest membership of the Society of Freshwater Science outside of North America, so the choice was a natural fit.

BCEC Convention Advocate, Professor Stuart Bunn, said the 2021 Annual Meeting will be co-hosted with the Australian and New Zealand freshwater science societies, making this the biggest meeting of its kind to be held in Australia. It is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates including strong representation from places like China, Japan and Korea. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism Australia worked together with local universities and the Australian Freshwater Science Society and the New Zealand Freshwater Science Society to bring the event to Brisbane.

General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the Centre is well versed in hosting major water and environmental events including the world’s largest meeting for water practitioners and researchers, IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in 2016, and is particularly looking forward to welcoming delegates attending the first international meeting of the SFS. “As an island continent and river city we are surrounded by water and collaborating with world leading experts in this field of science is of great value and paramount importance to Queenslanders and our local science community.”


January 4, 2019

Paris Venue Comes Closer to the Sun

Viparis has announced its first solar tarpaulin, installed on the Paris Nord Villepinte gallery’s glass façade. Paris Nord Villepinte is the world’s first exhibition complex to test such a system, with the goal of reducing its ecological footprint. The site includes an HQE (High Environmental Quality) certified space (Hall 7) with an 18,000 m² green roof, green spaces that are maintained through the use of auxiliary insects, recyclable tarpaulins and organic ink used in signage, and more.
This groundbreaking pilot project, created in collaboration with ENGIE Entreprises & Collectivités, is a tangible example of Viparis’ commitment to its CSR initiative, Better Events Viparis 2030, launched in 2018. The tarpaulin’s thin, flexible and lightweight structure means that it can be adapted to fit any type of structure. The renewable energy it generates is fed into the grid, allowing visitors to charge their mobile phones and run their laptops. In time, Viparis plans to deploy solar tarpaulins all along the glass roof of the reception gallery, which links together the seven main halls, and also serves as a hub for professional meetings and events.
Catherine Phin, Head of Sustainable Development, Viparis, said: “As the operator of the ten largest venues in the Greater Paris region, Viparis is committed to working with the entire events industry to reduce its environmental impact. This commitment finds expression in the installation of the first solar advertising tarpaulin in France’s largest exhibition complex. The venue welcomed nearly two million visitors in 2018, and we are convinced that this solution will help reduce our carbon footprint. We are also looking at deploying tarpaulins at other Viparis sites.”


January 3, 2019

Manitoba Flies High

Ranking third globally for civil aircraft production, Canada is a global leader in civil aviation and defence systems, while Manitoba has the third largest Aerospace cluster in Canada with more than 50 Aerospace firms either headquartered or have major centres of operation. A major investment from the federal and provincial governments will fund four projects to promote growth in Manitoba’s Aerospace industry.

The investment includes Composites Innovation Centre establishing a collaborative space to develop, demonstrate, and validate new advanced Aerospace composite products and processes. Magellan Aerospace Limited will introduce enhanced Aerospace design, production, and technologies. West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD) is set to expand the range of engine testing capabilities of GE Aviation Test, Research and Development Centre, solidifying Winnipeg as the preferred location for testing of GE engines. Finally, Composites Innovation Centre will receive a fund aimed at supporting product commercialization, process innovation, and business development activities of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Manitoba Aerospace sector.

“Our Government’s investment in the Canadian Aerospace industry builds on our ambitious plan to turn Canada’s economic strengths into global successes,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development.  “These projects support a key economic cluster in Manitoba and across Western Canada that will continue to create the good middle-class jobs of tomorrow.”

January 2, 2019

Wellington to Benefit from New Conference Centre

Wellington City Council gave the green light for the new Conference and Exhibition Centre (CEC). Construction on the 18,000-square-metre (sqm) CEC, which features 10,000sqm of dedicated convention space spread across its top two floors and a 1,650 sqm ground-floor exhibition gallery to accommodate touring exhibitions, is set to start next year.

WREDA’s Regional Development Destination and Attraction General Manager David Perks says: “Wellington has always been competitive with the conference venues available in the city but the WCEC will take things to a new level. It will enable the city to not only retain its current share of conferences but also put in bids for larger international conferences that would simply have been too big for existing venues. It will put us on an equal footing with Auckland and Christchurch who both have conference venues under construction, and the Australian market where all major cities have purpose-built convention facilities.”

Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL) CEC business case reveals the new convention centre would host 111 new events each year, bringing nearly 149,000 new delegate days to Wellington, a 16% growth.

Tourism New Zealand’s Global Business Events Manager, Anna Fennessy says the development of a large-scale conference venue is a huge win for Wellington. “International business events deliver a range of benefits beyond the significant economic contributions they provide to the local economy. They have the potential to generate long-lasting positive social change in our communities through the expert knowledge delegates bring with them and they allow Kiwis to share their expertise and knowledge too. The introduction of a large-scale conference venue for Wellington means these benefits will be absorbed across the region for years to come.”