A Room with a Zoo for the Associations World Congress 2018

March 19, 2018

A Room with a Zoo for the Associations World Congress 2018

Associations seem to have found a home at the Associations World Congress. Organised by The Association of Association Executives, the 11th version of the event took place last week at The Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre in Antwerp and was attended by over 240 employees and officers of professional, scientific and trade membership organisations interested in exchanging knowledge and expertise.

There was a unique characteristic in this year’s congress as the venue where it was held was part of a zoo. The participants were impressed and inspired by the nature and the animal life around them, which gave the event a vibrant feel.

Well known keynote speakers, various simultaneous streams to choose from, workshops, success stories and expert briefings made for a varied program covering areas like problems associations are currently facing and future trends in the industry. Some of the topics included association governance, member recruitment, engagement and retention, revenue development, communications and lobbying, management and CRM systems and – my personal favourite – technology. I particularly enjoyed the advice given on how to take advantage of the rise of social media and which are the top technological innovations for conferences, for example using facial recognition as a faster way of registering for an event.

The wealth of information and topics was delivered by speakers from within the industry but also by experts from different fields. Roy Gluckman, Amanda Hammett, Philip G. Forte, Alex Inchbald, Miguel Neves and Dries Herpoelaert are only some of the names on the board of speakers. On the second day, Damian Hutt, Executive Director of AAE, presented Gothenburg, the host city for next year’s congress.

Social events like a welcome reception on 12 March and a gala dinner including the International and European Association Awards ceremony the following evening completed the program of the congress.

Winners recognized for their excellence in leadership, development and service included:

Executive Director of the Year
Angela Cherrington
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Young Association Executive of the Year
Drilona Shtjefni
European Biomass Industry Association

Best Conference Development
World Endoscopy Organization

Best Website & Integration
Union for International Cancer Control

Best Membership Engagement
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Best Association Video
International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies

Best Social Media Campaign
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Best Association E-Newsletter
AOSpine

This report was written by Vicky Koffa, Boardroom digital editor / digital@boardroom.global

 

March 16, 2018

Australia Gets Bidding Support and Aims Higher

Business events in Australia have recently received even greater support from Tourism Australia. As of 1 July 2018 the sector will have at its disposal the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP), which provides assistance to secure new international business events for Australia. $12 million will be made available over the next three years to support bids for new, high-value international association – among others – events. It will support expenditure on goods & services that assist in the delivery of events, for example accommodation or venue hire costs.

Managed by Tourism Australia’s business events unit, Business Events Australia, the program is designed to increase conversion of business for Australia by offering financial support at the critical bidding stage of new international business events. Funds will only be provided for qualified international business events once the event is confirmed and contracted for Australia.

The establishment of the new Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund Program was announced at this year’s Destination Australia Conference in Melbourne.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia said: “More and more destinations across the world are operating national bid funds. Australia risks losing market share to our competitors if our business events industry is not able to compete on a level playing field. That’s why the new Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund Program is a game-changer, allowing us to grow our competitive advantage in this critical and lucrative segment of the visitor economy.” 

March 15, 2018

A Gold Mine for Canada’s PDAC Convention

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2018 Convention held this week at the  Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A record number of 25,606 delegates gathered in Toronto for four days of presentations, exhibitions, and short courses, showing that the mineral exploration and mining industry has regained its swagger and is building momentum.

More specifically, investors, analysts, mining executives, prospectors, geologists, Indigenous peoples, government officials and students from over 125 countries attended the sold out events as well as a gala awards ceremony and a closing night celebration at The Fairmont Royal York.

PDAC, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, hosted the International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) for the third year, bringing together 26 Ministers responsible for mining from around the world—the largest turnout to date. This year’s summit focused on the various ways in which trust can be fostered to enhance and expand the contributions that the mineral exploration and mining sector has on the prosperity and development of nations.

 

March 14, 2018

Jerusalem Combines Culture with Industry

Jerusalem Conventions & Visitors Bureau is placing emphasis on keeping delegates happy during as well as after a conference. That is why the city has promoted over the past few years a cultural program called ShukTech, which aims to showcase the city’s culture and nightlife for conference participants.

With over 600 start-ups in the city and cultural experiences to be discovered, it is clear that this program serves as a bridge between culture and innovation. ShukTech events are focused on the city’s famous Shuk Machane Yehudah Market, which is a traditional bustling market with stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables during the day. At night, the market transforms into a vibrant scene with bars, restaurants, and clubs flanking the streets of the market where participants can enjoy live music, street art, video installations and networking all in the unique setting of a classic Middle-Eastern market.

Earlier this month, following a full day of sessions at the 2018 OurCrowd Global Summit, participants had a chance to experience a night of informal pitches, CEO meetups, delicious food, craft beers, live music, and video art in the heart of the market.

March 13, 2018

ICCA Meeting Hosted in Istanbul

The ICCA Board of Directors came together for a Strategic Meeting in Istanbul this February with the support of Istanbul CVB and Turkish Airlines. Numerous local stakeholders supported the meeting, which was a success. Topics included how ICCA can build an even stronger community of suppliers and international associations, how to create high-level cooperative partnerships that will add new value for members, how to strengthen the impact of our advocacy work on the impact of our industry, and ways to generate a pipeline of new high-value services that can attract the investment funds needed to lift our association to a new level.

During the meeting, Nina Freysen-Pretorius, ICCA President stated: “I think the collaboration between the private and the public sector to host international association meetings really make Istanbul a destination not to be missed for international association meetings. Istanbul has wonderful local products and cuisine, wonderful surprises, wonderful hospitality and we are delighted with the support of all our Turkish ICCA Members”.

March 12, 2018

New Salary Survey Goes Deep into Detail

The Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium (FAIB) has just published the results of its salary benchmark survey carried out with the support of its Board members and its associate member, DKW.

This survey is based on data gathered on the remuneration and the fringe benefits of associations’ permanent staff from 131 organisations. It covers ALL job categories, from top management to administrative support staff and will therefore serve as a useful guideline and tool for (international) non-profit associations (I)NPAs.

According to the executive summary of the survey, there were large variances in salary and benefits between organisations, much of which can often be explained by the type and size of the organisation and the average age of the employees. More specifically, the 13th month and luncheon vouchers are the most common benefits provided whereas company cars are quite rare. When it comes to Secretary Generals, with a slight majority for the male population and an average age of 50 years, there is a considerable difference for monthly salary according to the overall budget of the association.

March 9, 2018

Building Bridges for Gastric Cancer in Prague

The 2019 International Gastric Cancer Congress is set to be held in Prague from 8 – 11 May 2019, at the Prague Congress Centre. This type of cancer is a major problem worldwide and especially in Europe. The choice of the host city was not random, as due to its location it can serve as a bridge between western and eastern Europe in order to strengthen and reinforce research and collaboration in Europe and worldwide. This goal is reflected in the congress’s motto Building Bridges.

The event is expected to bring together delegates from many disciplines, reaching from basic researchers, clinical scientists and physicians from all disciplines and other health care professionals, who will discuss the rapid development of research on gastric cancer as well as new insights into tumor biology and progress in health care delivery which allow for more precise diagnostics, more efficacious treatment and better quality of care.

March 8, 2018

Incredible Impacts Programme Strikes Again

After a very successful inaugural year in 2017, the Incredible Impacts Programme – developed by the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA – has opened submissions for the 2018 grants. Showcasing examples of how associations’ international meeting can leave long lasting legacies beyond overnight tourism, candidates must simply demonstrate a track-record in legacy programme/project considering also how they will use the grant to better upcoming or future events. Factors such as sustainability, environmental considerations and knowledge sharing are fundamental criteria for the candidacy.

An independent jury, consisting of last year’s winners among others, will determine three associations which will be announced at the ICCA Congress in Dubai from 11-14 November 2018. Last year the programme launched with 20 associations submitting their unique and innovative approaches and evaluation was conducted through a peer review by a panel of judges from international associations, who were extremely impressed with the quality of case studies shared.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk stated: “Over the last decade the world’s leading meetings destinations have all embraced strategies that place intellectual capital creation and knowledge exchange, and economic and societal development goals ahead of traditional bed-night driven, tourist-centric metrics.  Everyone is now talking about the legacy that meetings generate, and no sector leaves a more powerful legacy than international association meetings.  Whether trying to influence government policy, drawing public attention to healthcare challenges, or simply finding new ways to provide support for disadvantaged groups of their members or stakeholders, associations are always aiming to make a positive difference, and so we’re delighted to be able to support them and to showcase their stories in this innovative way.”

March 6, 2018

Vienna Goes into Therapy in 2023

From 25-29 July 2023 Vienna will host the 10th World Congress for Psychotherapy at the Sigmund Freud Private University. The event will be returning to its inaugural host in 1996 for its tenth anniversary after having visited Durban, Moscow and Paris among other cities.

4,000 scientists and researchers will meet to discuss all the latest findings in the field of psychotherapy at a series of 500 lectures, seminars and workshops. 200 scientific posters will give an insight into the latest advances in the use of psychotherapy to treat psychiatric disorders. For the first time, the Vienna event will feature “Freudian walks”, during which participants will discuss the latest scientific breakthroughs.

 

March 5, 2018

Association Professionals to Profit from Association Day at IMEX

On 14 May, a day before the official opening of IMEX Frankfurt, association professionals will enjoy the opportunity to attend Association Day. Tailored to suit attendees’ requirements, the event will consist of three different streams featuring a highly topical program led by case studies, which aims to educate and inspire the participants.

The Association Management Stream, chaired by ASAE, has been specifically designed for those in senior positions and will place it focus on member and volunteer management and strategic governance. Meetings and Events Stream A, chaired by ICCA, covers ‘legacy’ – IMEX’s talking point for 2018 – innovation and engagement, building a community and building partnerships with convention bureaux. Finally, Meetings and Events Stream B addresses budget management and negotiation skills, security and risk management, sponsorship and programme content development.

Association Day is open to all levels of association professionals and will offer peer to peer education and networking, allowing participants to understand the successes and challenges faced by other associations. The event will be followed by Association Evening, which launches the start of IMEX in Frankfurt.