Sustainability Initiatives Give Melbourne the Upper Hand

February 25, 2019

Sustainability Initiatives Give Melbourne the Upper Hand

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre(MCEC) strives to be leaders in sustainable business practice leading the way with many sustainable initiatives over the years.

MCEC’s Chief Operating Officer, Leighton Wood said: “Take Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) for example. In 2018 we joined 13 other reputable Melbourne organisations to support the development of a wind farm in regional Victoria. This initiative enables us to offset the projected electricity use of our 20,000 square metre expansion space with renewable energy”. And he added: “We have removed single use plastics from our retail outlets, eliminated bottled water in catering and are introducing fully biodegradable coffee cups and lids.”

MCEC’s partnership with OzHarvest saw the redistribution of 38,660 meals (12,886 kilograms of food) through their food rescue donation program in 2018. Other 2018 sustainability achievements are reducing carbon emissions per square metre by 16 per cent against 2015 levels, diverting 67% of all waste from landfill using 15 waste streams, replacing 580 lights in exhibition bays with LED lighting, resulting in a 70% reduction in power usage and recycling 65,000 coffee pods annually.

Photo : MCEC, Melbourne

February 22, 2019

Darwin Organises Neuroscience Nurses Congress

Neuroscience nurses from around the world will be meeting at the Top End to attend the 13th World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN) Congress. The Darwin Convention Centre will play host to the international event under the theme ‘Create – Imagine – Inspire – Discover’ in July 2021.

Vicki Evans, WFNN Vice President and Scientific Chair, said the Congress will feature a strong scientific program with lectures from the world’s leaders in neuroscience nursing and will provide an opportunity for delegates to refresh their knowledge on a broad range of topics. ‘The Congress will provide a platform for an open dialogue about best practice that will challenge thinking to contribute to better care worldwide’ added Evans.

The WFNN Executive and Scientific Committee are looking forward to working with the Northern Territory Convention Bureau and Darwin Convention Centre to deliver a world-class event that enables neuroscience nursing to deliver real change.


Photo : Darwin Convention Centre

February 21, 2019

Sri Lanka Celebrates Youth with AIESEC Congress

AIESEC International Congress, the biggest annual AIESEC event aimed at celebrating youth leadership, cultural diversity and global togetherness, will be hosted once more in Sri Lanka. The congress was previously hosted in Sri Lanka in 1995 which led to the establishment of AIESEC in Sri Lanka. After 24 years, Sri Lanka is again honored with the opportunity of hosting the 71st  International Congress in 2019.

Commencing on the 6th of July, the conference will be hosted till the 14th, under the strategic guidance of Sri Lanka Convention Bureau with the participation of over 800 young leaders from more than 120 countries. The conference will be comprised of a series of vibrant events such as Opening Ceremony, Global Village, YouthSpeak Forum, World’s Largest Lesson and Sri Lankan Night.

AIESEC in Sri Lanka is currently present in 8 universities namely University of Colombo, University of Jayawardenapura, University of Peradeniya, University of Kelaniya, University of Moratuwa, University of Ruhuna, NSBM Green University and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. With over 1000 active members, AIESEC in Sri Lanka strives to provide international exposure and experience centered leadership development opportunities to the youth of the country. Through exchange programmes it provides a global platform to the youth of Sri Lanka to develop their leadership skills.

February 20, 2019

Brisbane Rises High with Posture Conference in 2021

Brisbane will welcome the world’s leading posture and gait clinicians and researchers following its successful bid to host a significant world congress in 2021. Brisbane’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing, collaborated with Tourism and Events Queensland and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to secure the International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress for 20-24 June 2021. More than 500 delegates from over 40 countries will explore the latest research and clinical findings, issues and ideas in the field.

ISPGR President and Professor of Movement Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, Mark Hollands, said a number of factors contributed to Brisbane being selected as the 2021 host destination. “Brisbane is a warm and welcoming city with exceptional research institutions, award-winning conference facilities, and a range of new hotels and experiences for delegates,” Professor Hollands said. “We expect our Asia-based members to take advantage of Brisbane’s close proximity to the region, while access from across the globe is easy with direct flights from more than 80 destinations.”

Photo : Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

February 19, 2019

Registration Is Open for The Meetings Show in London

Hosted buyer registration is now open for The Meetings Show, taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at Olympia London, offering a tailored buyer-led programme designed for buyers to maximise their time out of the office and give a new perspective to their event planning process. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals, it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

Hosted buyers attending on the three-day programme can enjoy exclusive education at the Pre-Show Conference with dedicated streams for associations, as well as the Hosted Buyer Welcome Reception, which last year attracted more than 400 attendees.

Della Penfold, hosted buyer programme manager for The Meetings Show, said: “Our new, streamlined programme for hosted buyers debuted at The Meetings Show 2018 and was extremely well-received the hosted buyers who took part. Unlike with some shows, we don’t make appointment matches, so it’s entirely down to the buyer who they want to meet with, and with the three attendance options it provides more flexibility for those tight on time.”

Registration for The Meetings Show’s 2019 hosted buyer programme is open. To apply, visit


February 18, 2019

Nantes Takes the Lead in Science and Technology

La Cité Nantes Events Centre is hosting a variety of national and international major events in 2019 in the field of science and technology, where scientists will discuss their research findings and present their innovative solutions.

Since 2005 with the creation of the competitiveness cluster EMC2, dedicated to advanced manufacturing technologies, Nantes has developed numerous projects developed within the Jules Verne innovation centre. In addition to EMC2, it is home to a Technological Research Institute (IRT), the Technocampus Composites and the Technocampus Ocean, as well as a prototyping workshop (FabMake), soon to be joined by a Manufacturing Academy. United, since 2014, under a single name « Jules Verne Manufacturing Valley”, these collaborative organisations work with engineers and academics to develop new manufacturing techniques based on research conducted on material transformation.

In 2019, 10 Science & Technology events will be held in Nantes including the 8th International Conference on Fundamentals and Development of Fuel Cells from 12 to 14 February with 200 participants, the ISEECap 2019 (International Symposium on Enhanced Electrochemical Capacitors) from 6 to 10 May with 150 participants, the 14th World Conference on Titanium with over 1,000 participants from 11 to 14 June, the European Conference on Constitutive Models for Rubbers from 25 to 27 June with 120 participants, the 27th Conference on Thermal Engineering from 3 to 6 June with 350 participants, the 24th General Conference of the French Physical Society (Société Française de Physique) from 8 to 12 July with 500 participants, the 36th IASP World Conference (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation) from 24 to 29 September with 1,000 participants, the 17th Conference of the French Society of Process Engineering (Société Française de Génie des Procédés) from 15 to 17 October with 800 participants and the Composites Meetings 2019 on 13 and 14 November with 800 participants.

Photo : La Cité Nantes Congress Centre 

February 15, 2019

Welcome ‘Destination Nancy’

Grand Nancy Congrès & Evènements, the Convention Bureau of the region, also in charge of the management of Centre de congrès Prouvé, has evolved and has now become ‘Destination Nancy‘, effective as of the beginning of 2019. With the integration of the Tourism Office of the region, the city wished for the actions of the company to grow further in order to reinforce the collaborations established on national and international level with the aim of further economic and touristic development.

Destination Nancy’s four missions include welcoming and organisation of events in the venues it represents, i.e. the Parc des expositions de Nancyand the Centre de congrès Prouvé, promotion of the destination  through the Convention Bureau and, finally, act as the Metropolis Tourism Office.

Already in 2019 several events have been planned for the Centre de congrès Prouvé, like the International Symposium of electromagnetic Fields with 300 participants and the Congress of Nephrology with 1200 participants, which will also celebrate its five years of existence.


February 14, 2019

FAIB Celebrates Associations Law

Last month the Federation of European & International Associations (FAIB)  based in Belgium celebrated two anniversaries in the Townhall of Brussels City, put at its disposal by Brussels authorities, with 130 participants. FAIB’s 70th year of existence coincided with the 100th of the adoption of the law of 25 October 1919 ruling INPAs. The guests openly debated on “The role of associations in shaping modern legislation”, that shed another light on a highly topical issue.

The 1919 law was innovative, granting international associations the civil personification. It first only referred to associations with a scientific purpose but in 1954, notably owing to the intervention of FAIB, the scope of the law was broadened to be philanthropic, religious, artistic or educational. In 2002, the scope of the law is further extended to incorporate associations that “pursue a non-profit-making aim of international utility”.

The 1919 law has played an important role in the recognition of the legal personality of non-governmental organisations and, a hundred years later, it is still valid. FAIB is actively coordinating the position of the international associations sector on the reform of “company and association law” currently at stake. The draft law amending the Code on companies and associations is in its final stages before its expected adoption in a forthcoming plenary session.

February 13, 2019

Get Tailor-Made Education at IMEX’s EduMonday

As part of Imex in Frankfurt 2019,  EduMonday, an afternoon of free professional education, takes place the day before the show starts, on 20 May 2019. “This year’s EduMonday delivers the power of bringing people together to learn new skills, co-create fresh ideas and innovate, with a free programme of high quality learning designed to inspire attendees to create incredible events”, says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

The day begins with the keynote at She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft. After this attendees can stay and be part of She Means Business, celebrating the role of women in the events industry, or mix and match from a programme of 20 general sessions designed around professional or personal developments.

Education in both English and German taps into the latest trends and issues, covering business skills, innovation, sustainability, crisis management as well as wellbeing and personal development. With emotional intelligence increasingly incorporated into event planning, IMEX is offering the Event Design Certificate Programme free of charge.

February 12, 2019

Dubai Gathers the World with 10 New Conferences

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that it has won the bids to host 10 new international congresses at the venue from 2019 – 2022. These high-profile events will bring to Dubai approximately 37,000 delegates from around the world.

2019 will welcome two space-themed congresses hosted by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. An anticipated 2,500 delegates will attend the 4th Young Professionals in Space Conference (YPS) in October followed by the 22nd International Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Symposium in November. This event is being held in the Middle East for the first time as part of the centre’s efforts to promote the UAE as a hub for space science and research.

Confirmed congresses for 2020 include the 6th Global Symposiums on Health Systems Research which will welcome an estimated 2,500 delegates in November and the 40th Congress of the Societe International d’Urologie.

Confirmed congresses for 2021 include ACTE Society of Petroleum Engineers which will see 10,000 oil and gas professionals from across the globe, World Congress of Gastroenterology which will be attended by 8,000-10,000 delegates, and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2021 which will welcome 5,000 delegates from the global physical therapy community.

Other key events that will take place in 2021 include the World Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology and the 5th edition of the ISPRS Geospatial Week.