Stronger Collaborations Means Stronger Impact in Denmark

May 27, 2019

Stronger Collaborations Means Stronger Impact in Denmark

Denmark’s four leading meetings destinations – gathered in the alliance MeetDenmark – have banded together to launch during IMEX in Frankfurt a new program designed to make international conventions more impactful for both associations and destinations. Convention bureaus and local host organisations seek to build collaboration between associations and local stakeholders so that both can leverage more impactful meeting outcomes and legacies.

The new model can create a powerful value proposition when bidding for international conventions. The key is to forge strong working relationships with the associations and local stakeholders to explore ways that Denmark can better help them accomplish their missions and goals in a synergistic way.

As part of the launch, MeetDenmark released three case studies on congresses that had been held recently in Denmark and that had high impacts which should drive future legacies. These are among the cases that together with The MeetDenmark Outreach Study have formed the basis for the new Danish outreach program and include the Women Deliver (Copenhagen, 2016), the Danish Microbiological Society (Copenhagen, 2018) and the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Odense, 2018).

May 24, 2019

BestCities Global Alliance Explores the Future

The BestCities Global Forum 2019 will be taking place between 8 and 11 December at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel. During the event the Copenhagen Convention Bureau and BestCities Global Alliance are launching an initiative to explore the future of congresses in partnership with the Danish Design Centre and futurists from Public Futures. Participating associations will receive cutting edge insights and a tangible tool to use in the formation of future strategies for their associations. After the Global Forum, the tool can be accessed digitally by everyone interested.

The Alliance has also launched the Inspiring Young Leaders program, and has recognized two associations who have proven to encourage actively youth engagement preceding their congresses. The first two organisations to be awarded the Inspiring Young Leaders grant are the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME).

ISUOG will use their award to organise its ‘Young Investigators’ event at their congress in Berlin in October 2019. The event plans to offer young researchers and leading senior research leaders in similar fields the opportunity to network, learn and plan the future. ISME will finance African students, PhD’s and PostDocs  to attend ISME’s 18th symposium, taking place in Cape Town in 2020.

May 23, 2019

New ‘People Make Glasgow Healthier’ Campaign

A new initiative led by Glasgow Convention Bureau plans to deliver legacy benefits to local residents from hosting major medical meetings in the city. Together with support from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), local industry and the city’s academic community, the Bureau has launched its People Make Glasgow Healthier campaign; reflecting the city’s People Make Glasgow brand.

The initiative is geared at taking key themes and messages – from the likes of obesity and organ donation to smoking cessation and cancer research – beyond the walls of convention venues and into communities; informing and empowering citizens.

Aileen Crawford, Head of Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: People Make Glasgow Healthier is a platform for medical associations to really engage with the people of Glasgow through a varied range of activities. It’s about bringing positive and informed health messages to our citizens and encouraging real-world interactions that extend beyond conference seminars to deliver a genuine and lasting legacy from hosting these meetings.”

The People Make Glasgow Healthier campaign started in March this year with the arrival of the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, which took place at the SEC. The European Congress on Obesity, which took place at the SEC last month, also engaged with the People Make Glasgow Healthier initiative through a public event at the Glasgow Science Centre. A large number of medical association conferences are converging in Glasgow this year, with 13 taking place through to November, which will bring more than 20,000 UK and international delegates to Scotland’s largest city.

May 22, 2019

All Tunnels Lead to Malaysia

Malaysia will officially host the 46th ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2020 bringing together engineers, designers, construction professionals and best expertise in its field. WTC, which is owned by the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA) seeks to explore latest innovations, trends and advances in all areas of tunneling sustainably.

Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), announced that the seven days event which is slated to take place between 15-21 May 2020, is expected to generate a great economic impact from more than 1,500 delegates.

WTC 2020 will be themed “Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity”. The Congress focuses on multiple technical paper presentations, tunneling training courses, poster presentations, the ITA-AITES General Assembly, technical visits to ongoing tunneling projects in Malaysia, and interesting exhibitions by companies from all over the world presenting their latest tunneling solutions, innovations and technologies.

May 21, 2019

Call for Proposals for EAS 2020

The next edition of the European Association Summit (EAS), launched by the Association Bureau in Brussles, will take place the week of 9-13 March 2020. For this new edition a new application form has been created dividing the Call into two stages. A first Call from May 20th to 20th June 2019, where 4 themes will guide your study cases in your applications. These themes focus on new strategies for associations, engaging youth in your field, women empowerment and new sustainable ways of doing business (in your field of expertise).

The second Call from July 22nd to 22nd September 2019, based on the proposals of the first one, will target the thematic and therefore the choices of candidates.

Association representatives are invited to submit case studies via the call for proposals. Use the opportunity to relate your experience on a range of issues relevant for associations. Share your experience in fields such as finance, events, advocacy, marketing, business models, governance or other relevant topic you wish to see featured. EAS aims to show the diversity of associations active at the international level.

The Call for Proposals is now open.


May 20, 2019

Toulouse Excels in Artificial Intelligence

Toulouse is a city that attracts talent enriching its knowledge hubs through shared experience and skills. The fact that it has been named a land of innovation and, more particularly, a centre of excellence for AI does not come by accident. Toulouse is one of the pilot regions of the « France pour l’Intelligence Artificielle » initiative – that has been launched in January 2017 – aimed at helping to define the major factors in the creation of favourable legislation and regulations in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Major areas for strategic applications include robotics and drones, voice recognition and robots, Big Data and Machine Learning, intelligent and connected cities, intelligent mobility and transport systems and health, personalised medicine among others. The city now boasts over 150 companies, 7 laboratories, 9 cutting edge technology platforms and more than 1500 industrial employees all created to support the growing field.

May 17, 2019

ESAE Seeks Brexit Solutions for Associations

European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) members and association executives whose organisation is affected by Brexit who wish to share their experience with their peers can join in for a breakfast round-table organised by ESAE on 4 June at the Martin’s Brussels EU hotel.

This roundtable will explore how Brexit can change the raison d’etre of Associations and what impact this can have on own resources, output efficiency, and decision-making processes. Association leaders from various fields will have a unique interactive exchange of how Brexit affects their organisations, what steps were taken so far and what are the expectations for the future.

In order to register, click here.

May 16, 2019

NewcastleGateshead Heats Up Discussion On Ice

The International Glaciological Society’s British Branch has announced it will be holding its annual meeting in NewcastleGateshead 4 – 5 September this year. Hosted by Northumbria University, Newcastle, the conference will attract around 100 delegates to the region to discuss the pressing subject of climate change, including a collaborative US-UK research project in the Antarctic which looks at the glaciological contribution to climate change.

Vice-President of the International Glaciological Society, Professor Hilmar Gudmundsson, said: “NewcastleGateshead was a natural choice for this year’s meeting as Northumbria University has a world leading geography and environmental sciences department, and is key to the five-year research project currently being carried out in West Antarctica, as well as to a new large EU project focusing on the Antarctic Ice Sheet in a global context. The department also holds several members of the society who have been integral to ongoing research.”

Paul Szomoru, Director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “The event coming to the region is demonstrative of the academic and research strengths within Northumbria University and will draw on the expertise of society members sitting within the university’s geography and environmental sciences department.”

May 15, 2019

Oncology Congress plans to Leave a Legacy in Glasgow

Glasgow has been selected to host the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)’s Annual Congress in 2023, Europe’s largest meeting on radiation oncology. The event will take place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) and is expected to attract over 6,000 participants.
The selection of the location for the conference was based on two distinct elements – the logistical capacity to host this global event in Glasgow at the SEC, and more importantly, the co-creation of an engagement project led by Professor Chalmers. This engagement project will have a tangible impact on patient outcomes, delivering on ESTRO’s vision: “Optimal Health for All, Together”.
Professor Anthony Chalmers, Chair of Clinical Oncology at the University of Glasgow said: “We are thrilled that Glasgow has been selected as the host for ESTRO’s Annual Congress.  ESTRO’s goal is to demonstrate progress in the optimal use of radiation oncology. The congress is a catalyst for us to deliver the local engagement project which aims to increase the use of radiotherapy for cancer patients across the West of Scotland.

May 14, 2019

Copenhagen Collaborates for Cancer Treatment

The European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO, chose Copenhagen for their 2022 Annual Meeting as they were attracted by the city’s two-stringed engagement project. The Congress will run over five days at the Bella Centre Copenhagen and attract an estimated 6.000 participants. Copenhagen will be the focal point for the congress, while meetings leading up to the event will be held across the country.

The engagement project with the overarching theme ‘Improved cancer outcome through collaboration’ offers two areas of focus. Through projects and events, it aims to showcase and translate Danish experience and expertise to ESTRO members before, during and after the congress while also using the ESTRO congress as a catalyst to improve radiotherapy in Denmark and Europe.

“We are very impressed with Copenhagen and the Danish engagement project, which is perfectly aligned with the ESTRO 2030 vision “Optimal Health for All, Together”. This vision aims to improve the outcome and health by enabling and catalysing large networks. Therefore, we are excited to go to Copenhagen in 2022 but also very much looking forward to the engagement work that will take place before, during and after the actual congress,”says Umberto Ricardi, President of ESTRO.