What to Expect at the Associations World Congress

It’s not long now until the Associations World Congress which takes place from 7 – 9 April 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden. There’s been a lot of development for this year’s event and the organisers, starting with a newly designed programme. With over four hundred delegates, the Associations World Congress is one of the largest as well as the most established conference for association executives.

The new and progressive programme includes an extension of the popular Association Leaders’ Forum from a half-day to it being integrated into the congress as a two-day Forum.  Greg Tracz, Chief Development Officerat the International Hydropower Association says: “The Association Leader’s Forum is a must-go-to event with world-class speakers, stimulating topics for discussion, and lots of lively debate.” And it’s because of this and many more positive comments, that Damian Hutt, Executive Director at AAE decided to broaden the Leaders’ Forum over the two days.

Additionally, AAE has created a new forum specially for event strategists.  The Association Events Strategy Forum is also integrated into the congress programme. During the Forum you’ll hear thought-provoking opinions on the purpose of events, their value, and the place of association events in the association’s offering and contribute to the discussion and ideas.

Excitement is also building around the keynote speakers. Sweden and indeed Gothenburg, are home to two world-renowned organisations who are delighted to take part in the congress:  The Nobel Organisation with their head Laura Sprechmann; and Volvo with their Senior Vice President Paul Welander.  There are more than fifty speakers from associations and specialist organisations, and this year, they’re not simply presenting…. There are many different formats including the new ‘Crash Course’ and ‘Camp Fire’.  AAE has created an environment that stimulates interaction and learning.  The new programme enables delegates to move to different sessions – essential, as many association executives are responsible for multiple functions.

Another new initiative is that AAE are issuing Certificates of Education in Association Management for verified attendees for up to 12 hours education.  This came about after receiving feedback from AAE members who wanted formal recognition and record of the time they spend learning at AAE seminars, conferences, masterclasses and congresses.

In conclusion, it’s going to be a busy time at this years’ congress …the two-day Forums, Crash Courses, Camp Fires, Success Story case studies, Breakfast Brains, Expert Briefings, Workshops, and the Solution and Services Providers in the Expo!  Not to mention the social side, with two drinks receptions, two dinners, the International & European Association Awards Ceremony, Gothenburg and its amazing archipelago, and more…

Find out more at www.associationsworldcongress.com





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