8th Round Table Asia-Pacific – 17 & 18 September 2020 – Seoul




Questions about the Round Table?

We are happy to hear from you!

Clara Fernández López, clara@uia.org

Frequent Questions


How much does it cost?
The registration fee for delegates from international associations is KRW 80,000. For local Korean associations it is KRW 40,000.

What is included in the registration fee?
All activities listed under “Programme” are included:
- on Thursday 17 September: the morning activities, lunch, the Round Table sessions, dinner
- on Friday 18 September: the Round Table sessions, lunch, the afternoon activities

Thanks to the generous support of our host, the Seoul Tourism Organization, we are able to offer a high-level educational programme for a low fee. All other elements of the programme are complimentary.

Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses. See “Getting there” and “Staying overnight” for suggestions.-

How can I pay the registration fee?

Payment is in advance is required. Bank transfer information will be given in the email confirming your registration. In some cases, payment onsite is possible (in cash in KRW), but only if requested in advance. Contact nancy@uia.org.

How do I register?
(1) Go to www.uia.org after May 1st
(2) Click on “login” in the upper right corner
(3) Fill in your username – if you don’t have a username, contact nancy@uia.org
(4) Fill in your password – if you don’t have a password, contact nancy@uia.org
(5) This will take you to a list of options. Select “Register for the Round Table Asia-Pacific”.

What is the deadline for registration?
We accept online registrations until 7 September. After that date, it may be possible, space permitting, to register by email to nancy@uia.org.

Is there financial support?
We regret UIA is unable to assist with travel and accommodation expenses as we are ourselves a small, self-funded research institute. We are able to keep the registration fee low thanks to the assistance of our host partners.

Some associations have received assistance for this or similar conferences from their national or regional tourist boards or chamber of commerce, where there is a programme to support the work of international associations.

If requesting assistance from a convention bureau or chamber of commerce, you can perhaps underline the networking and promotional opportunities of attending an international associations conference: you will meet representatives of international associations from around the world and can tell them about the benefits of operating an association in your city, or of holding an association event in your city. For a list of organizations which have sent representatives to past Round Tables, click here.


What are the topics?
See the page “Programme” for an overview of the programme, and the page “Presenters” for descriptions of sessions and biographies of the speakers.

What is the format?
There are experts on the stage speaking, and there are experts in the room listening: you! We open and close the Round Table with plenary sessions with keynote presentations. In the sessions in between, the experts on the stage briefly tell us about challenges they are facing in their associations and how they are dealing with it. Then we split into three parallel workshop groups for an hour: each speaker gives a workshop on his or her topic.

Are there pre-tours?
Yes! See the page “Extras” for the special extra activities.

Are there post-tours?
Yes! See the page “Extras” for the special extra activities.


How do I get to Seoul?
Delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses. See the page “Getting There” for useful information.

Where can I stay in Seoul?
Delegates are responsible for their own hotel arrangements and expenses. See the page “Staying Overnight” for suggestions.

Where is the Round Table?
In the Lotte Hotel World
Lotte Hotel World

What is the dress code?
Delegates are asked to dress for business.
For Thursday 17 September choose flexible clothing. There will probably not be enough time to change clothes between the different parts of the day (morning activity, afternoon Round Table sessions, evening dinner).

What else is there in Seoul?
See the page “About Seoul” for suggestions.


Who attends the UIA Round Table?
We expect about 100 participants, mostly representatives of international not-for-profit associations. For a list of organizations which have sent representatives to past Round Tables, click here.

About the UIA
UIA - Union of International Associations - is a research institute founded in 1907 to promote and document the work of international associations. Its primary task is the collection and dissemination of information on international associations, fulfilled largely by its Global Civil Society Database, the basis of its two main publications: the Yearbook of International Organizations and the International Congress Calendar.

International organizations are described in the Yearbook of International Associations. With absolutely no charge, fee, or obligation. This is what we do, and what we have been doing for over 100 years.

The Yearbook of International Associations is used mostly by international associations wishing to contact other associations active in their field, by academics studying global civil society, and by governmental offices (usually the tourist boards) wishing to be informed of international association activity in their area.

The UIA also promotes the work of international associations by organizing educational activities, such as the Round Table. It is the only activity for which UIA charges a - nominal - fee.

I represent a convention bureau or other service industry. Am I welcome at the Round Table?
Yes! We reserve a certain number of spaces for delegates representing offices providing services to international associations. While some of the extra activities are reserved for association delegates, there is also a special session for these “industry” delegates: an introduction to UIA and its Global Civil Society Database on Thursday 17 September from 11.00 to 12.30. Please contact clara@uia.org for more information.