4 December 2018
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe31st Annual Meeting of the European Eye Bank Association, 17-19/01/19, Rotterdam +++ 32nd Annual Congress of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, 08-12/01/19, Stavanger +++ 9th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society, 08-12/01/19, Málaga
Asia14th Congress of the Asia-Oceania Association of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Societies, 09-13/01/19, Hyderabad +++ 5th Asia Law Firm Management Conference of the International Bar Association, 17-18/01/19, Singapore +++ Global Conference of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, 11-14/01/19, Bangkok
America16th Conference of the Computing Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences 06-08/01/19, Knoxville TN +++ 11th Congress of the Southern Cone of the Asociación Latino Americana de Cirugía de Catarata, Segmento Anterior y Refractiva, 14-16/03/19, Bogotá +++ Deans Conference of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, 10-12/02/19, Vancouver BC
Africa22nd Biennial Meeting of the Southern African Society of Quaternary Research, 28/01-01/02/19, Mossel Bay +++ 51st Annual Congress of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, 20-24/01/19, Langebaan +++ 25th Annual International Conference of the Arab Fertilizer Association, 12-14/02/19, Cairo
Pacific25th Annual Conference of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society, 14-16/01/19, Melbourne +++ 21st International Congress of Arachnology of the International Society of Arachnology, 10-15/02/19, Canterbury +++ 7th World Congress of Asian Psychiatry of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations, 21-24/02/19, Sydney
Amelia Folkema
SHARED LEARNING: The 2018 UIA Associations Round Table leaves its mark on Kuala Lumpur and Lyon.
By Amelia Folkema, Communications Officer of the Union of International Associations.

When the Union of International Associations (UIA) first launched the Associations Round Table in 2007, we never could have foreseen that it would take us around the world to meet international association representatives from all four corners of the earth. But here we are. The UIA has flags on the map for Belgium, Singapore, Korea, Ireland, Thailand, and Monaco. This year, we expanded ever further; the Round Table Asia-Pacific went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Round Table Europe headed to the city of Lyon, France. Some 600 different international associations have sent representatives to one or more Round Tables so far ...

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Executive Master in International Association Management

Training. The next intake of the Executive Master in International Association Management starts in January 2019. This 17-day executive training for association professionals is operated by the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. The teaching faculty, drawn from Solvay academic experts, is teamed up with association executives from the programme's supporting partners, Union of International Associations (UIA), Federation of European and International Associations (FAIB), European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) and Visitbrussels.

For more information,
contact Asja Kamenica at or
+ 32 2 650 38 94.

Check out also the special conditions (cumulative), including 10% and 15% respectively for the 2nd and 3rd registration from the same association.
UIA Survey on International Meeting Issues

Associations Survey.
Did you know that half of international associations hold an exhibition in conjunction when organising a meeting? Or that 87% of international associations meetings have less than 1000 participants?

These are just some of the insights shared in the report of the 2018 Survey on International Meeting Issues. The 2018 edition follows surveys undertaken on behalf of UIA’s Associate Members in 1985, 1993, 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2015.

With the aid of its sponsors Seoul Tourism Organization, Singapore Tourism Board and Monaco Convention Bureau, UIA was able to reach an even greater number of associations for 2018.

The complete report can be consulted at:
w w w. uia. org/publications/meetings-survey

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Welcome Moravia Convention Bureau

New Associate Member. UIA welcomes Moravia Convention Bureau (MCB). Moravia Convention Bureau (Czech Republic) provides organisers assistance and independent complex information for planning and holding congresses, conferences, business meetings and incentive events in Southern Moravia and in the City of Brno. MCB is a specialised part of the official organisation of destination management and marketing of the Tourist Authority – South Moravia, interest groups of legal entities. MCB is mainly a contact point and support point for organisers and planners. It cooperates with representatives of public administration and local service providers, which includes the sphere of accommodation, rental of conference facilities, trade fair halls, related equipment, catering, transportation, supporting programmes etc.
The Spotlight Report

Sustainable Development Goals. The 160-page report is supported by a broad range of civil society organizations and trade unions, and informed by the experiences and reports of national and regional groups and coalitions from all parts of the world. The contributions cover many aspects of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs (and beyond), and reflect the rich geographic and cultural diversity of their authors.

The Spotlight Report is published by the Arab NGO Network for Development, the Center for Economic and Social Rights, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, Global Policy Forum, Public Services International, Social Watch, Society for International Development, and Third World Network, supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Buenos Aires
Why Buenos Aires?
By Constanza Ibarra, CIS, MICE Manager, Buenos Aires Tourist Board

Did you know, that…?

+ Buenos Aires has a great reputation as a leading convention city globally. The City of Many Passions hosts over 1,000 congresses and events every year, from small to the most prestigious and large-scale events, such as G20, WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) and the Youth Olympic Games, which took place in 2018. It has been ranked #1 Meetings City in the Americas for nine consecutive years and #11 in the world by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

+ Buenos Aires is full of culture! It has over 250 theatres, 150 museums and almost 400 bookstores. Also, it is the best place to experience the world’s most sensual dance, the Argentinian Tango, which was declared as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO ...

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'Distances, time zones and budgets are sent to try us'

Dalena White, Secretary General, International Wool Textile Organisation

On 3 December, you are going to kick off the 2018 Wool Round Table. What are the main goals and outcomes you hope to achieve?

As a global organisation, every year we try to connect with members in a different part of the world. We hope this year to bring the IWTO and the work of its specialised working groups to the wool community of Argentina.

What makes the wool production in Argentina, the focus of the Round Table, so special and important?

Argentina accounts for about 2% of the world’s wool. Most of it comes from the unique terrain of Patagonia – which we will be visiting in the site tour after the event. Patagonia offers wool from the Merino, Corriedale, Como and Corino breeds ...

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Convention Highlights
Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum12-13/01/19, Abu Dhabi, UAEMore
ENTER 2019 - Annual e-Tourism Conference30/01-01/02/19, Nicosia, CyprusMore

Important shows
BestCities Global Forum09-12/12/18 Bogotá, ColombiaMore
PCMA Convening Leaders Conference06-09/01/19 Pittsburgh, USAMore
SITE Global Conference11-14/01/19 Bangkok, ThailandMore

Number of the month


According to the 59th edition (published June 2018) of the UIA International Meetings Statistics Report: in the fifteen years between 2003 and 2017, 27.1% of events organized by international associations had fewer than 100 participants, 76.7% had fewer than 500 participants, and 88.5% had fewer than 1,000 participants. Events with over 5,000 participants accounted for 1.9% of all international association meetings in this period.
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