December 2020


Virtual Events

By Gabrielle Mouterde, who leads the events team at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) based in...

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Free e-book on future-proof conferences

Covid-proof conferencing. How can you make the conferences you organise in your association or PCO future-proof? How can we work together to turn the tide in the event of future tsunamis? You can read all about it in this free e-book, which is packed with advice, suggestions and opinions from experts in our field.

• why our sector will survive this crisis
• how the government can help
• why innovation is the most successful vaccine
• which trends will dominate the sector in the future
• why physical conferences will continue to be important

VISITFLANDERS Convention Bureau is delighted to offer you this e-book .

Postponement information - 2020 UIA Associations Round Table Europe

Education. The UIA Associations Round Table aims to promote and facilitate the work of international associations by providing training and networking opportunities.

  • NEW DATES! In view of the sanitary situation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the UIA and Prague Convention Bureau, Host Partner of the UIA Round Table Europe, have decided to postpone this event, which was to be held in Prague, Czech Rep on 4 & 5 February 2021. The 14th UIA Associations Round Table Europe is planned to take place as a hybrid meeting in Prague, Czech Rep in late spring/early summer 2021. The UIA along with the host partner will continue to monitor closely this evolving situation and keep you informed about the new dates.

Questions about the Round Tables, or about joining us as a partner?
We are happy to hear from you!

Clara Fernández López:

Short-term access to the Yearbook of International Organizations Online

New! UIA offers 30 and 90 Day access options to its associations databaseYearbook of International Organizations Online. The database includes detailed descriptions of c. 73,000 international organizations worldwide, c. 41,000 of which are active. Coverage includes intergovernmental (IGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). Organization profiles are cross-referenced to show detailed relationships between organizations. Multiple search criteria as e.g. by headquarter city or country, by subject, by event destinations are offered.

For more information see:

AVAILABLE ONLINE – Report of the UIA 2020 Survey on the meetings of international associations – 8th Edition

Meetings behavior. The Union of International Associations (UIA) is pleased to present the report of the 2020 Survey on International Meetings Issues. It’s the largest survey looking into the meetings behavior of all the diverse types of international associations representing civic, charitable, commercial, or industrial interests around the world. By conducting the survey on a regular basis, those involved in the process of organizing international meetings can get a sense of changes over the years as well as the challenges of the current environment.

The 2020 Report is now freely available to the public on the UIA’s website.

This 2020 Survey was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Busan Tourism Organization, Seoul Tourism Organization, Singapore Tourism Board, Korea Tourism Organization, Finland Convention Bureau, Congress Center Hamburg and Poland Convention Bureau.

For the 9th edition of the Survey, which will be launched in 2021, we are preparing a set of questions which will explore and evaluate how international associations have reacted to the challenges of the global pandemic.

For more information, please contact Clara Fernández López:

‘Allowing participants to benefit from the virtual conference in the same way’

By Kosin Chamnongthai, VP Conference, Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA)

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Why Auckland?

By Gemma Wood, Advocate Programme & Associations Manager, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Anna Hayward, Head...

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Convention Highlights – going virtual!

34th Conference of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES)
6-8 January 2021, Athens, Greece

2020 World Conference on Lung Cancer
28-31 January 2021, Singapore

Spotlight on associations

World Inclusive Dance Association (WIDA)

Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO)

Cereals & Grains Association

Number of the month

According to the The International Migration Outlook 2020, before the pandemic, permanent migration flows to the OECD amounted to 5.3 million in 2019. In the first half of 2020, new visas and permits in OECD countries plummeted by 46%, compared with the same period in 2019. This is the largest drop ever recorded.

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