5 February 2013
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe27th World Congress of the International College for Maxillo-Facial Surgery, 05-09/03/13, Bad Hofgastein +++ 21st Annual Congress of the European Psychiatric Association, 06-09/04/13, Nice +++ 7th Congress of the International Society of Systemic Auto-Inflammatory Diseases, 22-26/05/13, Lausanne
Asia10th Biennial Pacific Rim Conference of the Western Economic Association International, 14-17/03/13, Tokyo +++ 12th Triennial Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, 04-08/03/13, New Delhi +++ 16th Biennial Congress of the International Society for Animal Hygiene, 05-09/05/13, Nanjing
America128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, 22-27/03/13, Quito +++ 30st Annual Congress of the Federacion de Entidades Organizadoras de Congresos y Afines de América Latina, 04-08/03/13, Mendoza +++ 15th Biennial Congress of the Latin American Thyroid Society, 20-23/03/13, Florianopolis
AfricaGeneral Meeting and Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel, 10-12/04/13, Cape Town+++ 13th Annual Congress of the African Seed Trade Association, 03-06/03/13, Balaclava +++ 4th Global Feed and Food Congress of the International Feed Industry Federation, 10-12/04/13, Sun City
Pacific46th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, 07-11/04/13, Newcastle +++ Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, 20-23/03/13, Canberra +++ 20th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association, 12-18/05/13, Waitomo
More conferences on the UIA Congress Calendar Online
Hybrid meetings: the fresh kid on the block...
Maarten Vanneste, Founder and President of the Meeting Support Institute

On-line. There is a new kid in town and it’s called the hybrid meeting. Hybrid means composed out of two complementary elements, in this case an audience (or participants) on site and one on-line.

Even if you don’t realise it, any association meeting most probably is already hybrid, in a small way. There is an audience out there following the conference via social media: they read the tweets, send in comments or questions and have a dialogue with participants about your conference...
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It´s all about you
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New jobs

Career. The UIA's International Associations Job Board provides a platform to link organizations withcandidates and volunteers. UIA offers World of Associations News readers one free job listing, please visit and use the coupon code WAN2013 at checkout.
Association Summit

Brussels. The EAS 2013, European Association Summit, an innovative event, for international association executives and professional s will take place on16/17 May 2013. It is organized by VisitBrussels, in collaboration with the UIA, ESAE, FAIB and also with the EBS.
Studies/check lists

E-survey. How are associations approaching international growth and development today? Take part in a short survey and receive a free copy of the report. It only takes about 10 minutes. New updated link: Click here!

Controlling. Planners are afraid of measuring the success of their events. Why should they? More

Project Management. There are so many tasks in event planning. What should you know? More
After the meeting in Madrid
David Pérez Noack, Director of the Madrid Convention Bureau

My favourite spots: Top restaurants:

Palacio de Cibeles: As well as the Colección Cibeles cafeteria, Madrid City Council's headquarters boasts an elegant restaurant on the sixth floor. At a height of 70 metres, the Palacio de Cibeles restaurant offers magnificent views of the surroundings. Managed by the Adolfo group, created by Adolfo Muñoz, it can accommodate 92 diners indoors...
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"The biggest challenge is the fragmentation of airspace"

Jeff Poole, Director General, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, CANSO

In a week the World ATM Congress 2013 will start. What will be the top issues?
CANSO in association with Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) are organising this game-changing event which comprises a thought-leadership Conference, 19,000 qm exhibition with more than 150 exhibitors in a single hall, educational workshops and social events. There are a number of critical issues to discuss, and to that end we have ensured that all the industry’s perspectives are represented in the Conference Programme...
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Important trade shows and congresses
Meetings Africa18-21/02/2013 JohannesburgMore
AIME26-27/02/2013 MelbourneMore
GIBTM25-27/03/2013 Abu DhabiMore

Number of the month

Madrid. For the past 50 years, Madrid has hosted about 1% of all the world’s meetings of international organizations, according to the UIA’s International Meetings Statistics Report. In 2011, with 94 meetings, Madrid's share was 1.1% of the world’s international association meetings, putting it in 13th place worldwide.
New associations
Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
http: //w w w. mcc-berlin. net
European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association (Sea Europe)
http: //seaeurope. eu/
International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ)
http: //w w w. theiarj. org/
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