February 2022


Change and innovation are hard. Design Thinking makes it easier

By Marc Mekki, former serial entrepreneur turned speaker, author, trainer and MIT Sloan certified Design Thinking coach.

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CHEMNITZ: Meetings in the European Capital of Culture 2025 – C THE UNSEEN

In 2025, Chemnitz will be the European Capital of Culture. It is already worth exploring the city and the cultural region under the motto "C...

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AVAILABLE ONLINE – Report of the UIA Survey 2021 – COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings

Impact on meetings behavior. The Union of International Associations (UIA) is pleased to present the report of the 2021 Survey on International Meetings Issues. The COVID 19 pandemic has a tremendous impact on the global travel and meetings industry and on the meetings behaviour of international associations. This special UIA Survey 2021 ­­– COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings focuses on the changed approach of associations, when planning and organizing their international events.

The 2021 Report is now freely available to the public on the UIA’s website.

This 2021 Survey was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Seoul Tourism Organization, Polish Tourism Organisation - Poland Convention Bureau and VisitBritain.

For the next edition of the Survey, which will be launched in 2022, we will continue to explore and evaluate how international associations have reacted to the challenges of the global pandemic.

For more information, please contact Clara Fernández López: clara@uia.org

UIA Round Tables: Sign Up for Outreach, Mutual Learning, and More!

Education and Networking. The UIA Association Round Tables promote, facilitate and enable expanded dynamism in the work of international associations. In each of their varied and attractive locations, the Round Tables focus on structured training, educational and networking opportunities. They are famous for opening up the mind and the senses to local cultural events; they invariably provide outstanding food and beverage experiences.

The Round Tables bring association participants into friendly and productive contact with Convention Bureaux and with leaders of significant international institutions.

Save the dates!

15th UIA Associations Round Table – Brussels
Friday 20 May 2022
Brussels, Belgium – Marriott Grand Place

16th UIA Associations Round Table Europe – Rotterdam
24 & 25 November 2022
Rotterdam, Netherlands – Postillion Convention Center Rotterdam – WTC

Questions about the Round Tables, or about joining us as a partner?

We are happy to hear from you!
Clara Fernández López: clara@uia.org

International Meetings Statistics Report, 62nd edition

Rankings & Trends. The Report provides two views of a sector now facing multiple challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic; data for meetings in the year 2019 are presented in full, the “last good year” before the crisis, in addition to an analysis of what took place in 2020.

Download 62nd Edition Press Release
Look inside 62nd Edition

For more information and for non-members to order: https://uia.org/publications/meetings-stats

UIA Welcomes New Associate Member: Conference Advice

Associate Member. The UIA extends a warm welcome to its newest Associate Member Conference ADVICE. Conference ADVICE offers modular scientific conference consulting, worldwide, live and virtual.

The team looks back on over 40 years of international experience in the planning of scientific conferences and is familiar with virtual conferencing and new meeting formats, with digital content platforms and with virtual exhibitions.

Conference ADVICE is happy to share its know-how when it comes to venue selection, technical implementation, organizational and content planning and also budgetary issues.

For more details on UIA Associate Membership, visit the UIA website or contact clara@uia.be.

"Celebrate the opportunity to meet again"

Interview with Cecilie Hagby, Managing Director of the Norwegian Concrete Association and Tor Arne Martius-Hammer, SINTEF Community and...

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Why Oslo?

By Kristin Guttormsen Overvaag, Oslo Enthusiast & Director of Conventions & Events at Visit Oslo

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Spotlight on associations

Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE)

African Parks

Inclusion International

Convention Highlights – going hybrid!

7th Congress of the European Respiratory Care Association (ERCA)
3-5 March 2022, Lyon, France

11th World Environmental Education Congress
14-18 March 2022, Prague, Czech Rep

Number of the month

According to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the estimated annual global cost of moderately severe to severe pandemics is 570 billion USD. CEPI is a global partnership launched in 2017 to develop vaccines to stop future epidemics.

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