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12 January 2015
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe12th World Conference on European Rail Traffic Management System of the International Union of Railways, 29/02-02/03/16, Brussels +++ Nordic Oikos Conference of the Nordic Society Oikos, 02-04/02/16, Turku +++ 13th Annual Conference of the Fibre to the Home Council Europe, 16-18/02/16, Luxembourg
Asia9th Annual Symposium of the International Sepsis Forum, 05-06/02/16, Agra +++ 8th Congress of the International Society for Glaucoma Surgery, 17-20/02/16, Muscat +++ 11th Conference of the Asia Pacific Travel Health Society, 02-05/03/16, Kathmandu
America44th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, 03-06/02/16, Boston MA +++ 23rd Congress of the Latin American Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Association, 09-11/03/16, Havana +++ 18th International Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media, 17-19/02/16, Puebla
Africa14th World Environmental Health Congress of the International Federation of Environmental Health, 03-06/05/16, Lilongwe +++ Annual Leadership Conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa, 04-06/03/16, Cape Town +++ 14th Conference of the African Fine Coffees Association, 03-05/02/16, Dar es Salaam
Pacific37th Annual Conference of the the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, 02-05/02/16, Melbourne +++ Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, 20-23/04/16, Launceston +++ 12th Triennial Symposium of the Pacific Arts Association, 14-17/03/16, Auckland
Visual Minutes - let your voice be seen
by Tim Casswell, Founder and Facilitation Director, CreativeConnection, and Vice President, Union of International Associations

New Thinking. Associations of the world have always been a place of change and new thinking. Whether you are trying to change the world or simply connect, associations are hubs of conversation, and conversations are the crucible of new consciousness. And yet so many conversations happen and are never recorded. Associations are places where inspiration, insights, initiatives, ideas are generated and the UIA has always been enthusiastic about gathering and disseminating these precious ideas.

Some of you have experienced visual minutes and will know how powerful they can be in listening, collating, and interpreting themes, threads, and dialogue and capture and share internally and externally. We love partnering with the UIA in their mission to discover, document and disseminate the energy and vitality of civil society especially at the Round Tables. This article explains a bit about our approach and its application in large and small group events.

Wherever people fear, hope, dream, plan, debate and decide, Visual Minutes artists specialise in capturing the key ideas and emerging themes creating a work of conceptual art that can inform, enlighten and inspire participants and wider audiences. Visual Minutes can be used in thinktanks, stakeholder workshops, press briefings, conferences, panel discussions and product launches. You can see films of Visual Minutes being created on YouTube…
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International Association Management

Executive Master. After its successful launch, the Executive Master in International Association Management will resume in January 2016. This 16-day modular training for associations is operated by the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in cooperation with UIA, FAIB , ESAE and
Meetings Africa from 22 to 24 February 2016

Johannesburg. The trade show Meetings Africa will take place from 22 to 24 February 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The South Africa National Convention Bureau hosts a selected group of African Associations. Meetings Africa's "Bond Day" with education is followed by a trade show. Please contact
UIA Survey 6th Edition - Final Report

2015 Associations Survey. Earlier this year UIA undertook a new edition of its Survey on International Meeting Issues. The 6th Edition 2015 - Final Report is now available. For your free download, please click here.
Save the date for EAS 2016

Brussels. The European Associations Summit (EAS) is the annual peer-to-peer education and networking forum for international association executives and senior staff organised by The fourth EAS will take place 31 May - 2 June 2016 in Brussels.
Why Auckland?
Anna Hayward, Manager, Auckland Convention Bureau:

A world-class event demands a world-class destination, and Auckland delivers on all fronts. With a combination of city sophistication and first-class facilities, set within a stunning natural playground, Auckland is the perfect host.

Did you know that…?
+ Condé Nast Traveller rated Auckland one of the top 10 friendliest cities for 2015.
+ The University of Auckland is ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings.
+ Auckland is New Zealand’s commercial centre and innovation hub and is home to more than a third of the national population, including the largest Polynesian population base in the world.
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"Like Walking Among Giants"

Dr Rhoda Scherman, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Auckland University of Technology

Last week you held the 5th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR5). There wasn’t a special theme for the conference…
The programme comes together based on the works submitted by the delegation, which usually reflects the topics of interest globally. To set a “theme” would, I believe, force a particular direction, and then the material being presented would not necessarily reflect what is...
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Important conferences
ASAE's Association Management Conference10-12/04/2016 Hong KongMore
European Association Summit31/05-02/06/2016 BrusselsMore

Important shows
MICE Connect04/02/2016 ParisMore
Meetings Africa22-24/02/2016 JohannesburgMore

Number of the month

Popular. The most popular months for international association meetings in the past 15 years have been September (13.7% of all international association meetings since 2000), June and October (both with 12.6%), and May (11.6%). Together these four months represent over half of all international association meetings. The least popular month is January (3.2%). w w w. uia. org/publications/meetings-stats
New associations
Asian Sponsorship Association (ASA)
http: //w w w. asiansponsorship. org
Foundation People for Peace and Defense of Human Rights (Foundation PPDR)
http: //w w w. foundationppdr. org
Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH)
http: //ighomelessness. org/
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