16. January 2018
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe27th Congress of the Amicale Internationale des Sous-Directeurs et Chefs de Réception des Grands Hôtels, 31/01-04/02/18, Zurich +++ Nordic Oikos Meeting of the Nordic Society Oikos, 18-22/02/18, Trondheim +++ 11th Annual Congress of the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders, 07-09/02/18, Madrid
Asia33rd Congress of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, 08-11/02/18, Hong Kong +++ Advanced Materials World Congress of the International Association of Advanced Materials, 04-08/02/18, Singapore +++ 13th Conference of the Asian Clinical Oncology Society, 23-25/02/18, Chiang Mai
America46th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14-17/02/2018, Washington DC +++ 18th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, 08-11/02/18, San Diego CA +++ 1st Latin American Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, 28-31/01/18, Rio de Janeiro
Africa19th International Congress of the African Water Association, 11-16/02/18, Bamako +++ 24th International Annual Fertilizer Forum of the Arab Fertilizer Association, 13-15/02/18, Cairo +++ 3rd Annual Aid and Development Africa Summit, of the Aid and International Development Forum, 27-28/02/18, Nairobi
Pacific18th Quadrennial Congress of the International Union of Phlebology, 04-08/02/18, Melbourne +++ 60th Annual Conference of the International Fruit Tree Association, 26/02/18, Napier +++ 4th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, 07-13/02/18, Surfers Paradise
Matthias Schultze
How to plan your future-proof event in seven steps
Matthias Schultze, Managing Director GCB German Convention Bureau e. V. about the Future Meeting Space project.

The results of the Future Meeting Space research project speak for themselves: Digitisation and the way we are using technology has dramatically changed what attendees expect from events. What worked in the past, won’t work for much longer.

As a hands-on guide, the partners of the research project have developed a toolbox that helps event planners and venues implement one of the six Future Meeting Room scenarios that have come out of Future Meeting Space initiative. Read our step-by-step guide to identify which scenario meets your requirements and how to turn it into a successful event!
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Welcome Anti-Corruption Civil Movement General Federation

New Associate Member. UIA welcomes Anti Corruption Civil Movement General Federation (ACMGF). The Federation was authorized by the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Republic of Korea, in 2014. ACMGF was founded in order to create an atmosphere of anti-corruption and to establish transparency and fair works in the society.
Since 2013, every 9th December, the organization hosts a national ceremony, where more than 300 organizations participate, to honor UN International Anti-Corruption Day at National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.
Welcome Tourism New Zealand

New Associate Member. UIA welcomes Tourism New Zealand. TNZ's Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) is available to any internationally-affiliated association or organization that wants to bid to host an international conference in New Zealand. The Conference Assistance Programme can assist with: A financial feasibility study of the conference; The costs of presenting your bid, including international travel; Attractive documents and presentations to set your bid apart; Marketing strategies designed to improve your chances of winning your bid; Materials, YouTube movies and marketing collateral of New Zealand.
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FRESH18: Curing allergy to interaction at congresses

Meeting design. Association congresses are top of the list of dullest events. PCO’s and planners try, but educational committees seem allergic to interaction. The young members don’t believe in congresses, so everyone wonders where this will end… EAACI (EU Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) have taken the bull by the horns. For three years now, they have a successful project called “Making workshops work”. Interaction is the theme of FRESH18, where you will discover their case. Register here.

Save the date: European Association Summit 2018

Brussels. The European Association Summit (EAS) is the annual peer-to-peer education and networking forum organized by visit.brussels in collaboration with the ESAE (European Society of Association Executives), FAIB (Federation of European & International Associations Established in Belgium) and UIA. The event is an unmissable opportunity to share information and knowledge, and network with international associations. The sixth EAS will take place on 8 and 9 March in Brussels. Register here.
Why Turku
Why Turku?
By Sari Ruusumo, Convention Manager, Turku Convention Bureau

Did you know, that…?

+ Turku is Finland’s oldest city, which is due to celebrate its 800th jubilee in 2029. Today’s Turku is a nationally and internationally well-known university city with a thriving cultural and business sector.

+ Turku is one of the most popular conference cities in Finland.

+ Turku is made for walking; all congress hotels and 2000 hotel rooms in Turku are located in the city centre, within walking distance from one another, the green riverside and the university campus.

+ One of the unique features of Turku is its location by the sea with 40 000 islands and islets. The Archipelago of Turku is the largest archipelago in Europe, stretching through Åland all the way to Stockholm. For congress and banquet hosts, the archipelago offers dozens of unique locations

+ Turku has a lively restaurant scene of national renown, and people travel to the city simply to try new foods ...

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"A unique opportunity to stimulate internationalization in practice"

Mrs Granvik
Madeleine Granvik,
Director, Ph.D. Associate Professor,
The Baltic University Programme

On 24 January, 2018 you are going to kick off the 5th Baltic University Programme Rectors' Conference. What convinced you to meet in Turku this year?

Previous Rectors' Conferences have been arranged by Uppsala University, but this time it will be organized together with Åbo Akademi University in Turku, as the first event this year to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Åbo Akademi University ...
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