8 January 2019
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe12th Annual Congress of the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders, 06-08/02/19, Prague +++ European Conference of PET Container Recycling Europe, 06-07/02/19, Brussels +++ Winter Conference of the European Institute of Printed Circuits, 14-15/02/19, Milan
Asia17th Annual Conference of the Special Education Network in Asia, 22-24/02/19, Hong Kong +++ Res Artis Meeting of the Worldwide Network of Artists Residencies, 06-08/02/19, Kyoto +++ 6th International Conference of Asian Special Libraries of the Special Libraries Association, 14-16/02/19, Delhi
America53rd Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, 04-06/02/19, San Francisco CA +++ Convention of the Latin American and Caribbean International Movers Association, 17-20/02/19, Panamá +++ Aquatic Sciences Meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 23/02-02/03/19, San Juan
Africa17th Conference of the African Fine Coffee Association, 13-15/02/19, Kigali +++ 14th Biennial Congress of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa, 24-27/03/19, Lagos +++ 9th Conference of the African Evaluation Association, 11-15/03/19, Abidjan
Pacific19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society, 07-09/03/19, Perth +++ 52nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, 10-14/03/19, Christchurch +++ 6th Conference of the Pacific Disability Forum, 25/02-01/03/19, Nadi
Kai Troll
Excellence in Association Management: ASSOCIATIONWORLD’s new approach to education for association leaders
By: Kai Troll, ASSOCIATIONWORLD President and CEO.

When looking at education for associations, it quickly becomes apparent that the available options are limited. While large associations are being targeted, smaller organizations can often fall by the wayside. Additionally, there is a shortage of educational programs which spend a significant amount of time on a single topic, allowing for real progress to be achieved by the participants.
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UIA Yearbook highlights UN Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals which cover social and economic development issues, and are set by the United Nations General Assembly, and involving the entire United Nations System.

There can be no question as to the relevance of the topic. The SDGs are informed by and in turn inform all global civil society actors. The new Yearbook of International Organizations Volume 6 on Global Civil Society and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals looks at the link between these international associations and the SDGs. Which of the SDGs concern them? With which SDGs should they be concerned? What communities of international bodies form around each of the SDGs?

By producing this innovative Yearbook Volume, the UIA is putting its extensive research and information capacities at the further service of the global civil society community and of the UN System, contributing thus in its specialist domain to the broader implementation of the SDGs.
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Save the dates: 2019 UIA Associations Round Tables

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

Following the overwhelming successes of the 2018 UIA Round Tables in Kuala Lumpur for Asia-Pacific, and Lyon for Europe, the Union of International Associations is looking towards the future:

•The 7th Round Table Asia-Pacific will take place in Pattaya, Thailand on 19 and 20 September 2019.

•The 13th Round Table Europe will return home to Brussels, Belgium on 4 November 2019.

Associations should expect to receive invitations and programme details in the spring.

For more information on the UIA Round Tables, as well as photos and presentations from Lyon and Kuala Lumpur, visit w w w. uia. org/roundtable

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UIA Survey on International Meeting Issues

Association meetings.
Did you know that half of international associations hold an exhibition in conjunction when organising a meeting? Or that 87% of international associations meetings have less than 1000 participants?

These are just some of the insights shared in the report of the 2018 Survey on International Meeting Issues. The 2018 edition follows surveys undertaken on behalf of UIA’s Associate Members in 1985, 1993, 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2015.

With the aid of its sponsors Seoul Tourism Organization, Singapore Tourism Board and Monaco Convention Bureau, UIA was able to reach an even greater number of associations for 2018.

The complete report can be freely consulted at w w w. uia. org/publications/meetings-survey.

Save the date:’ EAS 2019

Peer-to-peer. For the seventh consecutive year, is organising the European Association Summit (EAS) in Brussels on 28 February and 1 March. The event is a great opportunity for European associations to come together to share information and knowledge, and network with one another.

This annual peer-to-peer education and networking forum is being organised in collaboration with the leading partners in the sector: ESAE, FAIB, and UIA.

The Summit features educational content delivered by association experts and professionals from various fields. Focusing on practical cases ranging from local issues, governance, member relations or communications and new technologies, the conference has proved to be of great added value for attending association representatives.

Visit the EAS website to register.

Why Munich?
By Stephanie Kröter, Marketing Manager Conventions, Munich Convention Bureau

Did you know, that…?

+ The Munich Metropolitan Region is one of Europe’s leading economic regions with many topnotch German and international companies. That combined with excellent higher education and research facilities – Munich is Germany’s second largest university hub – results in intriguing knowledge clusters (e.g. in the areas of medicine and life sciences, insurance and banking, automotive, aerospace, science and research, IT and communication, culture and design) beneficial to the MICE sector. Thus, in 2018, Munich hosted numerous outstanding medical congresses such as the European Society of Cardiology Congress (ESC 2018, 32,800 attendees) and the Congress of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO 2018, 28,000 attendees) ...

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Duck’s breast not gestures

UIA Round Table
By: Christian Boergen, Editor, CIM Conference & Incentive Management

The interests of international organisations may differ but the problems they face are often the same. UIA Round Table Europe encourages experience-sharing.

Hungry. Marc Boissieux’s gala dinner on a 2,000-year-old Roman mosaic in Lyon’s Lugdunum Museum will not be so easily forgotten by the 127 attendees of the UIA Round Table: The taste of duck’s breast with aubergine confit, roasted pear and potato waffles was simply too delicious. The hosts certainly lived up to their reputation as the French gourmet capital on 15 and 16 November 2018.

Whether their focus is on peace or the environment, sports or business, associations often have to grapple with the same everyday problems. This makes them all the keener to share their experiences at the Round Tables of the Union of International Associations (UIA), and not just at dinner. At Lyon Convention Centre on the banks of the Rhône, representatives of 96 associations from 27 countries discussed the role of international organisations ...Read More
Convention Highlights
International Ultraviolet Association World Congress10-13/02/19, Sydney, AustraliaMore
European Biopolymer Summit 201913-14/02/19, Ghent, BelgiumMore

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Conventa23-24/01/19 Ljubljana, SloveniaMore
Fitur23-27/01/19 Madrid, SpainMore

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According to the 7th edition (released November 2018) of the UIA Survey on International Meeting Issues 63% of surveyed international associations hold an international event or meeting at least once per year. Only 9% of associations report to never hold any international meetings.
Spotlight on associations

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Network Foundation (ReSViNET Foundation)

Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate

International Wildlife Ranching & Conservation Alliance (IWRCA)
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