4 October 2011
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe78th Annual Congress and General Assembly of the UFI Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, 09-12/11/11, Valencia +++ 11th Annual Congress of the International Forum on Mood and Anxiety Disorders, 09-11/11/11, Budapest +++ 6th Biennial International Waters Conference of the International Airline Training Fund, 17-20/10/11, Dubrovnik
Asia6th Quadrennial Congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies, 15-20/10/11, Kyoto +++ 16th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology, 03-06/11/11, Shanghai +++ 21st Triennial International Congress of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, 15-23/10/11, Teheran
America27th International Conference of Patients Classification Systems International, 19-22/10/11, Montreal +++ 44th Annual Congress of the International Association of Art Critics, 16-20/10/11, Asuncion +++ Annual Meeting of Financial Management Association International, 16-22/10/11, Denver CO
Africa8th World Assembly of Disabled Peoples International, 10-13/10/11, Durban +++ 1st Pan-African Congress of Réseau Africain des Promoteurs et Entrepreneurs Culturels, 11- 13/10/11, Libreville +++ 7th Conference of Health Informatics in Africa, 28-30/11/11, Yaounde
Pacific18th Triennial Congress of International Corrosion Council, 20-24/11/11, Perth +++ Annual Conference of Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, 05-08/12/11, Dunedin +++ 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology, 05-09/12/11, Auckland
More conferences on the UIA Congress Calendar Online
Thank you, Wangari
A tribute from Cyril Ritchie, Vice President Union of International Associations, UIA, after 36 years of friendship with Wangari

26 September 2011. The world is today a poorer place, following the immensely regretted death of Wangari Maathai, an outstanding woman, an outstanding humanist, an outstanding innovator, an outstanding civil society activist, an outstanding leader. And an outstanding mother to outstanding children, to whom I convey my emotional solidarity and support.

I met Wangari in Nairobi in 1975 when I was the first Chair of the Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI), a post in which Wangari later succeeded me. She took me to her very first tree nursery...
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Hungarian Convention Bureau
Survey of the month: Personalisation

Congresses. Away from their desks delegates have no time to waste. Do you care about personalisation at your congresses?

» Yes

» No

» Maybe
Best deals/Best offers

Brussels. The Union of International Associations (UIA) is holding its Annual Meeting on 17 October 2011 at the Marriott Hotel Brussels: "Associations in action - Social legacy and community engagement". Open for all associations. +++ Marriott. The campaign Three for free offers for events in Europe booked by 31 October 2011 to be held before 29 February 2012 with a minimum of 10 delegates a choice of benefits.
IMEX America
Results of September survey: Social legacy

Smiles. Is a social legacy a concern for you in planning your conference?

Not yet.

Energy. Energy change: Feverish quest for new concepts. Congresses help. More

Protest. Solidarity with political reforms in Arabic countries. But what about safety? More

Share. What do your participants know? New interactive meeting formats show. More

After the meeting in Leipzig
Hiskia Wiesner, Head of Conventions, Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH

My favourite spots: Top three restaurants:

One very beautiful place in summer time is the beer garden of the brewery inn at the Bavarian Railway Station (Bayerischer Bahnhof) only few steps from the city center. People love to sit beneath big old plane trees with the typical refreshing drink, the Leipziger Gose, a regional beer speciality, in their hands...
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Expoforum St. Petersburg
"Personalisation at Congresses"

Martin Sirk, CEO International Congress and Convention Association, ICCA

For your 50th Annual Congress from 22 to 26 October you have chosen Leipzig, Germany – not Berlin, Brussels, Paris or London? Why?
As always it was a competitive bid process – any ICCA members from a region that didn’t host the Congress the previous year can apply, and usually we have to choose between at least six bids from three continents! Leipzig won against tough competition from the other shortlisted destinations: Dubai/Abu Dhabi and Pittsburgh in the USA. I can’t say exactly why our individual Board members voted the way they did, but I can give my own impressions of the quality of the bid.

Firstly, the written bid was simply the most professional document of its kind that has passed over my desk in the last ten years: every key decision-making criterion was addressed comprehensively and creatively...
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Important trade shows and annual congresses 2011
IMEX America11-13/10/11 Las VegasMore
UIA Annual RoundTable17/10/11 BrusselsMore
EIBTM29/11-1/12/11 BarcelonaMore

Number of the month

NGOs. What countries are most frequently represented in NGOs? The top 2 countries are European: Germany and France. For other continents, the top 2 are South Africa and Egypt, USA and Canada, Japan and India, Australia and New Zealand. Yearbook of International Organizations
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