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7 October 2014
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe11th Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, 30/10-01/11/14, Helsinki +++ 25th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Computing and Technology in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 23-25/10/14, Timisoara +++ 22nd Biennial International Symposium of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies, 28-30/10/14, Aberdeen
Asia5th International Conference on Plants and Environmental Pollution of the International Society of Environmental Botanists, 03-06/12/14, Lucknow +++14th Annual Conference of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance, 19-22/10/14, Tianjin +++ 38th World Congress on Dance Research of the International Dance Council, 23-27/10/14, Tokyo
America121st Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 25-28/10/14, Orlando FL +++ 27th International Mineral Processing Congress of the International Mineral Processing Council, 20-24/10/14, Santiago +++ 44th Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society, 20-24/10/14, Rio de Janeiro
Africa9th Conference of the Federation of African Immunological Societies, 30/11-04/12/14, Nairobi +++ 2nd African Conference on Emergency Medicine of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine, 04-06/11/14, Addis Ababa +++ 39th Annual International Congress on African Tourism of the Africa Travel Association, 11-16/11/14, Kampala
Pacific10th Biennial Conference of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care, 10-12/11/14, Melbourne +++ 13th Congress of the Asia-Oceania Federation of Sexology, 22-25/10/14, Brisbane +++ 17th Biennial Congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries, 12-16/10/14, Sydney
How to make conferences accessible to persons with disabilities?
by Carlotta Besozzi, Director of the European Disability Forum (EDF), and Lila Sylviti, EDF Communication officer

Access. Ann is a wheelchair user; to enter a place with steps, she needs a ramp. Peter is deaf; to understand what someone says, he reads their lips. Sophie is also deaf; sign language is her only way to communicate. Daniel is blind; he uses his fingers to read in braille. Helena has visual impairments; to read a text, it has to have big, clear font and good contrast with the background. Alain has an intellectual disability; the use of a simpler language makes it possible for him to understand difficult meanings.

In Europe, there are 80 million citizens with disabilities, representing 16% of the overall EU population. Persons with disabilities are not a small minority; one in four families in Europe has a person with disability. In order for them to actively participate in society, their needs should be taken into consideration in all aspects of life.

Making a conference more accessible increases the satisfaction of all participants. It is important to integrate access in all steps of the preparation of the conference, but also for all who will attend: speakers, staff and participants...
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Round Tables 2014

UIA. The UIA Associations Round Table Asia will take place on 22/23 October at The Plaza Hotel Seoul, Korea, the UIA Associations Round Table Europe on 13/14 November at the Minerva Hall of the Royal Dublin Society, Ireland.
Open calendar

Congresses. Open Calendar is a free service of UIA's International Congress Calendar Online (ICCO). It includes international meetings organized by non-profit organizations working worldwide in all fields of activity.
Meeting cities

Statistics. The Top Five meeting cities in 2013 are according to the International Meetings Statistics of the Union of International Associations (UIA): Singapore, Brussels, Vienna, Seoul and Tokyo.
Open periodicals

Free access. UIA is pleased to announce that it is now offering free, open access to the back editions of its periodicals. This initiative follows the release of the Open Yearbook and Open Calendar earlier this year.
Why São Paulo?
Elisabete Sorrentino, International Events Director of São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau (SPCVB)

Did you know that ...
+ São Paulo has 90,000 events per year. One event every six minutes?
+ São Paulo's share in the national fair market is 72 percent?
+ São Paulo stands for USD 1.4 billion Business transactions per year?
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"Holidays to be accessible for everyone"

Charles Etienne Bélanger, Director of the International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO)

Everybody is familiar with tourism, but what does social tourism mean?
The concept of social tourism is reflected differently between cultures but the values stay the same: accessibility, sustainability, solidarity, respect for local population and heritage. More concrete, social tourism wants holidays to be accessible for everyone, especially youngsters, elderly, families and disabled people. Or as Professor Louis Jolin (University of Québec in Montreal) puts it clearly: “Social tourism refers to programmes, events, and activities that enable all population groups...
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Important conferences
UIA RT Asia22-23/10/2014 SeoulMore
UIA RT Europe13-14/11/2014 DublinMore

Important shows
IMEX America14-16/10/2014 Las VegasMore
EIBTM18-20/11/2014 BarcelonaMore

Number of the month

Statistics. UIA notes 54,859 international organization meetings in the 5 year period 2009-2013. Participant numbers are noted for 17,505 (30%) of these: 223 (1.3%) had over 7,000 participants; 340 (1.9%) had over 5,000 participants; 639 (3.7%) had over 3,000 participants; and 13,561 (77.5%) had fewer than 500 participants.
New associations
Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
w w w. stopkillerrobots. org
International Federation of Community Health Centres (IFCHC)
w w w. ifchc2013. org
European Forum for Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (EUFRAS)
http: //eufras. eu
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