2 October 2018
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe12th MED-MID Annual Mediterranean and Middle East Conference of the European Court of Arbitration, 26/10/2018, Larnaca +++ 28th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, 25-28/10/2018, Helsinki +++ 49th World Conference on Lung Health of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 24-27/10/2018, The Hague
Asia29th Annual Congress of the International Solid Waste Association, 22-24/10/2018, Kuala Lumpur +++ 20th World Congress of the International Psycho-Oncology Society, 29/10-02/11/2018, Hong Kong +++ 14th Meeting of the Asian Pan-Pacific Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, 23-26/10/2018, Bangkok
America29th Annual Congress of the Information Security Forum, 27-30/10/2018, Las Vegas NV +++ 40th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Cancer Registries, 13-15/11/2018, Arequipa +++ 11th Biennial Congress of the World Stroke Organization, 17-20/10/2018, Montréal QC
Africa34th World Congress of Audiology of the International Society of Audiology, 28-31/10/2018, Cape Town +++ 12th Biennial Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment, 25-28/10/2018, Alexandria +++ 12th Biennial Meeting of the Pan African Pediatric Surgical Association, 07-09/11/2018, Addis Ababa
Pacific31st Sibos Annual Conference of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, 22-25/10/2018, Sydney +++ Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 18-20/10/2018, Perth +++ 20th Asia Pacific Congress of the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections, 01-03/11/2018, Auckland
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ONLYLYON CONVENTION BUREAU: Our Know-How Dedicated to Associations
By Faustine Maugat, Development Manager for Lyon Convention Bureau, Germany-Belgium-Northern Europe

Thanks to its economic dynamism, excellent infrastructure and quality of its hotels, Lyon has become a major European business tourism destination. The city is ranked second at the national level for hosting of associations' conventions. With 176 meeting spaces and five major dedicated sites, Lyon is the second largest centre for the hosting of business events.

The current classified hotel capacity in the Metropolis includes 18,000 bedrooms (hotels and tourism residences). Lyon Saint Exupery Airport is connected to 120 destinations, Lyon is under two hours from the European capitals.

Known as the world capital of gastronomy, Lyon is a heritage city with 2000 years of history from Roman edifices to bold contemporary creations. 427 ha are listed on the UNESCO Heritage list ...

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Executive Master in International Association Management

Training. The next intake of the Executive Master in International Association Management starts in January 2019. Register for the next information session taking place at Solvay Brussels School (Brussels, Belgium) on 16 October at 18:30.

This 17-day executive training for association professionals is operated by the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. The teaching faculty, drawn from Solvay academic experts, is teamed up with association executives from the programme's supporting partners, Union of International Associations (UIA), Federation of European and International Associations (FAIB), European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) and Visitbrussels. For more information, contact Asja Kamenica at or
+ 32 2 650 38 94.
UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2018

Meet, learn, share. International associations are active in all fields of human endeavor and come in all shapes and sizes: from professional societies to service organizations, from interest groups to charities. But they also have a lot of common issues: obtaining funding, attracting members, organizing events, and governance.

The UIA Round Tables bring international associations together, providing an opportunity to learn through networking and practice, and the exchange of experience and knowledge.

Associations are invited to send representatives to Lyon on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November for the 12th UIA Round Table Europe, hosted at the Lyon Convention Centre.

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UIA Reaches Final Week of 2018 Survey on International Associations' Meetings Behavior

Associations’ participation. How do international associations organize and conduct their meetings? What behaviors do they share? What issues do they encounter along the way? These are the questions which the Union of International Associations (UIA) seeks to answer with its Survey on International Meetings Issues.

The survey is conducted every three years allowing those involved in the process of organizing international meetings to see how issues evolve over time. The current seventh edition invited 25,000 associations of all types, representing civic, charitable, commercial, or industrial interests around the world, to share their experiences. As this survey is the largest of its kind in the world, the UIA is grateful to have the support of its sponsors Seoul Tourism Organization, the Monaco Convention Bureau and the Singapore Tourism Board to make its research goals a reality. After closing the survey in one week, the UIA will announce the results at its Annual Associate Members Meeting / UIA Associations Round Table Europe in Lyon on 15 November. Afterwards the results will be freely available on the website.

Associations wishing to be a part of the survey can contact for practical details on how to participate.
MEETEX – Croatian Meeting Experience Summit

Inevitable meeting place. MEETEX (19-21 March 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia) is the first ever B2B Croatian meeting industry trade show bringing together all major stakeholders from the national meeting industry as well as 50-70 European and 20-30 local hosted buyers.

The event combines flexible meeting slots, great inspirational speakers and a lot of networking – all moderated by Dr Rob Davidson. This format enables buyers to familiarize with the destination in a more human atmosphere.

For more information and to register, please visit w w w. meetex. eu or contact Hosted Buyers Manager Goran Pavlovic at

Why Brisbane?
By Alison Gardiner, Director of Conventions, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Did you know, that…?

+ Construction of a new runway at Brisbane Airport is set to double the Airport’s capacity. Due for completion in 2020 this will give Brisbane greater capacity than any other Australian city and on par with Singapore and Hong Kong

+ Brisbane is the gateway to Australia’s premier tourist region and to some of Australia’s greatest natural attractions. Surrounded by icons – islands, rainforests, day trips to the Great Barrier Reef – the best of Australia at your fingertips

+ Brisbane is home to Australia’s largest medical research facility – The QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute ...

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The Hague
'Providing Opportunities For Researchers And Educators'

Dr Eileen Merriman, President,
The Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand

On 21 October, you are going to kick off the Blood 2018 Meeting. What are the main goals and outcomes you hope to achieve with the meeting?

The goal of this meeting is to provide updates in Haematology across the three disciplines (HSANZ, THANZ and ANZSBT) for clinicians and scientists, via a combination of commentary from international and local experts in the field, as well as by providing an opportunity for members to present the findings of their research. This is also an opportunity for clinicians and scientists to be awarded for excellence in their respective fields ...

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IMEX America16-18/10/18 Las VegasMore
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According to the 59th edition (published June 2018) of the UIA International Meetings Statistics Report: sixteen of the twenty most popular countries for international association meetings in 2003 are all still in the top twenty in 2017, though only four have increased in popularity in the fifteen years: Belgium (from 7th place to 2nd), Austria (11th to 4th), Japan (14th to 6th) and Portugal (19th to 16th). Four countries were not in the top twenty in 2003, but are there in 2017: Korea (29th to 1st), Singapore (32nd to 3rd), Thailand (25th to 10th), United Arab Emirates (53rd to 18th).
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