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Sheffield iSchools Event an Ambassador Success

Sheffield has hailed the success of its ambassador programme for attracting iSchools’ annual international iConference to the UK for the first time. Val Gillet, Professor of Cheminformatics at the University of Sheffield’s Information School, helped bring more than 450 delegates to the event at the city’s Diamond Building. Photo: Chemical Engineer. From Association Meetings International…

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Sibos 2018 Launches Information Security Student Challenge

The financial services event Sibos is heading back to Sydney in October and already looking to create new legacies in the destination (see JMIC Case Studies). Organisers SWIFT have launched the 2018 SWIFT Institute Challenge, which tasks Australian students with devising new ways of protecting personal information in an open banking environment. From CIM News Magazine…

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Inaugural GainingEdge Scholars Announced

Two young scholars from Africa, Stalin Tawanda Mau Mau and Mercy Cherono Too, are the first awarded by the inaugural GainingEdge Scholar Programme, which recognises the importance of meaningful work experience for students who wish to pursue careers in the business events industry and who also demonstrate outstanding potential for future leadership. From Boardroom…

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MPI Picks Grapevine Texas to Host WEC 2020

Grapevine, Texas, has been selected to host Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress in June 2020. MPI will collaborate with the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau on the event, which attracts more than 2,000 attendees annually, including corporate, third-party and association planners, as well as suppliers, students, and industry staff. From Successful Meetings…

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UFI’s Next Generation Leadership Grant Recipients Announced

An international jury headed up by UFI President Corrado Peraboni has selected five lucky sector recipients of the exhibition industry global association’s 2018 Next Generation Leadership Grant. This year there were over 70 percent more applications received than in 2017. Responses were handed in from 15 different countries, representing all of UFI’s regional chapters. From CIM news Magazine…

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Medical Conferences in the Modern Age

National medical associations hold conventions yearly, while international ones are held every two to four years. But educational timeframes have utterly changed in the digital age. So what will happen to the traditional convention model, and its role in medical professional education? Neurosurgery Professor Antonio A.F. De Salles asks whether conventions will become digital. From Boardroom…

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Associations World Congress and Awards Held in Antwerp

The best of the association sector has been celebrated at the International and European Association Awards, held in the Grand Café Hauta Art Noveau Hall, Antwerp. The ceremony was one of the highlights of the Associations World Congress, which drew more than 200 delegates to the Flanders Meeting and Convention Centre. From Association Meetings International…

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Australia’s Meetings Industry Welcomes New National Bid Fund

The announcement of Tourism Australia’s new AU$12 million business events bid fund has been unanimously welcomed across the country’s meetings industry. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux said the investment will cause significant disruption to the global business events landscape and help reverse a decline in Australia’s international ranking and market share. From CIM News Magazine…

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UK Tourism Minister Confirms Meetings Industry Support

UK tourism minister Michael Ellis has confirmed his willingness to offer more support to the industry in a meeting with the Business Visits and Events Partnership. Ellis replaced predecessor John Glen after a cabinet reshuffle in January. Topics raised included international competitiveness and education, skills and professional development including bespoke apprenticeship schemes. From Meetpie.com…

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Child’s Play: Creating a Legacy

The International Play Association supports “every child’s right to play and to promote healthy, high-quality play opportunities and environments”. When the manager of recreation for the north and east region of the City of Calgary was approached to host its world conference, her boss said “I want to do something that’s meaningful”. From Boardroom…

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Attending Conferences Doubles Promotion Chances

What makes a good conference? Pádraic Gilligan picks again over the recent SITE + MPI Global Forum in Rome. But he reaches the Eternal City via a Harvard Business Review article about US women’s networking events, and research revealing that those attending were twice as likely to be promoted within a year than the no-shows. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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Convening Leaders Broke Records in Nashville

Despite not quite breaking a human guitar world record, the flagship event of the Professional Convention Management Association, Convening Leaders, attracted a record 4,457 delegates last month, up seven percent on 2017. The Nashville meeting also attracted 1,604 attendees who followed proceedings online and 109 in the Asia Pacific who watched on catch-up. From Association Meetings International…

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