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#MEET4IMPACT Project: Managing Social Impact

Launched in February, #MEET4IMPACT is creating a framework to support and measure association meetings’ social impacts. In this fourth instalment of our Features series, founder Geneviève Leclerc discusses what comes in advance of the requirement everyone knows and appreciates, measurement of legacy impact: its management. From Boardroom…

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Edinburgh: Capital of Scotland, Capital of Data

Edinburgh has just shored up its ambition to become the “data capital” of Europe by hosting ESOMAR Congress 2019. The global data and insights summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre attracted more than 1,200 international delegates, and over 3,600 online viewers. The Scottish capital is considered the UK’s fastest growing tech hub. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Dubai: Meetings to Reinforce Medical Sciences Hub

Dubai is strengthening its networks to become a meetings hub in medical sciences. The emirate’s healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are set to be worth $71.3 billion by 2020. Convention bureau Dubai Business Events has signed six Memorandums of Understanding so far in 2019 to attract more meetings to the city. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Nancy: The Art Noveau of Sustainable Meetings

France’s Art Nouveau capital, Nancy, has jumped on the sustainability agenda and is emerging as a premier locale for green meetings. The Prouvé Congress Center boasts a roof covered in solar panels and a bee farm. The trend towards green initiatives trickles through the rest of the city, and its convention bureau as well. From Boardroom…

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Copenhagen: Engagement Legacies for ESTRO 2022

An ambitious engagement project, a strong national hosting team and an attractive destination were all deciding factors for the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology in choosing Copenhagen for its 2022 annual meeting. Bella Center Copenhagen will host the congress, with events all over the country in advance of it. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Paris: Community Legacies at Cardiology Congress

Paris is a meetings capital where things can get big, as they currently are for the European Cardiology Congress, being held now in conjunction with the World Congress of Cardiology. Over 30,000 delegates are attending 500 sessions during the five-day event. Public health legacies have been built into its planning. From Boardroom…

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Victoria: Canada’s Ocean of Meetings Opportunity

Victoria is one of Canada’s most picturesque destinations for conferences. The oldest city in the Pacific Northwest is also a leader in ocean science, so a great spot to host conferences in the field. On the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean, Victoria boasts over a hundred sector-related organisations. Photo: Brandon Godfrey. From Meetings International…

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Lyon’s Oncology Hub Secures Cancer Conferences

Lyon’s leadership in oncology will soon be reinforced by two major events heading to the French city later this year. The 14th European Congress of Neuro Oncology is in September and should attract around 1,000 attendees. The 51st Congress of the Société Internationale d’Oncologie Pédiatrique will be held in October with 2,000 delegates. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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New Zealand: The Small Nation That Delivers Big

New Zealand offers meeting planners the chance to tap into market sectors like health sciences, agribusiness, tourism, advanced manufacturing and design, high value food and wine, ICT and earth sciences. Collaboration between learning and research centres and a strong focus on education and progress from government have placed Aotearoa centre stage globally. From Boardroom…

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Intellectual Capitals: Aberdeen’s All-Energy Future

Aberdeen’s economy may once have been powered by oil and gas, but Scotland’s third city is now becoming an all-energy hub, with major investment in renewables, especially wind. It’s a life sciences hub as well, with coming new infrastructure in that sector, plus in transport, digital and the P&J Live venue (pictured). From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Intellectual Capitals: Liverpool’s Meetings Music

A historic and musical icon, Liverpool has seen substantial regeneration in recent years, reinventing itself as a life sciences knowledge hub, with further expertise in creative digital technology, maritime and logistics. It also boasts a world-class event campus and other venues hosting major national and international meetings. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Edmonton Convention Centre: Food Donation Legacies

Edmonton Convention Centre (formerly the Shaw Conference Centre) in Alberta, Canada, is one of North America’s top performing convention centres. It hosts over half a million guests annually and generates more than $30 million in economic impact. The culinary offering is a big part of the venue’s appeal, and between Edmonton’s two convention centres (Edmonton Convention…

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KLCC: Recognising and Building Local Associations

Recognising the role associations play in advancing both social and economic value through their meetings, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in partnership with the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, is investing in building up the professional capacities of the local association community. It’s an acknowledgment of hosting partners’ contribution to successful events. From Boardroom…

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Aerospace Hubs: Star Cities and Orbiting Meetings

Toulouse, Montreal, Singapore, along with Seattle, South East England and Bengalaru in India, are all destinations with clusters of innovation in aerospace. Where knowledge collects, so do associated meetings, so these hubs of expertise in this exciting sector are also attracting significant international events. From Association Meetings International…

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Student Employment Legacies for Vienna’s ESOC

Vienna has hosted ESOC, the 21st European Symposium for Organic Chemistry, in the process consolidating its strengths in the sector. Alongside the scientific programme, the meeting introduced its first-ever associated job fair for PhD and postdoctorate students, with companies participating in the technical exhibition conducting interviews on site. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Below the Waterline: A Podcast from The Iceberg

The Iceberg has always been dedicated to identifying and celebrating the greater mass of hard-to-see business events legacies lying hidden under the all-too-visible tip of travel and hospitality spending. So now it’s time to examine what lies beneath in a bracing new way. It’s time to take a deep breath and plunge “Below the Waterline”. In…

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#MEET4IMPACT Project: Key Steps for Making Impact

Launched in February, the #MEET4IMPACT Project is creating a framework to support and measure association meetings’ social impacts. In this third instalment of our Features series, founder Geneviève Leclerc explores the key steps needed to achieve successful impact. Global nonprofit NewCities is the example. From Boardroom…

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Cambridge: Capitalising on an Expanding Campus

Cambridge is capitalising on its reputation in medical science and technology, winning international events that will bring in more than 3,000 delegates and £3.2 million of economic impact over the next two years. The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is also expanding into one of the world’s leading centres in the sector. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Business Events: Counting More Than Coffee Cups

A multi-year, international study of business events has found a mismatch between how governments value the sector and its broader long-term outcomes, with researchers recommending ways the industry can better document these legacies. The report is a compendium of the Joint Meetings Industry Council Case Studies hosted right here on The Iceberg. From Meetings International…

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The Taiwanese Tech Drawing Major Meetings

Taiwan is now one of its region’s most dynamic economies, with industry specialties including IT, telecommunications and semiconductors. Government-driven and foreign investment assists Taiwanese firms venturing into areas like artificial intelligence, blockchain, fifth-generation telecoms, gaming, Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality. The sector is also attracting meetings. From Boardroom…

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