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Reduce and Recover: A Legacy of Action on US Food Waste

In 2016 the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, together with the US Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, hosted the largest-ever meeting solely focused on stopping 40 percent of US food going to waste. A two-year legacy of action followed, leading up to a second event. From PCMA Convene…

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Maastricht: Three Conferences Create New Biomaterials Hub

Maastricht has emerged as a new bio-hub, with the Netherlands city hosting three major conferences for the sector. MECC Maastricht recently welcomed the annual European Conference on Biomaterials. The European Congress on Biotechnology follows in 2020, then the Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics in 2021. Photo: Jorge Franganillo. From Association Meetings International…

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Cape Town: Hosting the 2024 IAU General Assembly

At the recent General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Vienna, it was announced that Cape Town in South Africa will host the 2024 event. With huge projects including the MeerKAT, Square Kilometre Array, and Southern African Large Telescopes, the continent is now a knowledge hub for cutting-edge multi-wavelength astronomy. From the Event…

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Singapore: WCPT 2015’s Legacy Advancing Physical Therapy

Over four days in 2015, more than 4,100 participants from 114 nations attended the 17th Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Hosted by the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre and the SPA (Singapore Physiotherapy Association), the event left a significant legacy for the profession both in Singapore and across the world. From Boardroom…

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Scotland: Fintech Scotland Fortnight 2018

Scotland’s financial services sector is now growing as fast as London’s. So the country is focusing on its fintech future with a major series of business events. Fintech Scotland Fortnight 2018 comprises eighteen conferences and meetings across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. It aims to reinforce Scotland’s position in the sector. Photo: Carlos Delgado. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Vancouver: Hosting Women Deliver 2019

Last year Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Vancouver Convention Centre will be hosting the next Women Deliver Conference in June 2019. Held every three years, the last event was in Copenhagen in 2016, attracting 6,000 delegates. This time Women Deliver also wanted a host city matching its dedication to gender equality. From PCMA Convene…

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Daegu: Hosting the 14th International Congress of Parasitology

South Korea’s strength in the field means Daegu is now hosting 2,000 experts from 100 countries for the 14th International Congress of Parasitology. The World Federation for Parasitologists chose Korea as host due to sector engagement in prior meetings. There’s an active organising committee for the event made up of local researchers. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Minnesota: Minneapolis, Medical Alley and MANOVA

Healthcare is changing rapidly, but its conferences have mostly stayed the same. The former General Mills Chief Marketing Officer, now 2023 Partners Chief Executive, Mark Addicks is working to change that. He’s about to stage MANOVA, a four-day health and technology summit in Minneapolis, part of Minnesota’s “Medical Alley”. From PCMA…

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Edinburgh: Winning the World One Health Congress 2020

Edinburgh’s position as a leading hub for medical and healthcare expertise has been reinforced by the city winning hosting rights for the 6th World One Health Congress in 2020. More than 2,000 global medical or veterinary professionals, opinion leaders and policy makers will attend the four-day event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Stellenbosch: 2018 Business Tourism Indaba

Stellenbosch 360 has just hosted its second Business Tourism Indaba, at which The Iceberg was invited to attend and speak. As well as gathering meetings industry players from across South Africa and wider, the Indaba shone a spotlight on both the university town’s own sector offering as host, and the approach it takes to fostering…

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Cape Town: Africa’s Tech Capital

The Greater Cape Town area has been named the most productive technology sector in Africa by a new report from Endeavor Insight. So its challenge as Africa’s tech capital is attracting and investing in talent. Cape Town International Convention Centre also hosts the world’s largest Africa-focused technology, media and telecoms event, AfricaCom. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Business Events: African Associations

In the last of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, delve deeper into the role associations play as gateways to professional and sector development. They specifically tackle the opportunities that exist for associations within Africa’s transition…

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Adelaide: BioMed City Attracts Conference Dividend

Adelaide’s decision to build one of the largest life science hubs in the Southern Hemisphere has begun to pay dividends, with the city now winning a major international biomedical event. The South Australian capital will host the triennial World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 2024, bringing in over 2,500 delegates. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Sapporo: A Japanese Legacy of Wilder Meetings

The rich natural environment of Sapporo has much to offer when it comes to hosting meetings, as it did for the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress of July 2015. Japan’s fifth-largest city boasts academic institutions that lead in the fields of geosciences, organic chemistry, agriculture, forestry, energy, medicine, pharma, animal behavior and veterinary sciences. From Boardroom…

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Frankfurt: Healthcare Hub Wins Medical Meetings

Frankfurt has just enhanced its reputation as a healthcare hub with wins of two big medical events. The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the European League Against Rheumatism are both to hold congresses in the city. Frankfurt’s joint approach and quality of its scientific representatives helped seal the deals. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Liverpool: Expertise in Cystic Fibrosis Wins Conference

Liverpool’s ongoing research into and support for improving quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis has helped the city to win a major international medical conference for the first time. More than 3,000 scientific and clinical professionals will converge on ACC Liverpool in June 2019 for the 42nd European Cystic Fibrosis Conference. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Business Events: The Power of Associations

In the second of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, analyse the crucial role professional associations and the broader “civil society” play across the whole of scientific and industrial development.  Association meetings deliver the platforms and…

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Brisbane: Reinforcing a Reputation in Robotics

Brisbane has just reinforced its reputation as a powerhouse in robotics by welcoming 3,000 delegates from the sector to the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The six-day event brought an estimated AU$10.5 million into Queensland’s economy and connected together the state’s substantial ecosystem of robotics institutions and academic departments. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Business Events: Change Agents or Travel Agents?

As politicians and policymakers gather at the IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt, key partners of The Iceberg are providing a timely reminder of the transformational contribution of business and professional events and their ‘beyond tourism’ benefits. GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, discuss what meetings actually…

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Jerusalem: The Space Legacy of IAC 2015

You might not think that the second man to walk on the moon would need a conference name badge. Back in 2015 Buzz Aldrin addressed the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem. Hosted by the Israel Space Agency, the event saw over 2,000 participants brought together from 60 countries, and has left a significant legacy. From Boardroom…

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Hauts-de-France: The Third Industrial Revolution

With a network of eight major association destinations, the Hauts-de-France region definitely plays alongside the big champions of the meetings industry. It is also now committed to an ambitious and innovative policy: the Third Industrial Revolution, a concept right at the meeting point of energy transition, digital transformation and new economic models. From Boardroom…

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