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Global Business Events Worth $1 Trillion

Business events add more than $1 trillion to the global economy, preliminary results of the Events Industry Council’s first Global Economic Significance of Business Events study show. In 2017, according to the Iceberg partner’s report, business events brought together more than 1.4 billion participants in over 180 countries. From PCMA…

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Yokohama: The 22nd Human Genome Meeting

The 22nd Human Genome Meeting took place at PACIFICO Yokohama this March. Japanese scientists are at the forefront of genome research, including large-scale population sequencing, and much of that innovation and the institutions behind it cluster around the seaport of Yokohama, second-biggest city in Japan. From Boardroom…

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Marseille: Six Sectors Grow Conference Business

Thanks to a whole-city approach in promoting key sectors, the number of conferences staged in Marseille has been steadily growing. The recent World Conservation Congress win says a lot about the city’s presence on the international meetings scene. But six clusters of expertise are also shaping which association conferences Marseille attracts. From Boardroom…

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Nice: Smart City, Green City, Meetings City

Nice is the fifth largest city in France, and was sixth most popular European destination for planners in the 2015 American Express Global Meetings Forecast. Venues like the Nice Acropolis Congress & Exhibition Center have attracted events like Cardiostim or the European Congress of Psychiatry. Six of ten regional clusters are represented. From Boardroom…

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Sarawak: Growing Agriculture Through Business Events

Sarawak in Malaysia is leveraging business events to help it become a smart agriculture hub for the Asia Pacific region. The BESarawak Alliance has been formed to encourage growth in key sectors, and one of BESA’s first initiatives is an agriculture-based familiarisation trip taking place in conjunction with the first Sarawak AgroFest. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Congress’ Knowledge Valued Close to €1bn

The monetary value of information presented at this year’s European Congress of Radiology in Vienna, amounted to €813m, according to a groundbreaking report. The total was arrived at by adding up the professional time spent compiling, and the research funding associated with, the content of the 3,331 papers presented. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Nancy: Home of Fibre, Hydreos and Materalia

Nancy, the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine in northeast France, is now synonymous with creativity and brainpower. The presence of large national research institutions, together with four high-yield industries and three internationally recognised competitive clusters, have been drawing conferences and meetings of all sizes and formats. From Boardroom…

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Dublin: Winning Immunology’s ECI 2024

The Convention Centre Dublin will host the 7th European Congress of Immunology in 2024. The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates from 80 countries, and bring just shy of €5 million into the local economy. It was the Irish Society for Immunology’s third attempt at bidding for the meeting. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Jerusalem: “One Hub Nourishes the Other”

Building on a strong backbone of 17 academic institutions, Jerusalem has emerged as a hub for life science and biomedical companies. The holy city is today making groundbreaking achievements which attract the attention of associations around the globe, not least of which is playing a leading role across global research into cannabis. From Boardroom…

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ITU Telecom World 2018: Developing Tech SMEs

The recent ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban has bolstered South Africa’s initiatives in information and communications technology and tech-driven small and medium-sized enterprise development. The event, hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post of the Republic of South Africa, took place at Durban International Convention Centre. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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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 AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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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 AMI 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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