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Below the Waterline Meets: AFEA’s Sissi Lygnou

The Iceberg is now identifying and celebrating the greater mass of hard-to-see business events legacies that lie hidden beneath the surface in a new podcast “Below the Waterline”. In the third of a series featuring major meetings industry players, Iceberg founder James Latham catches up with Sissi Lygnou, CEO, Operations and Development, at AFEA Travel & Congress…

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New Zealand Toasts 10th World Avocado Congress Win

New Zealand has won its bid to host the 2023 10th World Avocado Congress. The five-day conference will bring the world’s leading avocado growers, researchers, marketers, tech innovators and investors to New Zealand. The bid was led by NZ Avocado, with a video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Leaving Reproductive Health Legacies in Kathmandu

It’s not as easy to get to Kathmandu as it is to Brussels or Barcelona. But the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition accepted such logistical challenges with its 19th General Membership Meeting this March. The event drew 300 experts and over 60 speakers from around the world, also leaving a major local legacy. From Boardroom…

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EuroELSO 2020: Creating Legacies in Life Support

Dr Nicholas Barrett is Consultant in Critical Care at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Starting out in Sydney Australia, he now specialises in extra-corporeal life support for acute heart and lung failure. Dr Barrett is also Chair of EuroELSO 2020, being held at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre next May. The congress…

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Basel: Hosting the 17th European AIDS Conference

Research on HIV and AIDS is continually evolving, and at the 17th European AIDS Conference just held at Congress Centre Basel, attendees had a chance to discuss and learn more about the latest scientific developments. Switzerland’s third-largest city is one of the country’s prime locations for association conferences. From Boardroom…

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Prague: Saving Lives at the 13th EUSEM Congress

Doctors and rescue workers have just met in record numbers at the 13th Congress of the European Society for Emergency Medicine, in EUSEM’s 25th year. More than 2,500 specialists filled the Prague Congress Centre, with the biggest delegations coming from the USA and UK, where the specialty is over 50 years old. From Association Meetings International…

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Riga: Building the European Gigabit Society

Riga’s lead in 5G has made it a fitting hub to host a meeting setting Europe’s agenda on the technology. The Latvian capital is about to stage the 5G Techritory Forum, the 2nd Baltic Sea Region 5G Ecosystem Forum. The invitation-only event is expected to attract some 1,000 innovators, legislators and investors. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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#MEET4IMPACT Project: The Measurement of Legacy

Launched in February, #MEET4IMPACT is creating a framework to support and measure association meetings’ social impacts. In this fifth instalment of our Features series, founder Geneviève Leclerc discusses the one term everyone connects with legacy creation, measurement. Metrics should be a tool for understanding, not an end goal in themselves. From Boardroom…

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Bolzano: Peak Knowledge Piques Meetings Success

Every destination has a story to tell and specialist knowledge to attract international meetings. For the South Tyrollean capital Bolzano, with its significant existing tourism business as skiing destination, intellectual capital has also developed around local geography. Eurac is a private research cluster headquartered in the destination. It boasts eleven institutes of different disciplines, including one…

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Intellectual Capitals: South Africa’s Knowledge Horizons

South Africa boasts the most advanced broad-based economy in the continent, and meetings business across Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban which includes the 5th BRICS Summit, COP17 and the recent World Economic Forum on Africa. Clusters include healthcare and ICT, the $233 million MeetKAT radio telescope also leading in astronomy. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Calgary: Life Sciences and Healthcare Meetings Hub

Calgary has seen steady growth in life sciences and healthcare, with research clusters spread across the city and a vibrant ecosystem of over 200 companies in the sector, both start-up and mature. Association conferences in the field have seen the potential impact their meetings can have in Calgary, and have consequently been piling up. From Boardroom…

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RAI Amsterdam: A Neighbour’s Social Impact

RAI Amsterdam is a venue that considers itself more of a neighbour than a conventional conference centre. It works closely with organisers to limit noise and traffic congestion, and looks for opportunities to give back to its local community. These include encouraging donations to social initiatives, especially of the venue’s own surplus food. From Boardroom…

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Below the Waterline Meets: AFEA’s Sissi Lygnou

The Iceberg is now identifying and celebrating the greater mass of hard-to-see business events legacies that lie hidden beneath the surface in a new podcast “Below the Waterline”. In the third of a series featuring major meetings industry players, Iceberg founder James Latham catches up with Sissi Lygnou, CEO, Operations and Development, at AFEA Travel & Congress…

Read More

New Zealand Toasts 10th World Avocado Congress Win

New Zealand has won its bid to host the 2023 10th World Avocado Congress. The five-day conference will bring the world’s leading avocado growers, researchers, marketers, tech innovators and investors to New Zealand. The bid was led by NZ Avocado, with a video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Leaving Reproductive Health Legacies in Kathmandu

It’s not as easy to get to Kathmandu as it is to Brussels or Barcelona. But the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition accepted such logistical challenges with its 19th General Membership Meeting this March. The event drew 300 experts and over 60 speakers from around the world, also leaving a major local legacy. From Boardroom…

Read More

EuroELSO 2020: Creating Legacies in Life Support

Dr Nicholas Barrett is Consultant in Critical Care at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Starting out in Sydney Australia, he now specialises in extra-corporeal life support for acute heart and lung failure. Dr Barrett is also Chair of EuroELSO 2020, being held at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre next May. The congress…

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