Lord Evans (second from right) with his hosts at the Sydney Speaker Series lunch.

What a busy time November has already been for the meetings industry…

Over 400 event professionals from more than 50 countries gathered in Johannesburg for the 84th UFI Global Congress. There’s coverage below in News (click to the right), plus take a look at the Event’s piece on UFI’s Next Generation Leader grants. Applications for 2018 are here.

As well as the exhibition sector, the conference and congress community also met up. ICCA welcomed a record number of members to its 56th congress in Prague: almost 1,300, including more than 40 association executives. There’s coverage also in News (click to the right), particularly of the inaugural “Incredible Impacts” winners. Lots more to come as well in future issues.

For me here in London, it was a Sydney Speaker Series lunch (pictured) at the High Commission of Australia. After a fine herb-crusted fillet of lamb (the parmesan wafer with quail’s egg and truffle mayonnaise canapés also deserve a special mention), the former MI5 Director General Jonathan Evans described the security arrangements underpinning the London 2012 Olympics. Lord Evans gave a fascinating and timely keynote: see News and also Opinions (click right again).

In Features, you’ll find a video interview produced by The Iceberg for Boardroom. Daniel Waigl, executive director of the Radiological Society of Europe, explains how healthcare association meetings deliver legacies of improved treatment and awareness. Medical congresses are also prominent in Opinions, along with virtual / hybrid meetings, Nick de Bois of the UK’s Events Industry Board, and a celebration of marketing awards from Pádraic Gilligan. Research has the Preliminary View of UFI’s World Map of Exhibition Venues.

Finally, congratulations to CAT Publications. At the annual CAT Night during the 56th ICCA Congress this partner of The Iceberg celebrated its 30th anniversary in style. Here’s to the CAT’s next nine lives.

Until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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