FORTNIGHTLY ROUNDUP


Okjökull in 1986 and 2019, and the plaque (Photos: NASA, Rice University).

Occasionally The Iceberg reports news about actual ice.

Scientists have just placed a memorial plaque on the site of the melted Okjökull glacier. The former ice mass was declared dead in 2014, becoming the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status. The salutary “letter to the future” acknowledges “that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”.

It’s a stark warning after a scorching summer that what is happening to climate not only in places like the Ok mountain is indeed “Not OK” (I’m quoting the title of a documentary made about the glacier). Perhaps those contemplating purchasing entire Nordic islands should be able to show better environmental credentials.

In News this issue of Business Events World and on The Iceberg, legacy, sustainability and Iceland are making other headlines as well. Sigurjóna Sverrisdóttir has taken over from Thorsteinn Orn Gudmundsson as Managing Director of Meet in Reykjavík. Here in the UK, two agencies have partnered to launch a research initiative into industry food sustainability. Charity Meeting Needs has celebrated its 15th birthday vowing to get bigger and better. The government has launched a £250,000 competition to improve connectivity at conference centres hosting international events. A good first half of 2019 is set to continue, according to the HBAA Meetings Barometer. In the US and Europe, events activity continues to increase faster than budgets, according to a study from American Express Global Business Travel.

Also in News, protests between demonstrators and riot police in Hong Kong have caused the cancellation of meetings. The “She Means Business” event at IMEX America shortly in Las Vegas will address issues surrounding economic and gender equality. The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has just hosted the 62nd World Statistics Congress 2019. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has held its 44th World Congress in Toronto. One legacy is a list of essential medicines that should be available in every surgery. Brussels is about to attract some 5,000 members of the public for two free days of conferences and activities around osteoarthritis. NewcastleGateshead will host the annual meeting of a leading UK cardiac association in November. A gala dinner exhibition will bring art and medicine together.

In Opinions this issue, plastic pollution is a blight on the world’s oceans. So after staging an almost plastic-free conference, one marine science association and its organiser have created a tip sheet for other planners. Findings around return on investment from some of the latest meetings and events research are explored. The event industry talks a lot about “immersive experience” in meeting design. What does that mean in practice for planners?

Also added to Opinions, the choice of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for 2018’s World Library and Information Congress proved to be a winner for both delegates and destination. New Zealand gave the Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference, “Decolonizing Animals”, an original spin when it hosted the event in Christchurch this July.

In Features read about two major medical meetings and the legacies built around their planning and destination choices. The European Cardiology Congress, being held together with the World Congress of Cardiology, is currently underway in Paris. Ambitious engagement is planned for the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology Congress 2022 in Copenhagen.

In Research you’ll find added the aforementioned 2018 HBAA Meetings Barometer.

Finally, and as always, The Iceberg reiterates its call for you to join our Global Ambassador Program. You can see Ambassadors listed on The Iceberg homepage, Ambassadors page, and in Business Events World below. Visit Call for Ambassadors 2019 & 2020 to find out more.

Until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg

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