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Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations that Went Missing in...

When an academic participates in a large conference, her or his likelihood of subsequently writing a paper with at least one participant at the conference increases by one-sixth (close to 18%). Moreover, it seems that conferences improve the quality of matching among co-authors, leading to papers that are published in higher-ranked journals. These findings are…

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The Rise of the Convention Center Campus

The days of isolating a convention centre on the edge of downtown are over. Today, cities are developing vibrant, walkable neighborhoods around their convention centres that are integrating the facilities more deeply into the culture of their communities. Learn how the redevelopment of convention centre districts are changing meetings and how planners, as well as…

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Conference Cancelled for Hurricane Caused Academic Decline

The last minute cancellation of an academic conference in 2012 due to an approaching hurricane caused a sizeable decline in collaboration and research, a study from the University of Kent has shown. Two days before the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting was due to begin in New Orleans, Hurricane Isaac forced cancellation. From Meetpie.com…

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Monaco’s Meeting Business Builds on Medical Compliance

Monaco is winning the argument that its principality is appropriate for conferences in general and medical meetings in particular. Monaco Convention Bureau revealed an increase in delegate room nights of 5.6 percent during 2017, while total share of Monaco visitors climbed to 26 percent. Overall, it was the second best ever year. From Association Meetings International…

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Malaria Congress to Open Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The AU$200 million Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion is soon to open for business. The 1st Malaria World Congress at the start of July will be the first event held in the newly expanded facility, cementing MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia. From Association Meetings International…

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Next Construction Phase for ICC Wales

ICC Wales has reached an important milestone, with more than half the steel of the build now in place, including the framework of the 1,500-seat auditorium. The £84 million joint venture between Celtic Manor and the Welsh Government will accommodate 5,000 delegates and bring £70 million a year into the Welsh economy. From Meetpie.com…

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ICCA’s City Rankings: Istanbul Drops 94 Places

Istanbul’s standing as a destination for international association meetings is in tatters, with ICCA’s city rankings suggesting that its popularity for conferences has collapsed. For years the city proudly occupied a top ten position. Because of terrorism and other political turmoil, it dropped first to 39th place, and this year to 133rd. From Association Meetings International…

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Barcelona Leads ICCA’s Association Meetings City Rankings

Barcelona hosted more international association meetings than any other city last year, according to statistics from the International Congress and Convention Association. There is a familiar look to the top five of ICCA’s city rankings, but the Catalonian capital has claimed the headline spot for the first time since 2004. From Association Meetings International…

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International Research Conferences: The Academic Impact

The study explores the benefits and barriers for individual researchers and universities when hosting research conferences. The study has been commissioned by the Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy – an advisory body to the Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science. Thereby the study situates the hosting of research conferences as a potential…

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Three Key Questions: The USPs of PCOs

At the recent International Association of Professional Congress Organisers Annual Meeting in Tokyo, an Iceberg partner asked four distinguished industry voices – including IAPCO’s new president – what value a PCO brings to the table for associations, what sector trends they were seeing, and how they saw the importance of IAPCO certification. From Boardroom…

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A Practitioner’s Guide: The Decoupling of Associations in China

Two years ago the authorities in China began the long process of decoupling an astonishing 700,000 associations or scientific societies from government sponsorship and control. International conferences also must have local partners. Olivia Jia, Senior Manager of consultants IME and publisher of the China Social Organisation, reflects on working with associations in China. From Boardroom…

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Glasgow Wins 12th IEEE Meeting Since 2015

Glasgow is to host the 2020 World Congress on Computational Intelligence, a flagship event of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This brings to twelve the IEEE meetings the city has won since 2015, which have attracted 8,000 delegates in total and contributed £14.8 million to the local economy. From Association Meetings International…

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