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Accessibility: Barriers Still to Overcome for Disabled Delegates

“The majority of disabled people don’t travel to conferences because they expect their needs will not be met”. So says Alan Broadbent, an accessibility writer and consultant to the events industry. Three examples of inclusivity, a venue (ICC Wales), a meeting (Glasgow’s IASSIDD World Congress) and a city (Dubai), are analysed. From Association Meetings International…

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Why and How to Involve Patients in Scientific Congresses

Patient involvement in clinical care and research has gained momentum in recent years, firstly because the patient community itself is asking for more active role, but also because patient participation in healthcare systems has been proven to improve treatment outcomes. Scientific associations are also increasingly recognising that patients can contribute to the success of congresses…

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White Paper Launched on Patient Involvement

AIM Group International has published a white paper on why organisers should consider the integration of patients in scientific congresses, and how to do so with success. The real life example used is the organiser’s very own World Systemic Sclerosis Congress, run since 2010 and previously featured on The Iceberg. From Boardroom…

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Panels Not Manels VII: Gina Glantz Talks More GenderAvenger

Gina Glantz is the co-founder of the advocacy campaign GenderAvenger, and the global lead champion of meetings booking panels and not manels. Already recently profiled in these pages, she has just filmed an interview for the video series PCMA Ascent Luminaries, which promotes diversity and inclusion in business events. From PCMA…

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Sarawak: Looking to Social Impact and Legacy

Business Events Sarawak is looking beyond the narrow limits of business tourism’s financial benefits. Malaysia’s biggest state and second-tier conference destination, with fast-increasing popularity, has recently expanded its focus towards the social impact and remote legacy that meetings can leave behind, like April’s Borneo Coffee Symposium. From Boardroom…

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Communication Event Hosted in Leeds

MEETinLEEDS, conference facilities for the University of Leeds, has just finished hosting the Communication Matters International Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference. Attracting over 430 delegates from 19 countries, the event created significant legacies around communication needs for both attendees and the venue. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Panels Not Manels VI: Founder Gina Glantz Talks GenderAvenger

The first time Gina Glantz used social media to call out the lack of women on a conference panel, she was “rebuked”. This ultimately led to the foundation of the campaigning nonprofit GenderAvenger, and later a change in how meetings respond to the naming and shaming of sessions which only schedule “manels”. From PCMA…

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The Year of Imagination – 15 Stories to Inspire Your Next Event

This is the third year in which IMEX has had an annual “Talking Point”, a thread and a story that runs through both shows and all year long. In 2017, the concept was “Purposeful Meetings”, which was followed by “Legacy” in 2018. To help demonstrate this year’s idea of “Imagination” in concrete and practical terms, IMEX…

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