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US Bars Hundreds of Government Scientists from Conference

Around 450 US Geological Survey researchers typically attend the annual conference of the American Geophysical Union. But ahead of the recent event the Interior Department said no more than 199 could travel to the meeting, and spending could not exceed $399,000. Only 178 attended and 30 abstracts were withdrawn by absent scientists. From Association Meetings International……

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Deborah Sexton: Thoughts on Leaving PCMA

Having just announced her imminent departure as leader of the Professional Convention Management Association, Deborah Sexton has offered further thoughts on her time at PCMA, and also the reasons and timing of her exit. Her last major event in the post will be Convening Leaders 2018 in Nashville, and a Guinness World Record attempt. From PCMA…

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The Unanswered Questions on Social Media

Pádraic Gilligan of Iceberg partner SoolNua is a expert in social media and its usage across the meetings industry. He often presents on the subject and did so with colleague Aoife McCrum at the recent IBTM World in Barcelona. He continues the session here with the audience’s feedback. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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MPI Developing a Master’s Degree in Meetings

Meeting Professionals International has joined with the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University to offer a graduate-level degree course in meeting and event management. The master’s degree will be available in 2019 for mid-level and senior professionals, much of it delivered online. Photo: Lo2013. From Meetings & Conventions…

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MPI UK & Ireland Names Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Winners

MPI UK & Ireland has announced that the winners of the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award are Delyth Davies from Oxford Brookes University and Holly Steenson from Leeds Beckett University. The pair each receive work placements at Reed Travel Exhibitions. More than 50 entries were received for the award from students studying event management courses. From…

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One Third of MI Professionals Experience Mental Health Issues

One in three UK event industry workers experience a mental health problem. The national average is one in four. The findings are from a survey for the industry campaign EventWell, which starts on September 18. Three quarters of respondents suffered stress due to their workloads, and 13 percent were currently experiencing a problem. From…

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The New Politics: W(h)ither Diversity?

After recent events in Charlottesville – and President Trump’s response to them – how will the role of diversity change across the business events landscape? Will promoting inclusion – in terms of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation – having grown in significance over recent years, now slip back down the agenda? From Successful Meetings…

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Focus Groups Discuss Industry Mental Health in UK’s Midlands

Businesses in the UK’s Midlands are being invited to join a series of focus groups to raise awareness of mental health issues in the meetings industry. The discussions are part of a campaign run by the Meetings Industry Association, and will help event professionals understand how their colleague’s organisations are building compassionate and productive workplaces. From…

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Australian Workplace Skills Survey

A skills survey of the business events sector, coordinated by Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) in partnership with the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux and the Exhibition & Events Association of Australasia (EEAA), has found that critical skills gaps are considerably impacting the business events industry. With a significant survey response rate of 39 per…

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New Event Management Degree Course in Perth

Hospitality education institution Le Cordon Bleu is offering a convention and event management degree to students at its new school in Perth, Australia. The Bachelor of Business (Convention and Event Management) will include two six-month industry placements. 90 percent of Le Cordon Bleu graduates in Australia secure employment within six months of finishing their degrees. From CIM New Magazine…

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Events Industry Facing Serious Skills Shortage

A new survey shows that skills shortages are heavily affecting the business events industry. The survey – coordinated by Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) in partnership with the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB) and the Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) – found half of respondents having trouble recruiting qualified professionals. From CIM News Magazine…      

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Events AV Team Films Knife Crime Legacy Project

The Royal College of Physicians meetings and events AV team is helping create a community legacy in London by assisting a knife crime awareness project. The scheme is creating a sculpture out of knives that have been surrendered to the police and decommissioned, and the AV team is filming a documentary about the project. From…

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