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7 February 2017
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe18th World Congress of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry, 19-22/04/17, Florence +++ 22nd Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, 22-24/03/17, Cannes +++ 36th Congress of the Association of International Vascular Surgeons, 11-18/03/17, Åre
Asia20th Quinquennial Congress of the International Musicological Society, 19-23/03/17, Tokyo +++ 32nd Congress of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, 01-05/03/17, Singapore +++ 5th Congress of the Asian Society of Head and Neck Oncology, 23-25/03/17, Bali
America18th Congress of the International Society for Animal Hygiene, 19-23/03/17, Mazatlán +++ Conference of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management, 26-29/03/17, Toronto ON +++ 12th World Congress on Brain Injury of the International Brain Injury Association, 29/03-01/04/17, New Orleans LA
Africa13th Conference of the Pan African Urological Surgeons Association, 29/03-01/04/17, Victoria Falls +++ 8th International Conference of the African Evaluation Association, 27-31/03/17, Kampala +++ 6th Annual Conference of the African Society of Forensic Medicine, 06-10/03/17, Bloemfontein
Pacific17th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society, 02-04/03/17, Sydney +++ Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, 29/03-01/04/17, Leura +++ 11th Annual Conference of the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College, 10-11/03/17, Brisbane
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Association Executive is much more than a job title
by Marc Mestdagh, Coordinator of BSAE (Belgian Society of Association Executives)
 
To answer the question if association management has become a recognized profession in Belgium, we have to take into account that we are looking at two different worlds when discussing local Belgian associations and the large number of European and international associations in Brussels. Notwithstanding many essential differences, the ambition to grow more awareness for the professionals working in and for these associations is surely a common denominator. All, from their point of view, are actively seeking more professional recognition. Not last because of the necessity to cope with rapid and complex societal changes influencing the members of the associations in ways that are unprecedented.
 
Big in Belgium
 
Compared to some other European countries Belgium has a long and rich tradition of associations as being important interlocutors between companies, professionals and public authorities...
 
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Yearbook Online data refreshed
 
2,708 organizations. The Yearbook Online data have been refreshed again. 2,216 organization profiles have been edited since last update, 223 organization addresses changed, 65 new organization profiles added.
 
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Save the date for EAS 2017
 
Brussels. The European Association Summit (EAS) is the annual peer-to-peer education and networking forum for international associations organised by visit.brussels, ESAE, FAIB and UIA. The fifth EAS will take place on 30 & 31 May 2017 in Brussels.
 
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Association Day
 
Frankfurt. IMEX Association Day on 15 May 2017 is an afternoon of tailored education exclusively for association professionals. The 2017 programme has been redesigned and will feature a new Association Management Stream, covering topics such as understanding why members leave and how to persuade them to stay. There will also be two Meetings & Events Streams, discussing issues such as how to maximise member participation at your events, and how to identify and approach new sponsors.
  
Open data
 
Free service. The Open Calendar is a free service of the Union of International Associations' (UIA) subscription-based International Congress Calendar Online (ICCO). It includes approx. 10,000 current and future international meetings organized or sponsored by Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs) working worldwide in all fields of activity.
 
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Why Dubai?
Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events and City Operations
 
 
Did you know?
 
+ Dubai is the world’s 4th most visited city according to Mastercard
 
+ Dubai hosts 42 per cent of association conferences in the Middle East
 
+ Dubai is home to more than 200 nationalities and was crowned the world’s most cosmopolitan city in the 2015 World Migration Report
 
+ Dubai’s transformation into a global knowledge hub is backed by significant national legislative development and investment, including the UAE National Innovation Strategy, which has distributed more than AED 300 billion ($81.7 billion) in investments across seven main sectors: Renewable energy, Transport, Education, Health, Technology, Water and Space...
 
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Strategies, skills and resources needed to deliver valuable meetings
 
Jan Tonkin, President of IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers)
 
On 16 February you will kick off the IAPCO Annual General Assembly. Is there a specific theme for your congress?
The overall theme for the Meeting is Leading the Future, Creating Opportunities which is perfect for our association. Leading the Future embraces all the quality standards for which IAPCO is renowned, and Creating Opportunities talks about the strategies, skills and resources needed to deliver valuable meetings for our clients.
 
At the Meeting we discuss the all-important quality standards we strive for and participate in a Quality Seminar during the programme. The Meeting also embraces three other important components: networking in an environment that is more than collegial – we do feel like a family; a willingness to share best practice despite being competitors; and first-class presentations from experts who stimulate us to think differently...
 
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Important conferences
European Association Summit 201730-31/05/2017 BrusselsMore
UIA 5th Round Table Asia-Pacific21-22/09/2017 Chiang Mai, ThailandMore
 
Important shows
IBTM Arabia07-09/02/2017 Abu DhabiMore
Convene08-09/02/2017 VilniusMore
 
Number of the month
 
 
Brussels. 30.7% of people in association leadership positions are women according to the 53rd edition of the Yearbook of International Organizations.  Six years ago, in the 47 th edition, that number was 29%.
New associations
Les Médias Francophones Publics (MFP) 
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International Urban Symposium (IUS) 
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World Association for Stress Related and Anxiety Disorders (WASAD) 
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