04 Juni 2019
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe11th World Congress of the European Water Resources Association, 25-29/06/19, Madrid +++ 29th Triennial Congress of the Société de linguistique romane, 01-06/07/19, Copenhagen +++ 7th Biennial Conference of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, 02-04/07/19, Amsterdam
Asia27th Congress of the International Council of Nurses, 27/06-01/07/19, Singapore +++ 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems of the Association for Information Systems, 08-12/07/19, Xian +++ 12th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism, 24-26/06/19, Jakarta
America28th Annual Conference of the International Society for Anthrozoology, 01-04/07/19, Orlando FL +++ 24th International Metropolis Conference of the International Metropolis Project, 24-28/06/19, Ottawa ON +++ 50th Annual Conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, 03-06/07/19, Buenos Aires
Africa24th International Conference of the African Association for Lexicography, 26-29/06/19, Windhoek +++ 4th African Tea Convention of the East African Tea Trade Association, 26-28/06/19, Kampala +++ 21st Biennial Congress of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, 08-11/07/19, Durban
PacificAnnual International Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, 02-05/07/19, Auckland +++ 28th Annual Conference of the Pacific Power Association, 01-05/07/19, Rarotonga +++ 20th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, 24-28/06/19, Canberra
Erica Keogan
Inspirational education at The Meetings Show 
Erica Keogan is the Conference Producer for The Meetings Show 2019. With over 20 years’ experience in the international meetings and exhibitions industry, Erica is responsible for curating a three-day programme of informative and insightful content for the show’s audience of event planners, which this year will focus on ‘The Planner Journey’.
The Meetings Show, the UK’s premier meetings and events trade show, returns to Olympia London on 26 and 27 June, with a packed educational programme that promises to inspire, engage and enlighten visitors.
More than 4,500 industry professionals from around the world are expected to attend the two-day event, which includes the chance to meet with more than 600 exhibitors, network, and catch more than 40 hours of free educational sessions.
The theme for this year’s education programme is ‘The Planner Journey’ which will be split into seven stages - Sharpening Your Event Skills, Creating and Communicating the Vision, Textbook Planning, Making Your Events Memorable, Getting People There, The Bigger Picture and The Pat on the Pack – to ensure that, whatever your job role or level, content will be relevant to you.
From festivalisation, gamification and technology to sustainability, social media and staff retention, the programme covers a wide range of subjects and all the latest trends which will provide visitors with the information they need to succeed in the year ahead.
And finding the relevant sessions to attend is made easy with filters allowing users to select any of the seven categories on The Meetings Show’s website.
To bolster engagement, this year The Meetings Show will deliver sessions in a variety of innovative formats. For example, join experienced business drama actors in ‘Staff Retention – An exploration of challenges using drama’ on Wednesday 26 June as they act out some familiar scenarios, or work as a team on a real brief in interactive session ‘Brief. Process. Pitch’ on Thursday 27 June.
There will also be a one-day Pre-Show Conference taking place on Tuesday 25 June, which is exclusively open to those who have applied for and been accepted onto The Meetings Show’s hosted buyer programme.
The conference will include a dedicated association stream, with two unmissable sessions on ‘Empowering Leaders Through Meetings 4.0’ and ‘Breaking the Compliance Code’.
Delivered by Christoph Raudonat, director of associations at International Conference Services Ltd, ‘Empowering Leaders Through Meetings 4.0’ session will demonstrate how the arrival of the fourth industrial revolution (AI, IoT, Bots, 5G) presents unparalleled opportunities and challenges when it comes to leading and managing teams, embracing change and creating a vision or attracting and serving customers.
‘Breaking the Compliance Code’ will be a panel debate hosted by Caroline MacKenzie from Global Association Partners, who will be joined by both agency and venue representatives to discuss the latest updates on Healthcare Compliance and what the effect of the updated ABPI guidelines will be.
In addition to hosting interactive workshops and one-on-one advice sessions with experts, The Meetings Show will draw on inspiration from outside the meetings and events industry by involving some awe-inspiring keynote speakers.
Opening the show’s education programme on Wednesday 26 June is Colin Maclachlan, former SAS soldier and star of Channel Four’s reality drama ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ and Channel 5’s ‘Secrets of the SAS’.
Colin will use the experience he’s gained over an exciting and varied career to talk about security and risk, as well as the importance of emotional resilience, leadership, teamwork, motivation and performance.
‘My talk will be a whistle-stop tour of my life and adventures, and the message I hope people will take away is that we can improve constantly and that mental strength isn't something we're simply born with, we can train our minds like we can train our bodies!’ he says.
On the second day of the show, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller will be taking to the stage to talk about ‘The Changing Digital Landscape’. Co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos and author of over a dozen major reports on how the digital world is changing society, politics and policing, Carl is an expert in the influence of digital technology on modern society.
Whatever a person's reasons for attending or however long they have to attend the show, visitors at The Meetings Show can be certain they will come away armed with knowledge and skills they need to succeed and will feel inspired to out-do themselves and provide better meetings and events.
Registration for The Meetings Show is now open. Register now!
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