Small Planet Group, the specialist healthcare industry events and communications organisation, has announced the appointment of Emma Buchanan as Client Services Coordinator.
Emma has more than 20 years events experience, specialising in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industry. This includes roles with AstraZeneca’s meetings management team, over 7 years at Grass Roots and more recently at Lime Blue Solutions.
“I am delighted to have joined the Client Services team at Small Planet Group. I am joining during a very positive time for the company and I’m excited to be involved going forward”
More than 700 professionals from across the meetings, events, hospitality and travel world are set to attend the second Cvent CONNECT Europe conference this year. Following the sell-out success of the inaugural event held last year, the conference is set to double in size and is moving to a bigger venue; the Business Design Centre in London, running from 1st – 2nd October 2018.
The theme of this year’s Cvent CONNECT Europe is: “The Power of Live” which will focus in on the positive impact that meetings, events, and hospitality have on the business world. Unlike previous years, the conference will have overlapping sessions for both planners and suppliers in order to enable further networking among attendees.
Registration is now live and individuals can sign up to attend via the Cvent CONNECT Europe website.
Cvent CONNECT Europe will provide industry professionals with the opportunity to attend more than 30 educational sessions and learn best practice and live demo experiences of the latest industry technology at the Innovation Pavilion.
“We had such powerful positive feedback from our first Cvent CONNECT Europe. As a result, we are taking our event to the next level in every way and we look forward to welcoming our planner delegates once again.” Says David Chalmers, Senior Marketing Director, Cvent Europe.
“Last year, more than 490 events professionals gathered at Cvent CONNECT Europe, and now we are planning an event for double this number. The increase in attendance speaks to the value that Cvent CONNECT delivers: It’s a can’t-miss opportunity for our attendees to experience the power of live events, network, and learn the latest advancements in our industry,” said Patrick Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Cvent. “We power some of the largest meetings and events in the world and hold hundreds of our own each year, with Cvent CONNECT as the crown jewel. It demonstrates our passion and mission to create the technology to power human connection.”
MPI are gearing up for a busy IMEX Frankfurt this year. Come and meet MPI at stand G680. MPI are hosting various educational sessions including ‘Leadership Skills for MICE Women’, Event Model Canvas – how it can transform your meeting planning, ‘Vision the Meeting Room of the Future’, ‘Under the Hood of Small Meeting Venues’ and ‘Extraordinarily Inclusive: Events that Embrace Everyone’.
It’s also a chance to meet the MPI Global team at the MPI Happy Hour Reception on Tuesday 15 May, from 16.30 at the MPI Stand.
And this year the CIM Clubbing night is powered by Rendezvous!
To learn more about MPI’s presence at IMEX visit
Meeting Professionals International has announced it is moving even further from the traditional plan for its World Education Congress this year by featuring new elements such as high-energy pep rallies to kick off and wrap up each day; an open-floor, fluid layout with four connected WEC Villages; more innovative technology offerings, and a host of WEC Experience Coaches to help attendees plan their experiences before the event and to assist them on-site. The event takes place June 2-5 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
According to the organization, the vision for the redesign came about last September using the #EventCanvas methodology and aligns with MPI’s goal to take format risks so attendees don’t have to with their own meetings. Each of the four WEC Villages will have its own theme: experiential design, innovation, leadership and social, with customizable networking and business-exchange opportunities, supplier showcases, and food and beverage relevant to each theme. More than 80 concurrent education sessions take place in the villages to stimulate more intense live-learning experiences rather than holding the sessions in separated meeting rooms.
“We are very proud of how successful WEC has been the past few years,” said Darren Temple, chief operations officer of MPI. “This year, we decided to take a page out of our own playbook and take a big risk by changing the overall look, feel and experience of WEC18. The Indiana Convention Center is the perfect venue for us try our new concept of villages and open-space learning. We are very excited about WEC18, which promises to be unlike any other event experience, and extend special thanks to our host partner, Visit Indy, for their support and collaboration.”
The organization’s education arm, the MPI Academy, evaluated nearly 600 speaker proposals to find fresh and relevant education for WEC18. The concurrent sessions will be delivered in 30-, 60- and 90-minute mixed formats, covering topics such as virtual reality, event design, food-and-beverage trends, ethical challenges, safety and security, and leadership.
In addition, MPI will continue leveraging WEC 2017’s theme, “Stop planning meetings, start designing experiences,” and bring back some popular program elements such as MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program, the MPI Foundation Rendezvous networking and fundraising event, headshot stations, Paws for a Break (previously known as puppy cuddling), and corporate social-responsibility activities benefitting several local Indianapolis-area charities. Michael Cerbelli’s The Hot List will return this year, identifying fresh trends in the ever-changing marketplace and showcasing acts and innovations for enhanced experiential marketing.
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C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in business conferences, has partnered with the IMEX Group in a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.
The three-year agreement represents the first time that C2 International has partnered with another event. The partnership aligns the visions of both organisations through dedicated events at IMEX shows as well as ongoing opportunities and content throughout the year. The aim of the partnership is to educate and inspire the meetings and event industry and to further the missions of both organisations, particularly in relation to driving innovation and creativity.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “At IMEX, our mission is to unite and advance the meetings industry, helping every single audience within it to increase their skills and knowledge and to push for innovation that generates fresh value. Our partnership with C2 International certainly helps us to fulfil this. With everything we do, our goal is to offer new and creative experiences and education for all our show participants in Frankfurt and America, and we look forward to working with the ground-breaking team at C2 International to deliver this.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with IMEX, who has certainly earned its place as an industry leader in the global meetings sector,” says Martin Enault, President and CEO of C2 International, Asia Pacific.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for C2 International to share our expertise in creating transformative and immersive events in the cities of Frankfurt and Las Vegas around IMEX shows.”
IMEX in Frankfurt takes place 15 – 17 May, 2018.
SPARK THINKING – the global events and communications agency – has launched a joint initiative with a Nottingham-based primary school which aims to encourage the creative confidence of Year 6 pupils.
‘Inspo Club’ is a new-concept lunchtime club for children in their final year at Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, and is the brain-child of SPARK THINKING’s Head of Global Sales Support, Janina Monaghan, who describes it as ‘a place where they can unleash their creativity, collaborate with others and have fun!’
Year 6s will get the chance to talk about creativity and what it means to them, explore new technology, look at where ideas come from, bringing them to life through play, and generally be curious about the world around them!
“At SPARK THINKING, we place great emphasis on the benefits of thinking creatively, and continually encourage our staff to do this through initiatives and rituals designed to spark their imagination,” explains Janina. “I’m inspired every day by the talented people I work with and I want to be able to share what I learn – what better audience than the next generation?”
It was through one of these initiatives – SPARK Shorts, a lunchtime workshop where employees are encouraged to share creative experiences, hobbies or ideas with their colleagues – that Janina was inspired to take SPARK Shorts on tour into the classroom.
“Bringing SPARK Shorts on tour into a school in the form of ‘Inspo Club’ seemed a natural step, as it’s a way we, as a business can share our experiences and support young people,” says Janina. “But I’m confident we’ll gain as much, if not more, from the children themselves.”
Head teacher of Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, Clare Allsopp, shares Janina’s belief in the power of the children’s limitless imaginations.
“Children have a natural creativity and enquiring minds, which if encouraged and retained, will benefit their future careers and indeed their lives in immeasurable ways,” says head teacher Clare Allsopp.
SPARK THINKING’s Inspo Club will run for 6-weeks and will introduce the children to a broad spectrum of topics. To find out more about the pupils’ learning journey, go to www.spark-thinking.com or search for #SPARKInspo on Twitter and Instagram.
To find out more about the pupils’ learning journey, go to www.spark-thinking.com or search for #SPARKInspo on Twitter and Instagram.
MPI Connects brings together events industry employers with student job seekers embarking on their new careers. The initiative is now in its fourth year and is supported and hosted by the University of Greenwich.
With a successful history of matching capable applicants with employers including Smyle, Cvent and Grass Roots Meetings & Events, MPI Insights has become the leading industry recruitment event for entry level positions.
Participating employers will benefit from speed interview meetings with 15+ candidates during the afternoon and will be provided with the contact details for all opted-in attendees to network during the cocktail reception and post-event. Employer registration costs just £250+VAT, significantly less than recruitment advertising or agency fees.
Student job seekers can register for free, however a cancellation penalty of £30+VAT will apply where less than 48 hours’ notice is given. It is mandatory that candidates should have all the necessary permissions to work in the UK in order to participate. Students should bring up to 30 copies of an up to date CV to the event.
In 2018, MPI Connects will take place on Global Meetings Industry Day, alongside a series of other MPI events being hosted across the world. We look forward to welcoming you to MPI Connects!
For more information and to register for the event please visit MPI Connects
Attending a scientific congress or meeting overtakes professional journals and publications as the educational channel of choice for Healthcare Professionals – according to findings of new study. Ashfield Meetings & Events, an international leader in healthcare events, has released a 2018 follow-up study to its 2016 ‘Future Of Meetings’ white paper.
The ‘Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings’ compares and contrasts the perceptions of healthcare professionals (HCPs) across a wide variety of specialty areas, and dives deeper into the ongoing evolution of the medical meetings landscape.
By looking at the individual component factors of why HCPs attend events, Ashfield Meetings & Events, part of UDG Healthcare, has been able to utilise the data to better understand the motivations and desires of HCPS, while also building a strategy for successful meetings in the future.
“Comparing the results of our 2016 study to the findings we discovered only two years later has been a fascinating exercise,” said Gavin Houston, CEO Americas of Ashfield Meetings & Events. “A key outcome in this white paper is that HCPs are saying their ‘preferred channel’ to receive scientific content across their medical learning journey, is through attendance at a scienfic congress or meeting.”
Gavin Houston continues, “It is evident that meeting face-to-face is still highly valued in the digital age. What also comes across though, is that HCPs attend meetings that offer a real return for the time and money they have invested. Further education which ultimately leads to improving patient care is very clearly at the forefront of their attendance decisions, making the quality and delivery of the content a vital element of an event’s success.”
For more findings from The Science Of Healthcare Meetings the full white paper is available here to download.
With Easter just around the corner, Cvent Europe are hosting a wine tasting event to remember, and some chocolate tailor-made to match! The evening won’t just be about wine and chocolate tasting, you’ll also learn what’s in store for event tech, as Nick Tinker takes you through the top trends coming our way.
The free event takes place on Thursday 22nd March at the newly refurbished Devonshire Terrace from 18:30 – 20:30.
You’ll also get the chance to get some hands-on experience of some of Cvent’s latest solutions and discover how they can transform your events. As well as networking with your peers.
For more information click here
The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) is returning on Tuesday 24 April to Leeds first direct arena. The flagship show for CHS Group is set for its biggest year yet, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors being brand new additions for 2018.
Now in its 9th year, the Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the UK’s leading shows for event organisers, venue finders and PAs / EAs. Providing attendees with the opportunity to meet over 200+ hotels, venues and event suppliers from across the UK and Ireland.
With new exhibitors including Lime Venues Portfolio, The Grand Brighton, Visit Bristol and Venues of Excellence, the 2018 show is set to rock Leeds once again with an incredible range of independent hotels, tech and event suppliers along with a diverse selection of groups.
CHS18 will welcome a number of guest speakers, including Jake Hernadez, an international crisis and security consultant, to conduct a session which will likely be hotly anticipated in light of recent events. He will provide a practical guide for events professionals on how to perform necessary security checks when planning an event.
Julia Charles-Wiginton, an entrepreneur and event organiser who creates amazing events for a host of blue chip corporate companies and celebrities, will share her inspiring experience following her Dragon’s Den appearance as the first ever person to accept and then reject the deal offered by four dragons.
Complimentary VIP tickets are available for event planners, venue finders, PA/EAs and offer a whole host of benefits and extras on the day, including access to the VIP Rockstar Bar, complimentary food and beverages, a VIP goody bag and other treats. Complimentary accommodation is available for VIPs who need to travel for over an hour to Leeds. For more information visit www.chs18.co.uk/which-ticket-is-for-you/.
To register for your complimentary ticket to CHS18 Click here www.chs18.co.uk
There are also a limited number of stands available, so if you’re a hotel, venue or event supplier looking to meet with 800+ event buyers in one day, please contact Jules France for further details.