Story writing, street food, snowball fights and so much more at MPI’s European Meetings and Events (EMEC) conference in Copenhagen

Story writing, street food, snowball fights and so much more at MPI’s European Meetings and Events (EMEC) conference in Copenhagen

i Feb 11th No Comments by

Delegates at MPI’s European Meetings and Events Conference were tasked with ‘writing their own story’ whilst embracing ‘Meetovation’, the Danish-inspired meeting design concept, through a variety of ice-breakers, conference sessions and networking opportunities using ‘active engagement’ to change the meeting mind-set.

Held at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen over three days, the conference included a variety of educational sessions on a wide range of topics – from women’s empowerment in the meetings industry, safety and security, best practice proposal writing through to strategic account management and much more in between.

A thought-provoking ‘Lunch and Learn’ was facilitated by the inspiring Fiona Pelham who is Chair of the International Board of Directors. A sustainability champion and ambassador for MPI’s UK & Ireland Chapter, Fiona introduced Selina Juul, Founder of the ‘Stop Wasting Food Movement Denmark’ which has seen an impressive 25% reduction in food waste across Denmark – much of this is attributed to a change in approach in the meetings industry: re-food don’t waste, your attendee’s won’t go hungry!

After-hours delegates were offered a variety of networking opportunities; the opening reception was held at Copenhagen Street Food; a raw and quirky warehouse space in the city. MPI Foundation’s flagship ‘Rendezvous’ followed the next night with plenty of drinks and dancing with peers and colleagues; the party is designed to raise important funds for the growth and advancement of MPI members through grant funding for professional development and career advancement.

The closing conference session involved an indoor snowball fight; where delegate’s ideas where written down, wrapped up and a huge 400-person snowball fight was had. This simple, ‘active engagement’ concept summed up the whole conference experience; engaging, fun, with key learning take-ways and networking opportunities facilitated across the membership.

And as one chapter in the story of EMEC ended in Copenhagen, another began for Granada in Spain which was announced as the host destination for next year’s conference.

In the meantime, I look forward to carrying on my MPI story with MPI’s UK & Ireland Chapter which has an extensive programme of educational and networking events planned for the year ahead – I’d encourage anyone involved in the meetings and events industry to join us on this exciting journey.

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Convince your boss that you need to be at EMEC 2015

i Dec 4th No Comments by

We want to make the approval process of attending MPI’s European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) worry-free. If you need to justify the expense to your supervisors, we’ve provided a few tools to help you build your case: a benefits worksheet, a budget worksheet and a sample letter.

When submitting a proposal to your boss, remember to focus on the specific skills and knowledge experiences you can immediately bring back to the organization. Consider learning new industry best practices, making new contacts and gaining new insights and ideas from the education sessions you attend.

Build Your Education Session List
After you’ve clearly outlined the connection between the needs of your organization or department with the benefits of attending EMEC, you can focus on yourself. Build your personalized list of education sessions that have relevance to your current job description and review how the sessions will enable you to better serve your customers. When you’ve built your session list, print it and include it with your Justification Kit.

Proving you can put the knowledge gained at EMEC immediately into action makes it easier for your supervisor to say “You’re approved to attend EMEC!” So build your session list, download the justification kit, customize your letter and we’ll see you in Krakow!

MPI Hosted Buyer Programme at EMEC 2015

i Dec 3rd No Comments by

Join us for our inaugural MPI Hosted Buyer Program at the European Meeting and Events Conference 2015.

Hosted Buyer Programme

Participating as a planner or a supplier in the MPI Hosted Buyer Program at EMEC in Poland allows you to prepare your future meetings portfolio and meet face-to-face with attending industry professionals and leading companies in the meetings and event industry. Participation in this exclusive program means you care about doing business smarter, faster and better. Suppliers will fill their sales pipelines with potential business and planners will walk out the door with months of legwork accomplished in several hours.


Participating in MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program at EMEC allows you meet one-on-one with leading supplier companies in the meeting and event industry and participate in all of the top-quality education and networking opportunities that EMEC has to offer—for free!

All you need to do is apply. No more than 25 planners will be hosted for this exclusive opportunity. If accepted your hosted buyer package will include:

  • One complimentary EMEC 2015 registration; Includes access to all conference education
  • Airfare credit (with Lufthansa airlines)
  • Three night hotel stay Saturday through Monday at Radisson BLU Krakow or Park Inn by Radisson Krakow
  • Meet and greet reception with participating suppliers on Saturday night
  • Networking lunch with participating suppliers on Sunday afternoon
  • Opportunity to discover Krakow meeting and event venues pre or post programme


Participating in MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program at EMEC 2015 in Krakow, Poland allows you to meet face-to-face with qualified corporate planners and solidify your future meetings business in an intimate environment.

Face-to-face meetings with decision makers from the US and Europe comes with the following benefits:

  • Up to 15 face-to-face 10 minute appointments
  • Prime exposure within MarketSquare throughout the conference
  • One complimentary EMEC 2015 registration; Includes access to all conference education
  • Meet and greet reception with participating planners on Saturday night
  • Networking lunch with participating planners on Sunday afternoon

Join MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program as an exclusive supplier at EMEC 2015 and get business done!


Recognise Your Peers: The MPI RISE Awards

i Nov 21st No Comments by


Celebrate the industry’s success by recognising its excellence. Submit Nominations for the 2015 MPI RISE Awards

MPI is accepting nominations for the annual RISE Awards program. This is your opportunity to Recognise Industry Success and Excellence by submitting a nomination for the individual, community and organisational categories.

All of the RISE Awards are eligible for nomination which includes:

  • Young Professional Achievement
  • Meeting Industry Leadership
  • Member of the Year
  • Community Achievement in Knowledge and Ideas
  • Community Achievement in Marketplace
  • Excellence
  • Community-Emerging Excellence
  • Organisational Achievement.

Peer nominations are accepted for the individual and community awards and peer or self nominations are accepted for the organisational award.

Submit your online peer nomination today. All nominations must be received by 5pm CST on December 12, 2014. For details, please visit

MPI Announces Keynote Speakers, Unveils Programme for EMEC 2015

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Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is gearing up to deliver more industry-leading education at its upcoming European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), which will be held 1-3 February 2015, at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre in Kraków, Poland. This week, the association published details online about the conference’s discovery-themed programme and presenters, including renowned keynote speakers Mike Walsh and Dr. Alan Watkins.

Walsh, a global thought leader, author and CEO, will present during EMEC’s opening general session. He will discuss how to design business for the 21st century, sharing first-hand stories, global case studies, and cutting-edge research. Dr. Watkins, a physician, neuroscientist and international expert on leadership and human performance, will close out the conference with his presentation on the link between physiology, psychology and performance and the secret science of brilliant leadership.

“With EMEC 2015, MPI will help attendees discover new ways to strategically grow business as well as innovative approaches to planning meetings and events. If you’re not yet a member of MPI, I promise you will want to join our global community after experiencing EMEC,” said Pierre Fernandez, senior director of European Operations at MPI.

MPI will deliver about 50 education sessions during EMEC 2015, including preconference workshops, deep dives and campfire sessions – many of which are eligible for clock hours or continuing education units. Session topics include business development, strategic meetings management, leadership, meeting design and more. Following is a sample listing of the sessions scheduled.

  • A Fork in the Road: The Impact of New F&B Trends and EU Allergen Laws on Meeting and Events
  • The Price is Right! Getting the Best Price for Your Event, Product or Service
  • Moving from Attendee to Participant: Audience Engagement Ideas to Improve Events
  • The Science and Art of Selling: The Building Blocks for Professional Sales

Other programme highlights include the conference’s inaugural hosted buyer program and the

European debut of MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course. In addition, the MPI Foundation will host Rendezvous on 2 February at the Hard Rock Café Kraków. Proceeds from this signature fundraising and networking event will go toward the MPI Foundation Education Endowment to fund chapter grants and scholarships for MPI European members.

To learn more or to register for EMEC 2015, visit