29 April 2020
Senthil Gopinath CEO ICCA, Tracy Bury President AC Forum (WCPT) and Carola van der Hoeff President-Elect AC Forum (FIP) signing the agreement during a Zoom meeting.
ICCA and AC Forum announced a three-year partnership on creating a high-level annual signature event on the Future of Healthcare Meetings, starting in spring 2021.
The 3-day programme will be targeted to C-level, Senior Management participants of both associations and ICCA member suppliers. The objective of the event is to create a platform where high level discussions and knowledge sharing will provide new solutions and strategies in running effective and more sustainable global healthcare meetings in future. The innovative event programme will create a unique environment for valuable networking and knowledge sharing.
The content of the programme will be co-created by AC Forum and ICCA and will topics such as:
• Growth of associations
• Legacies of medical meetings and alignment to the UN SDGs
• Future studies / surveys
• Economic and socio impact of healthcare meetings
• Technology for healthcare meetings
• Audience of the future – what does data show and how do we respond?
• Trends in sponsorship support
ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath says: “As we grow our Association Community, we are always looking to offer peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing opportunities in a trusted environment. We are very much looking forward to join forces with AC Forum on offering a truly unique event for associations and suppliers. By working together, we believe associations and suppliers can be more effective in partnering up to reach the best outcomes of international healthcare meetings.”
AC Forum President Tracy Bury says: “AC Forum is keen to enhance its educational opportunities for its members who come from European and International associations, 90% of whom are based in the health sector. To deliver successful events, that focus on the mission driven objectives of associations, requires partnerships and the collaborative advantage that comes from working with suppliers who know how they can contribute and bring benefits to delivering impactful international healthcare meetings. The lessons from these learning opportunities will be just as relevant to our members from other sectors. We are looking forward to working with ICCA to advance knowledge through this collaborative learning experience.”
ICCA - the International Congress and Convention Association - is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.
ICCA is the global association leader for the international meetings industry and specialises in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, education, communication channels, and business development and networking opportunities. Since its establishment in 1963, ICCA represents the world's top destinations and most experienced suppliers specialised in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises of over 1,100 member companies and organisations in almost 100 countries and territories worldwide.
As of 2020 ICCA encompasses all major stakeholders in the world of association meetings, by opening its doors to associations with the launch of the “ICCA Association Community”, offering education, connections, tools and resources to associations to organise more effective meetings.
For more information visit the ICCA website.
About AC Forum
Led by associations for associations, the aim of AC Forum is to advance association leadership and congress management. It provides its 35 international and European member associations, and two provisional members, with opportunities for knowledge sharing, education and networking, as well as its two-day annual meeting.