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February 12, 2018 Conferences No Comments Email Email

The big annual meeting for professionals from the association sector, which will take place on 8 and 9 March 2018 at the Square, will present the latest trends concerning international associations. This year, two more associations – ICCA and PCMA – will be joining the event.

Organised in Brussels for the last 6 years by visit.brussels, the European Association Summit is the annual not-for-profit trade show created by associations for associations. Experts from the international association sector and professionals from different professional fields meet each year to share their experiences and learn from those of their peers. Over time, the conference has proved the essential role it plays for association representatives from around the world.

Thanks to the participation of more than 150 association representatives from every continent, the goal of the European Association Summit is to:
• train associations in managing and strengthening their networks;
• establish a real forum on the challenges that the sector and society face;
• be an incubator for ideas and act as a springboard for projects by international associations;
• highlight the diversity and richness of a constantly evolving sector.
The Brussels-Capital region is the only place in the world to regularly hold an event like this.

New partnerships and new challenges

Championed by Małgosia Bartosik, assistant secretary general of WindEurope, the 2018 edition will address good practices in engagement, collaboration and innovation through powerful presentations, intense debates and cutting-edge tools.

The conference is supplemented by new international partnerships with the participation of the (International Congress and Convention Association) and the PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association). These come on top of partnerships already
established in Brussels, thereby confirming the high quality and educational nature of the event.

“These new key global partnerships show the strength of the event as an unmissable platform for ongoing training for the sector, and of Brussels as the capital of international associations,” said Patrick Bontinck, CEO of visit.brussels, the organiser of the event.

The President of the European Committee of Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, will touch on the topic of collaboration, which is essential for associations. Current challenges for organisations, such as the general data protection regulation (GDPR), leadership skills, creativity in organising events and project management, will also be discussed in topical sessions. The speakers come from backgrounds as varied as the airport sector, the fragrance sector, nanotechnology, and cultural management, and will share their expertise.

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