• How to ensure a happy sponsor

    How to ensure a happy sponsor

    How can you, as a conference organiser, help your sponsor to get as much return as possible on his investment? Conference Holland gives nine tips for a successful conference for the organiser, the participants and the sponsor.

  • Interrupt the ordinary

    Interrupt the ordinary

    A good meeting designer goes through the entire process of an event, just as its target groups also do, contends Experience Architect, Greg Bogue. Essential for the success of the meeting is that, occasionally, you interrupt the ordinary.

  • Music provides motivation and solidarity

    Music provides motivation and solidarity

    Music is an essential component in any serious conference programme. Scientific research has shown that music activates certain areas of the brain and provides a feeling of fellowship.

Dutch conference news

Seamless access to all Dutch public transport

TripKey introduces a ready-to-use contactless public transport card for seamless access to all Dutch public transport for trade shows & conventions.

Ibtm launches industry led conference programme

Created by the industry for the industry is the theme of this year’s ibtm world 2016 education programme following ten months of consultation and research with international buyers and suppliers. Set to take place in the ACS Knowledge Village from the first day of the event in Barcelona this November the sessions will provide interactive workshops, high-level debates, game-changing topics and presentations on global issues that affect the industry right now and in the future.

Ven to transform Post Rotterdam

Still busy with the transformation of the old KPN headquarters in Amsterdam into a meeting and entertainment complex, Ven now is extending its experience concept into the city of Rotterdam.

Convention magnetism: T. rex in Leiden

From the 10th of September 2016 Trix, a gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex, will be exposed at Naturalis in Leiden. She is the first of her kind to be exhibited in Europe, and as such a unique experience. For those who dare, spectacular and special business arrangements can be booked. The T. rex exhibition is a distinguishing spot for corporate party’s and conventions.

New tradefair for the event industry

The very first edition of EventSummit will take place on October 11th, as the long-awaited international spin-off of the famous Dutch EvenementContact. Founders Arjen Lemstra and Joris Bots have always had plans to organize their second trade fair brand in the south of Holland. And now it’s here to serve the event markets of Holland, Belgium and Germany.

Premier Drilling Event 2017 in The Hague

From 14 till 16 March 2017 the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition will take place at the World Forum in The Hague. This conference is one of the key annual industry events and is organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). It is renowned for excellent technical content.

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  • ‘The safety of delegates becomes increasingly important’

    ‘The safety of delegates becomes increasingly important’

    Because of her father’s job, she relocated to new countries every two years. Friendship brought her to Amsterdam, where she got a temporary job in the ESOMAR events team. There, she realised that she could live in one place and have a job which would enable her to see the world. Now, 19 years later, Rhiannon Bryant is the Senior Manager of the global event team of ESOMAR.

  • ‘We want more money to go into the society to fund our projects’

    ‘We want more money to go into the society to fund our projects’

    No frills, but technically perfect and with a high standard of service. Under this motto, Congress Manager Patricia de Bont has been organising the annual congress of the European Association of Urology for the past seventeen years.

  • ‘I always have a practical view of affairs’

    ‘I always have a practical view of affairs’

    Iris Allebrandi, with an eye for detail and a practical perspective, is working on developing and streamlining the organisation of the congresses and meetings organised by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. It is the logical next step from professionalising the ECNP Office’s Congresses & Meetings department, which she provided the groundwork for nine years ago, as a former PCO.

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Trouble in the meeting room

How a layout determined the success of the reception of asylum seekers.

How do you develop a conference?

Most associations organise their conferences in the same way. There is a scientific or conference committee that is responsible for the programme. It is given or chooses a topic and focuses rather quickly on scientists as potential speakers, selected, or not, after a request for abstracts or proposals. One rarely thinks about other stakeholders. Thus, at medical conferences, you rarely see practical or visionary contributions from patients, nurses, insurers, hospital administrators, process developers, lawyers or policy makers. They are not only not there as speakers, but also not in interviews, brainstorming sessions, panel discussions, duo presentations, workshops or debates. One