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  • 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

    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 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.

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Jeroen Kuyper new managing director Rotterdam Partners

Jeroen Kuyper will be the new managing director of Rotterdam Partners as of 1 September. Kuyper has extensive experience in the Rotterdam business sector. He replaces departing interim director Ron Voskuilen. Kuyper was born and

HFTP Exceeds Expectations with Inaugural HITEC Amsterdam

Over 1,100 hospitality industry professionals from around the globe came together in Amsterdam to explore the industry's best practices and latest innovations at the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam. Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), producers of

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  • ‘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’

    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’

    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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Conference chairperson role

A conference chairperson, whether a man or a woman, can either make or break your conference. Ok, your programme does some of the work, but the chairperson, moderator, or presenter – no matter what you call them – determines the atmosphere, focus, speed, humour, interaction, and the connection between the people.

Conferences without screens

I’ve thought long and hard. Why do I like holidays so much? It’s not because of the sun, snow, or après-ski, but the fact I’m away from TVs and other screens for a week! In ancient times, speakers used flip charts, overhead projectors, and slides until the projector came to rule.  These days we are impressed and hypnotised by continual PowerPoint slides, YouTube clips, waves of Prezi presentations, and in the not-too-distant future, we’ll probably see flashy new iPad apps. But anywhere a monitor appears, it shuts down contact. The speaker becomes a voice over.   Is