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Leading associations and PCOs working in partnership with ESAE to deliver high level content

In its third year, the Association Meetings Conference is held on the eve of The Meetings Show, and is free to attend for those attending The Meetings Show as hosted buyers.

Speakers from The International Association for Professional Innovation Management, The Royal Society of Medicine and TFI Group will join leaders from The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) to deliver content at the 2015 Association Meetings Conference on Monday 6th July at the QEII Centre, London.

The event’s theme – Shaping Your Meetings for the Future – Educate, Connect and Inspire – is suitable for both domestic and international in-house planners and agency personnel working with associations.

Topics include:

• How to innovate on a budget: What can associations do to transform and update their events at low cost? • Meeting Planning as an evolving profession: Looking to the future of the PCO and the Association roles. • Crystal Balls & Toolkits – Technology, Sponsorships and Destinations • Meeting Planning as an Evolving Function • Hybrid Membership Models & Powerful Agendas for Younger Generations

The event content, which has been created by Linda Pereira, Conference Chair and Executive Director, CPL Events in partnership with the ESAE has been crafted to address the specific needs of UK and international association meeting and event planners, PCOs and AMCs.

“Once again Linda has created an engaging, challenging and thought provoking programme that will be of significant benefit to all in attendance. Our partnership with the ESAE will be of particular interest to attendees as it demonstrates the credibility of the Association Meetings Conference amongst association leaders from across the continent.”

Comments Steve Knight, The Meetings Show’s Event Director. “Like The Meetings Show itself, our conference sits at the heart of the global meetings industry meaning that it also provides a unique opportunity for domestic association professionals to network and engage with their international counterparts.”

Chris Raudonat, ESAE Director and Independent Management Consultant will be presenting a workshop titled Hybrid Membership Models & Powerful agendas for younger generations. He comments: “In a world of free online communities and multiple careers, prospective younger members are getting more selective about how they interact with associations, face-to-face and during events. They expect to be able to determine the value that joining – both as a member and a delegate – will provide. While many associations are still keeping traditional fee-based models, others are switching to ‘freemium’ or hybrid approaches to attract new and different members and integrate these in their meetings strategies. This workshop will address changes in memberships and how these influence and inspire new models of holding events.”

Registration for the conference and applications for hosted buyer status are available at

Organised by Centaur Exhibitions, The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.


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