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ICCA Association Newsletter

May 2016

Association Newsletter: May 2016
3rd Quarterly Update

Please find below your Quarterly update from ICCA, which we hope will be of interest to you.

Will the new EU European General Data Protection Regulation affect you?
The simple answer is – YES! At a recent webinar organized by Terrance Barkan, CAE from Globalstrat, delegates learned that indeed all associations having any kind of connection with Europe will be affected by this new regulation. Whether you are based in a European Union country, have members there, organize events in the EU region or allow access to anybody outside the EU to data held within the EU, everybody needs to be aware what to expect as of January 2017. Jonathan Armstrong and Andre Bywater of the legal compliance specialist firm Cordery in the UK have provided great insights into this topic and we would strongly advise you to listen to the webinar recording here.
The Meeting Technology Tool is a free, online searchable directory, created to help association planners find the right partners for mobile technology like event apps, virtual meetings and software solutions. The directory lists the main technology providers in the meetings industry, which can give general advice when selecting technology solutions and products. The tool enables users to search by the type of technology solutions (Mobile Technology, Virtual Meetings-Shows or Meetings Software Solutions), region and keywords. It is publicly available on
Update from the IPCAA 5th Annual Seminar on Compliance 2016, Copenhagen 8–9 March 2016

This was the fifth IPCAA (International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory) Association compliance seminar and there was, more than ever, the need for the medical societies, PCOs, code bodies and healthcare companies to exchange views and understand better how the needs of medical education, compliance and ethical behaviour can be met — all for the ultimate benefits of the patient. Read more..
The importance of your flagship meeting
Each association’s dream is to become the leading association in its field and for its main meeting to become the most talked about industry event of the year! By introducing new technologies every year, trying out new meetings formats at each congress and setting the trends, the ICCA Congress has indeed become the leading event for international association meetings! Speakers at this year’s ICCA Congress in Kuching come from a wide range of industries and include many leading association executives such as:
  • David Chapman from WYSE
  • Annalisa Ponchia from ESOT 
  • Bobby Peralta from the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia,
  • Iain Bitran from ISPIM
  • David Dubois from IAEE and
  • Davi Kaur from ECCO.

We are always on the lookout for associations willing to share their best practices, if you are interested in speaking at one of the ICCA Congresses please contact:
Are you an association executive aged 30 or younger or do you have a colleague who falls under this category? Are you eager to learn how you can improve your association’s meetings or would you like to enable one of your colleagues to learn the tricks of the trade?

Then consider applying for the Forum for Young Professionals 2016 taking place from 27 - 29 November 2016 in Barcelona. This is a sponsored 3-day education programme, which will kick-start any young association executive’s career in the meetings industry. Please note: In order to be fully hosted (including flights), young professionals need to be eligible to attend the ibtm world tradeshow as a hosted buyer. For more information on the application criteria please visit our website.
Associations Summit 4, November 23-24, 2016, Manila, Philippines 
The Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE), the national “association of associations”, will hold its fourth Associations Summit (AS4) on November 23-24, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Manila. The theme of the learning and networking event is “Race to Innovation: Winning in the Age of Disruption,” and will feature local and international speakers who will share best practices in association and membership organization governance, leadership and management. The event will also include an exhibition and awards dinner. The conference is expected to draw more than 100 association professionals from the country and abroad. For more information please logon to

Save the date(s)!
Association Meetings Programme
Stavanger Norway,  4 – 7 July 2016
only 4 hosted places for association executives left! If you are interested in attending urgently contact Ksenija Polla as places are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

IMEX America 2016
Las Vegas, USA,  18 - 20 October
ICCA will have a Hosted Buyer group for IMEX America, please look out for your personal invitation or indicate your interest to Registration will open in June 2016.

ibtm® world 2016 
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