COVID-19 and the Business Events Industry

Convene reports on how meeting professionals are navigating coronavirus. Visit PCMA's COVID-19 resources page for more information.

Scientific Meetings Are Going Virtual and Reaching the World

When scientific meetings go online, their audiences, as well as their potential for knowledge-sharing, grow exponentially.

BY Barbara Palmer Casey Gale September 4, 2020

Convention Centers Continue to Serve Communities

During the pandemic — and now hurricane season — convention centers are providing their spaces and meals to local populations in need.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 2, 2020

How Three Nonprofits Are Weathering the Pandemic

A sketch artist illustrated the webinar conversation as three nonprofit leaders talked the strategies they are drawing on now.

BY Casey Gale September 2, 2020

Pandemic Pastimes: How Hobbies Help Us Deal with Stress

Many have turned to hobbies as a way to cope with quarantining. And that, neuroscientists and mental health professionals tell us, provides many lasting benefits beyond serving as a distraction during the crisis.

BY Curt Wagner September 2, 2020

What Matters Now: How the Pandemic Has Changed Priorities

If we’ve just been waiting for the COVID-19 crisis to pass to go back to business as usual, we’ve missed a rare opportunity to see our lives and our work in a new light. Here are some ways our world has changed and what we hope will stick once the pandemic is behind us.

BY Convene Editors September 1, 2020

Talking to Strangers in a Pandemic

Meet Cart maven Emily Hope Dobkin, founder of a company called Betterish, brings people together by having them share their stories in online sessions.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020

What Won’t Change

The pandemic has shifted our work and life priorities. Here are some things we’ve started doing while stuck at home that we plan on sticking with.

BY Michelle Russell September 1, 2020

Rethinking Restaurants in a Pandemic

When indoor dining fell victim to COVID-19, some chefs and restaurant owners pivoted to preparing meals for the food insecure — and will make that part of their business model when the crisis is over.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020

An Epidemic of COVID-Related Waste

Measures to tamp down the pandemic have halted the movement to make F&B serviceware more sustainable.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020

Will the Pandemic Change How We Look at Mental Health?

As more studies show that Americans are experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression caused by the COVID-19 crisis, some hope it will bring mental health issues into the spotlight.

BY Casey Gale September 1, 2020

Roping in a Global Audience

When an Oklahoma City cowboy museum closed its doors to visitors in March due to the pandemic, it found a social media star on the premises to keep its audience engaged.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020

Smile! How a Photo-Booth Rental Company Reinvented Itself

When the COVID-19 pandemic threatened SnapBar’s bread-and-butter business as an events supplier, its founders pivoted to creating city-specific gift boxes which led them back to events.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020