Event Strategy & Design

From the physical set-up to the way you orchestrate sessions and interaction, we help you put the latest smart thinking into practice to create environments and experiences that have an impact.

Rx for Better Health: Take 2 Hours Outside

It turns out your mother knew best — spending time outdoors is good for your health. A new scientific paper establishes a minimum requirement for that and gives event organizers reason to reconsider their programs.

BY Curt Wagner June 17, 2019

Making the F&B Experience a Theatrical Event

With its new EAT Stations, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre merges local food with tech and AV to wow attendees.

BY Curt Wagner June 17, 2019

How Do You Solve the ‘Manel’ Problem for Scientific Meetings?

The grassroots organization 500 Women Scientists is creating a roadmap toward more inclusive meetings. Their “Request a Woman Scientist” database includes 10,000 vetted scientists … and it’s still growing.

BY Barbara Palmer June 1, 2019

Making Your Vacation Last

Time off is important — but how can you stay relaxed and productive once you get back to the office?

BY Barbara Palmer May 28, 2019

State of the Cities report: What’s on America’s Mayors’ Minds

The National League of Cities just released its State of the Cities report at its conference last week. Here’s how the business events industry intersects with the top issues U.S. mayors are addressing.

BY Michelle Russell May 24, 2019

PCMA EduCon 2019: Can the Meetings Industry Hack Homelessness?

Hackathon participants at the PCMA Education Conference will take on the challenge with empathy and using innovative thinking.

BY Barbara Palmer May 24, 2019

All Tech Is Human Founder Looking to Future

David Ryan Polgar, who started the initiative to help create a more thoughtful future towards technology, talks about how to approach event tech from an ethical standpoint.

BY Michelle Russell May 23, 2019

11 Tips for Adding Child-Care Services to Your Events

Accent on Children’s Arrangements has provided child-care services at meetings and events for 28 years. Diane Lyons, CMP and president of Accent-DMC Inc., offers these tips.

BY Jasmine Zhu May 23, 2019

Ditch the Buffet for Family-Style Event Meals

New research indicates that sharing plates leads to better negotiations and improved teamwork. Here’s how changing up your meal format could result in better outcomes at workshops and team-building activities.

BY Curt Wagner May 20, 2019

Tahira Endean: Creating All-Inclusive Learning Environments

When Tahira Endean leads a PCMA Education Conference workshop on learning styles next month in Los Angeles, she’ll be putting her passion for brain-friendly event design to good use.

BY Jasmine Zhu May 18, 2019

Face-to-Face Meetings: An Antidote for Loneliness

Our social ties have frayed so much that public policy and health experts have described loneliness as a worldwide epidemic. But there is a solution for our lonely planet.

BY Barbara Palmer May 4, 2019