Meeting Management

12 Takeaways From HIMSS’ Successful, Fully Vaxxed Conference

Expert advice, scenario planning, and clear communication played vital roles in HIMSS’ ability to safely host close to 20,000 health-tech professionals in Las Vegas in August.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 13, 2021

Association Finds Itself ‘In the Center of a Perfect Storm’

As the Delta variant causes COVID-19 cases to surge, organizers are scrambling to rework their meetings and events. Here’s how one organization is adapting its conference to ensure compliance and confidence.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 23, 2021

Event Planners’ Duty of Care During the Pandemic

As we return to in-person meetings, questions and best practices are evolving for hosting large gatherings.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP August 13, 2021

Vaccine Mandates Are Gaining Some Ground at Events

With COVID cases rising due to the Delta variant, the question of making proof of vaccination a requirement to attend events is popping up more often. We asked a lawyer to weigh in on the potential legal ramifications for host organizations — and it’s more straightforward than some may think.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 2, 2021

Expect Hesitancy and Anxiety When We Meet Again

As in-person events — like PCMA EduCon, starting tomorrow — begin to resume, we will need to find patience and empathy for one another and ourselves, says Sara Ross, a neuroscience-trained leadership strategist.

BY Barbara Palmer July 2, 2021

The Why and How of HIMSS’ Vaccine Requirement

This August, HIMSS’ Global Health Conference & Exhibition will become one of the first large meetings in the health-care industry to mandate that all participants provide proof of vaccination in order to gain entry to the in-person event. After going digital in 2020, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society — whose goal is to

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 30, 2021

2 Associations Tweak Plans for Second Year of Digital Events

Convene checked in with two associations that produced digital events in 2020 to learn what they are doing differently this year. One leaned into interactive online opportunities for participants while the other went from complimentary registration to an “attainable” pricing model.

BY Casey Gale June 9, 2021

How Redesigning a Hybrid Event’s Physical Space Led to Other Changes

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), but in many respects, ECEF 2021 — making its debut as a hybrid event — will feel entirely new. Produced by Lippman Connects, the in-person ECEF 21 will take place Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, with

BY Michelle Russell June 8, 2021

How a Jewelry Trade Show Pulled off a Safe Event for Several Thousand

SISO and UFI published a case study on how the Jewelers International Showcase — the first show for Reed Exhibitions and the Miami Beach Convention Center since the pandemic began — safely convened more than 3,000 participants.

BY Michelle Russell May 28, 2021

Why Air Quality Must Be Part of Venues’ Hygiene Protocol

The emphasis on cleaning and disinfecting venues in the age of COVID-19 is missing a larger point: Reliably healthy and safe environments depend on clean air and a more holistic approach.

BY Barbara Palmer Jennifer N. Dienst May 19, 2021

No-Cost COVID-19 Testing for Event Registrants to Take at Home

AIM Meetings and Events has teamed up with Inspire Diagnostics and Unisys Corporation to offer a new test — at no charge to attendees — to assist the business events industry in returning to safe, in-person events. 

BY Curt Wagner April 26, 2021

COVID Testing Part of the Fabric of an In-Person Fashion Industry Show

The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, produced a case study detailing how three independent show organizers joined forces to bring a safe in-person marketplace to the fashion industry in Orlando in early February. Here are highlights.

BY Michelle Russell March 26, 2021