News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

Tips for Returning to Live Trade Shows

Exhibitor magazine brought together five industry professionals to discuss the current events landscape and how marketers and organizers can plan for the future.

BY Curt Wagner November 29, 2021

Celebrating a Day for Doing Good

For #GivingTuesday, we highlight four nonprofits that support event professionals.

BY Barbara Palmer November 29, 2021

Industry Mourns Passing of Chris Wehking

Chris Wehking, executive, business event strategy, for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, passed away on Nov. 28 after battling a long illness. Among his many accomplishments, Wehking, who served as PCMA’s 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors, was named a 2019 PCMA Foundation Lifetime Achievement Honoree.

BY Convene Editors November 28, 2021

Five Event Trends in Five Minutes

ECEF gave attendees a handful of important data points to consider as they embarked on a day of programs and networking.

BY Michelle Russell November 24, 2021

‘A Small Window’ to Heal the Planet

Jane Goodall and Bill Gates are hopeful about changing the course of the climate crisis — and the events industry has a big role to play.

BY Michelle Russell November 24, 2021

Business Events and the Planet

The climate crisis must be addressed head-on by the business events industry.

BY Sherrif Karamat November 24, 2021

National Bike Summit: Pedaling for a Sustainable Future

The League of American Bicyclists’ virtual 2021 event drew the most attendees ever, and the organization plans to challenge participants at next year’s hybrid event — which they hope will be even larger — to think about how to link bicycling with climate change.

BY Casey Gale November 24, 2021

Forestry Group’s Focus: a Sustainable Future for All Communities

Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s 2021 annual conference, held virtually, doubles the number of attendees as organization commits to new diversity, equity, and inclusion policy.

BY Casey Gale November 24, 2021

A ‘Watershed Moment’ for Events — and the World

How the United Nations’ biggest climate conference — and a critical moment in human history — could change the event industry’s “business as usual” narrative on sustainability.

BY Barbara Palmer November 23, 2021

UN Conference Director Wanted to ‘Make the Impossible Happen’

Laura Lopez is capping off her decades-long United Nations career as director of conference affairs for the UN Framework, which organizes climate change meetings including the annual COP conference.

BY Barbara Palmer November 23, 2021

Climate Conferences on the Agenda

COP26 hasn’t been the only conference to address the climate crisis. A number of other significant events have recently taken place with the environment, sustainability and climate change at the center of their missions.

BY Convene Editors November 23, 2021

Authors Urge Humanity to Remain Hopeful

Two newly published books by Jane Goodall and Katharine Mayhoe are meant to guard against despair in the face of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

BY Michelle Russell November 23, 2021