News & Trends

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

Current Events Bring Guarded Optimism for Industry Recovery

Business events professionals and their suppliers responding to the November Recovery Dashboard survey indicated they were both more and less hopeful about the future — depending on which question they were answering.

BY Michelle Russell November 23, 2020

Bill Gates’ Seven Predictions for a Post-Pandemic World

In the first episode of his new podcast, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates predicts seven lasting changes COVID-19 will have made on our world once the crisis has passed — and several are directly related to business events.

BY Michelle Russell November 23, 2020

How a Virtual Vaccinology Conference Catalyzed the Scientific Community Around COVID

A digital edition of a canceled in-person vaccinology conference helped to bring scientists from around the world together in June to focus their efforts on the coronavirus pandemic and continues to live online.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 23, 2020

Who Are the Most Popular Speakers and Why?

A U.K-based speakers bureau has crunched the numbers: Here are the most-searched TED speakers on YouTube.

BY Casey Gale November 23, 2020

The Environmental Case for Hybrid Events

Even before the pandemic, scientists were experimenting with meeting models that reduce the environmental impact of travel, while retaining the benefits of in-person communication.

BY Barbara Palmer November 20, 2020

Here Are the Top 10 Job Skills for 2025

The ability to be innovative, learn fast, and tolerate stress have taken on new importance in the World Economic Forum’s latest job skill forecast. Has your role evolved to be future proof?

BY Barbara Palmer November 19, 2020

#TwitterPoster Sessions Go Viral

As scientific meetings move to digital platforms, organizers are experimenting with new ways to retain interaction between researchers by tweaking how they present their work.

BY Barbara Palmer November 19, 2020

How to — and Why We Should — Encourage More Women to Ask Questions at Events

A recently published study by the American Society of Hematology on who asks questions and when has uncovered a simple tactic to help foster gender equity at scientific conferences.

BY Barbara Palmer November 18, 2020

Now Is the Time to Ask to Keep Working Remote

If work-from-home life suits you, here’s how to convince your boss to make the arrangement continue even after the coronavirus crisis passes.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 17, 2020

Finally, Good News on the COVID-19 Vaccine Front

With two highly effective vaccines in the works, the world just got a dose of hope. We need that, but we also need clear-eyed vision, writes PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, to move forward as an industry.

BY Sherrif Karamat November 17, 2020

Ready and Willing to Attend a Live Event? Depends Where You’re From

A recent survey conducted on behalf of Sodexo gauged people’s comfort level in attending a live event at a convention or conference center in the next six months in the U.S., U.K., France, and Spain — and identified what would motivate them to attend.

BY Michelle Russell November 15, 2020

Virtual Events: 4 Ways to Raise the Bar

In the second half of 2020, many virtual conferences grew attendance, attracting global and non-member participants. Part of this growth — which improves reach and brand for organizers — can be attributed to significantly reduced registration pricing. 

BY Dave Lutz, CMP November 12, 2020