It used to be that scientific and medical conferences were highly formulaic, but planners are testing innovative session formats, presentation materials, and registration pricing, to name just a few elements.
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A New Chapter in Networking: The Eventprofs Book Club
Inspired by Convening Leaders 2019, event professional Jillian Cardinal launched The Eventprofs Book Club to keep connections — and thought-provoking conversations — going between meetings
Whitney Johnson: Personal Disruption is Crucial for Growth
Author and consultant Whitney Johnson shares how, when ‘you learn, you leap, and you repeat,’ you will help drive innovation.
‘Get Out’ Takes on New Meaning at CHEST Annual Meeting
The inaugural escape room experience at the annual gathering of the American College of Chest Physicians proved that learning lifesaving lessons can be a highly experiential activity.
AAAS Annual Meeting Finds the Right Balance Among Disciplines
With ‘a celebration of science’ as its goal, the American Association for the Advancement of Science embraces all ages and learning preferences.
Event’s Book Club Attracts Wider, Younger Group of Attendees
To better engage its members at its Annual Meeting, the Society of General Internal Medicine went old school in its approach.
Storytellers Bring Innovative Content to AGU Meeting
The American Geophysical Union invited student scientists to its 2019 Fall Meeting through a NASA-sponsored competition to create data visualizations — using NASA data.
Redesign of Pre-Congress Elements Improves Attendee Experience
Tweaking poster formats, presentation slides, and name-badges at the International Health Economics Association pre-congress eased audience pain points.
Signs of the Times: How E-Posters Upped WCP’s Reach
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) put its annual congress posters online, increasing engagement and the reach of its 19th World Congress of Psychiatry.
American Chemical Society’s Class Act: Discounted Student Registration Fee
The American Chemical Society lowers registration fee for students with losing revenue, ensuring students are not priced out of its annual meeting.
‘Deepdive Immersions’ Help Attendees Experience Host City
When designing the SITE 2020 Global Conference, Tahira Endean wanted to showcase Vancouver in new and different ways. So she sent participants to unexpected local businesses and venues.
Annual Conference Makes Travel and Tourism Research Fun
Ideas Fair at the Travel and Tourism Research Association’s annual conference elevates the typical poster presentation into an interactive game that nearly all attendees — academics and practitioners alike — plays.
Venues, Organizers Donating Food From Meetings Canceled Due to COVID-19
As last-minute cancellations around COVID-19 increased, some quick-thinking venues and organizers have come up with creative solutions for a big problem — what to do with all the leftover food?
Marketing Your Event During COVID-19
Recognizing what questions your attendees want answered during uncertain times can help you take the right tone and tack in your communications.
Is Run the World, an Online Events Startup, the Right Tool for the Times?
Run the World, an online events startup, is arriving just as COVID-19 is accelerating interest in online events. Company founders say they will waive set-up fees for events moving online due to the virus.
Creating an Equity Conversation in the Meetings Industry
Jason Dunn, new board chairman at the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, talks about the state of diversity and inclusion within the meetings industry.