April 2020

Cover illustration by Jeremy Leung

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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

BY Cristi Kempf April 14, 2020

Tips for Working Remotely While Social Distancing

Tsedal Neeley, a professor at Harvard Business School, offers guidance on how to work productively at home, manage virtual meetings, and lead teams from a distance.

BY Convene Editors April 6, 2020

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.

BY Cristi Kempf April 1, 2020

‘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.

BY David McMillin April 1, 2020

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.

BY Michelle Russell April 1, 2020

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.

BY Cristi Kempf April 1, 2020

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.

BY Barbara Palmer April 1, 2020

From Hell to Paradise at a Pediatric Conference

Dante’s medieval poem ‘The Divine Comedy’ provided an unusual backdrop for a highly interactive gathering of pediatricians.

BY Curt Wagner April 1, 2020

U-HACK MED: ‘Cool Science With New People’

Here’s how a biomedical research hackathon at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas reshuffled the traditional hierarchies of researchers, students, and practitioners.

BY Barbara Palmer April 1, 2020

‘The Conference That’s all Hallway Conversations’

Traditional science conference formats are heavy on one-way presentations, rather than interactive dialogue. But at Science Foo Camp, the attendees shape the conversation.

BY Casey Gale April 1, 2020

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.

BY David McMillin April 1, 2020

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.

BY Cristi Kempf April 1, 2020

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.

BY Cristi Kempf April 1, 2020

‘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.

BY Barbara Palmer March 31, 2020

Event Design That Puts Attendees First

Pushing the envelope at SITE’s 2020 Global Conference meant understanding how people react in a live event environment and designing to get positive responses.

BY Barbara Palmer March 31, 2020

How Are Women’s Conferences Different?

Here are five characteristics that distinguish successful leadership conferences for women from other kinds of events.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP March 31, 2020

What Can Event Designers Learn From Megachurches?

Megachurches display six characteristics that speak to the events industry — from admissions policies to entertainment value to their use of technology.

BY Don Neal March 31, 2020

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.

BY Casey Gale March 31, 2020

Dog’s Best Friends Gather for Annual DWAA Event

The Dog Writers Association of America has been “celebrating everything dog” for 85 years with an annual evening of networking, educational sessions, and a celebration of its writing competition.

BY Casey Gale March 31, 2020

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?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 13, 2020

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.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes March 6, 2020

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.

BY Barbara Palmer February 28, 2020

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.

BY Casey Gale February 13, 2020