Programme

It's time!

Europe’s exhibition industry is in a new investment cycle. More than 5 billion of euros are being invested into venues and venue infrastructure within 10 years, with one mutual aim: to make Europe’s exhibition industry fit for the future. 

So it is time to focus on the elements for future success. 

It’s time …
- for more digital venues,
- for changing event formats, 
- for new business models to be accommodated in Europe’s venues. 

This is the time to talk about this. In May. In Cologne. 

Take YOUR time to join us - and have your say in our industry’s future!

 

Wednesday 10 May

09:00 - 12:00

Executive Committee

By invitation only
10:00 - 12:30

Marketing Committee

By invitation only
12:15 - 13:45

Lunch of the Board of Directors

By invitation only
14:00 - 16:30

Meeting of the Board of Directors

By invitation only
17:00 - 19::00

Associations Committee

By invitation only
13:30 - 19:30

Seminar registration at Koelnmesse

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19:30 - 22:00

Welcome buffet reception at "Rheinterrassen"

Enjoy networking and a typical local buffet with your colleagues from around the world, right in the centre of Cologne!

(Address: Rheinparkweg 1, 50679 Cologne)
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Thursday 11 May

07:00 - 07:45

"UFI Running Club"

Meeting point in the Lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel
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08:45 - 10:15

Networking and welcome refreshments

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08:45 - 09:45

HR Conversation

10:15 - 11:30

UFI European Chapter meeting

(for UFI members only)
12:00 - 13:30

Networking lunch

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13:30 - 13:45

Official opening of the Seminar and welcome by the moderator

David Boon, General Manager International Business Development, Brussels Expo, Brussels (Belgium)
13:45 - 14:30

It's time ... to keep the competitiveness

Keynote: Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman, AMR International (UK)

European industry players (venues as well as organisers) must prepare and act to maintain, regain, or even expand their current position in a tougher global competition. This session will look at the current situation and bring ideas for the future, covering corporate structures, digital changes, and global developments.
14:30 - 15:15

It's time ... to evolve

with:
- Arun Madhoc, CEO, Suntec (Singapore)
- Dr. Stefan Rief, Head of the Competence Centre Workspace Innovation, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO (Germany)
- Matthias Schultze, Managing Director, German Convention Bureau (Germany)

Exhibitions and meetings will evolve in the future. What guidance can be provided to organisers and venues concerning vital decisions that need to be made to embrace these changes? The team of the “Future Meeting Space” research project with give insight into the changing meeting formats and the future needs of participants.

Arun Madhoc, CEO of Suntec Singapore, will present the changes introduced to their venue, changes that will inspire us all.
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15:15 - 15:45

Networking refreshments

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15:45- 17:00

Deep Dive 1

Interactive session on future company structures in the face of digitisation.

Share your ideas and your questions with the keynote speaker and your fellow industry colleagues!

Speaker: Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman, AMR International (UK)
15:45- 17:00

Deep Dive 2

Interactive session on venue responses to future event format needs.

Share your ideas and your questions with the panelists and your fellow industry colleagues!

with:
- Arun Madhoc, CEO, Suntec (Singapore)
- Dr. Stefan Rief, Head of the Competence Centre Workspace Innovation, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO (Germany)
- Matthias Schultze, Managing Director, German Convention Bureau (Germany)
19:30 - 22:30

Networking dinner at "KölnSky"

Enjoy networking & dinner with a unique view on the city of Cologne and its surroundings!

(Address: Ottoplatz 1, 50679 Cologne)
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Friday 12 May

08:30 - 08:45

Networking and welcome refreshments

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08:45 - 09:00

Welcome by the moderator


David Boon, General Manager International Business Development, Brussels Expo, Brussels (Belgium)
09:00 - 09:45

It's time… to tackle changing expectations

Expectations of visitors and exhibitors towards exhibitions are changing – and organisers as well as venues are reacting. This session reviews current trends and developments – and delivers insight into the differences that makes shows excel.

Mark Brewster, CEO, Explori
09:45 - 10:30

It’s time … to compare: Meetings trends from outside Europe

After covering meetings end exhibition trends within Europe on day 1, this session brings in trends from the US.

Speakers:
- Luca Favetta, Regional Business Director, EMEA, Professional Convention Management Association PCMA (USA)
- Deborah Sexton, President & CEO, Professional Convention Management Association PCMA (USA)
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10:30 - 10:45

Networking refreshments

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10:45 - 12:00

Deep Dive 3

Interactive session

with: Mark Brewster, CEO, Explori
10:45 - 12:00

Deep Dive 4

Interactive session on global meetings trends and their implementation/relevance in Europe.

Share your ideas and your questions with the panelists and your fellow industry colleagues.

With:
- Luca Favetta, Regional Business Director, EMEA, Professional Convention Management Association PCMA (USA)
- Deborah Sexton, President & CEO, Professional Convention Management Association PCMA (USA)
12:00 - 12:30

Wrap-up by the moderator


David Boon, General Manager International Business Development, Brussels Expo, Brussels (Belgium)
12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

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13:45 - 16:00

Networking & city tour in Cologne

Cologne was built on ground that is steeped in history. Numerous cultural monuments from the past 2000 years, such as the famous Roman Dionysus mosaic, the medieval Overstolzenhaus and the Gürzenich Hall, as well as modern structures such as the opera house (1957) and the Media Park (from 1989 onwards) are found in this city.

Detailed information about the tour will be available shortly.

Host

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