Europe

Season three of Elevate mentoring programme launches

The team behind the UK’s Elevate mentoring programme has announced the launch of its third season and intake for new mentees and mentors. Registrations are open until 18 January with all partnerships to be announced by the first week in February. Elevate has run for two seasons and created over 120 mentoring pairs with people from across the events industry. The next intake is to be capped at 50 a...

Raven swoops on £65k investment from Scottish EDGE final

A software brand whose technology has been used at the Ryder Cup and 2018 European Championships, has scooped £65,000 from the latest Scottish EDGE funding round. UK-based Raven, which provides crisis management software for digital integrated command and control of events, joins a range of enterprising small businesses as Sottish EDGE alumni, including Brewgooder, Gin Bothy and MiAlgae. With the ...

Gothenburg readies a sustainable welcome for Associations World Congress 2019

On 7–9 April 2019, Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg, will welcome the Associations World Congress & Expo (AWC). It will be a first visit to Scandinavia for the AWC, which will be held in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC). “We are very excited to launch a new and progressive programme for the next congress and to have the opportunity to share an amazing venue and city with our...

Luxembourg becomes first nation to make all public transport free

Luxembourg has become the first nation which will make all public transformation free, after a new environmental initiative was announced by prime minister Xavier Bettel. Luxembourg City, the capital, suffers from extremely bad traffic congestion, as a large number of commuters enter the city – which has a tiny population of 110,000 – from outside via car. Many come from neighbouring countri...

Glasgow to host symposium on ALS/MND

Glasgow is getting ready to welcome over 1,300 of the world’s top researchers and clinicians working in the field of motor neurone disease to this year’s International Symposium on ALS/MND. The Symposium is organised by MND Association and this year is hosted by MND Scotland. It will take place from 7-9 December 2018, and hopes to put Scotland on the map as a world leader in Motor Neurone Disease ...

Prague Congress Centre hosts its first zero-waste event

Prague Congress Centre (PCC) recently hosted its first completely sustainable event, at which more than 60% of waste was saved. The event was organised by Byznys Pro Spolecnost in cooperation with Zatisi Catering and the PCC.The scene, decorations and refreshments were made in accordance with a zero-waste policy, and were handmade from natural, reusable or recyclable materials. Branding was displa...

JTB agency forges new European unified identity

Provider of MICE and business travel management solutions, JTB Europe, has launched a new website www.jtbeurope.com as part of a restructure of its operations on the continent. The interactive site displays a fresh corporate identity and is designed to unify the agency’s 15 European offices, which will now all be operating under the official JTB Europe umbrella rather than individual office locati...

UK’s Setsquare draws up acquisitions at the double

Surrey-based Setsquare Staging, one of the UK’s leading event construction businesses, has acquired Buckinghamshire-based Enigma Visual Solutions print and interior design specialists and Hampshire-based GTMS event and print production company. Both acquisitions are part of a strategic development that has helped transform Setsquare into a £20m (US$25.48m). Creative Director and founder of Setsqua...

MCI Group expands into Italy with new office and appointments

Congress and events management company MCI Group has announced the expansion of its service offering in Italy. The group has an active presence in the country through Ovation Global DMC, with an office in Rome, and will focus on offering national and regional conferences and congresses to its clients from a new office in Florence. To spearhead the new service, the company has appointed Luigi Cammi...

Europe’s biggest beauty convention set for Stuttgart and Vienna in 2019

GLOW, Europe’s biggest beauty convention, is to return to Stuttgart in 2019, when it opens at the Messe Stuttgart’s L Bank Forum, 30-31 March. GLOW runs twice a year in Germany and was initially launched in Bochum and Berlin in 2016. It has now produced eight events, all showcasing beauty and lifestyle trends, online beauty stars and live acts. Organiser dm is expecting 20,000 attendees in S...

MPI readies for EMEC game-changer on Dutch testing ground in 2019

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) says its four-day 2019 European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC19) is all about focussing on how meeting and event professionals can change the way they meet, experience and learn and how to apply new formats in their next event. Once a year MPI organises its annual conference in Europe called, ‘The European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC)’,...

Basel set for a record-breaking year in 2019

2019 is set to be a record-breaking year for the Congress Centre Basel (CCB) in Switzerland, which is expecting a greater number of events and attendees than ever before. In the first quarter of 2019, the city plays host to the 50th annual meeting of the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO). Following this is the annual meeting of the German and Austrian Society ...