The Association of Association Executives restructures its Associations World Congress

The Association of Association Executives (AAE) is announcing a new structure for educational content and emphasising the re-focusing the participation of suppliers at the Congress.

Some of the changes include introducing specific exhibitors that can solve challenges and meet the needs of the delegates provided on registration. The event name has been adjusted to the Associations World Congress & Expo and it will take place 7-9 April 2019 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The AAE has recruited a new engagement manager, Andrea Matthews, who will work with delegates and exhibitors to support introductions. The AAE’s Executive Director, Damian Hutt, says: “Our Associations World Congress & Expo is the leading event in the calendar for International, European and regional associations. Year-on-year we refresh the content and develop the formats but this year we are innovating at a whole new level. Introducing exhibitors according to delegates challenges and needs is a whole new approach and will be of great value. There is so much time wasted with delegates having to do this research with each exhibitor themselves and we can jump that stage and make their time much more efficient as well as helping them solve challenges they wouldn’t without the investment we are making and the new technology.”

The AAE is also re-structuring the educational content of the event for 2019. Aside from the keynote sessions, the three-stream format is retired and now in each one-hour period throughout the day there will be seven parallel talks on different topics and formats so delegates can easily select according to their very precise needs and not feel they need to attend only one stream, like before. Formats of the talks vary from presentations, facilitated discussions, crash-courses, briefings, case studies, and focuses. The congress will also be live webcast for remote delegates that are unable to be in Gothenburg, with a professional presenter hosting online to create a rich experience.

Annika Hallman, Director of Gothenburg & Co Convention Bureau says: “We are very enthusiastic that the AAE is introducing new and exciting elements to the Associations World Congress & Expo, especially when it comes to boosting knowledge and new meeting formats and concepts. Participants will get to know a knowledge-based city where innovation and co-operation are in focus and Gothenburg also has a strong sustainability focus. We look forward to welcoming all AWCE delegates to our city.”



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