'Share & Co-create' - European Association Summit 2019

7th Mar, 2019

Around 200 participants came together for the start of the European Association Summit held in Brussels from February 28-March 1, 2019. The theme of this 7th edition is “Share and Co-create.” More than 30 associations shared their knowledge over the 2-day conference held at SQUARE, Brussels Convention Centre.

How do we adapt to the rapidly changing world? How can we respond to new trends?

These and other questions were addressed to a varied group of experts from international and European associations attending the conference.

The programme

As the world capital for international associations, Brussels was once again in the spotlight by hosting the European Association Summit (EAS). The EAS is the annual gathering for those representing international associations.

The programme includes around 20 sessions. Participant can listen to and actively participate in their colleagues' workshops, network and exchange ideas. Practical tips were shared during the sessions, covering subjects that included risk management, evacuating events, the development of communication campaigns or activities to involve young people in associations.

Nik Claesen, chairman of the EAS 2019, “It is the role of associations to bring people together. Bringing people together in a context in which people are becoming more distant. We aim to be relevant not only to our members, but also to the entire community. Thanks to co-creation, our associations are becoming more important and relevant. We have lots to share with the world. The European Association Summit is a fantastic forum in which to exchange ideas and make new contacts.”

The co-creation aspect was a common theme throughout this edition. Co-creation was a key aspect during the sessions about community development, opening headquarters on other continents or dealing with the challenges of digitalisation.

Focus on the present and the future

Exchanging information about current working methods and co-creating for the future. That's what the EAS programme is all about. Thanks to the tremendous networking opportunities at the event, a learning culture has developed over the years. EAS participants are people who wish to improve their skills and make progress in different areas.

This year, the organisation focused on sustainability. EAS aims to be an eco-friendly event. Participants received plenty of green tips for organising events and for daily use. These initiatives were in line with the Brussels-Capital Region, which pays special attention to focus sustainability and an environmentally-responsible actions.

The European Association Summit is organised by the visit.brussels Association Bureau in collaboration with ESAE (European Society of Association Executives), FAIB (Federation of European & International Associations Based in Belgium), UIA (Union of International Associations) and GAHP (Global Association Hubs Partnership), the Solvay Brussels School in Economics & Management, PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) and ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association).

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