Legacy: associations honoured for making ‘incredible impact’

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Water scarcity was highlighted by the IWRA Water scarcity was highlighted by the IWRA Photo Credit: 123RF.com

A campaign to get children thinking about their brains - and another highlighting the importance of water security – have been recognised for the role they played in improving people’s lives.  

The International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism and the International Water Resources Association were unveiled as 2022 Incredible Impact Winners.

The annual awards scheme is run by ICCA, the meeting industry suppliers’ association, and BestCities Global Alliance, a partnership of destination management organisations.

The University of the Faroe Islands was also honoured for its innovative Football is Medicine conference, which gathered experts to explain the health benefits of the game.

All three winners were given a grant of USD$7,500 towards further projects.

The Incredible Impacts Programme is committed to legacy building – in other words encouraging organisations to run conference programmes whose benefits to society are enduring.

A spokesperson said: “As we move into a post-pandemic world and rediscover the power of what can be achieved when we come together in a shared space, this year’s Incredible Impacts winners are some of the most innovative we’ve seen since launching the awards six years ago. We are thrilled to celebrate three outstanding Associations who’ve set the industry standard in the last 12 months and driven real change through passion, education, creativity, and fun.”

The spokesperson added: “All our nominees deserve credit – and the judges faced a difficult task – but our three winners were dedicated to delivering change from the very heart of their geographical and cultural communities. From protecting our most precious natural resource to delving deep into the human brain, to using the beautiful game to improve health and well-being… we believe these three excellent examples of public engagement merit widespread recognition.”

The winning entries:

The International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism


How do you bring the mystery and the intricacies of the human brain to life? And in doing so, remind people that good brain health equates to good health in general? You plan a series of interactive city-wide events bringing together experts, artists, students, and the public. Glasgow went ‘brain mad’ across May and June when schools and the public discovered what makes the grey matter tick. Kids were encouraged to build brains – "It’s like a marshmallow”- delegates were encouraged to explore brain installations, and Glaswegians empowered to become advocates for brain health and lead healthier, smarter lives.

International Water Resources Association (IWRA) 


Our most precious resource – water - is under threat and growing pressure from everywhere and anywhere around the world.  IWRA’s innovative World Water Envoys Programme sought out five global ambassadors to represent their local communities operating on the front line of water security issues.  From sanitation and homebuilding in the Dominican Republic to the safe access to surface and groundwater in New Delhi and Nepal.  From water access rights in Zimbabwe to agrochemical pollution on The West Bank. Five individuals stepped up to share their stories during a major international water event - IWRA's World Water Congress - and detailing their remarkable efforts to find adequate responses to these local challenges on an international stage.

The University of the Faroe Islands


The Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic - where 10 per cent of the population is a registered footballer – and the perfect place to host an event showcasing the many benefits of playing soccer. Experts from all aspects of sports medicine, nutrition, and training delivered a compelling programme detailing how football can be used to enhance and enrich the lives of people everywhere. This is the world game as societal gamechanger; shaping physical and mental responses to recovery, ill-health, and well-being by using football as a way for us all to live happier and healthier lives. 


  • The winners will be speaking about their initiatives at the ICCA 61st Congress in Krakow, in November.
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