Associations back in the room for 10th edition of European Summit

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Brussels Square Brussels will host the 10th edition of the European Association Summit Photo Credit: Dimitri Iakymuk on

Association executives will gather in Brussels for the 10th edition of the European Association Summit (EAS) next week - with the emphasis, appropriately, on connection.

The three-day hybrid event – May 3rd-5th - is offering a combination of onsite and online sessions in various formats, from 15-minute ‘bright ideas’ sessions to 45-minute ‘workshops’.

The 30+ session event, taking place at The Egg Brussels, is themed ‘better together’ – a clear nod to the return of in-person meetings after two years of remote working.

The programme is divided into five themes: be.smarter (about leadership), be.closer (about engagement), be.fresher (about hybrid events), be.brighter (about communication) and (about Brussels infrastructure). 

Participants can design their own programme based on their needs and interests. 

Associations are essential to the economy of Brussels

Speakers include Dianna Steinbach (ESAE, ISSA), Mounia Heddad-Masson (EASL), Maria Linkova-Nijs (Cefic), Gareth Harding (Clear Europe), Marjorie Anderson (LLC), Cyril Ritchie (UIA), Martin Sirk (Global Association Hubs), Nadia Rubtsova (Business & Events Academy), and Sina Bünte ( 

There will be an in-depth look at organising hybrid events, attracting young people, sustainability, crisis communication, leadership, training, and other aspects of international association management. Patrick Bontinck, CEO of, and Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director of Strategy & International Development, will kick things off with an overview of the city.

Elisabeth Van Ingelgem said: "The non-profit sector is strategically essential in the economic development of our region. This is what has continually emphasised over the past decade. This hybrid edition is sure to be remembered for a very long time thanks to its strong programming. wants to give the association sector a solid boost in the right direction."



James Lancaster
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A journalist for more than 22 years, AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Page proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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