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ICCA launches virtual ‘Global Conversations’ meeting to share best practice

ICCA is set to host a Virtual Best-Practice Exchange session for its association members.

“Within a short time span of a few weeks our world as we know it has changed forever,” said a statement from ICCA.

“We had to learn to adapt our daily routines and fight to simply survive. In a world where we heavily depend on being able to meet face-to-face to further our fields, exchange knowledge, develop new policies and reach larger communities, we face the devastating effects of COVID-19. The long-lasting effects will also be felt for years to come.”

The session will take place on Wednesday 15 April at 4pm CET. Association executives will share how they are dealing with the challenges caused by COVID-19, from daily operations, member services, recruitment, meeting cancellations and bringing meetings and events online.

“We will not have answers at the ready, but we will be providing a platform for associations to share what has worked for them and what has not.”

Confirmed panellists for the event include:

• Carola van de Hoeff – chief operating officer – International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
• Diane Kovats, CAE, CMP, DES – executive director – International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
• Jon Bruno – executive director – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
• Aaron Etra – secretary – International Council of International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN)
• Davi Kaur – head of communications – European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)
• John Peacock – chief executive officer – Associations Forum

Topics which will be discussed:

• Membership recruitment/retention /services
• Dealing with staff and the new working from home environment
• Downsizing
• What relief efforts are made locally for non-profit organisations
• Cancellation of meetings
• Virtual meetings contingencies
• Loss of revenues
• New opportunities
• Crisis plans
• Recovery plans
• Insurance and venue contracts
• Negotiation – finding collaborative solutions with all parties

Association professionals can register for the webinar here.