European Association Awards sees 17 organisations crowned as the “Best of the Best”…


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Press release

European Association Awards | 23rd February 2018 | Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel, Brussels


Organisers GCN Events are delighted once again to congratulate all the winners of the 2nd annual European Association Awards

The Gold prize-winners of the 17 categories are listed below, and full details of the bronze and silver winners can be found on the website :


Best Association Website: Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) –

Best Association Magazine or Publication: MedTech Europe – MedTech Week Magazine (vol. 3)

Best Association Networking Event: European Aluminium – Driving Mobility to a Low Carbon Future

Best Association Conference (225+ Delegates): EDANA – OUTLOOK 2017

Best Association Conference (<225 Delegates): The Wine and Spirit Trade Association – WSTA Annual Conference 2017

Best Use of Social Media: EENA – Make EU safe

Best Membership Initiative by an Association:  Liechtenstein Bankers Association (LBA) – Villa Wirbelwind

Best Communications Campaign Secretariat (<10): spiritsEUROPE – CETANOW 

Best Communications Campaign Secretariat (10+): AEBIOM – The European Biomass Association – The European Bioenergy Day

Best Association Training Initiative: European Association of Communications Agencies – The EACA International Advertising Summer School

Best Association Partnership or Collaboration: Influenza Hub – ZN Consulting, Mylan, Sanofi Pasteur, IFPMA

Best Lobbying or Advocacy Campaign: European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) – Safeguarding the competitiveness of European manufacturing industries

Best Provision of Industry Information and Intelligence: SolarPower Europe – Global Market and Policy Data

Most Innovative Development by an Association: European Respiratory Society – Creation of the European Lung Foundation (ELF)

Association Leadership Award: Euroheat & Power –  The Euroheat & Power Team

Best National Association: EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation

Overall Best European Association: AmCham EU


These awards are a celebration of the vital work that European Associations do on behalf of their members to ensure their voices are heard throughout Europe.  They were announced at a ceremony attended by 250+ senior association executives representing a diverse cross-section of European industry and markets on 23 February at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel in Brussels.

Claire Wormsley, Founder and Managing Director of GCN Events said:

“We were delighted once again to welcome so many European Associations and recognise the example of exceptional quality and excellence all our finalists set.  It is important to celebrate these hard-won achievements and shine a spotlight on the incredible impact for change that associations and trade bodies have on their industry and to the benefit of society as a whole.”

The ceremony was enlivened by the talented Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell, provided courtesy of Kruger Cowne

Further high-resolution images can be downloaded from our picture gallery : <tbc>

Next year’s ceremony will once again take place in February in Brussels.


European Association Awards 2018 Sponsors

Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel :

Hiscox Insurance :

Edinburgh International Conference Centre :

London & Partners :


Further information

Please contact Louisa Rogers or Michelle Coulsey


About GCN Events

GCN Events provides quality information and events for the conference, association and venue sectors. We facilitate dialogue, best practice and strategic thinking through a variety of different forums and formats including awards, summits, education and industry wide projects.