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10 Years of European Association Summit : Better Together

Date

28 Apr 2022

Sections

Trade & Society

The European Association Summit is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Under the motto "Better Together", a special edition of the EAS will be held on 3, 4 and 5 May in Brussels, more than ever the European capital for international associations.

The tenth edition

Representatives of international associations will discuss the ups and downs of the sector on 3, 4 and 5 May. The aim is not just to exchange thoughts and find inspiration in one another, various associations will undoubtedly join forces as well during EAS22. After all, the tenth edition of this conference is entirely dedicated to connection. Hence the motto "Better Together".

Brussels

With more than 2,500 headquarters in Brussels, the number of international associations in our capital city continues to grow. Brussels thus ranks first as a hub for international associations. It is therefore no coincidence that the tenth edition of the European Association Summit is taking place in our region. In the heart of Europe, more than 200 locations offer the space and opportunity to host events with international appeal. Moreover, during the pandemic, Brussels profiled itself as a hub for hybrid events. There is no better place than our capital city for the tenth EAS.

A hybrid event

The Egg Brussels, near Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid, was chosen as the location. However, the European Association Summit can be participated in from anywhere. After all, the programme offers a combination of onsite and online sessions. These range from "solid solutions," 45-minute workshops, "bright ideas," short 15-minute sessions, "the floor is yours," longer presentations and discussions of real-world examples, to "service showcases" that present services and tools well suited to international associations.

Better Together

Looking for solutions together, working out new ideas and discussing real-life examples. This will take place in various forms during the EAS22. 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 be.brussels (about Brussels infrastructure).

Participants can design their own programme based on their particular needs and interests. This edition's 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 (DigitalMind.events).

There will be an in-depth look at organising hybrid events, attracting young people, sustainability, crisis communication, leadership, training and other aspects of the international association sector.

Patrick Bontinck, CEO of visit.brussels, and Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director of Strategy & International Development, will kick things off with an overview of the Brussels infrastructure. In total, more than 30 sessions are scheduled. Elisabeth Van Ingelgem: "The non-profit sector is strategically essential in the economic development of our region. This is what visit.brussels has continually emphasised over the past decade. Together with the entire visit.brussels team, I am therefore particularly pleased that we have already reached the tenth edition of this event. We must admit to pride in seeing the sector invariably turning up in large numbers. Regardless of the type of event. This hybrid edition is sure to be remembered for a very long time thanks to its strong programming. With this, visit.brussels wants to give the association sector a solid boost in the right direction."

Enrolment and information

Some 200 participants are expected at the tenth edition. This year, there are various enrolment formulas. More information about the event can be found at www.easummit.brussels. For more information on the association activities of visit.brussels, please visit www.associations.brussels.

Press information

Jeroen Roppe, spokesperson of visit.brussels, +32 476 61 60 99, j.roppe@visit.brussels

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