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Associations World Congress 2022

5 – 7 September 2022 Lisbon, Portugal Congress

Europe’s most-attended conference by association leaders & executives, the Associations World Congress in 2022, 9th in the series, is a physical event in Lisbon, Portugal

Unique Value with a new approach

  • A focused event for association leaders and association events strategists
  • In-depth half-day sessions
  • Experts leading sessions with case studies from associations
  • Gain real solutions to challenges - not just finding out other people are in a similar situation
  • Very focused groups working together to innovate ideas and create value during sessions

Value of attending

  • Learn how to ensure the financial viability of your association and its events
  • Inform yourself of developments of leading associations, so you are best placed to develop your own successful strategy
  • Build relationships with your peers in similar associations
  • Gain recognition for sharing your experiences and opinion
  • Develop your knowledge, know-how and network to enhance your career progression
  • Enhance your coaching, leadership and innovations skills in the Executive Skills stream
  • Update yourself and discover best-in-breed suppliers to support your organisation & events

Programme content

  • 3 Streams covering; Association Strategy, Events Strategy and Executive Skills
  • 4 half-day sessions in each stream (move from stream to stream as you wish)
  • Association case studies are presented in each of the Association Strategy and Events Strategy sessions
  • Executive Skills stream includes sessisons from the International Nova Business School
  • Sessions include: Presentations, Case Studies, Room and round-table discussions, Group & individual exercises, and Q&As
  • Each table in each session is carefully table-planned so delegate sit with relevant peers
  • Pre-congress session addresses issues specific to medical associations

Stream & Sessions Outline

Stream: Association Strategy

  • Examine the Challenges of the New Era for Associations
  • New & Diversifed Revenue: Innovative & Online services
  • Member engagement, Personalisation and Automation - Where are we heading and how?
  • Diversity, Equality & Inclusivity - In management, service delivery and pricing

Stream: Events Strategy

  • A Difficult future for International Conferences? Ensuring a sustainable business!
  • Hybrid Conferences: Can they ever make a profit, and if so, how?
  • Strategic Sponsor Revenue Protection & Growth
  • Re-examining the Conference Creation Process for your Hybrid Events
  • Pricing online delegate fees, Providing value & Communicating it

Stream: Executive Skills (in partnership with Nova Business School)

  • Tactical & Strategic Negotiation
  • Leading in an online world
  • Enhancing your Innovation
  • Coaching to support change in your Association

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Meet strategic suppliers

A better than an exhibition has been arranged where delegates have short appointments

  • Only 3 x 15 minute appointments per day on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • No appointments during session time
  • Delegates indicate which types of suppliers they wish to meet, and the AAE set the appointments up
  • All appointments are "get to know" discovery style
  • Round-table Meetings where delegates discuss issues together and hear how a suppliers support associations to address these


Sorcha Edwards

Very useful intelligence on board management based on real experience.

Sorcha Edwards

Secretary General

APPLiA - Home Appliance Europe

Steven Price

Useful content, great networking and an enthusiastic buzz throughout the event

Steven Price

Executive Director

European Institute for Industrial Leadership

Jean-Luc Eiselé

The event to attend, if you aim to make your association a better place for your members and partners

Jean-Luc Eiselé

Chief Executive Officer

World Heart Federation

Bostjan Skalar

Useful, well structured, inspirational and informational event for association professionals.

Bostjan Skalar

Chief Executive Officer

World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies

Monica Fontana

One of the best professional meetings I've attended. The quality is outstanding!

Monica Fontana

Executive Director

European Renal Association