Associations World Congress

13 – 15 June 2021 Cascais, Portugal Congress

About the event

  • Europe’s most-attended event by association leaders & executives
  • Sessions specific to International and European associations
  • Includes the two-day Association Leaders’ Forum
  • Includes the two-day Association Events’ Strategy Forum
  • Three days packed with over 40 different topics
  • Over 60 association and expert speakers
  • Content researched with association executives for association executives
  • Learn from expert association professionals

Benefits of Joining

View the benefits for each Role, in joining, by clicking through to the relevant pages below.

Association Leaders
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Events Strategists
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Event Managers
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Membership specialists
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Marketing specialists
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Fresh Thinking

Following the huge success of the 2019 congress the 2020 congress will addresse key topics that have been put forward by association leaders in Europe, presented in an entertaining and enjoyable environment.

The programme will explore the many challenges that senior-level association executives have advised us they are facing and our Conference Programme Director has identified in over 60 interviews with the association community.

Session Formats

There are

  • Keynotes (on strategic and innovative ideas)
  • Talks (standard presentations)
  • Q&A (following each talk)
  • Discussions (exchanges of ideas)
  • Success Story (project case studies)
  • Breakfast brains (facilitated discussion))
  • Expert briefings
  • Pop-up mentoring
  • Workshops (half-day intensive learning
Leading Speakers

Speakers from leading organisations including:


  • Expo of 70+ association-specialist potential business partner suppliers
  • All the suppliers provide services to associations and support them in their successes
  • All the staff from the suppliers understand associations and their special requirements and challenges
  • Build a relationship face-to-face with the people so as to increase understanding between you
  • These specialists deliver high value for associations and their members
  • All exhibitors will provide you with case studies of projects they have successfully worked on for associations, with references

Hear from Delegates to the last Congress


“AWC is an amazing educational and networking opportunity for senior leaders of association sector. It is a perfect combination of gaining new knowledge and skills, and to meet peers and industry suppliers.“
Nika Curant, Head of Events
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

“AWC 2019 was one of the best professional meetings I've attended up to now, I was able to receive insight in important initiatives from colleagues that I can then apply in my Association: overall the quality of the networking is outstanding!”
Monica Fontana, Executive Manager

"Excellent Conference for updates on novel trends in our industry field, to meet friends and discuss hot topics with peers from around the world in a friendly atmosphere.
Stephan Seiler, Executive Director,
International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society

“It was my first time at AWC and thought it was absolutely excellent. The talks were informative and entertaining and I met existing and new contacts who will help the way my association works.”
Gabrielle Mouterde, Events Manager,
International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

The AWC is invaluable - a priceless experience for sharing knowledge and bringing back tips and tricks to help with member engagement! Great networking, experienced speakers, thought provoking talks and a fun atmosphere.
Rachel McLinn, Head of Membership,
Agile Business Consortium