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All areas in the congress world have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the move to virtual meetings as a consequence has been incredibly challenging.

Organising international events can be an exciting and fulfilling experience, but it also requires a great deal of what is called “cultural competence”. Read on to find out how you can build cultural competence to work more easily with others.

The challenge

How to transfer a two and a half-day Austrian congress — with up to 6 parallel sessions per day, attracting 1,000 participants annually — to an online event? And also, how do you ensure that sponsors and exhibitors feel sufficiently represented?

Finding good speakers is tricky enough. So if they cannot come to your meeting in person, it can sometimes make sense to let them present remotely. Here's how it's done:

In recent months, nearly all major scientific congresses have been cancelled or held virtually. Live congresses are now possible again - yet with restrictions.

No event without gifts. Try green ones for a change.

Recent news has shown that in some countries, such as Austria, COVID-19 restrictions seem to be loosening. In contrast, internationally, when we look at countries like Ireland, things are still being kept on a tightrope.

All you wanted to do was organise an interesting congress, but, as is bound to happen every so often, an emergency interferes with your plans.  In such cases, effective crisis communication can make a real difference.

Even before the Corona pandemic there had been a trend towards digital education. One option to create digital educational content is "content capturing”, that is, recording your live conference for use in a digital format. Find the most important facts about content capturing here.

The events industry often has to be one of the first to respond to international threats, be they environmental or health-related. While managing a crisis never follows a strict set of rules, there are patterns you can look out for.

To help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, the Mondial team is working from home. Watch the video to find out what we are up to in our home office. (No toilet paper was harmed in the making of this video.)

Our industry is experiencing a historic challenge and as yet, no-one can say for sure what this situation will mean for the congress and events industry mid- to long term. All we know for sure is: our industry is going to change; more so: it is already changing.

From now on we will publish one Green Meeting Tip each month in this very spot. We will show you how you too can take small and easy steps to make your meeting, event, conference or congress a little bit more eco-friendly with no to little hassle. Today we'd like to talk about lunch boxes and their more sustainable alternatives.