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A quick introduction to the “World Café” session format, how it works, where to use it, plus a mini case study from our experience.

It is no news that nowadays snapshots of scientific congresses fill social media. What many people don’t know: A professional photographer is present at 80 per cent of our congresses to document the events. To showcase these high-quality images, the Mondial team nominated their favourite photos of 2017 for the Mondial Photo Competition. These are the winners.

…three new team members! From now on two more Administration Managers will help look after our congress delegates and our accounting team has grown too.

As one of the first Professional Congress Organisers in Europe, Mondial Congress & Events was recently certified as a Trusted Partner by MedTech Europe. This is to ensure the organisation of medical and scientific congresses in accordance with the new MedTech Code of Ethical Business Practice.

In 2017, we had the great pleasure to give three national congresses the Green Meeting certification. More and more organisers of congresses and other educational events would like to make them more eco-friendly. But it can be hard to see where to begin and which measures are effective. The good news is, it's not so hard to organise a congress with the environment in mind. Small changes can have big effects. Our Green Meeting checklist is designed to help you keep an overview:

At the end of October 2017, Mondial experienced another premiere: For the first time, we acted as local PCO for more than 10.000 delegates outside Austria. In other words: We provided registration services and roofs for close to 13.000 heads.

This year’s EUROSPINE congress in Dublin was the start of a long cooperation. Mondial Congress & Events will co-organise the upcoming EUROSPINE congresses for the following years. The kick-off in Ireland was promising, thanks to good teamwork, new ideas and perhaps the luck of the Irish. Photos © EUROSPINE/APACE P.L.C.

Since 2013, Mondial Congress & Events has been acting as Core PCO for the Austrian Society of Pneumology. The national respiratory society is well-known for its good and unique initiatives and imaginative session formats. For the 2017 Annual Meeting in Innsbruck, the society aimed even higher for science: Mount Everest and even space travel were part of the programme.

A congress organiser’s worst nightmare: Due to unfavourable political or environmental developments, a large-scale international congress has to be moved to another country at short notice. We’ve done it and tell you what we’ve learned.

Germany’s second city Hamburg will soon have a new conference centre. Until 2019, the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) will be completely renovated to offer more space and flexibility. In order to take the opinions of international congress organisers into account, the Hamburg Convention Bureau held its second IAPCO advisory board, at which different views on the future positioning of Hamburg as a congress destinations were discussed.

Nightmare, Debate, 3D, Live Surgery; what do these words have in common? They are all session formats at EuroPerio9, the world’s leading congress in Periodontology, which is less than year away. It is sure to once again set the benchmark higher, not only for dental education, but also for continuing medical education as a whole. Here are six innovative session formats that will make an appearance in 2018:

Every year, we hold our traditional Mondial summer party. In 2017, we went back to the roots and celebrated Austrian-style in our very own Alpine cottage in the middle of the city - milking contest and competitive beer stein holding included.

Presentations with 100 slides or more can make it hard to keep track of content. Next time you host a conference, try Graphic Recording the lectures. Finished drawings include all important information at a glance and make it easier to remember later.