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Rex W Larimer Jnr
Do I really need a DMC?
Interesting article in the April edition of AMI magazine about PCOs and DMCs, but I disagree with its findings. I have always found a PCO and a helpful convention bureau all you need to organise an event. In fact, we used to make do without a PCO! There seems to be a lot of third parties out there wanting a slice of the action, but organizing meetings is as complicated as you want to make it, in my experience.
Rutger Hoorn of Ovation Global DMC
Carling Dinkler of Custom Conventions
Dr S Lund
Association Congress or EAS
I'm torn between Association Congress in Vienna at the beginning of May and the European Association Summit, in Brussels, which I haven't been to yet, at the end of the month. Has anyone been to both?
Giuseppe Marletta of INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG LAWYERS
Why can't we ask our members?
I don't want to name the specific destination, but our 2018 congress is due to be held in a city which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, not just terrorism. We want to support the city, but the board is split on whether or not to pull out now. I have suggested putting a vote to members, but the idea was dismissed almost out of hand. I don't see why? Have any of your readers put this kind of issue to their members - and with what results? I'd love to hear any examples.
Nicole Donnelly of IAPMA
How do we engage our remote audience?
We have been experimenting with hybrid at a few of our smaller meetings and take up for remote participation has been good in each instance. But it sometimes feels like there's a huge gap between the live event and those watching at home or in the office that we are no bridging. We have had very little interaction from those taking part online. How do we solve this problem?
Damian Hutt of AAE
Muslim delegates in the Trump era
Our congress is being held in the US in 2020. About 20 per cent of our membership would identify as Muslim. My question is a simple one: how worried should we be about access for the 20 per cent?
Should we co-locate?
We have been approached by a larger medical society about the possibility of co-locating our meetings. I can see why this makes sense financially and there might be some fruitful intellectual cross-pollination, but I'm nervous our event might simply be swallowed up or subsumed into the bigger one, if we're not very careful about branding etc. Does anyone have any experience of this? Can you offer any tips?