This year will see the 30th ECM Summer School take place in Zagreb, 27-31 August 2016. The renowned educational programme on the Meetings Industry will provide at least 50 new delegates with the basis and know-how to progress a rewarding career in the sector.

The aim of ECM Summer School is to provide incisive insight into the structure and functioning of the Meetings Industry, bringing delegates face to face with top industry practitioners. The programme sets out the background and context of the industry, with a focus on up-to-date and cutting-edge examples of European best practice.

Course content is adapted to staff who are just starting out in the sector and who quickly want to get up to speed, coming from convention bureaux, hotels, PCOs, DMCs, airlines, conference venues, congress centres, convention centres, exhibition centres and suppliers of ancillary and other products.

Ignasi de Delàs, ECM President

“We are proud to celebrate the 30th edition of the ECM Summer School. It has always been the bridge to a successful career in the Meetings Industry, and has graduated more than 1,600 students — many of whom have gone on to become industry leaders. We hope to continue to welcome as many for the next 30 years!” said Ignasi de Delàs, ECM President.

“Despite tackling up-to-date issues like new technology, hybrid meetings and green meetings, the winning formula has remained the same: a unique opportunity for young professionals just entering the Meetings Industry to spend three days with some of the biggest names in our business.” continued Pier Paolo Mariotti, course leader.

“Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, has become popular among business people due to its ideal conjunction of historical heritage and contemporary entrepreneurship. Modern facilities, tradition, thriving business and a unique atmosphere are making Zagrebthe perfect place to host the 30th ECM Summer School and I look forward to meet many of you!” concluded Pier Paolo Mariotti.

The ECM Summer School qualifies for CMP certification and every student getting a ECM Summer School diploma is also eligible to receive 17.75 Clock Hours for their overall CMP certification.

The faculty is not made up of academics but experienced senior experts with a “tell it as it is” angle based on many years hands-on experience. The faculty are all members/partners of ECM and give their time on a voluntary basis – a way of giving back to the Meetings Industry:

Luca Favetta (Hewlett-Packard International), Nalan Emre (IMEX), Paul Flackett (IMEX Group), Elisabeth Hansa (Elisabeth Hansa – Support & Strategy On Demand), Cécile Koch (HeadQuarters & MIM Europe Magazine), Cain Leathem (GB Fitness), Heike Mahmoud (Berlin Convention Office), Nicola McGrane (IAPCO), Christian Mutschlechner (Vienna Convention Bureau), Miguel Neves (IMEX Group), Olivier Ponti (Amsterdam Marketing), Christine Shimasaki (DMAI), Denis Speet (ICCA), Anne Wallin Rødven (InspirAR) led by the course leader Pier Paolo Mariotti, CMP CMM.

A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.