"We are not here to play the game. We are here to change it."

The upcoming European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC19) is all about change. Through its revolutionary design, EMEC19 offers a unique learning experience rather than yet another conference. The 4-day program is focussed on how meeting & event professionals can change the way they meet, experience and learn and how to apply new formats in their next event.

EMEC19 offers an innovative testing ground for event planners to experience new learning styles and conference formats. “Too often, conferences use the same design. We think it is time to change. Therefore, we designed a lab for professionals rather than yet another conference where you sit and listen all day”, said Gijs Verbeek, executive director MPI Netherlands Chapter. “EMEC19 offers sixteen hours of education and more than twelve hours of networking – bar time not included.”


The programme of EMEC19 is based on four topics: Risk Management, Design Thinking, Leadership and Meeting Perspectives. Delegates have a choice to follow one of these four dedicated conference tracks – allowing them to deep dive into the subject – or cherry pick from the different sessions. Meanwhile, serious networking is integrated in several ways and moments during the program, e.g. based on country of origin, business interest and choice of leisure activities. Also, a conference dinner and a ticket to MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous are included.

With 50 % of the EMEC19 tracks being interactive, attendees are challenged to put their action mode on. One example of a changing learning method is scenario-based learning – applied to 58 world leaders during the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). By participating in a real-life scenario, delegates can experience their response to a situation and learn ‘on the job’.

In addition, over 50% of the program takes place outside of the conference centre. EMEC19 takes delegates on learning journeys to learn from cross-industry innovations. During these journeys, they explore how other industries deal with the same challenges our industry is facing.

Offering a testing ground, EMEC19 is a great way to see and learn new formats – to develop attendees’ future business – as well as a safe environment to experience new learning styles.

EMEC19 will take place on 9-12 February in The Hague. It is an international conference, organised by MPI Netherlands Chapter, designed by and for people working in the meeting & events industry. Delegates don’t have to be a member of MPI to join, but being a member will save them money.

Join EMEC19 and Change your game from 9th till 12th February 2019!

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.