The European Association Summit will address the major topics facing international associations, with the aim of the conference being to enable associations to function as well as possible in a rapidly changing world.
With more than 2,400 setting up their headquarters in Brussels, the number of international associations in Brussels continues to rise. This puts Brussels in the first place as a hub for international associations. Brussels can also call itself the world’s leading destination for international association congresses. It has climbed to first place in the UIA’s world rankings. It is, therefore, no coincidence that the EAS will take place in Brussels.
The European Association Summit (EAS) in 2023 will investigate the effects of the green and blue revolutions on the associative community. Leveraging the EU Year of Skills 2023 as a launching pad, attendees will explore the potential of younger members and mentorship programs, as well as the importance of upskilling and reskilling in the current landscape. The event will focus on the power of diversity and inclusivity in associations. Diversification of revenue streams, novelties in communications (automation, AI) and public affairs strategies, as well as the latest developments in sustainable association and events management, are also on the agenda. The event is future-focused, and the objective is to inspire attendees with innovative ideas and perspectives. In total, more than 40 speakers will take to the stage.
Brussels Meetings Ambassadors Night
A number of event and meeting organisers will also be honoured on Thursday 27 April. This will happen during an evening on the invitation of the Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region Rudi Vervoort. For the first time, this annual VIP event will coincide with the European Association Summit.
This year, the spotlight will be on 12 organisers who successfully set up a meeting with international appeal in Brussels for at least 500 participants in 2022. From now on, they will bear the title of meeting ambassador. The ambassadors are organisers who help put Brussels on the map as a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) destination. This is the seventh edition of the evening and this year’s theme is gastronomy.