Education seminars to lead the way at IMEX in Frankfurt 2013

FRANKFURT Being held between the 21st and 23rd of May, IMEX in Frankfurt will feature over 100 one-hour seminars and interactive workshops.

Special focus will be given to personal development programmes centred around eight education tracks. Workshops will include: “How to keep the lawyers out – contract management” presented by IAPCO and PCMA; a strategic meetings management co-creation workshop led by Peggy Hemphill of Your Corporate Source and Betsy Bondurant of Bondurant Consulting; “How bar camps and hybrid events can enrich meetings” by Brita Moosmann of Yieldforprofit and Wolf-Thomas Karl, Partner, Karl & Karl; “How to create a social media strategy” by Christine Fuchs and Gerrit Heijkoop of Casehunters and “You’re hired! Powerful interview techniques to get the job,” by Avinash Chandarana, global learning and development director, MCI.

Similarly a new research ‘pod’ will stage twice daily in-depth discussions about industry research. Called ‘Lightening Learning Labs’, these 45-minute education seminars will be aimed specifically at exhibitors. The labs will include: “Compliance and security for the hospitality industry” and, due to its relevance and popularity, a session carried over from IMEX America: “A view from meeting planners: winning strategies” presented by Karyl Leigh Barnes, senior VP/partner and Daniella Middleton, director at development counsellors international.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said: “The quality and variety of our education programme has become more and more important to the wider business value provided by IMEX and, for that reason, each year we devote a lot of resources to getting the mix and the content right. With the help and contribution of many excellent industry partners and experts we are proud to present a well-structured, appealing and also comprehensive programme which covers those subject areas that matter most for business success in 2013 and beyond.”

This year’s show is also expected to the most popular to date with 11 new long-haul hosted buyer groups already confirmed. Groups from India, North America, Korea, China, South Africa and Russia will be in attendance and many more are expected to be added in the coming weeks. Interest levels from hosted buyer groups and individuals suggest that the show is on target to meet last year’s figure of just under 4000 hosted buyers from 71 global markets.

Alongside the show’s education seminars, IMEX in Frankfurt 2013 will also be hosting more networking opportunities than ever before.  By establishing a new networking hub on the show floor, IMEX hopes to increase the level of networking activities at the conference. With support from meetings specialists, Meetings Mindset, the Hub will be home to facilitated networking sessions plus health, well-being and business performance information and advice from a number of experts.

Registration for IMEX in Frankfurt is free of charge and those wishing to attend should visit:

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Graeme Park 


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