Associations Connect Podcast Series: Trends for Scientific Conferences

Meetings don’t look how they used to. Today, associations are racing to adapt to trends that make conferences and events more engaging and dynamic than ever before for their members and stakeholders.
The meetings industry became the biggest victim of the Covid-19 Pandemic. As a result the way we conduct meetings has changed in a very short space of time, and even though the industry has adapted well, the pandemic will shape trends of 2022. But when it comes to trends, where should the associations put their focus?

Guest Speakers
Dee Dee Quah
Director of Medical Conference Partners
Dee Dee has organised over 45 conferences in the past 12 years. She is the founder and director of Medical Conference Partners which she started 12 years ago in her home and today the company has 10 employees. Dee Dee started out as a pharmacist who has evolved and is today not only a PCO but also she has recently accepted the position of Adjunct Senior Lecturer for School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, Taylor’s University. Dee Dee holds the position of BECM – Sector Head for PCO (Conference) 2020; VP – Conference of MACEOS since 2020; and BE Penang Task Force Committee 2020.

Federica Margheri
Operations Manager
European Health Management Association

Federica is Operations Manager at the European Health Management Association since 2017. She oversees EHMA’s operations, manages the annual conference programme, partnerships and membership, and supports project work. Federica has over 10 years’ experience in European and international organisations, having worked both at the European Parliament and the European Commission. Federica also volunteers with youth organisations in the field of education and employment. She is President of Project 668, a NGO working with students and young people to facilitate their access to the job market, and she participates in the Italian selections for the United World Colleges (UWCs).