Best Association Networking Event

The American European Community Association (AECA) – Annual Reception 2017

AECA (The American European Community Association) hosted its Annual Reception on 20th September 2017 at the prestigious Palais d’Egmont in Brussels. ACEA’s mission is to promote and facilitate international cooperation and understanding through TransAtlantic dialogue. With over 200 high-level enrolled participants, the event attracted a record number of members, sponsors, prospects and other distinguished guests, reinforcing AECA’s positioning as ‘the place to be’ for high-level networking.

H.E. Baron van Daele, Head of Cabinet of H.M. the King of Belgium and Mr. Adam Shub, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Mission to the EU addressed the theme of “EU – U.S.: Closest Partners in a Challenging World”. They shared their perspectives from both sides of the Ocean on current and future EU – U.S. cooperation, in a context of high uncertainty and political instability. The event was moderated by Count Etienne Davignon, Minister of State and Chairman of AECA International Advisory Council.

AECA’s Annual Reception provided an opportunity for prospective members to attend a larger reception than the twice-monthly round-table conference-luncheons held by ACEA, as well as for AECA to increase its membership base. Direct feedback received from various sources and first hand testimonials from sponsors and members confirmed that the event was a major success.

European Aluminium – Driving Mobility to a Low Carbon Future

European Aluminium’s event ‘Driving Mobility to a Low Carbon Future’ took place on 27 April 2017 in the Autoworld museum, Brussels. With more than 250 participants, European Aluminium’s event explored lightweighting’s potential to reduce CO2 emissions in transport.

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Key decision makers such as MEP Adina-Valean, high-level Commission officials, industry representatives, academia and NGOs shared their views on the future reform of CO2 for cars and vans expected by the end of the year.

European Aluminium led the debate with some important remarks by its top representatives. In addition to the debate, the event gave participants an opportunity to experience lightweight aluminium solutions first-hand. From electric motorbikes to virtual reality cars to bikes made from recycled beverage cans, the interactive ‘Aluminium Playground’ brought the future of mobility to life.

European Association of Communications Agencies – Evolution Lab

‘Evolution Lab’ is an annual three-day industry gathering organised by EACA – the European Association of Communications Agencies – which brings together key players in the ad industry from across Europe. The purpose of the event is to allow our members and other stakeholders to network and exchange best practice in a relaxed but professional atmosphere.

Evolution Lab consists of EACA agency member meetings, an industry conference, a meeting of academics in the commercial communications sector and the Euro Effie Awards Gala. This submission highlights the role of the conference, which has grown incrementally since its inception and has consequently stepped up the quality of the annual association networking event and opened it to a wider public. What started off only as a small seminar for EACA members has now grown into a full-day open discussion forum which a large audience of communications professionals are welcome to join to discuss the future of the industry. The idea behind the Evolution Lab conference is to have one specific theme relevant to the advertising industry each year. The title of the 2017 edition was ‘Advertising in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’.

European Flavour Association – Brussels FlavourDay

On June 20th 2017, Brussels became the ‘Capital of Flavour’. The event was organized by EFFA (the European Flavour Association), together with AROMA (the Belgian Flavour Association) and IOFI (the International Organization of the Flavor Industry). The event was a great success with more than 100 participants. Policy makers, customers and food and drink associations gathered for discussions about the future of food and the role that flavourings plays in key consumer trends.

Polydea and EU40 – EHP 1st Plenary

Our communications campaign bravely set out with the objective of changing the future of healthcare in Europe. Polydea, our communications agency, and EU40, our partners, have collaborated to create an innovate and original campaign for the European Health Parliament (EHP), a group of young professionals aiming to change European policy. We have produced innovate visual creations, wide-reaching online campaigns and a networking event like no other.

Polydea is a 360° communications agency that specialises in public relations, marketing, and digital creation. We pride ourselves in creating new and artistic visual designs as well as ground-breaking and unique communications campaigns. EU40 is a network of young politicians that aims to strengthen their role in the EU, and together we have an extensive history of creative collaboration.

The event involved bringing young professionals from all across Europe together, linking them and allowing them to work efficiently throughout the year. The event was split between Google’s headquarters and the European Parliament, allowing participants to network in creative and world-changing environments. Throughout the day they interacted with MEPs, policy makers, and influential professionals, hearing new insights which will give them a head start on their task to change healthcare in Europe.

WindEurope and SolarPower Europe – Re-source 2017

There is a growing trend in the energy sector in Europe for corporations to purchase renewable energy directly from an energy generator. These contracts are known as Renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). With this in mind, WindEurope and SolarPower Europe joined forces to set up a new event to bring the corporate energy buyers together with the suppliers of renewable energy – Re-source 2017.

 The event had 3 key objectives: Raising awareness of the potential of corporate renewable PPAs with businesses, policymakers, the media and civil society; Matchmaking the buyers and the sellers of renewable electricity; 200 participants.

The attendees told us that this was the best event that they had attended on PPAs, because we had been hugely successful in bringing buyers and sellers together. With over 550 attendees, 220 business to business meetings and five strategic partners sponsoring the event this main target of the event to raise awareness and support for corporate renewable PPAs was roundly exceeded. The sponsors of this year’s event have already requested that another event be held in 2018, reflecting their satisfaction with the investment they made.

However, the biggest success of the event is that the partners have now agreed to launch a dedicated Re-source platform, including RE100 and the WBCSD. This outcome is a huge endorsement of the success of the event, confirming the intentions of all the parties to work closely together on the common goal of increasing the amount of renewable energy in Europe’s energy mix.


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