Headline Sponsor

Within the heart of the Belgian capital, and only a few steps away from the Grand Place, is located the Hotel Le Plaza. This art-déco palace dating from the 1930’s is one of the last independent hotels of the city that can be entirely privatized. Rewarded Belgian Royal Warrant Holder of Belgium, the Hotel has welcomed many famous guests throughout the years.

The 190 rooms and suites combine the prestige of traditional rooms and all modern facilities. With its 11 meeting spaces and its plenary room called “The Theatre”, Le Plaza will host your events for up to 700 guests.

Since more than 20 years, Le Plaza listens carefully to its guest and maintains the tradition with a warm and convivial welcome. Its dedicated team will accompany you from the first contact until the departure of your last attendee and will happily answer all your queries.


For more information please contact Julie De Blick Julie.Deblick@leplaza.be

Category Sponsor

EARS is the first recruitment firm dedicated to the EU & International Affairs market. Since 2013, EARS has been retained by many Associations, Companies, Consultancies & Law firms, NGOs and Think Tanks for top-notch talent search in Public Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Communications and Project Management. EARS operates from Brussels, at the forefront of the European Institutions.


For more information please contact Florence Bernardoni – admin@theears.eu


Established over 30 years ago, Sounds Commercial now boasts 6 nationwide offices employing over 80 full-time employees. Sounds Commercial is now one of the UK’s leading event production companies.

As an industry leader, Sounds Commercial offer access to state-of-the-art technology, and pride ourselves on managing all aspects of event production – Making ourselves the one stop shop for all your event needs.

Big or small, from photo-quality printing, full stage design and build, through to end to end event management, Sounds Commercial can cater for every aspect of your event.

For more information please contact Robbie Ashdown – R.Ashdown@soundscommercial.co.uk



Brilliant Science is leveraging the UK’s reputation as a world leader in sciences, to develop the North West as a hub for international association events looking to make the most of the region’s scientific heritage and links.

From the industrial powerhouse of Manchester, out through the plains and uplands of Cheshire and Staffordshire, the roots of our scientific ingenuity run deep. Scientists have thrived in this fertile environment for over 250 years. Now for the first time, we are providing a unique opportunity to enjoy the places and stories from where many truly beautiful minds led scientific breakthroughs.



The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) is the first ever European association supporting and representing association management professionals in Europe. ESAE is dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the association management profession and is the leading organization for professional leaders of not-for-profit associations, trade groups and related philanthropic organizations in Europe. ESAE resources and networks enable members to grow by offering a platform to exchange professional developments and best practices. Throughout the year, ESAE members enjoy varied opportunities to learn and swap insights with other association executives across the continent, through a range of events, seminars, networking initiatives and educational activities.



Ellwood Atfield is the specialist in European association leadership recruitment.  Ellwood Atfield is committed to improving the professionalization of association leadership through our work, and our investment in pioneering research and educational activities. We publish the widely read report “Key Success Factors for European Associations”, host the annual Association Leadership Forum and run the Association Leadership Academy, the pre-eminent educational institution for leaders, members and secretariat staff of European associations. Through these insights and engagement, we hope to contribute to the pool of knowledge that helps association leaders run high-performing organisations and pursue rewarding careers.  Hence, we are proud to support the 2017 European Association Awards. www.ellwoodatfield.com



Gaudio have a reputation as the UK’s most trusted designer and manufacturer of bespoke awards to the events industry. Our experienced and friendly project management team guide our clients expertly through the process from initial brief to delivery of the finished product.

Our cutting edge award designs are carefully tailored to your event theme, brand and budget and are provided entirely free of charge. With an emphasis on using only the highest quality materials Gaudio guarantee to deliver unique and individual awards that will delight your winners, your sponsors and attract the attention your event deserves.

If you are looking for inspiration for your award event visit www.gaudio.co.uk


MCI is a leading international association management and consultancy organisation with a presence in 31 countries worldwide.

We provide board-level guidance and organisational excellence for national and international member organisations to engage, build and enrich their communities and achieve operational success. Our goal is to facilitate business agility and growth through our specialist competencies including:

  • Strategic direction
  • Advocacy
  • Community activation
  • Product innovation
  • Revenue generation
  • Organisational management.


For more information please contact Lucy Holden – lucy.holden@mci-group.com

Drinks Reception Sponsor

Atout France, the French government’s sole operator in terms of tourism development, is entrusted with contributing to the reinforcement of the attractiveness of Destination France and the competitiveness of its companies and related sectors. The France Meeting & Convention Board relies on a network of 100 professionals to provide international associations with the best conditions for a successful congress. France is a very attractive destination for your delegates. Cities respond to new trends with Convention Centres offering a wide spectrum of facilities. Also, with 56 innovation clusters or centres of excellence and backed by its strong industrial tradition and internationally renowned expertise, France is a leading player in a number of key economic sectors, multiplying its innovation hubs.


Atout France, the French Convention Bureau, and his partners, hope you enjoyed the champagne during the nice networking drink we had and congratulate the nominees and winners of the 2019 edition. Please feel free to contact us for more information about organising your Congress in France :


The FAIB is the Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium, founded in 1949. It is an a-political not-for-profit association currently representing approximately 280 international associations from all walks of life.

Our support is deliberately pragmatic and our daily services, regular lunch-debates and newsletters provide information related directly to our members‘ concerns.

Amongst others, we :

  • Are a platform for exchange: when you struggle with a problem, it is likely that others have struggled with the same problem in the past. Most of the time, you will be able to find a solution within our network.
  • Pursue every initiative to encourage European and International Associations to settle and remain in Belgium;
  • Represent our members vis-à-vis third parties and defend their interests towards all public and private bodies.
  • Work at obtaining legal recognition of associations and the association-movement by Belgian, European and international authorities.
  • Facilitate our members’ activities in every possible way within our remits and assist them with joint studies, administrative and auxiliary services, etc.
  • Keep our members informed of developments in legal, administrative and all relevant matters impacting them in Belgium.


Media Partner

EURACTIV is the media network for Europe. We speak your language, publishing online news free of charge and facilitating EU debates for policy professionals across 12 European countries. With 2,1 million page views and 783,986 unique visitors per month, EURACTIV is a leader among online media specialised in EU policy. Together with its media partners, EURACTIV reaches 1.7 million users across Europe and beyond, every month.

EURACTIV sparks and nourishes policy debates among stakeholders, including government, business and civil society. EURACTIV covers policy processes upstream of decisions, summarising the issues without taking sides. EURACTIV provides a ‘one-stop shop’ where users can compare major stakeholder positions, original source documents, videos and informed opinion from guru bloggers.


Find first-class accommodation at Hilton Brussels Grand Place in the heart of the historic city centre between the beautiful Grand Place and the Square Meeting and Convention Centre. We have the perfect space for you among our variety of modern guest rooms, unique double queen rooms and suites. Experience the best and most productive meetings in the bright, trendy and newly decorated meeting rooms, including two exceptional ballrooms accommodating up to 200 people.  Thoughtful amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site dining facilities, an Executive Lounge and the exclusive Godiva Café Chocolat, will help you make the most of your stay.

For more information please contact Daisy Tucci – Daisy.Tucci@hilton.com

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