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Taking place on Tuesday 19 November from 14:00 to 18:30, the full tailored programme for associations is comprised of eight knowledge sessions, in partnership with AAE (Association of Association Executives) to deliver insight and knowledge on several subjects of interest and key challenges facing association event organisers. 

In addition to this, there will be a peer to peer networking function supported by ICCA  (International Congress and Convention Association).
Please note: Sessions are exclusive to association event organisers attending through the Hosted Buyer Programme.
The full programme for 2019 will be available in September.

ICCA Education Sessions 

Speaking the same language, your key to negotiations
Tuesday 19 November, 14:05-14:45 | Room 5.2
Moderator: Esmare Steinhofel, ICCA Regional Director Africa
Speakers: Francisco Quereda Rodríguez, Málaga Convention Bureau
               Gwladys Guillory, Alzheimer Europe
When negotiating any supplier for your event it helps if you both speak the same language from the start. If you, as the meeting planner, understand what is included, what potential challenges there could be and the supplier understands your goals and budgets it will pave the way for a smooth ride. A panel of speakers will share tips and tricks from the various perspectives on how to ensure your negotiations undertake smooth sailing.
Key takeaways:
- Understanding how suppliers negotiate association meetings business
- Learning how other association executives navigate the minefield of negotiation
- Finding solutions for more successful negotiations with suppliers for future events
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves
Tuesday 19 November, 14:50-15:30 | Room 5.2 
Moderator: Noor Ahmad Hamid, ICCA Regional Director Asia Pacific 
Speakers:  Juan Jose Garcia – BCO Congresos
                Angeline van den Broecke – KLCC 
This old proverb could not be truer when it comes to event budgeting. Being mindful of the smaller expenses will have a huge impact down the road. A group of experts will take you on a journey in identifying cheaper solutions, finding new avenues and keeping the costs of your event down, while providing a first-class experience for your delegates.
Key takeaways:
- Identifying cheaper event solutions
- Learning tips and tricks on managing event costs
- Learning how to cut event budgets into smaller, easier to manage elements
Preserving the world through sustainable meetings
Tuesday 19 November, 16:00-17:30 | Room 5.2 
Moderator: Elif Balci Fisunoglu – ICCA Regional Director Europe
Speakers:  Senthil Gopinath, ICCA CEO
                  Beatriz Balino – Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR), Norway
                  Katarina Thorsensson, Gothenburg CVB 
Associations are drivers of change, and there are especially leaving an impact globally through their meetings. How can associations ensure that their meetings contribute to the greater good in a sustainable way? Join this session and be inspired by latest developments within destinations and through UN initiatives and leave an impact.
Key takeaways

- Learn more about trends and new initiatives for sustainable meetings

- Find out more about the Global Destination Sustainability Index