How Does the Next Generation of International Association Events Look Like?

Date & Time: Tuesday, 22 June 2021 – 4:30 to 5:30 pm

With the world of meetings slowly resuming, many of us have questions about the details that will make up the next generation of association programmes.

Together with our panelists, we will be examining new strategies that associations will follow in post-pandemic events, delegates’ new expectations, new implications for budget planning, and new contracting rules and processes. We will also be asking our panelists how they think hybrid formats can (positively) affect attendee participation and reach, and we will be letting them share 2-3 lessons learned from the past year.

Lastly, we will be inviting the audience to participate and contribute with their own thoughts and takeaways about the above points, but also to share any experiences or questions that are of interest to them.


Joining Instructions

Our Panelists

Davi Kaur, MPhil

Davi Kaur is the CEO of European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM).
She has been also the director of EBC Council, the European Breast Cancer Council, supporting its activities towards its member societies. She was the Head of Communication for EORTC, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer developing the internal and external communication strategy for the organisation.

Davi has worked for ECCO - the European CanCer Organisation as the head of the Congress Unit, where she oversaw the organisation of a number of conferences with an international participation ranging from 600 to 20,000 participants. She has presented at several association management meetings on innovate meeting and session designs.

Graduating from the Cardiff University with an Honorary Degree in Applied Biology and Master of Philosophy in renal medicine research from University of Wales College of Medicine. She completed a Master of Business Administration degree at Vlerick Business School.
She currently serves on the PCMA (Professional Conference Management Association) advisory board.

Twitter: @Davsykaur

Sharon Ashton, Events Director, EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe

Sharon is a creative, accomplished and exacting event management professional whose passion is to design and deliver interactive events that motivate and connect participants and provide platforms for genuine exchange and learning. While delivering events that advocate for better lives for people living with a rare disease, Sharon also strengthens this community by solidifying trust and maintaining credibility. Moreover, Sharon fosters long-term and mutually beneficial relations with key strategic volunteers and wider stakeholder groups to further their respective goals.

The arc of her 20+ year career spans conferences, capacity-building workshops, symposia, weddings, award ceremonies and fundraising gala dinners of all sizes in Europe, North America and beyond. Whether as a self-employed business owner, a director, or as part of a team, Sharon is a collaborator who stays focused and poised. Her passion for detail – not only in creating an overall strategic framework but also the finer intricacies of the event experience – is unrelenting. Sharon has experience delivering online, hybrid and in-person events with measurable deliverables and proven return on investment. She recently completed a certification programme in online meetings from the Meeting Design Institute.

Sharon thrives in an energetic environment of unimpeachable integrity, applying her strengths while taking on new challenges and learning fresh skills.