Shaping the Future of our Industry

Innovation network "Future Meeting Space"

The innovation network "Future Meeting Space" was created by the GCB and the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. It looks into trends, innovations, and societal developments and their possible influence on the meetings industry.Innovationsverbund "Future Meeting Space"

The project is divided into two phases: First, an innovations catalogue was developed on the basis of literature and technology research. With the help of expert interviews and focus groups, six "future meeting scenarios" were developed, which will influence the event industry in the future. Finally, the interactive scenario "Future Meeting Room" was developed on a conceptual level and described in the "Future Meeting Guide" in order to be able to cover future participant needs and requirements.

Based on these results, the second research phase focuses on different types of participants and how the use of various methodological and technological elements in events has an impact on knowledge transfer, learning success, networking and the experiential value of these types of participants. Participants worldwide were asked about their experiences at conferences and congresses. The results were published under the name “User Experience as a key Success Factor: How to Create Events That Engage Your Audience.”

Find more information and results here: www.future-meeting-space.de

Research Partners

The research network consisted of partners from the economy in both research phases.

Future Meeting Space goes in to the third round!

After looking at the “How to” aspect of future meetings and events and determing the "Who" aspect including evaluating different participant needs in two previous project phases, research phase three will now complete the picture and explore the “Why” of meetings and events.

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