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F2F (Face-to-Face)
The term used to describe personal interaction in real life as opposed to via some digital or electronic communications medium. Also, represents communication where the message immediately reaches the recipient. A face-to-face meeting means involving two people who are together in the same place.

Festival
An event, usually and ordinarily staged by a local community, serves to meet specific needs, as well as to provide entertainment. There are numerous types of festivals in the world. Though many have religious origins, others involve seasonal change or have some cultural significance. Also, certain institutions celebrate their own festival (often called “fests”) to mark some significant occasions in their history. These occasions could be the day these institutions were founded or any other event which they decide to commemorate periodically, usually annually.

ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education)
The ACCME’s Mission is the identification, development, and promotion of standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities. www.accme.org

AMEE (An International Association for Medical Education in Europe)
The Association for Medical Education in Europe is a worldwide organisation with members in 90 countries on five continents. Members include educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, assessors and students in medicine and the healthcare professions. AMEE organises an annual conference and delivers courses on teaching, assessment and research skills for teachers in medicine and the healthcare professions. AM EE produces the journal Medical Teacher, a series of education guides, occasional papers and Best Evidence Medical Education guides. www.amee.org

Arpanet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network)
Research relationship, established by the research firm ARPA. This network is a precursor to the Internet, while the Internet was created by connecting other networks on this. Milestone in the transformation of this network makes the development of the Internet TCP / IP protocol. TCP / IP protocol is a link that allows communication between two or more computers. Determined to act on that computers communicate (TCP) and how to connect computers (IP) in the network. On the TCP / IP based Internet.

ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education)
The Association for the Study of Medical Education is a membership organization and is unique in that it draws its members from all areas of medical education - undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing - and from all specialties. It has a function as a forum for debate and exchange of information, and is building on its contacts in medicine and teaching in the UK and among other networks, to promote knowledge and expertise in medical education. ASME, in association with Wiley-Blackwell, publish the leading monthly journal in the field, Medical Education. They also publish the quarterly journal The Clinical Teacher. I n conjunction with the publishers Wiley-Blackwell, they have also produced the medical education text book: Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice. www.asme.org.uk

Bid process
A system by which several destinations tender to host a particular event, usually an association meeting. A “bid” is defined as an invitation to host an international Congress in a Country. It is crucial to analyse the bid criteria and conduct in-depth research to ensure the right decisions are made and the appropriate actions are taken in order to meet the bid criteria.

Camping
Camping is an outdoor recreational activity. The participants (known as campers) leave urban areas, their home region, or civilization and enjoy nature while spending one or several nights outdoors, usually at a campsite. Camping may involve the use of a tent, caravan, motor home, cabin, a primitive structure, or no shelter at all. In many parts of the world ‘camping’ refers exclusively to the use of tents or similar portable structures.

CIC (The Convention Industry Council)
is a non-profit professional organization for people involved in the promotion of conventions. Founded in New York, New York in 1949, the CIC is currently headquartered in Washington, DC. They consist of 32 member organizations totalling with 103,500 individuals. This includes education, management, and philanthropy. They are involved in the Certified Management Professional (CMP) program. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

CIC (The Convention Industry Council)
is a non-profit professional organization for people involved in the promotion of conventions. Founded in New York, New York in 1949, the CIC is currently headquartered in Washington, DC. They consist of 32 member organizations totalling with 103,500 individuals. This includes education, management, and philanthropy. They are involved in the Certified Management Professional (CMP) program. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

CME (Continuing Medical Education)
The Continuing Medical Education consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, professional performance and relationships that health professionals use to provide services to patients, the public, or the profession.

CMM (The Certified Meeting Manager)
Held in North America and periodically in Europe, this premier, advanced certificate program is the only advanced-level global professional designation for meeting and event professionals. Certificate is earned through an advanced training program, usually lasting one week, and successful analysis and completion of a detailed case study. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

CMP (Certified Meeting Professional)
CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) - To qualify for the CMP exam, persons must have worked full time for at least three years with a wide variety of meeting planning experience. Although certification is not required for this occupation, it will likely be an advantage when competing for better jobs. The CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) designation is more tactically focused, is for someone in the industry 3-5 years and teaches you how to be a meeting planner. The CMM is more strategic focused for someone in the industry >10 years and teaches you how to think and act strategically. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Collaboration
Collaboration is a process defined by the recursive interaction of knowledge and mutual learning between two or more people who are working together, in an intellectual endeavor, toward a common goal which is typically creative in nature. Collaboration does not necessarily require leadership and can even bring better results through decentralization and egalitarianism. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Congress
in politics, a congress ("a gathering of people") is the name of the main legislative body in a state that operates under a congressional system of government. In non-political usage congress is a term applied to a large national or international grouping of people meeting together with common interests or concerns. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Convention
Convention, in the sense of a meeting, is a gathering of individuals who meet at a pre-arranged place and time in order to discuss or engage in some common interest. The most common conventions are based upon fandom, industry, and profession. Conventions are often planned and coordinated, often in exacting detail, by professional meetings and convention planners, either by staff of the convention's hosting company or by outside specialists. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Cooperation, co-operation or coöperation
is the practice of individuals or larger societal entities working in common with mutually agreed-upon goals and possibly methods, instead of working separately in competition, and in which the success of one is dependent and contingent upon the success of another. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Coordination
Coordination is the act of coordinating, making different people or things work together for a goal or effect. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
A widely - implemented strategy for managing a company’s interactions with customers, clients and sales prospects. It involves using technology to organize, automate, and synchronize business processes - principally sales activities, but also those for marketing, customer service, and technical support. The overall goals are to find, attract, and win new clients, nurture and retain those the company already has, entice former clients back into the fold, and reduce the costs of marketing and client service.

DIA (Drug Information Association)
The Drug Information Association is a neutral, nonprofit, global, professional association of nearly 18,000 members who work in every facet of the discovery, development, and life cycle management of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and related products. DIA is committed to the broad dissemination of information among our members, with continuously improved professional practice as the goal. DIA operates as a financially independent nonprofit organization that funds itself from meeting and membership fees. The voluntary efforts of DIA members and speakers allow DIA to provide programs and publications to members at a reasonable, competitive cost. Each year, DIA conducts more than 50 conferences/meetings around the world that feature exhibit halls, poster sessions, and tutorials. These conferences/meetings are designed to provide updates on the latest innovations and information that affect how you do your job. www.diahome.org

European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS)
Not-for-profit scientific society of European clinicians and researchers, active in the field of HIV/AIDS. The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) established a panel of European HIV treating physicians and other experts from a variety of clinical fields to update and expand the EACS Guidelines on the Clinical Management of HIV Infection.

Event management
is the application of the management practice of project management to the creation and development of festivals and events. Event Management involves studying the intricacies of the brand, identifying the target audience, devising the event concept, planning the logistics and coordinating the technical aspects before actually executing the modalities of the proposed event. Event management is considered one of the strategic marketing and communication tools by companies of all sizes. From product launches to press conferences, companies create promotional events to help them communicate with clients and potential clients. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Event management
The application of project management to the creation and development of festivals, events and conferences. Event management involves studying the intricacies of the brand, identifying the target audience, devising the event concept, planning the logistics and coordinating the technical aspects before actually executing the modalities of the proposed event. Post-event analysis and ensuring a return on investment have become significant drivers for the event industry. www.wikipedia.org

Exhibition
Exhibition, in the most general sense, is an organized presentation and display of a selection of items. Commercial exhibitions, generally called trade fairs, trade shows or expos, are usually organized so that organizations in a specific interest or industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, service, study activities of rivals and examine recent trends and opportunities. It’s a media where buyer, seller and product physically come together – a potent force for business. Some trade fairs are open to the public, while others can only be attended by company representatives (members of the trade) and members of the press.

Hosted Buyer
Is a person which organise, influence or make budgetary decisions for international business travel, meetings, incentive travel, international conventions, product launches, staff training or events. http://www.eibtm.com/

IAPCO (The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers)
IAPCO (The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers), a non-profit organisation founded in 1968, represents professional organisers and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events. IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. IAPCO has members worldwide whose activities are monitored on an annual basis. As a result, IAPCO membership offers a unique quality assurance recognised by conference clients and suppliers all over the world. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association)
ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association) represents the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events and comprises over 800 member companies and organisations in 80 countries worldwide. ICCA was founded in 1963 by a group of travel agents. Their first and foremost aim was to evaluate practical ways to get the travel industry involved in the rapidly expanding market of international meetings and to exchange actual information related to their operations in this market. This initiative soon proved to have been taken at the right moment: the meeting industry expanded even more rapidly than foreseen. ICCA now is one of the most prominent organisations in the world of international meetings. It is the only association that comprises a membership representing the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events. With over 800 members in 80 countries worldwide, it is certainly the most global organisation within the meetings industry. ICCA has offices in the Netherlands, Malaysia, U.S.A. and Uruguay. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

ICCA - The International Council of Chemical Associations
is the world-wide voice of the chemical industry, representing chemical manufacturers and producers all over the world. (www.icca-chem.org)

ICCA.org - Independent Computer Consultant Association
now in its second generation, reincarnated as a new association of the same technical professional entrepreneurs that have kept it going since 1977. (www.icca.org)

IMMPA (The International Medical Meeting Professionals Association)
The International Medical Meeting Professionals Association, IMMPA is dedicated to promoting professionalism through advocacy, education, research and service. IMM PA’s purpose is to provide conformity of medical meeting professional’s education, training, certification and networking. IMM PA supports and promotes the life sciences industry through peer directed and operated services, advocacy, career development, and global connections. www.immpa-med.com IMM PA’s strives to meet the need for global, medical and independent meeting professionals to come together to discuss concepts for improvement within their industry, to exchange information of common interest, and to offer an accredited certification for qualified medical meeting professionals.

Internet marketing
Set of strategies and techniques that use the Internet as a channel for business communications support for achieving the general objectives of the organization or marketing companies. Internet marketing uses the approach that offers direct marketing relies on the growth and development of telecommunications and information technology. Internet marketing is actually an interactive direct marketing. In addition to the term Internet marketing terms used and e-marketing, online marketing, cyber marketing, virtual marketing, interactive marketing. www.wikipedia.org

Meeting
An event where the primary activity of the attendees is to attend educational sessions, participate in meetings/duscussions, socialize, or attend other organized events. There is no exhibit component to this event. Generally, meeting is gathering of people, as for a business, social, or religious purpose.

Meeting and convention planner
Meeting and convention planner is a relatively new and growing occupation. A meeting and convention planner coordinates all the activities of staff and convention personnel to make arrangements for group meetings and conventions, working as the intermediary between the client (e.g., a professional organization or a political party). [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is a professional community for the global meetings industry. Founded in 1972, the Dallas-based non-profit association has 68 chapters and clubs, over 22,000 members from 20 countries around the world.[citation needed] It organizes four annual conferences: the World Education Congress(summer), the Professional Education Conference - North America (winter), Professional Education Conference - Middle East (spring) and the Professional Education Conference - Europe (spring). It also publishes the monthly magazine The Meeting Professional. www.mpiweb.org [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

MICE - Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions
MICE - Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions. The acronym MICE is applied inconsistently with the “E” sometimes referring to events and the “C” sometimes referring to conventions. MICE is used to refer to a particular type of tourism in which large groups, usually planned well in advance, are brought together for some particular purpose. Recently, there has been an industry trend towards using the term "Meetings Industry" to avoid confusion from the acronym. MICE tourism is known for its extensive planning and demanding clientele.[4] [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Legally constituted organization created by natural or legal persons that operates independently from any government and a term usually used by governments to refer to entities that have no government status. The term is usually applied only to organizations that pursue some wider social aim that has political aspects, but that are not overtly political organizations such as political parties. www.wikipedia.org

PCO (Professional Congress Organiser)
PCO (Professional Congress Organiser) is a company which specialises in the organisation and management of congresses, conferences, seminars and similar events. The company acts as a consultant to a professional association's, organisation's or other entity's organising committee, enacting its decisions whilst providing full service management, including but not limited to congress design, registration, site and venue selection and booking, audiovisuals, IT support, logistics, leisure management, marketing, printing and web services, sourcing speakers, funding and sponsorship, financial management and budget control, research, etc. International professional bodies for PCOs are IAPCO, ICCA and MPI. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Secretary/PA
Secretary/PA is personal assistant, works closely with senior managerial or directorial staff to provide administrative support, usually on a one-to-one basis. PAs help managers to make the best use of their time by dealing with secretarial and administrative tasks. Someone whose job is to help a manager by writing business letters, organizing meetings etc. A personal assistant is often simply called a PA.

SITE - Society of Incentive & Travel Executives
Founded in 1973, SITE is the only international, not-for-profit, professional association devoted to the pursuit of excellence in incentives, a multi-billion dollar global industry. SITE provides educational seminars and information services to those who design, develop, promote, sell, administer, and operate motivational programs as an incentive to increase productivity in business. Currently SITE has over 2,100 members in 87 countries, with 34 local and regional chapters. Members represent corporate executives, incentive companies, destination management companies, travel & event planners, official tourist organizations, transportation companies, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, trade publications, and supporting organizations such as restaurants and visitors attractions. /www.site-intl.org/

Skype
Internet telephone and videophone service from Skype Limited, Luxembourg (www.skype.com). Being software based, calls from Skype subscribers originate from their computers, and all computer-to-computer calls between subscribers are free, including video. Skype is a computer program that can be used to make free voice calls over the Internet to anyone else who is also using Skype.

Social network
Social structure made up of individuals (or organizations), which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige. It can be any website designed to allow multiple users to publish content themselves. The sites typically allow users to create a “profile” describing themselves and to exchange public or private messages and list other users or groups they are connected to in some way.

Team building
The term 'team building' can refer generally to the selection and motivation of teams, or more specifically to group self-assessment in the theory and practice of organizational development. To assess itself, a team seeks feedback to find out both: its current strengths as a team, its current weaknesses. To improve its current performance, a team uses the feedback from the team assessment in order to: identify any gap between the desired state and the actual state and design a gap-closure strategy. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Travel incentives
Travel incentives are a way for companies to promote their business and increase sales by offering a free or discounted travel package to their customers. Many companies offer these incentives as a bonus for making a purchase, such as a cruise with the purchase of a new car. Incentive tourism is usually undertaken as a type of employee reward by an company or institution for targets met or exceeded, or a job well done. Unlike the other types of MICE tourism, incentive tourism is usually conducted purely for entertainment, rather than professional or educational purposes. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Unusual (special) venues
Facilities used occasionally as a meetings venue but which has a different principal function, e.g. as a museum, theme park, cinema, theatre or stately home. They are perfect for any sort of event where the experience is perhaps of greater importance than the content or learning outcomes.

UNWTO (The United Nations World Tourism Organization)
headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a United Nations agency dealing with questions relating to tourism. It compiles the World Tourism Rankings. The World Tourism Organization is undoubtedly the most significant global body concerned with the collection and collation of statistical information on international tourism. This organization represents public sector tourism bodies from most countries in the world and the publication of its data makes possible comparisons of the flow and growth of tourism on a global scale. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Video conferencing
Video conferencing is two way, real-time transmission of audio and video signals between specialized devices or computers at two or more locations via satellite (wireless) over a network such as a LAN or internet. Full motion (30 frames per second), full color videoconferencing requires a bandwidth of 6 megahertz (MHz) for analog signals and 1.54 megabits per second (Mbps) of digital signals. Videoconferencing protocols are governed by the ITU-TSS standard H.261 and its successors. Also called video teleconferencing.

WHO (World Health Organization)
The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. www.who.int

WMA (World Medical Association)
The World Medical Association is an international organization representing physicians. It was founded on 17th September 1947, when physicians from 27 different countries met at the First General Assembly of the WMA in Paris. The organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work for the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour and care by physicians, at all times. This was particularly important to physicians after the Second World War, and therefore the WMA has always been an independent confederation of free professional associations. Funding has been by the annual contributions of its members, which has now grown to 95 National Medical Associations. www.wma.net

 

 

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