Brussels. The European Association Summit, the annual gathering of association professionals, has come to a happy ending on 6 May 2015 at Square Brussels. With a number of participants on the rise, prestigious speakers and a noticeable enthousiasm, this third edition was a success.
EAS 2015, a non for profit initiative that aims to build an exchange platform for Associations, has again been welcomed by the attendees. Registration numbers were up 20% as compared to 2014 with about 100 association participants and over 20 partners. During these two days, the associations could meet in a stimulating context, network and exchange good practices. Strong moments were the two Keynote speeches from Isabel Bardinet (ESCardiology) and Loïc Armand (CosmeticsEurope & L’Oréal).
Mrs. Bardinet took example on the successful football clubs Munich and Barça to dramatically increase the number of virtual followers of her Congress. Mr. Armand reminded that lobbying is not a dirty word, and that Associations have an important role to play in shaping the policies of the future.
The 8 parallel sessions allowed all participants to ask questions and learn from the experience of their peers. After a lively Closing Lunch, many attendees took profit of the opportunity to attend the European Business Summit a few blocks away.
“I was particularly struck by the presentation on diversification of funding, which I found an eye-opener. There are certain ideas that we could use in our organization for the years to come”, said Frédéric Destrebecq, Executive Director of European Brain Council.
“One of the main take-aways would be the diversity of the people here. The networking opportunities were many and people come from different sectors, different industries”, added Valérie de Kergorlay, Lead, Society Operations, of the CFA Institute.