Who are we?

The Associations Conference Forum (AC Forum) is Europe’s only networking platform established exclusively for and by associations with in-house congress staff. Most members stem from the medical field, but membership is open to associations in various disciplines. AC Forum provides a platform for exchange of information amongst association peers facing comparable challenges in the association and congress industry.


The aim of AC Forum is to attain the highest level of association and congress organisation through an open exchange of information between its members. To ensure a fruitful and open exchange of information, membership is subject to various organisational criteria, including the legal status of the association, the number of staff members it employs, the number of participants and frequency of the congresses, as well as the level of in-house planning in relation to the organisation of its congress. In addition, members must respect that all discussion within AC Forum is confidential.


The beginnings of AC Forum date back to 1999. Three prominent medical associations, each organising large conferences in Europe, decided to meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas and experiences, and establish common targets. Since then AC Forum has grown into an established not-for-profit association with 29 members that inspires and encourages its members to achieve excellence in association and congress organisation. AC Forum representatives meet on an annual basis to exchange relevant information with regard to association management and developments in congress organisation.