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the Associations Conference Forum (AC Forum)

Aims & Objectives

The aim of AC Forum is to advance association leadership and congress management. It provides its members with a variety of opportunities to network and exchange experiences in environments that are confidential, trusting and free from commercial influence. All activities are led by members.

AC Forum Membership

If you are an association aiming for excellence in association and congress management AC Forum is the association to join. To fulfil our membership criteria you should have salaried staff and organise your congresses in-house. AC Forum is exclusively for and by associations and currently has 32 members.

AC Forum Education

AC Forum provides platforms for knowledge exchange for association peers facing comparable challenges in the association and congress industry. Led by its members it organises workshops, educational activities and an annual two-day meeting in January.

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Who We Are?

AC Forum is Europe’s only networking platform established exclusively for and by associations. Through peer to peer sharing of good practice and expanding thinking, in a confidential environment, free of commercial influences, members are engaged to exchange knowledge to advance association leadership and congress management.


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 31 members that inspires and encourages its members to achieve excellence in association and congress organisation.

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05/06/2019 » 07/06/2019
EFORT Annual Congress

02/12/2019 » 06/12/2019
IDF Congress 2019, 2-6 Dec 2019

Hosting the Annual Meeting 2020LEARN MORE

Cities and convention bureaus interested in hosting the AC Forum General Assembly and Annual Meeting are welcome to apply. 
The meeting always takes place the third week of January, from Thursday to Saturday.


20th AC Forum Annual meeting  | 17-19 January 2019 | Vienna, Austria

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The new educational programme is now available. Discover our sessions featuring Education, Membership Growth & engagement, the newly designed "Destination Corner" and the Hands-on Forum on Operations!

Come and cerebrate with us in this attempt to make
our organisations Fit for Future.

Our Members Include

AC Forum Secretariat

Mrs Sabrina Marchal
T: +41 21 343 4400
E: secretariat@acforum.net

Registered Address

AC Forum
c/o Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Dr. Karl Lueger-Platz 5
A-1010 Wien

Corresponding Address

AC Forum
c/o EFORT Head Office
La Pièce 2
1180 Rolle (VD)