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BY ASSOCIATIONS FOR ASSOCIATIONS

Advancing Association Leadership &
Congress Management

BY ASSOCIATIONS FOR ASSOCIATIONS

Advancing Association Leadership &
Congress Management

  • AC Forum is the only platform established exclusively for and by associations
  • Our members are international and regional self-managed, not-for-profit 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

  • We aim to be the recognised global leader for associations driving innovation and excellence in leadership for impact and AC Forum is highly sought-after for thought leadership and good practice

Upcoming Events

AC Forum is a connected, engaged community, which facilitates connections. We recognise and support the needs of different segments and we arrange educational and networking events to support our members and to build alliances and partnerships with suitable organisations for research and knowledge generation.

AC Forum-ICCA joint event: High level discussion on the future of healthcare meetings

6-8 July 2022

Location: Cannes, France

Webinar ‘Back to the future’ – Decisions, skill-sets and RFPs’

22 September 2022

More information here

Webinar ‘Today’s enthusiasts, tomorrow’s leaders’

27 October 2022

More information here

Why Join AC Forum?

Members are the heart of AC Forum. AC Forum membership supports the highest level of association and congress management through an open exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences. We provide our members with multiple forums to freely interact with peers facing comparable opportunities and challenges in the association and congress industry in an environment that is confidential, trusting and free from commercial influence.

AC Forum is exclusively for and by associations, and membership is for supranational, self-managed, non-profit associations.

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Membership of AC Forum entitles you to:

  • Attend the General Assembly (full members have voting rights)
  • Participate in the AC Forum Annual Meeting, a 2.5-day conference for education and networking.
  • Attend & organise AC Forum educational events, including workshops, webinars, campfires and collaborative learning experiences with external partners.
  • Access to Basecamp, the member communication platform – an unparalleled resource where members share information and expertise.
  • Access to the member area of the AC Forum website.
  • Regular newsletters with updates on AC Forum activities

AC Forum Members

Annual Meeting

The next Annual Meeting and General Assembly will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 19-21 January 2023. The theme of the 2023 Annual Meeting is ‘Building a sustainable future’. We are very much looking forward to the meeting and to discovering Rotterdam, the Gateway to Europe and a city of innovation and progress. Rotterdam Partners Convention Bureau says “We are excited to welcome these esteemed guests to our city, together with our hosting venues.”

Annual Meeting

Case study submission for the Annual Meeting 2023 is open. All members are invited to submit case studies to be considered to form part of the programme. Find more information in the member area.

If you are a convention bureau interested in showcasing your city to major associations, apply to host the AC Forum Annual Meeting. Hosting our Annual Meeting gives an unrivalled opportunity to (re-)introduce your city to our members.

Hosting Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Rotterdam - 2022

The next Annual Meeting and General Assembly will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 20-22 January 2022. The theme of the 2022 Annual Meeting is ‘Building a sustainable future’. We are very much looking forward to the meeting and to discovering Rotterdam, the Gateway to Europe and a city of innovation and progress. Rotterdam Partners Convention Bureau says “We are excited to welcome these esteemed guests to our city, together with our hosting venues.”

Annual Meeting

The next Annual Meeting and General Assembly will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 20-22 January 2022. The theme of the 2022 Annual Meeting is ‘Building a sustainable future’. We are very much looking forward to the meeting and to discovering Rotterdam, the Gateway to Europe and a city of innovation and progress. Rotterdam Partners Convention Bureau says “We are excited to welcome these esteemed guests to our city, together with our hosting venues.”

Hosting Annual Meeting

Education

Education is a cornerstone of AC Forum and is at the core of what we do. In addition to the Annual Meeting, a 2.5-day conference for members, workshops, webinars and campfire meetings provide education on specific topics for association staff and allow member associations to connect with each other.

We are dedicated to delivering valuable, meaningful education and strive to continually improve our educational offerings and knowledge curation for our members. Educational events are often member-led, and offer an unrivalled opportunity for peer exchange and expert education on focused topics.

Annual Meeting

The educational programme of the Annual Meeting is tailored to our members’ needs. Much of the programme is built from case studies submitted by members and rounded out by keynote lectures, masterclasses and expert-led sessions.

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Workshops

Face-to-face workshops are targeted, small-scale meetings over 1.5 days, providing a deep dive on specific topics for association staff dealing with those areas. They also allow member associations to connect with each other.

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Webinars

AC Forum runs regular webinars on topics of high relevance to members. Their virtual nature facilitates participations by more staff, since there is no need to travel, and as most of the webinars are recorded they are available to all AC Forum member staff.

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Campfires

In response to topics or discussions trending among our members, AC Forum arranges Campfire meetings. Campfires are intended as meet-ups for members for discussions on particular topics and are member-driven, informal forums for peer exchange.

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President’s Message

I am honoured and privileged to assume the role of President of AC Forum. I have been on the Board for the past six years and have found AC Forum to be a great association to be involved in. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for AC Forum and its members. This year, we continue with uncertainties and we will have to find ways to deal with them.

Therefore, it is important for our associations to work together and continue to deliver quality, cost-effective, needs-led educational offerings that support association and congress leadership, management and innovation. We can do and achieve more when we work in partnership with others who share our values and objectives, and I feel confident in saying that AC Forum is the global leader for associations driving innovation and excellence for impact.

Carola van der Hoeff - AC Forum President

Our focus for the coming years will be on four objectives:

  • Delivering valuable, meaningful education;
  • Advancing excellence in association leadership;

  • Demonstrating thought leadership and influence on impact; and

  • Building a sustainable, inclusive organization.

The detailed strategic plan of the AC Forum can be found here

I very much look forward to engaging with you all and will do my best to move AC Forum ahead, and I thank our past Presidents for the good position that we are in today.

CAROLA VAN DER HOEFF

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