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AC Forum Membership

AC Forum membership supports the highest level of association and congress management through an open exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences. It does this by providing its members with a number of opportunities to freely exchange knowledge, expertise and experiences with peers facing comparable challenges in the association and congress industry in an environment that is confidential, trusting and free from commercial influence.

Members are the core of AC Forum, with peer-to-peer learning at the heart of the organisation. Active member participation, both in the organisation of activities and the attendance of such activities, is a requirement.

Membership is open to any organisation legally registered as a non-profit association according to the laws of the country in which it is constituted.


Membership Categories

AC Forum consists of two types of members: full members and provisional members.

Full membership:

Full membership is open to organisations meeting all of the following criteria:

  • the organisation is a supranational association representing a particular profession or professional field;the organisation is not a trade organisation;
  • the organisation commits to fully participate in AC Forum activities in Europe through AC Forum’s educational offerings and General Assembly;
  • the organisation does not contract an association or congress management company to manage its organisation, unless this company has been established by the non-profit organisation with the exclusive purpose to serve the aims and objectives of the non-profit organisation according to its article of association;
  • the organisation holds a conference on a regular basis, e.g. every 2 years with at least 2,000 registered participants;
  • the organisation has ownership of, and is the initiator of, the conference and the programme structure under the executive responsibility of a senior member of staff having substantial responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organisation's conference.

Provisional membership:

Provisional membership is open to organisations that fail to meet all criteria for full membership at the time of application, but have clearly stated the intention to fulfil the criteria for full membership within the next 3 years.

Provisional membership is granted on an observer basis for a period of 1 year and is subject to renewal after such a period. Renewal is considered only in cases where sufficient interaction with AC Forum exists, thus making further collaboration useful.

Provisional members have no voting rights and someone from the organisation is not eligible for positions in the Board.


Membership Fee

The annual AC Forum membership fee is €1,500. 

AC Forum Secretariat

Finola Quinn
T: +353 51644040

Registered Address

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

Corresponding Address

AC Forum
c/o Finola Quinn
Co Kilkenny
E32 H729