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Each year, a number of AC Forum educational activities are organised by and for AC Forum members. These are targeted, small-scale meetings on a specific topic aimed at in depth discussion.



The Education Working Group serves to develop, enhance, co-ordinate and advise the AC Forum Board on the educational activities of the association. Its primary focus is the educational programme for the Annual Meeting, but it also develops, or advises upon, educational activities led by AC Forum, including workshop and webinar options.

The term of office of a member is two years, following which s/he can be reappointed for one additional successive term.

The Education Working Group reports to the AC Forum Board. All educational activities must be approved by the Board.

Education Working Group 2020-2021:


Davi Kaur (EORTC), AC Forum Education Officer


Nicole Kaijser (EAIE), AC Forum Board Member

Andreu Gusi (EBMT), AC Forum Board Member

Raffaella Donadio (ESA)

Gabrielle Mouterde (ISUOG)

Chiara Parisotto (ESOT)

Miriam Ravelo Gonzalez (ISN)

Oliver Wykes (WindEurope)

Tracy Bury (World Physiotherapy), AC Forum President - ex officio

Carola van der Hoeff (FIP), AC Forum President - ex officio



A deeper dive into the topics from our first series of webinars! We are running a follow-up series of smaller, focused discussion groups, where AC Forum colleagues can explore in more detail the issues and opportunities arising from COVID-19 – and beyond.

The sessions are open to the staff of all members organisations, although numbers are limited to encourage active discussion. As for the other webinars, recordings of the webinars will be available to AC Forum member staff in the members area of the website.

Post COVID-19: how to plan for 2021

Date:   Tuesday 15 September, 14.30-15.30 CEST

Moderator:   Tracy Bury (WCPT)

Panellists:   Isabel Bardinet (ESC), Doris Möstl (UEG), Alessandro Cortese (ESTRO)

Learning Objectives:

  • Identifying the key challenges for 2021
  • What to take on board when compiling next year’s budget
  • How to manage resources


Past Webinars:

Recordings of these webinars are available to AC Forum member staff in the members area of the website.

Exhibition & sponsorship for virtual events

Date:   Tuesday 16 June, 14.00-15.00 CEST

Moderator:   Daniel Waigl (CIRSE)

Panellists:   Denis McEvoy (IBE), Florian Wild (EAN), Emily Blitz (IAS)


Virtual meetings driving new business models

Date:   Tuesday 23 June, 11.00-12.00 CEST

Moderator:   Andreu Gusi (EBMT)

Panellists:   Anja Sander (EAN), Malgosia Bartosik (WindEurope), Julia Rautenstrauch (EULAR)


Measuring the success of a virtual meeting from a programme perspective

Date:   Tuesday 30 June, 11.00-12.00 CEST

Moderator:  Nicole Kaisjer (EAIE)

Panellists:   Amy Farr (ERS), Christine Gouillard (ESC)



AC Forum ran a series of webinars for members, with discussions on important topics affecting our associations because of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Recordings of the webinars are available to AC Forum member staff in the members area of the website.

Governance in a virtual world – constitutions, virtual general assemblies and e-voting

Date:  Friday 24 April, 14.30-15.30 CET

Facilitator:  Tracy Bury

Panellists:  Jonathon Kruger (WCPT), Sarash de Wilde (ISME)


Cancelling and postponing events – contract, insurance and finance headaches

Date:  Tuesday 28 April, 14.30-15.30 CET

Facilitator:  Carola van der Hoeff

Panellists:  Ben Hainsworth (EASL), Davi Kaur (EORTC), Arnaud Ponsart (ESTRO), Kathleen Warden (SEC), Martin Linfield (Hiscox)


Open conversation: The impact of COVID-19 – advocacy and support options for AC Forum

Date:  Monday 4 May, 14.00-15.00 CET

Facilitators:  Tracy Bury & Carola van der Hoeff

Panellists:   Adrian Ott (EFORT), Wendy Holloway (ISUOG), Nicole Kaijser (EAIE)


Converting from face-to-face to fully virtual events

Date:  Wednesday 13 May,11.00-12.00 CET

Facilitator:  Davi Kaur

Panellists:  Emily Blitz (IAS), Florian Wild (EAN)



Due to COVID-19, the workshops planned for 2020 have been postponed to 2021.

Collaborative Learning Experience (CLE) with the Leading Centres of Europe: Persuasion in negotiation

Date: 29 & 30 June 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021

Location: Milan (Italy)


Workshop on strategically developing, delivering and evaluating your scientific programmes

Organised by: IAS, ERS, ECNP, UEG, ESA

Date: 5 & 6 November 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021

Location: UEG office Vienna (Austria)


Workshop on strategically developing , delivering and evaluating your scientific programmes

Organised by: CIRSE & ESOT

Date: 3 & 4 December 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021

Location: Vienna (Austria)


Update: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, IMEX-Frankfurt and all related events were cancelled.

IMEX Association Focus: Workshop on congress management

Organised by: WCPT & FIP

Date: 11 May 2020 CANCELLED

Location: IMEX Frankfurt (Germany)

IMEX Association Focus: "Association Leadership Focus session" with Tracy Bury contributing as a speaker

Date: 11 May 2020 CANCELLED

Location: IMEX Frankfurt (Germany)




  • Collaborative Learning Experience with The Leading Centres of Europe
    Organised by: The Leading Centres and AC Forum
    Date: 1-2 July 2019
    Location: Glasgow
  • Collaborative Learning Experience Switzerland & General congress management
    Organised by: Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau (SCIB) and AC Forum
    Date: 16-18 October 2019
    Location: Geneva, Lucerne, Basel (Switzerland)
    This workshop was cancelled.
  • Managing your staff and volunteers
    Organised by: ESC, ISN and IBE
    Date: TBC
    Location: ESC Heart House in Sophia Antipolis (France)
    This workshop is postponed.


  • International VAT
    Organised by: EAGE, EAO, EBMT and ERS

  • Healthcare Organisations (HCOs), tomorrow’s educators: an interactive exchange workshop
    Organised by: EFORT, ERS, ESC and UEG
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
    Organised by: EFORT


  • Leveraging Social Media and Digital Content for Associations
    Organised by: ISN & ECCO
  • Compliance
    Organised by: EASL & EADV
  • Membership Experience and Strategic Planning
    Organised by: IAS


  • Scientific & Educational Content in the Digital World
    Organised by: ESC, ECCO & EASL
  • Marketing & Corporate Relations
    Organised by: ESOT & EASL
  • Fundraising
    Organised by: ECCO


  • Congress Management
    Organised by: ECNP & FIP
  • Scientific & Educational Programmes at Live Educational Events
    Organised by: WCPT & ESC


  • Registration
    Organised by: ECCO
  • Industry & Sponsorship
    Organised by: CIRSE
  • How to maximise your fundraising
    Organised by: ECCO
  • Ethical Compliance
    Organised by: CIRSE


  • Risk Management
    Organised by: WCPT
  • eLearning: Improving quality and integrating eLearning in educational offering
    Organised by: ESC
  • All things "Abstract"
    Organised by: WCPT
  • New VAT regulations in EU
    Organised by: ESC


  • Education and Certification
    Organised by: ESC
  • Ethical Compliance
    Organised by: CIRSE
  • IT Solutions & Enhancements for Onsite Congress Operations
    Organised by: ESC
  • Social Media
    Organised by: ESR & ECNP
  • Social Responsibility
    Organised by: IAS


  • Bidding & Destination Management
    Organised by: ECCO
  • Congress Programme
    Organised by: ESC
  • Branding & Communication & Marketing of Associations
    Organised by: ESA
  • Member Service Excellence
    Organised by: IAS
  • Event Cancellation Insurance and Risk Management
    Organised by: IDF


  • Challenges towards a successful Scientific Programme
    Organised by: ECCO
  • Conference Evaluation
    Organised by: IAS
  • New VAT Regulations in EU
    Organised by: ESC
  • Social Responsibility
    Organised by: IAS
  • Registration
    Organised by: ESC
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