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[ EMEC19 ]

We changed the game! 

The European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC19) was all about change. With its revolutionary design, EMEC19 offered a unique learning experience rather than yet another conference. The 4-day programme was focussed on how meeting & event professionals can change the way they meet, experience and learn and how to apply new formats in their next event.


EMEC19 offered an innovative testing ground for event planners to experience new learning styles and conference formats. ‘Too often, conferences use the same design. We thought it was time to change. Therefore, we designed a lab for professionals rather than yet another conference where you sit and listen all day’, said Gijs Verbeek, executive director MPI Netherlands Chapter. ‘EMEC19 offered sixteen hours of education and more than twelve hours of networking – bar time was not included.’

The programme of EMEC19 was based on four topics: Risk Management, Design Thinking, Leadership and Meeting Perspectives. Delegates had the choice to follow one of these four dedicated conference tracks – allowing them to deep dive into the subject – or cherry pick from the different sessions. Meanwhile, serious networking was integrated in several ways and moments during the programme, e.g. based on country of origin, business interest and choice of leisure activities. Also, a conference dinner and a ticket to MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous were included.

With 50 % of the EMEC19 tracks being interactive, attendees were challenged to put their action mode on. One example of a changing learning method was scenario-based learning – applied to 58 world leaders during the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). By participating in a real-life scenario, delegates could experience their response to a situation and learn ‘on the job’.

In addition, over 50% of the program took place outside of the conference centre. EMEC19 took its delegates on learning journeys to learn from cross-industry innovations. During these journeys, they explored how other industries deal with the same challenges our industry is facing. By offering a testing ground, EMEC19 was a great way to see and learn new formats – to develop attendees’ future business – as well as a safe environment to experience new learning styles.

EMEC19 took place on 9-12 February in The Hague. It is an international conference, organised by MPI Netherlands Chapter, designed by and for people working in the meeting & events industry.








MPI EMEC2019 - Evaluation results - summary






Saturday Hosted Buyer Programme



Saturday Official Start of EMEC19



Sunday Learning Journeys



Sunday Keynote by Daan Roosegaarde



Monday Conference day



Monday Rendezvous



Tuesday Festivalisation


Tuesday time to say goodbye




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