European Meetings & Events Conference - 9 - 11 February 2020


By: Lexi Pettigrew | Dec 10, 2019

About EMEC20

EMEC20 will take place in Sevilla, Spain 9-11 February 2020 and it marks the 31st edition of the event.  

This year’s theme, Push your boundaries, will build off the success of EMEC19 and carry on the tradition of changing the game.

EMEC20 is building on the bold tradition of MPI’s European conference and will push your boundaries to change the world. Here are some highlights you can share.

  • The event’s designed for Europeans by Europeans and will be one of the most exciting events MPI’s produced in the European marketplace. 65 Volunteers from across Europe used the #EventCanvas methodology to jointly design the event. 

  • EMEC20 is a place for new ideas to be tested, building on 2019’s success in The Netherlands. Think of it as an incubator for the industry and for MPI’s events.  As the biggest industry association in Europe with ties and partnerships that connect to the U.S. and beyond, you may see ideas showing up at places like WEC…and around the world!

  • The popular LEARNING JOURNEY is back!

    This very popular education format is returning to EMEC. Get ready to choose your own adventure focused around one of the four main conference topics.

    • Have you ever flown a fighter jet as part of a stress management course?

    • Are you curious about what horses could possibly teach you about leadership?

    • Perhaps you'd prefer to visit a Sevilla opera house to learn about storytelling for business?

    •  Or maybe you're interested in a fast paced entrepreneurship experience where you learn design thinking while creating positive change in the city you visit?

  • Choose from four main conference tracks to orient your EMEC20 experience and education. Here are the learning journeys and sessions currently confirmed:

    • Leadership
      Learning journey: Horse Assisted Leadership Development @ an Andalusian Ranch

    • Stress Management
      Learning journey: Stress Management and decision making under pressure @ Airbus

  • Design Thinking

    Learning journey: Social impact Design Thinking Challenge @ Alalá Foundation

  • Storytelling

Learning journey: Storytelling for leaders @ the Opera

500 years ago, Iberian explorers Magellan and Elcano set sail from Sevilla, returning three years later having achieved an astonishing maritime feat—the first circumnavigation of the globe, proving that Earth is round and not flat. An epic journey that made the first intercontinental human, economic, cultural and biological exchanges possible. The compass and astrolabe have been replaced by the GPS and smartphones, but the essence of these early journeys remains intact. It’s the passion for traveling, for exploring other cultures, for sharing experiences on both sides of the ocean. 

We invite you to join us this February to gather with fellow European colleagues—and colleagues from around the world—to follow in the footsteps of great explorers to push your boundaries as a meeting and event professional and to design the next generation of astonishing, world-changing events.



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Lexi Pettigrew
MPI UK & Ireland, VP of Communications


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