Project Description

Event Details

NAME

The Australasian College of Dermatologists 54th Annual Scientific Meeting

LOCATION

Adelaide Convention Centre

DAYS

Five (5)

DELEGATES

>900

PRESENTERS

50 invited speakers

SESSIONS

Over 40 sessions with 2-3 concurrent streams

E-POSTERS

241

Case Study: The Australasian College of Dermatologists 54th Annual Scientific Meeting

Who 

The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) is the sole medical college for the training and continuing professional development of medical practitioners in the specialty of dermatology.

What 

ACD’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is one of College’s primary educational events, promoted to, and attended by Fellows, practitioners, students, clinicians and nurses from across Australia and overseas. The Meeting provides delegates with a vast educational program which includes keynote lectures, e-Posters, oral presentations and workshops. Connecting with one another through social events and networking opportunities between delegates and exhibitors are also main components of the Meeting. This year’s Meeting was the first in-person event for College since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Challenge 

As well as this ASM being the first in-person event to run again for ACD, the Meeting was also Think Business Events’ first foray back into IRL events! This was a challenge unto itself, but one the team were excited to tackle head on. After years of executing virtual events, there were many factors to be considered that just hadn’t been relevant for a long time.

Re-establishing the procedures and processes that come with bringing masses of people together like the logistical operations, event features like signage, name badges, staffing and volunteers, and exhibition builds were all things the team needed to consider and reacquaint themselves with.

The conference program covered 21 different topic areas which created quite the puzzle when putting the program together. And managing expectations of delegates for what was, for many of them their first event back since the start of the pandemic. It was also important to offer sponsors and exhibitors the reassurance that professional events were back on track and worthwhile to them to continue to include in their overall marketing plans.

How we did it 

  • Regular meetings with the committee to openly discuss any challenges or roadblocks
  • Regular internal meetings within the TBE team to support one another on individual tasks related to the conference management process
  • Worked with ACD and the ASM committee members in a true collaborative relationship
  • Promoted the value of F2F conferencing to delegates through clear and emotive messaging via email marketing
  • Offered an on-demand content option that was available post-event
  • Offered sponsors the option to support silent sessions that were adjacent to the main program within the exhibition hall along with other branding opportunties

The organising committee made an additional effort to offer a number of events in the social program to give attendees plenty of options to socialise and network. They included:

  • College Party
  • Meet the Board Mixer
  • Awards
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Golf Tournament

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