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UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has announced that it’s 2020 Global Congress will be a digital-only event. The theme of the event is ‘Resilience’, and it will take place from 16 – 19 November 2020.

“Quality content, flexible timings and accessibility – these are the best ways to serve the global UFI community right now.”

“Our members have been telling us they want to connect, learn and have the global UFI community brought together. Since COVID-19 will not allow us to do this face-to-face, we are moving online, to host the most accessible UFI Global Congress ever. Quality content, flexible timings and accessibility – these are the best ways to serve the global UFI community right now,” says Mary Larkin, UFI President and CEO of Diversified Communications USA.

To make the event globally accessible, the programme has been built around prime regional time slots for Asia/Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and the Americas.

Confirmed speakers include economist Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger (Munich Security Conference), industry leaders Charlie McCurdy (Informa Markets), Carina Bauer (IMEX), Hugh Jones (Reed Exhibitions), Mary Larkin (Diversified Communications) and Simon Kimble (Clarion Events), digital experts Dahlia El Gazzar (DAHLIA + Agency) and Marco Giberti (Vesuvio Ventures), and many others. You can view the programme here.

To make the event globally accessible, the programme has been built around prime regional time slots for Asia/Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and the Americas. This means attendees can connect and follow live from their own time zone and watch other sessions on-demand.

UFI members can purchase single tickets or discounted group tickets (for five or ten colleagues from an UFI member company).

“Budgets are tight everywhere, so we are making it possible to join the Global Congress for as little as €145 per person for group bookings, and €245 for a single registration. We are doing what we can to allow anyone who is interested from our member companies to join the event,” says Sonia Thomas, COO at UFI. “Colleagues who registered for the previously planned face-to-face gatherings in Basel and Dubai will be contacted and rebooked based on their preference.”

Participants can secure their place now here.

The home of the digital Global Congress will be an online portal, hosted on the Grip platform, with technology from Glisser embedded. The platform will go live approximately a week before the start of the Global Congress, allowing participants to familiarize themselves with it and start using the platform’s match-making and scheduling features for networking.