Your calendar: Join the community of international associations at the Midweek Talks

Your calendar: Join the community of international associations at the Midweek Talks

The pandemia related situation of spring this year has been a major change for all of society, with a clear impact on the work and life of associations. Let us remain positive, let us continue to support each other and to fight together this difficult moment and to move forward. It is therefore also for these reasons that the Association Bureau organizes virtual gatherings between international associations.


Upcoming Events: 

  • MidWeek Talk - Wednesday September 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. REGISTER HERE!

We are here to answer your questions. Do not hesitate to contact us via!


NEXT EDITION: Wednesday September 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. REGISTER HERE!

The programme for the next Midweek Talk: (coming up soon)


Taking place every month, this online consultation meeting with the association community offers a UNIQUE opportunity to

  • Express your questions, difficulties and reflections
  • Exchange on most relevant issues for international associations active in Brussels
  • Share solutions, stories, testimonials and good initiatives

We believe that this fresh initiative can be an incubator for the transformation and future relevance of our entire sector. By identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities for common education and growth, let’s shape together the Association International community of tomorrow!

Join the online open talk entirely and solely dedicated to International Associations based in Brussels!

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    Did you miss the previous Midweek Talks? Please find here the summaries and slides of the previous sessions:

    August 5, 2020 - agenda & speakers

    • Welcome note – Milena Zandonà ( Strategy)
    • Special Recovery Fund : B2B Meetings & Events in Brussels – Thierry van Eyll ( International Development)
    • FAQ Post-Covid19 : How to prepare for a SMART start in September? – Benita Lipps ( Association Helpdesk)
      • Towards SMART compliance
      • Towards SMART working
      • Towards SMART digitisation
    • Live survey – analysis & conclusions
    • Coming next calendar  


    July 8, 2020 - summary & speakers
    Programme & speakers: 


    June 10, 2020 - summary & speakers
    Programme & speakers: 

    • Introduction & Recovery Plan – Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director Strategy & International Development
    • Trainings program initiative – Céline Batteauw, Quality Destination Expert
    • Meetings & Events in Brussels – Thierry van Eyll, Convention Bureau
    • Survey results on Associations and Destinations – Kai Troll, AssociationWorld
    • FAQ for International Associations & open discussion


    May 6, 2020 - summary & speakers
    During this second virtual meeting, Giuseppe Marletta of ESAE intervened to bring his knowledge and answers to associations. Again, interesting exchanges took place between the representatives of the International Associations.


    April 22, 2020 - summary & speakers
    This first MidWeek Talk was the start of online discussions with 20 of representatives of International Associations. This allowed the key partners and the teams of the Association Bureau to gather the key questions and the various testimonies of some representatives of associations based in Brussels.


    Our Midweek Talk series take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 11 am for up to an hour. We present the latest developments for associations in Brussels by and guest speakers. Are you a representative of an association and would you like to join us for the next session? Contact us at and you will receive all the respective details prior to each meeting.

    Also, if you would like to share with us an idea, proposal or opinion, the Brussels Association Helpdesk is HERE for you, offering swift, practical and free support to Brussels International Associations. Your ideas & suggestions will feed our next Midweek sessions and future activities. Thank you in advance for sharing your opinions and input with the community!