The Brewers of Europe Forum
For the first time in the history of Europe's beer sector, The Brewers of Europe, the voice of brewers vis-à-vis the European and international organisations organised a business-to-business, multidisciplinary congress and exhibition celebrating Europe as the cradle of modern beer. The rationale for this new initiative was that whilst drinks fairs and brewing science congresses do exist in some parts of Europe, nobody had until now developed a concept whereby brewers of all sizes and from all European (and non-European) countries would meet for two days and exchange views on strategic, commercial, reputational and technical opportunities for breweries in a fastmoving world. The Congress featured an unprecedented number of speakers from all kinds of breweries in Europe and outside Europe. The Congress and exhibition took place at Square Brussels Meeting Centre.
2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
The conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing or EMNLP is a yearly leading academic conference in the area of natural language processing (computer sciences). The conference has rank A according to the Australian Core Ranking of Computer Science conferences. According to Google Scholar the conference is classified under the categories Engineering & Computer Science/Computational Linguistics and ranks on the third place in this category. In 2018, Brussels was chosen to host this important conference. From 31 October to 4 November 2018, more than 2400 researchers traveled to Brussels to attend this conference.
56th International Young Lawyers’ Congress
AIJA is the global association devoted to lawyers and in-house counsel aged 45 and under. The showpiece of the AIJA year is the International Young Lawyers’ Congress, attracting 700 participants from around 60 different countries, practicing in every field of law. In 2018 AIJA had the pleasure and honour of hosting its Congress in Brussels. It was a special occasion to reveal the treasures of the city and its inhabitants whilst giving participants the opportunity to join a quality academic programme on ‘Is the dream of globalisation over ? Are we heading towards or away from international integration?’. Participants discovered the different facets of Brussels from taking part in a
greeting ceremony to Manneken Pis dressed as a lawyer, a welcome cocktail in the Royal Galleries, dinners with the locals, to playing the role of comic strip heroes. This Congress successfully managed not only to find the right ways for delegates to learn, network and share but also experience Brussels fully.
Destinations for All 2018 - 2ème Sommet mondial du tourisme accessible
The second Destinations for All 2018 - World Summit on Accessible Tourism and its "Accessible Holidays and Leisure" exhibition took place on 1 and 2 October 2018 at The Egg conference centre in Brussels. These events were organised by the CAWaB (Wallonia-Brussels Accessibility Collectivity) and the MCI company, selected following a call for partnerships launched in autumn 2016. The event supported, among others, by visit.brussels, brought together 400 tourism stakeholders from 42 countries as well as international organisations such as the WTO, ISTO, ENAT, UITP and others. The CAWaB campaigns and acts on a daily basis to improve accessibility for persons with reduced mobility in transport, culture and tourism, as well as during elections, in education and buildings, etc. The "Destinations for All" 2018 global summit presented innovations and best practice for the development of accessible destinations and was an exceptional venue for meetings and exchanges of ideas and experiences on this issue.
World Annual General Assembly
Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world's airports held its 28th World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Brussels from 18 to 20 June 2018, providing a unique opportunity for Aviation industry leaders from all around the world to meet, connect, create change and plan on strategic industry growth. The conference theme was "Airports as Brands and Businesses" and aimed to address to the consequences of the ongoing evolution of the airport industry into companies building brand relationships with air travelers. Brussels Airport, with the support of the Brussels Region, hosted the event which took place in the SQUARE congress center at the heart of the European capital. The delegates experienced the famous Belgian hospitality, rich cultural and artistic diversity. The conference attracted over 600 delegates plus accompanying persons and some 40 exhibitors and sponsors, originating from 63 countries.
TALES@home - Talking About Language and EmotionS at Home
Foyer vzw is an integration centre and focuses on projects for and in collaboration with immigrant communities in Brussels. These families are pretty much multilingual by definition and projects based on a multilingual upbringing are therefore one of the key topics. The focus lies on empowering the families, improving their mother tongue and learning the integration language. In a two-year European project led by Foyer, the specific focus lay on multilingualism and how this is experienced within families. A digital tool was developed that can be used to reinforce the language environment and in situations where language choices have a negative impact on welfare or opportunities for language learning. Partners from England, Italy and Lithuania were all involved in the project. The outcome, after two years of work, was a conference and expert meeting on 8 and 9 May 2018 with the title: ‘Talking about Language and EmotionS at home. A project aimed at empowering multilingual families.’ 130 people attended the conference, 1/3 of whom came from abroad: experts in the field of multilingualism and international participants connected with the project.