European Association Summit 2021: The Future is NOW!

27th Apr, 2021

The next edition of the European Association Summit confirms Brussels’ commitment to associations by addressing how to overcome future challenges. The event, to be held fully online between today and Thursday, will deliver expert meetings in an interactive format that focuses on innovation.

Organised by, together with various partners, the 9th edition of the European Association Summit will embrace a new format. Held for the first time in a fully virtual environment, the event aims to gather the wide association community around four themes: Business and Strategy, Communication and Membership, Event Organisation and Public affairs. The selection of topics has been done to match all major areas of association activities.

Focus on the future in all areas

The European Association Summit 2021 will be delivering practical examples of association activities closely related to the latest political, societal and technological challenges. Whether linked to sustainability goals, association finance, membership development or advocacy at the international level, the event’s sessions aim to guide associations through the best ways of addressing the common challenges they are confronted by.

“We are enthusiastic to see the conference with a new approach and support associations with expert knowledge. We want to continue our long relationship online. The association meetings sector has been a driver for knowledge exchange across humanity and we wish to see it recover in the best possible way” says Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director of the Strategy and International Department at

The conference will be held on a new digital platform with focused sessions in various formats (lab sessions, case studies and demo sessions) allowing attendees to explore the variety of possibilities for interaction and knowledge exchange. Aside from being a response to the current global health and sanitary crisis, the switch to a virtual event is also part of a larger, forward-looking move towards digital transformation and technological enhancement undertaken in Brussels for meetings and venues.

The European Association Summit is the annual event gathering the association community in the world’s international associations capital, Brussels. Organised since 2013, the conference has been a frontrunner of educational activities for association professionals. As the home of more than 2,400 international associations, the Brussels-Capital Region has developed services to guide international associations through establishing headquarters and community development. Those services are led by a dedicated team within

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