The Associations Round Tables are organized annually by the Union of International Associations. The Round Tables, the core of UIA’s education project, provide an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice, to meet other international associations and share experience and knowledge.
In its 15th year of organizing Round Tables for international associations, the UIA is excited to bring this main event to Tokyo and to Prague. 2021 will be the first year UIA will hold the Round Table in a hybrid format, giving associations the opportunity to meet and learn in Tokyo, in Prague or from any location around the world.
The hosts, Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau and Prague Convention Bureau, will welcome the delegates to these exciting cities and provide the online meeting platform. Easy platform access, networking and educational content will combine to provide an engaging and rewarding experience for all onsite and virtual delegates. UIA team members will moderate the sessions throughout, guiding and assisting the delegates.
Participants will meet speakers who are association experts and who will describe challenges they face in their association life and how they are meeting these challenges. Delegates and speakers will split into virtual and onsite break-out rooms for sessions, where each speaker will present a workshop on their topic. All delegates will be able to conduct discussions with the speaker and their peers.
For onsite delegates, the hosts will provide diverse opportunities for exploring Tokyo and Prague.
UIA Associate Members and other industry partners are welcome to join all education and networking sessions throughout the event.
The UIA was founded in 1907 in Brussels with the aim of researching international associations, regardless of location or field of activity. Today the UIA is the world’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive source of information on global civil society. The UIA collects, hosts, and provides up-to-date, reliable information on global civil society and maintains the most comprehensive source of information on international associations, their activities and concerns, and their meetings activities. The UIA publishes the International Congress Calendar Online with more than 500,000 meetings and events organized or sponsored by international associations worldwide, and the Yearbook of International Organizations Online, which includes detailed information on over 41,000 active and approximately 32,000 dormant international organizations from 300 countries and territories. Approximately 1,200 new organization entries are added each year. For more info, visit UIA.org.
The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) is a destination marketing organization that aims to attract international travelers and business events by distributing tourist information, enhancing community tourism, advancing tourism infrastructure, and deepening industry partnerships to fulfill the vision: “Making TOKYO the world’s choice.” Within TCVB is its Business Events Tokyo (BET) team, which comprises a group of professional convention experts dedicated to supporting all convention organizers who intend to hold their meetings in Tokyo. Acting as a one-stop-shop for planners, TCVB is committed to being a strong partner for organizers and meeting planners. TCVB will provide financial and in-kind support to ensure that the meeting is efficiently planned, local resources are optimized, and all efforts are made to assist in attendance promotion. For more info, visit www.tcvb.or.jp/en.
Prague Convention Bureau (PCB) is a non-profit organization established in 2008. The company acts as an official representative of the Prague meetings industry and promotes the city as a one of the European leading congress destinations. Together with Czech tourism bodies, partners and members the PCB offers effective assistance in organizing conferences, meetings, seminars, exhibitions and incentive events in Prague. For more info, visit www.pragueconvention.cz.