Home' micenet eMag : micenet AUSTRALIA December 2014 January 2015 Contents ICMS Australasia general manager, Emma Bowyer, says she has
never worked on a conference of this type before, and is quick
to point out that she is planning to adopt some practices for
future events she is involved in.
“When you talk about a normal conference you have a plenary,
people sitting in a room, receiving the content, and then going
back to their work when the conference is over and reengineering
what they’ve learnt at the congress into their own environment,”
“This event isn’t like that at all. The organisers don’t want people
to have didactic conversations, they want people to make new
contacts, engage, form an alliance, build a legacy plan and then
come back in 10 years’ time and report on what they’ve done.
“This congress is a launch pad for so many thousands of hours
that they are asking individuals to contribute from this point forward.”
Aside from the standard conference plenary meetings, IUCN
World Parks ran something like 230 separate events throughout
the week on subjects and topics that were being run by delegates.
“In June this year we made a call out to everyone who was on
the database saying if you would like to have an event but don’t
wish to be part of the actual program then submit an application
to us for a congress event. We had something like 400-odd
applications which were then reviewed, and around 60 per cent of
those were approved.”
The application process not only asked what the content was
on but went deeper, asking applicants to explain what they hoped
the outcomes of the event would be, what their contribution to the
congress was, and how they would manage the event. IUCN
wanted an action plan after the meeting to ensure that what was
discussed would result in change.
Ms Bowyer said one example is The African Leaders World
Dialogue, which was a roundtable event held in the RM Williams
Stables that discussed the challenges Africa has with bushfires.
Apparently 70 per cent of fires in the world are in Africa. Their strategy
was to discuss and formulate a plan for reducing fires in Africa.
Every presentation was captured – 24 concurrent sessions each
day – and that content was uploaded by midnight on the same
day onto the IUCN system that included a report on the outcomes
that were agreed upon at each session. Delegates who missed
the session could watch it online at a later date. Staging
Connections was the key technology partner.
Similar to the conference streams and presentations, Ms Bowyer
said the exhibition was also very different to the standard one.
“At a typical exhibition you have exhibition stands where people
sell products. There’s none of that here. There are exhibition
booths operated by people who are running programs. Their aim
in exhibiting is to educate people about that program and then
forming an alliance with delegates.
“At this exhibition, the pavilions, or what you would call custom
exhibition stands, are actually theatre spaces where talks are held;
where people learn about what it is they do; and make those
Record attendance figures
More than 6000 delegates attended IUCN World Parks Congress,
a record for the organisation. m
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Ebola threat reduces numbers
Forty-one delegates registered to attend the conference
had visas revoked just prior to the meeting.
Delegates were from a number of the countries on the World
Health Organisation’s list of ebola-infected countries.Further
security measures were undertaken with the organisers
having to send a list of delegates attending from African
nations to the Immigration Department to ensure that none
of these delegates had travelled into an ebola-affected
country in the last 21 days. If they had, then they would also
not be allowed to travel to Australia.
“On-site we engaged a first aid organisation that was fully
briefed on any risks, we had the Westmead Hospital
infectious diseases unit on constant standby – with a
direct line to the director of that unit,” PCO, Emma
“At the watercooler stations we had hand sanitizers, and
everybody was briefed about symptoms, and what to look
for. We had a comprehensive plan in place.” m
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