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Associations Forum Hosts 16th National Conference Face-to-Face

Heralding the return to face-to-face conferencing for association professionals, the 16th annual Associations Forum National Conference was hosted face-to-face on 10 – 12 April 2022, at Melbourne’s new, state-of-the-art conferencing and events centre, CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park. 

After a long trial of cancelled, postponed and virtual events, the team, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors relished the opportunity to meet face-to-face and share association knowledge, case studies and expertise. Over the two-day conference, Associations Forum welcome hundreds of association experts, executives and Board members to multiple educational sessions, learning labs and networking events. 

The conference opened on 10 April with a first-time meet and greet and welcome drinks, hosted by CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park. Conferencing continued with a plenary session chaired by Associations Forum’s advisor, Dr Andrew Gosbell featuring CEO of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, Stephen Durkin, and CEO of the Australian Psychological Society, Dr Zena Burgess, who shared their association experience and case studies. Following a suite of multi-stream sessions, the first evening ended with a spectacular dinner hosted by MCG Events and Melbourne Convention Bureau at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

Educational sessions and learning labs continued across the second day of the conference, Impero hosted an exhibitor passport prize draw and association professionals, suppliers and Associations Forum staff enjoyed the opportunity to meet face-to-face, discuss perennial issues within the associations sector and enjoy the opportunity to learn from association peers.

Thrilled with a strong return to face-to-face conferencing, Associations Forum looks forward to hosting the 2023 conference face-to-face.


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