September ABPCO roundtable to focus on congress bidding process

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) will examine the issue of bidding to host a congress at its latest roundtable discussion, to be held at Oxford Martin School on 22 September.

Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development and director of Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and former World Bank vice-president, will open the event with a presentation entitled ‘The Future in 20 Years’.

Attendees will then discuss the benefits of bidding to host a congress under Chatham House rules.

“The opportunity to discuss this subject in great detail is something we expect to be quite popular,” said ABPCO joint-chair Caroline Windsor.

“There are many benefits and challenges when hosting a congress so the idea of this event will be to give attendees a balanced overview of what is right for their business. We are honoured to have Professor Ian Goldin joining us for the event and I expect those that attend will feel inspired by what he has to say.”

Discussion points for the event include:

  • Why bid? What are the risks and rewards of hosting a congress? Will it help your organisation be recognised as a centre of excellence?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders in producing a bid?
  • What is the essential information you should receive in an RFP (request for proposal) in order to produce a bid?
  • What factors influence the success of a bid?
  • Who pays for producing the bid?

ABPCO members and industry professionals interested in taking part in this event can find further detail and booking information at

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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