In response to feedback from contributors regarding their experience with the IEEE conference application process, IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) has undertaken a priority effort to make it more efficient and user-friendly.
MCE has established a phased approach to make changes to the ICX conference application form and system along with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) template. The following changes represent the first phase in evolution of the ICX conference application and MOU template.
ICX/Conference Information Schedule Changes - Phase 1
ICX/MOU Template - Phase 1
Under the area labeled “RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SPONSORING PARTIES” the following items were removed:
If the submitter of the Conference Application indicates that their conference materials will not be part of the CPP we will also remove the following items under the area labeled “TECHNICAL PROGRAM”
We are also removing the following clauses from all MOUs:
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Registration for the 8th annual Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) has opened. 2013 POCO will be held 25-27 July 2013 in Portland, OR USA.
POCO offers conference organizers and OU leadership excellent opportunities to increase knowledge about organizing high quality conferences, meet colleagues and learn more about IEEE and industry conference practices. Content and topics will be of interest for attendees of all experience levels.Registration will be open through 15 June 2013, on a space available basis. Don't delay!
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What better way to introduce your Technical Society than participating in the IEEE Conference Member Recruitment (CMR) Program. The IEEE CMR program provides a great incentive to those who join the IEEE at your conference: each higher-grade, full-dues paying IEEE membership applicant is given one year of membership to one of IEEE's 38 Technical Societies at no cost to the member or your Society.
The program runs in parallel with the IEEE membership year (16 August - 15 August) and is one of the most successful membership development tools available.
United Airlines was the first to increase change fees, followed quickly by US Airways. For Domestic US flights, the cost to revise a non-refundable fare went up USD $50, from $150 to $200. International flights also rose by $50, up to $300. These charges are on top off any fare difference charge. Fees on less restricted fares (with higher prices) or refundable tickets remain unchanged.
With earnings pressure being experienced by all carriers, industry watchers are forecasting most major carriers to follow suit. Travelers should fully understand the restrictions and fees before booking a specific fare. Some analysis of the total cost of the airfare may be very valuable.
read more see the CNBC Blog.
Congress rushed through emergency legislation the past weekend that should prevent a re-occurrence. However, conference committees should be aware that in the current political climate, the situation could change rapidly.
US based conferences scheduled for the remainder of 2013 will be well served to monitor this situation closely as it could impact attendees travel plans and conference hotel attrition, especially as the event date grows nearer. Inclusion of travel advice in confirmation materials may help lessen impacts and last minute scrambling.
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