In 2016 TAS worked with the Australasian College of Dermatologists to deliver their ASM in Perth, held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. The College had previously managed their annual meeting internally and were looking for new and innovative initiatives to attract new and returning delegates. As the use of a PCO was new territory for the Organising Committee, establishing clear and regular communication and effective processes was essential to the success of the partnership and ultimately the event. Once TAS has a full understanding of the event, including any concerns or challenges, the appointed Events Team creates a detailed project budget and critical path.
In the case of the ACD 2016 ASM, TAS worked closely with the Committee to identify new opportunities as it was their first time using a PCO and didn’t want to drastically break from tradition. This included the introduction of e-posters to enhance delegate engagement, changes to the Program/Social event delivery, upgrading the registration system and upgrading their current Conference App. As a result of the effective and successful partnership between the ACD and TAS, the 2016 ASM delivered a strong surplus (in excess of 30%) and resulted in TAS being recontracted to deliver the 2017 & 2018 ASMs in Sydney and the Gold Coast.
In addition to this in 2016, we also managed the Asia-Pacific Combined Dermatology Research Conference in Noosa. TAS worked with ACD, the New Zealand Dermatological Society Inc. (NZDSi) and the Australasian Society for Dermatology Research (ASDR) together with the Japanese Dermatological Association (JDA) and the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID) to provide Event Management services for this joint Asia Pacific meeting. Whilst it was a locally held event, the meeting attracted international delegates and therefore required planning and communication across multiple countries.