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Record Attendance at IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

In the current recession, there are few sectors which are growing rapidly, but one of those is printed electronics. Pre-registered attendance at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe conference, which will be held in Dresden, Germany, on April 7-8, is 20% higher than at the same time before the event last year. Over 700 attendees from 32 countries have registered so far, with a record 66 exhibitors.

Many world first exclusives will be announced, including a breakthrough in thin film memory printing from Thin Film Electronics and Inktec, new low cost copper inks and room temperature sintering from NovaCentrix, and the launch of inkjet printers and materials from Samsung Electromechanics, among others. Dirk Hilbert, the mayor of Dresden, will be opening the prestigious IDTechEx Printed Electronics Awards ceremony, held in a beautiful ballroom in Dresden.

Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, says “We are delighted to bring together world leading end users from many different sectors, including consumer packaged goods, healthcare, automotive and transit, aerospace, advertising and games companies. These companies seek new products and new electronics solutions, and our exhibitors and attendees from industry will have the opportunity to learn of their needs and meet them.” To see examples of end user attendees, go to

Printed Electronics Europe is the only event in Europe to give you the big picture – covering organics to printed inorganics and their application, from toys to energy harvesters. Don’t miss the world’s largest event on the topic – see for full details.

About IDTechEx, host of Printed Electronics Europe

IDTechEx is a knowledge-based consulting company providing research and analysis on Printed and Thin Film Electronics, RFID, and Energy Harvesting.  Since 1999, IDTechEx has given independent marketing, technical and business advice and services on these subjects in three forms – consulting, research and events.  In 2006, IDTechEx was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, after serving customers in more than 50 countries.  With locations in three countries, United Kingdom, United States, and Germany, IDTechEx provides truly global coverage of developments in all of their subject areas.  For more information, visit The IDTechEx Printed Electronics series of events are held in Europe, USA and Asia annually.

For more information on Printed Electronics Europe 2009 please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at

IDTechEx Dates:

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany

Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany

Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK

RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK

Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan

Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA

RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA

Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

Exhibitor take-up rate increases at Building Maintenance and Asset Management Expo Asia 2009 despite the economic downturn

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Bangkok– Despite the global economic crisis worsening by the day, exhibitor take-up rates to participate at Building Maintenance and Asset Management Expo Asia 2009 (BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009) has been better than expected. This positive response from the industry clearly reflects the strong market demand for Your browser may not support display of this image.effective cost saving solutions amid the current economic climate.

Facility owners and managers in Thailand and the surrounding South East Asian region are facing a variety of constraints and challenges, such as shrinking maintenance budgets and resources constraints. There is a greater understanding that conserving resources and cost savings go hand-in hand. This has in turn created strong interests and needs for building systems and high performance solutions to combat rising costs.

Mr Loy Joon How, the organizer of BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 said that cost savings in energy has never been more emphasized until now, especially in old buildings and facilities that are in need of upgrades. Mr Loy added that even in newer facilities, there are commitments to seek solutions that help to optimize energy conservation, especially in HVAC systems, computerized energy management systems, effective maintenance programme, insulations, and other electric-components upgrades.

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High on the “do to� agenda list for facility owners and managers are controlling and reducing maintenance cost. Facility systems such CAFM and CMMS are attracting strong interests from facility owners and managers as they look for effective solutions that can assure their building assets are fully utilized at the lowest possible costs, while maximizing the benefits to their building’s lifecycle. Preventive maintenance and condition monitoring solutions are also gaining prominence, replacing the traditional “use and replace� policies.

This newfound urgency to maximize efficiency and value of building assets is pushing up demands for integrated facilities management and Your browser may not support display of this image.outsourcing solutions to achieve sound energy management, cost control and containment and quality assurance. Responding to these market needs, Sodexo, one of BMAM EXPO ASIA 2008 and 2009 key exhibitors, recently created a series of tailored integrated facilities management solutions ranging from technical facilities management, grounds and landscaping management, laundry, catering, cleaning, pest control, reception to even accommodation services.

Asia’s facility maintenance and asset management market is expected to enjoy unprecedented growth in the coming years. It is against this market backdrop that BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 is being staged in response to the market demands and interests across Asia.

Taking place in Bangkok from 3 to 5 September 2009, this international exhibition and conference will bring together all key players in the business and market under one roof and serves as the dedicated market place for the showcasing of technologies, equipment, tools, methods and solutions to key engineering decision makers, maintenance professionals, facility owners and managers from across Asia.

For more information on BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009, please visit or contact us below

Mr. Wasu Rattanaporn

IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. (Thailand)

99 Popular Road, Banmai Subdistrict, Pakkred District,

Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 2833-5111

Fax: +66 (0) 2833-5127-9

E-mail: or

fmx/conference: At the High-end of Digital Image Creation

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

fmx/conference presents and reflects upon the latest trends in an extraordinarily dynamic industry. And one trend can be seen very clearly throughout animation, visual effects, games and postproduction: story is king. Computer-generated imagery or effects are only effective to the degree that they serve a suspenseful and overwhelming narration. We can only mention a few highlights from the multitude of quality points in the program:

May the force be with us! The German garrison of Darth Vader’s 501st legion has dispatched stormtroopers to bring a galactic touch to the opening day of fmx/09, including the opening talk by Xavier Nicolas, Lucasfilm Animation.

Top-level guests: Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Hannah Minghella, President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation, offer an Inside Look at innovative production methods and new projects at both Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has once again put together an excellent program. VES president Eric Roth talks with Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros. Pictures about the creative opportunities that new technical options offer digital artists and VFX specialists. The audience can also look forward to an encounter with two true VFX pioneers the two-time Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (Star Wars, Alien 3, Die Hard) and visual effects designer and supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw (Star Wars, Tron). Further VFX highlights: Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts, on the various roles played by production design in games and films; Nicolas Aithadi, VFX supervisor at The Moving Picture Company (Quantum of Solace, Prince Caspian, Sweeney Todd); Tom Rolfe, Double Negative, on Hellboy II: The Golden Army as well as speakers from the French BUF Compagnie on The Dark Knight, Speed Racer and Dante 01. Proof of Hollywood productions taking place completely in Germany is offered by Ninja Assassin, filmed at Studio Babelsberg with visual effects by Pixomondo and Trixter. Björn Mayer and Alessandro Cioffi report about the new martial arts blockbuster from director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and produced by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix).

Watchmen Special: fmx/09 dedicates a full afternoon to Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the cult comic with talks by production designer Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride) and VFX supervisor John DJ Desjardin while Pete Travers from Sony Pictures Imageworks reveals the making of Doctor Manhattan.

The Virtual Humans Forum at FMX presents insight into the current state of computer-generated characters and facial performances, as last witnessed in the impressive The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt’s digital old age took place in the capable hands at Digital Domain, specifically CG supervisor Jonathan Litt and animation support Steve Preeg, both of whom will be in Stuttgart to pass on their wisdom.

Advancements in 3D Stereo will be brought into focus in a series of talks and full-length screenings. Bolt director Chris Williams reveals Disney’s stereoscopic approach to story, and further experts walk through the making of Coraline and Monsters vs. Aliens. Complementing these film projects, FMX delves into further commercial stereo3D applications such as games, theme parks, corporate presentations, sport coverage and even home entertainment.

Alex McDowell, co-director of 5D: the Immersive Design Conference, coined the term immersive design to describe the creation of coherent narrative worlds within a virtual workspace of collaborative teamwork. For the first time in Europe, at fmx/09, 5D will present a track of sessions themed to the interaction of creativity and technology in world building and storytelling in visual art, entertainment, and environmental design with a series of discussion rounds with world-class experts. The 5D panels are hosted by Alex McDowell (Creation); Chris Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach and co-director of the 5D Conference (Imagination); production designer Kim Baumann Larsen, founding partner and creative director of Placebo Effects (Construction); Alex Laurant, art director, visual designer and concept artist (Perception); and Tali Krakowski, director of experience design, who heads a think-tank at WET Design (Interaction).

Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has also rounded up renowned colleagues for the fmx/09 Games track. Cinematic director Jim Sonzero (Resident Evil 5) reveals how to stay relevant in the era of convergence; Matt Aldrich, Art Director at Lucasfilm Animation talks about the Jedi Alliance and The Force Unleashed; Jan-Erik Sj¸vall from Ubisoft talks about Prince of Persia; Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Director at Electronic Arts discusses the growing importance of Small Games and Lyle Hall, Vice President & General Manager at Heavy Iron Studios talks about adapting computer games from the popular Pixar films.

The talks about Animation are equally top-class; Danielle Feinberg, Pixar, discusses digital camera work in the Oscar award-winner Wall-E; illustrator Michael Faust discusses the highly-praised animated documentary Waltz With Bashir from Israel, creative director Viktor Antonov presents the European mega-production The Prodigies and camera man Brad Blackbourn from Framestore presents Painting with Virtual Light: The Tale of Despereaux

The Tech Talks take a detailed dive under the hood; Paul E. Debevec, University of Southern California, talks about live facial performance scanning and Parag Havaldar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, about the considerable advancements in motion capturing. Rémi Arnaud and Rita B. Turkowski, Intel, illustrate that real-time gaming technologies have advanced from a handy previsualization tool to an industry pace-maker in practically all aspects of CGI and Steve Streeting, OGRE, discusses open-source realtime visualization. Dynamic realtime animation also plays a central role in the presentation of a virtual agent platform by Volker Helzle and Simon Spielmann from the research department of the Institute of Animation, whose very popular tools for facial animation have been publicly available for some years now.

The track fmx/spotlight illuminates further exciting topics:

  • the Echtzeit series, curated by Prof. Robert Rose from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Faculty of Design
  • Automotive Design with contributions from Mackevision, the Daimler AG and jangled nerves
  • Focus on China, curated by Kevin Geiger, who has gained a wealth of insight into the region through his work as guest professor at the Beijing Film Academy and producer at Magic Dumpling Animation Studios
  • Early Days in France: As digital images were first earning their legs in the 80′s and early 90′s, French companies were at the forefront of developments in CGI. This glimpse back at the veterans of the industry – among others BUF, Mac Guff Ligne and Médialab is both humorous and fascinating.

The future of animation is interactive. The series Interactive Content explores current trends in the dynamic relationship between consumer and media; Dan Moskowitz, Maxis, discusses Spore; Inga von Staden, Studies Coordinator of Interactive Media at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg presents User Generated Media Powered by Community and a top-notch panel discusses the Creative Commons Community.

Long-standing FMX partner: the flashconference is the oldest international conference dedicated to flash in Europe. In its 11th edition it now presents the most relevant of developments within the popular format, including the integrative approach of experience design, realtime flash apps for multi-user systems as well as noteworthy artistic usage such as the cult Spanish flash comic nikodemo. For more visit

fmx/forum: the Business Platform for the Digital Industry

Products and possibilities: fmx/forum revolves around the market and education aspects of digital image-making. The fmx/workshops and courses, the fmx/suites and product presentations, the exhibition fmx/expo all open manifold opportunities to learn, test and exchange. Hot topics at fmx/forum are 3D stereoscopy, rendering, modeling and design, special effects, character animation, workflow solutions and postproduction. Of particular interest are the workshop constellations that arise when international software companies team up with German production houses such as Side Effects, Black Mountain and Axis Animation are doing, or weltenbauer with Pixomondo. Among this year’s highlights are contributions from two legendary studios: Disney invites to a specialist exchange and peer portfolio review. And Pixar reveals upcoming enhancements to its coveted software RenderMan.

fmx/recruiting has long since won the attention of renowned global players, making FMX one of the hottest job markets for animation in Europe. Recruiting companies first present themselves, describing in-house atmosphere and the desired applicant profiles as well as the expectations they have for specific vacancies. Then applicants have the chance to introduce themselves in one-on-one discussions and interviews. It’s a proven process to make the most of limited time. The names of participating companies show its successful nature: Aardman, Animal Logic, Axis Animation, Black Rock Studios, BUF, Crytek, Deutsche Telekom, Double Negative, Framestore, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Mackevision, MPC, Pixar, Pixomondo, Red Vision, rise|fx, ScanlineVFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Trixter Film, Ubisoft, Unexpected and Walt Disney.

Finally, fmx/talents places film schools and animation-oriented education facilities from all over the world on center stage to present themselves to talented students. The School Offerings and School Campus further bring 31 schools together, each presenting themselves and their curriculum. Geographically, the line-up reaches far beyond Europe with participating schools from New Zealand, the United States, Canada and China.

A further highlight of the fmx/talents program is the presentation of the European training initiative Animation Sans Frontières, founded by the Animation Workshop in Danemark and funded by the European Union’s MEDIA program. Gobelins (France), the Moholy-Nagy University for Art and Design MOME (Hungary), the Animation Workshop and the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg each sent four students to visit all of the partner schools, taking part in courses exploring the entire production process for animated films. This year also marks the 10th Eyes & Ears Junior Showcase, another long-standing FMX partner. This event by the design association Eyes & Ears of Europe gives outstanding students and graduates the chance to present their work in the realm of media design, scenography, promotional producing and marketing.

fmx/events: Extras with Substance

More and more international partners are working together with FMX to present their own program, such as:

MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Innovation underscore their commitment to fostering IT innovations with two important fmx/09 series:

  • Eurographics is the central European consortium of academic computer graphic researchers. At fmx/09, the symposium Best of Eurographics risks casting a glimpse into the future of animation and image processing. For more information visit
  • Visualization and simulation play important roles not only in films. They are gaining importance in the full breadth of graphic image production, be it the automobile industry, architecture, archeology, museum exhibitions or in medical applications. MFG Innovation honors this trend with the series Cluster Visual Computing, initiated as a platform for companies from the German southwest who are interested in networking on national and international levels. Speakers belong to institutions within the cluster, such as key-note speaker Thomas Ertl, professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart; Robert Mayer, president of the game developer weltenbauer; or computer science professor Harald Reiterer from the University of Konstanz, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Group.

Turbulence from the international financial markets have long since made their way to the animation industry, which makes a forum such as the Animation Production Day 2009 more important than ever before. This joint event by fmx/09 and the 16th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart is organized by Michael Schmetz Media Consult and does more than bring creatives and investors together in pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, it also proposes novel financing models and structures. fmx/09 marks the opening of APD to formats beyond animated feature films, such as games, TV, mobile entertainment and internet. All the hustle and bustle will be complemented by two expert panels on Financing & Brands, presented by the MFG Public Film Fund. “Where To Get the Money From?� is the theme of a panel of renowned producers and financiers hosted by Susanne Schosser, who brings in-depth experience with her from her time at SuperRTL and EM Entertainment.

invaZion ’09: behind the mysterious title is the very first competition for stereoscopic short films, called into life by more3D, producer of 3D projectors. Industry giants such as Shelley Page (DreamWorks), Rob Engle (Sony Pictures Imageworks) and Christophe Héry (Industrial Light & Magic) select the winning films, which will be screened in due pomp and splendor. More information can be found at

And don’t forget: numerous further Screenings. In addition to silver-screen showings of original cinema productions like Watchmen, Bolt and Coraline are plentiful special programs that can only be seen in this constellation at fmx/09:

  • Shelley’s Eye Candy, Shelley Page (Dreamworks Animation) presents her personal favorites
  • The Animation Show of Shows, cream of the crop by Dan Sarto and Ron Diamond (AWN)
  • Siggraph 2008 Computer Animation Festival, Jill Smolin (ACM Siggraph) cherry-picks personal highlights
  • Siggraph Asia 2008 Computer Animation Festival, put together by Melanie Beisswenger (Nanyang Technological University)

And last but not least, are the motivational extras: the infamous Echtzeit Party. Feel – see – dance to electronic beats by Der Thal with throbbing visuals and an “immersive experienceâ€? of an alternative kind. The HYPNOTRONIK project from the Augsburg Faculty of Design for graphic input, joined by the sprightly Onni Pohl (Strahlentiere) taking over as VJ, guiding dancers through a night of rhythm. By the way, Onni is the artist behind the fmx/09 trailer. fmx/09 thanks Autodesk, the generous sponsor of the Echtzeit party. You won’t want to miss it: Wednesday, May 06 starting 22:00h at Rocker 33.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, the FFA German Federal Film Board, and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

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The Europe Business Assembly is proud to present The Malta Medical Tourism Summit

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Worldwide medical tourism has grown over recent years beyond all expectations and is entering a new phase where key issues and questions are being raised not only by the travelling patients but also by government health ministries, public and private hospitals, facilitators, medical organisations, international corporations and insurance companies all over the world.

The Malta Medical Tourism Summit will address these concerns from a global perspective and provide a platform for discussion from all sectors of the medical tourism industry.

The summit will comprise a full two day conference programme featuring international speakers presenting on topics including   –

·         The structure and dynamics of the global medical tourism marketplace

·         Improving the image and marketing of medical tourism

·         Implications of implementing cross border health collaborations

·         The impact of current EU directives on the medical tourism industry

·         Why Malta is ready to play a greater part in medical tourism

·         Risks associated with medical tourism and who regulates the industry

·         The role of the insurer in medical tourism and what can be done to improve this

In addition there will be ample time set aside for networking and discussion. The exhibition area will provide a meeting and networking area during refreshment breaks and lunches and there will also be a poolside drinks reception and gala dinner on the first evening.

Who will attend?

The Malta Medical Tourism Summit will attract a global audience from the following sectors –

·         Medical Tourism facilitators and travel agencies

·         Private & public hospitals

·         Clinics

·         Medical organizations and associations

·         Destination tourism ministries and promotion boards

·         Health and travel insurance providers

·         Hotels & Resorts with special health facilities

·         Government health ministries

·         Spas and after facilities

·         Global corporations

Why Malta?

As well as focusing on key issues within the medical tourism industry the summit will highlight Malta as a destination for medical tourists. Malta’s healthcare system was recently ranked fifth in the world and historically Malta has strong links with medical tourism and is proud of its historical  reputation as the ‘the hospital of the Mediterranean’. Together with its central location and temperate climate Malta has world class hospitals and clinics as well as excellent aftercare and recuperation facilities.

Exhibiting and Sponsorship

In the exhibition area attending companies and organisations will be able to showcase their products and services and this will also serve as the networking focal point of the summit during refreshment breaks and lunches. In addition the conference offers numerous sponsorship and branding opportunities which can be tailored to suit your personal budget and requirements.

The Venue

The Hilton Hotel is situated at the heart of the fashionable Portomaso  waterfront and is also only  15 minutes’ drive from Valletta and 20 minutes drive from Malta International Airport. The hotel offers excellent purpose built conference facilities, international cuisine, business centre, in room internet connection and wonderful views of the Mediterranean.

BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 once again receives strong endorsements from industry associations and the media

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Bangkok - Building Maintenance & Asset Management Expo Asia (BMAM EXPO ASIA) – the international trade exhibition and conference dedicated exclusively on building maintenance and facility management industry in Asia – recently announced that key industry associations and media organizations are once again confirming their support and participation at its 2009 edition which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 3-5 September 2009.

After the successful staging of the 1st BMAM EXPO ASIA in September 2008, the second edition of BMAM EXPO ASIA in 2009 is expected to be even bigger in scale and size, and bringing once again all key players in the business and market under one roof. Mr. Rex Tanasak Ruangteprat, the President of Thailand Facility Management Association (TFMA) said “The success of BMAM EXPO ASIA 2008 represented a phenomenal development for facility management industry in Thailand and Asia. The upcoming BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 will be a showcase for both latest technologies and innovative solutions. The event serves as a platform that addresses critical issues and trends pertaining to the industry and markets. TFMA is pleased to be a supporting organization of BMAM EXPO ASIA�.

BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 also acts as an educational platform for the industry. Mr. Chollachai Thammaviwatnukoon, President of The Building Safety Inspectors and Officers Association (BSA) commented “BMAM EXPO ASIA 2008 provided the educational forum emphasizing the importance of effective building and facility maintenance. We also see this event as an effective platform that created increased awareness for building owners and facility operators on building safety practices. We will certainly continue our support for BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009.�

BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 also received the support of trade media organizations such as Technology Media Co Ltd, a publisher of various leading engineering-related magazines and directories in Thailand and Asia. One of their most read magazines; the “Construction & Property Magazine� has confirmed their participation and support for BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 even before the 2008 event actually ended. Mr. Kitti Wisutthiratanakul, Managing Director of Technology Media said “We are impressed by the professionalism of the show, from visitor registrations, booth arrangements to conference programmes. We have indeed benefited greatly from our participation as the event enables us to reach out to our target groups, especially those who wish to enhance their professional and industry knowledge through our magazines and publications. This event provided us with a cost effective opportunity to meet our existing and new customers within a short period of time. We will definitely attend the 2009 edition again!�
The staging of the second edition of BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 couldn’t come at a better time where Industries and companies across Asia are facing increasingly business and financial pressures, especially on thin operating margins amid the global economic turmoil.  There is a growing awareness and emphasis on improving business processes through cost effectiveness, cost savings, sustainability and operational efficiency solutions to optimize the performance of facilities, plants, equipment, machineries and building assets.

Asia’s facility maintenance and asset management market expected to continue to grow at unprecedented rates and BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009 is well positioned to serve as the engine of growth and act as the key industry platform to support the continued growth of this emerging industry and market.
For more information on BMAM EXPO ASIA 2009, please visit or contact us below

Mr. Wasu Rattanaporn

IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. (Thailand)

99 Popular Road, Banmai Subdistrict, Pakkred District,

Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 2833-5111

Fax: +66 (0) 2833-5127-9

E-mail: or

Monster Worldwide to sponsor 4th Annual HR Strategies in Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals 2009

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Monster Worldwide, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe and Asia, Monster Worldwide works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster Worldwide delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. To learn more about Monster’s Worldwide industry-leading products and services, visit one of Eastern European sites, or More information about Monster Worldwide, Inc. is available at

The 4th Annual HR Strategies in Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals 2009 is being held in Qatar, one of the fastest growing centres for the oil and gas industry worldwide. The forum aims to bring together important discussion topics and issues on how to reinvent the Human Resources function to meet the stressful challenges arising in resourcing, retention, organization and leadership development, employee engagement and branding. It will bring together a vibrant community of HR practitioners at the forefront of change and business leaders that are dedicated to driving changes to prepare their organizations for the key trends shaping the future under the global financial situation and the pressure of merger and acquisition.

The fourth in a series of successful annual forums, the 2009 edition aims to emulate the success of its predecessors by strategically meeting the heavy demands on the HR industry today.

“We gratefully appreciate Monster Worldwide sponsorship. Since they are one of the largest resourcing solutions providers, the calibre of the event has definitely increased by their involvement�, says Mrs. Annemarie Morgan, Business Development Manager, Jacob Fleming.

For more information please visit, click here contact Fleming Gulf on tel: + 971 4 6091 575, e-mail:

About Jacob Fleming

Jacob Fleming Group, one of the world’s leading business intelligence companies that provide business-to-business conferences, consultancy services and market research. Jacob Fleming Group offices in Bratislava (Slovakia), Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Barcelona (Spain), Dubai (UAE) and Cleveland (USA), specialize in organizing prestigious international conferences for Europe and GCC region that provide groundbreaking strategies and proven technical expertise in business functional areas and vertical markets, which include the real estate, energy, finance, media, pharmaceutical and telecom sectors.



Friday, March 27th, 2009

How important is it for you to gain first- hand access to information on upcoming healthcare budget reforms?

How informed are you on market conditions and opportunities for CEE drug markets in current challenging economic conditions?

NextLevel Pharma is organising the timely meeting which will present a fresh and original perspective on communicating the cost-effectiveness of high valued drugs to key stakeholders in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE EU members, The Balkans and the former Soviet states). 

Implementing innovative market access aproaches in an exciting & complex market

4th-5th June, 2009; Prague, Czech Republic

Pre-conference day, 3rd June 2009- Pharmaceutical Market Access in BRIC countries

Exploring analysis & reimbursement models in large growth markets: Brazil, Russia, India & China

By attending this event you will:

  • Understand the realistic market conditions and opportunities for CEE drug markets in current chalenging economic conditions.
  • Hear experiences from ministries of health and industry leaders; overcome the challenges they are facing in times of transition and hear their most up to date solutions and future trends.  
  • Learn how HTAs are established and structured in CEE and understand the best ways to achieve maximum market access in the region.
  • Benchmark, network and co-operate with policy makers and key opinion leaders. Get the best and most focused picture of today’s workable reimbursement models and gain first hand access to information on upcoming healthcare budget reforms.

Who will benefit:

Pharmaceutical manufacturers:
Vice-Presidents, Directors, Managers involved in:
Pricing & Reimbursement, Health Outcomes, Government Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Medical, Marketing, CEE Heads, Country Heads, Pre-Marketing / Clinical Data Collection

Solution providers & consultants:
CEOs, Business Development, Senior Consultants, Regional Heads

Speakers include:
Policy Makers

  • Ministry of Health, Republic of Serbia – Deputy Minister
  • World Health Organization, Switzerland- Coordinator, Health Technology and Facilities
  • University Hospital Zagreb- Member of Croatian Parliament Health and Social Welfare Committee
  • National Medicines Agency, Romania- Head of European Integration Service
  • Reforma Zdravotnictvi, Czech Republic- Adviser to Czech Minister of Health

Market Access Advocates

  • University Of Lyon, France- Prof. of Market Access
  • CEE Society of Technology Assessment in Healthcare- Senior Consultant
  • The Corvinus University of Budapest-  Associate Professor
  • Slovenian Lymphoma Patients Association- Chairman

Industry Experts

  • Novartis Pharma GmbH, Germany- Head of Health Care Management
  • Wyeth, Switzerland- Senior Director of P&R EMEAC
  • Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Germany- Area Director EE
  • Genzyme, Czech Republic- General Manager South Central Europe 
  • IPSEN, Ukraine & Moldova- General Manager
  • GlaxoSmithKline Romania- Government Affairs Director
  • AstraZeneca, Hungary- Medical Director
  • Bayer AG, Hungary- Governmental Affairs Manager

Together, they will deliver knowledge, expertise, insights, opinions, facts and data that can add strategic intelligence and real-value to your business.

Agenda Request:
To request the agenda, registration form and to learn more about this event, please follow the link:
In case you have any problems with link, please contact me directly and I will send the agenda to you immediately.



Erika Vavrovicova

NextLevel Pharma

ph: +421 2 3266 2621

fax: +421 2 3266 0395

IDTechEx – Commercialise Innovation Two Weeks until Printed Electronics Europe 2009 By Dr. Harry Zervos, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Less than two weeks remain until IDTechEx conferences Printed Electronics Europe 2009 and Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon 2009 take place, in Dresden, Germany on the 7th and 8th of April.

International speakers from major research and technology hubs around the globe, as well as integrators and end-users of innovative technologies, will be there, to exchange opinions, network, present recent results and progress in their respective fields. In addition, they will be expressing needs, discussing challenges faced and obstacles overcome in the efforts to commercialise innovation.

Companies presenting at the conference range in size and scope to give a broad overview on the subject of growth of the industry sectors addressed. Together with end-user input, the conference provides the grounds and the opportunities for immediate interaction between the providers of innovative technologies and those who will implement and use it for their and their products’ benefit.

End Users

Examples include presentations from car manufacturers such as FIAT and Daimler, toy manufacturers Ravensburger and government agencies such as NASA, providing insight into their needs from these new technologies, allowing attendees to gain firsthand knowledge of what their potential customers require. The range of end-users involved with the conference is very wide, with attendees registered from companies that have become household names such as Nestle, BMW, Braun, Hallmark and Procter & Gamble.

TFT and Displays developments

Delving more into the technology advances that will be presented at the event, display giants such as Samsung and SONY will be talking about their development of thin film transistors and their achievements in making better performing and more robust devices and manufacturing techniques. Other approaches covered at the event include QD Vision’s development of quantum dot light emitting devices for displays and lighting applications as well as Texas Instruments’ approach towards powering innovative displays such as flexible organic light emitting displays (OLEDs).

Electronic Paper developments are also attracting a lot of attention so the latest development from “spotlight startup” Plastic Logic as well as Prime View International and Bridgestone Corporation will cover development and commercialisation efforts.

Wearable Electronics

Electronic functionality is being made possible in areas where it wasn’t possible before as electronics are characterised by new properties such as stretchability, wearability, etc. Wearable electronics are being further investigated at Printed Electronics Europe, with companies like Sefar discussing the bridging of the gap between electronics and fabrics as well as opportunities for printed electronics presented by Interactive Wear’s CEO Mr. Andreas Roepert. Research at PHILIPS or the Embedded Systems Lab at University Passau is also highlighted, giving an overview of the current status of efforts in the field.

Conductive Materials

Graphene and copper inks are attracting a lot of attention as well, especially with instability in the pricing of silver or issues with its disposal (let’s not forget that silver is a biocide, making it the last thing you would want to have ending up in a landfill), should electronics become ubiquitous and disposable. Applied Nanotech is presenting on its proposition for replacing silver inks: a highly conductive inkjet printable copper nanoparticle ink that could potentially be a solution to the issues of silver. Graphene research and development will also be presented by Vorbeck Materials as well as Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of the biggest gathering of technologists and end-users in Europe this April. For more information on Printed Electronics Europe visit

For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Harry Zervos at or to find out more about the Printed Electronics Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at>

IDTechEx Dates:

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany

Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany

Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK

RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK

Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan

Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA

RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA

Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

Top names in animation convene on fmx/09 in Stuttgart from May 05 through 08

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Stuttgart / Ludwigsburg, February 2009. The digital community gathers at fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. With only 3 months remaining, much of the preparations have been completed and we can say for sure: fmx/09 will be a meeting of the top guns from the industry, with leading executives participating in large numbers.

fmx/conference: chock full of feature appearances

Presentations and series in fmx/conference reflect upon and reveal developments within the world of digital imagery aesthetic, technical, scientific and social. Even a quick glimpse at this year’s line-up promises not just a wealth of insight, vision and inspiration; anyone familiar with the conference’s laid-back atmosphere will also appreciate the ideal networking opportunities presented. Among the prominent managers, creatives and curators this year:

Chris Defaria, Executive Vice President Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros., discusses his work on Watchmen and further projects including 300 and Harry Potter – Order of the Phoenix with Eric Roth, Director of the Visual Effects Society (VES).

Chris Williams, director of Disney’s Bolt, appears with colleagues Paul Felix (Art Director), Adolph Lusinsky (Look & Lighting Director) & Robert Neuman (Stereo Lead)

Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting Wall-E

Michael Faust, cg artist from the Oscar-nominated animated documentary Waltz with Bashir

Steve Preeg and Jonathan Litt from Digital Domain on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Jeff Okun, Visual Effects Supervisor on The Day the Earth stood still, Blood Diamond, Last Samurai

Joseph Olin, President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), curates the intense games focus

Christophe Hary, Research & Development Lead at ILM, curates the newest edition of the Reihe Virtual Humans Forum fmx/09 PM#21

One thematic focus of this year’s event is the increasingly popular and aesthetically expansive 3D stereoscopic technologies. In order to see what’s being talked about in its full glory, presentations in this series will take place in the Metropol cinema only blocks away from the main venue, right next to the Festival of Animated Film.

China presents another thematic emphasis, and host Kevin Geiger exposes the region in Focus on China. Among other highlights: the Beijing Film Academy, the Peking animation and VFX producer Xing Xing Digital Corp., as well as SOFA Studios from Taiwan.

fmx/forum: Industry Get-Together and Recruitment Lounge

Industry knowledge finds the perfect conditions in which to multiply. Both informal encounters and driven discussions take place at fmx/forum. Presentations, demos, company suites and the exhibition fmx/expo allow a comprehensive overview of the most important innovations in hard and software. Those looking to further educate themselves or their colleagues can choose between a multitude of superior workshops, seminars and masterclasses. One of this year’s highlights: the Khronos developer university with its full-day sessions covering across-the-board platforms and animation applications.

Since its inception, fmx/forum has had an eye on coming generations and this year is no different. State-of-the-art practical knowledge and lasting contacts can be had first hand. fmx/talents introduces schools and their students in the School Offerings and the School Campus.

fmx/recruiting is likewise dedicated to bringing talents of all experience together with potential employers. FMX has long become one of the most relevant and successful job exchange platforms for Europe’s digital task force. International corporations such as Disney and Pixar, renowned VFX houses like Digital Negative, Framestore and Animal Logic and games companies such as Crytek lay out their recruitment profiles and seek new talent here at FMX. Particularly good news: despite the difficult economic climate, major players such as Autodesk are cementing their engagement as fmx/09 partners. In the words of Thomas Mueller, Industry Marketing Manager – Media & Entertainment: “For Autodesk the FMX Conference is the most important European event of the Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) Industry and we feel committed to play a central role. Once again we are one of the main sponsors this year so that the community can meet and gain further qualifications. With several key note speeches, MasterClasses and workshops as well as an extensive exhibition booth we give them the opportunity.”

fmx/events: Cooperation is the Key

FMX is very fortunate to enjoy more than just the support of many program partners, but includes manifold events, as is the case with the Animation Production Day (APD), a business platform for the international animation film industry. The APD is hosted by FMX and the Festival of Animated Film, organized by Michael Schmetz MediaConsult. Creatives and financers are brought to the table for concrete discussions and negotiations. In turbulent times such as these, this opportunity is more valuable than ever. So it’s no surprise that this proven venue is expanding to include TV series, games and mobile entertainment in addition to animated feature films.

The MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg continues its long-standing commitment to bringing insight on research and special applications to FMX with the series Visual Computing. The MFG expands on this tradition to include the Best of Eurographics – bringing an overview of this renowned event from the European Association for Computer Graphics.

fmx/09 & ITFS “ Kreativraum Stuttgart

Stuttgart is an animation oasis: FMX and the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS) one of the premiere festivals in the world have long been closely coordinated and this year brings a further landmark in mutual cooperation: the ITFS and fmx/09 take place at the same time. Visitors can jump back and forth between venues, grabbing the best of both events. But there’s more: all of Stuttgart comes alive with a full week of events covering everything from animation to music, including the popmusic industry hook-up Pop-Open from May 05 to 09, organized by the Pop-Buero Baden-Wuerttemberg. Much music will be in the air with a conference and countless live-acts, workshops and demo hear-ins.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES – Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. fmx/09 is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden- Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund, MFG Baden- Wuerttemberg Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media and the FFA German Federal Film Board.

fmx/09 is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and NX Publishing.

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Nicola Steller, Mathildenstr. 20, D-71638
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