Archive for February, 2008
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
Officially supported by SingaporeMedicine and organized by IBC Asia, the 2nd Annual Medical Tourism Asia Conference will be held from the 25th to the 28th March 2008 at the Rasa Sentosa Resort. It is expected to gather top-level professionals from health ministries, healthcare institutions, insurers, medical travel agencies and other key buyers in the global healthcare market.
Rising healthcare costs in the United States and Europe are causing patients to rethink seeking medical treatment at their doorstep. With 44.8 million Americans uninsured and millions more under insured, the global market for medical tourism and travel is set to grow even more exponentially in the next 5 years. Not only are cost savings in medical travel tremendous, the access to affordable quality treatment, level of success rates, shorter waiting times, more personalized attention in the recovery process are all causative reasons in a patient’s decision to select the best healthcare facility that will address his medical needs.
Medical Tourism Asia 2008 will address the following key issues:
* Charting the course of medical travel for long-term sustainability
* Updates from the various Asian and international markets active in medical tourism
* Building on health and wellness resorts and medical spas as an additional business stream
* Branding and marketing medical travel for your country and healthcare institution
* Addressing medical insurance for the traveling patient
* Healthcare Cities’ and their future development
* Obtaining accreditation for hospitals
* Healthcare professionalism and ensuring patient safety throughout his entire treatment
Keynote Speakers for Medical Tourism Asia 2008 include:
* Prof Tan Ser Kiat, Group CEO, SingHealth
* Dr Jade del Mundo, Undersecretary of Health, Department of Health, Philippines
* Sangita Reddy, Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals, India
* Dr Fatma Abdullah, Chief Strategy Officer, Dubai Healthcare City
* Dr Walton Li, Medical Superintendent, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital
* Dr Jason Yap, Director, Healthcare, Singapore Tourism Board
* Arturo Garza, CEO, Christus Muguerza, Mexico
* Dr Saw Chit Aung, Deputy Director, Hospital Marketing, Raffles Medical Group
* Dr Jorge Cortes Rodriguez, Medical Director, Hospital Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica
* Dr Surapong Ambhanwong, Chief Medical and International Business Officer, Phyathai Group of Hospitals
* Christine Liwanag, Senior VP, Strategic Marketing, St Lukeâ€™s Medical Centre, Philippines
* Chew Boon Yeow, Group VP, Risk Management, Parkway Healthcare
* Dr William Chong, CEO, Pacific Healthcare Holdings
* Dr Chan Kok Ewe, CEO, Island Hospital, Malaysia
About the organiser: IBC is part of the Informa Group, with offices in over 30 countries and is the world’s largest organiser of top-level industry conferences, exhibitions and training. It has a dedicated portfolio of events for the healthcare and life sciences sectors, bringing together senior representatives from the private sector, government authorities and international organizations.
For media inquiries and registration for the conference, kindly contact Rita Parasurum at email@example.com or call +65 68355160. Visit www.medicaltourism-asia.com for more information today!
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
Acting Director of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, opened the seventh international conference on coastal and port engineering, PIANC-COPEDEC VII, and concurrent exhibition Waterfront 2008 today at InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Close to 1,000 industry professionals attended.
Addressing the Opening Ceremony, Mr Lootah underlined the significance and timeliness of the conference in light of the expanding development of waterfront engineering projects in Dubai and across the region.
Mr Lootah identified several vital touchpoints of the conference, including its focus on coastal and port infrastructure engineering, management and planning of ports and marinas, development of waterfronts and beaches, monitoring of beach movements, risk management for coastal areas, and the importance of protecting the coastal environment.
About Dubai Municipalityâ€™s involvement in PIANC-COPEDEC VII, he said, â€œWe are presenting three papers showcasing best practices that deal with the main theme of the conference. These include a coastal process modelling-based Decision Support System for Live Management of the Dubai dynamic coastal zone, coastal modeling of the Dubai coastline with emphasis on morphological model validation, and shoreline management of the Dubai coast.
Following Mr Lootahâ€™s address, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi environment Agency, Majid Al Mansouri, noted climate change related issues that the world faces. He identified that the per capita share of potable water in West Asia decreased from 1,700 cubic metres to 907 cubic metres during 1985 to 2005. He also compared a 60% increase in the aridity of fertile land to a 75% increase in the population. He identified changes in consumer habits and increase in hazardous waste leading to ecological imbalances. â€œOur coasts are repeatedly subjected to development risks including increased pollution, salinity, and overuse of fisheries wealth, plus numbers of people now choosing to reside in waterfront areas, and the growing amount of industrial projects, water treatment plants, and power production.
Dr Ranjit Galappatti, Chairman of the International Organising Committee, commented that much progress has been made in the fields of coastal and port engineering over the last 25 years. PIANC-COPEDEC was originally established to provide a forum where coastal and port engineering professionals from developing countries could interact with colleagues from more developed areas. The goal of this was to exchange knowledge in both directions and empower those from developing nations to take a grater role in the development of their countries. Nowadays, professionals from developing countries are more confident and assertive about charting their own course of development.
Mr Eric Van den Eede, President of PIANC, welcomed delegates and introduced Brussels-based PIANC as a global organisation providing guidance for sustainable waterborne transport infrastructures for ports and waterways. He emphasised that, in effecting this role, PIANCâ€™s core objective until 2010 is to address young professionals worldwide.
Following the Opening Ceremony, Mr Lootah opened Waterfront 2008, the exhibition of products, technologies and services featuring some 30 companies including sponsors Platinum Sponsor Sama Dubai, Gold Sponsor Roads and Transport Authority Dubai, and Silver Sponsor Dubai Maritime City.
Keynote addresses were then heard by His Excellency Nayef Al Kalali, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Housing, Bahrain and Datin Paduka O.C. Phang, General Manager of Malaysiaâ€™s Port Klang Authority and President of the International Association of Ports and Harbors.
The technical conference began in earnest afterwards, with todayâ€™s sessions devoted to Port Planning, Coastal Resort Development, Wave Modelling, Sea States, Low Crested Structures, Shoreline Modelling, Measurement Techniques, and Wave Climate.
PIANC-COPEDEC VII continues until Thursday 28 February.
For further information:
Thajudeen V Aliar, tel: +971 50 588 1278
Toby Ingram, tel: +971 55 8822759
For and on behalf of Dubai Municipality, host and main sponsor of
Monday, February 11th, 2008
The inaugural edition of the BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT is receiving strong interest from prospective exhibitors, with floor space projected to top 20,000 square metres.
BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT will be held in Abu Dhabi, 20 – 23 April, 2008 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event marks the debut in the Middle East of France’s world-famous BATIMAT building show.
Confirmed exhibitors at BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT include leading local and international names such as Tabreed, Unibeton Ready mix, Swegon, Emirates Iron & Steel Factory, Qatar Steel Company, Technal Middle East, VM ZINC, Corus Building system, Marantec Steuerungs, Al Nahr, AMC protection -Siplast and Mammut among others.
BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT is organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East with the support and participation of the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the UAE Contractor’s Association.
The four-in-one show
BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT will include:
* Structure Gulf Exhibition (focussing on structural technologies and implementation techniques);
* Envelope Gulf Exhibition (solutions for cladding, faÃ§ade, joinery and shutters);
* Intelligent Building Gulf Exhibition (solutions, systems and networks to improve user comfort inside a building); and
* HVAC Gulf Exhibition (thermal comfort solutions focusing on temperature and air control, energy, plumbing and water treatment).
The shows focus on key aspects of modern building construction encompassing the technical, energy-related, economic, environmental and safety aspects of construction and are aimed at property developers and owners, architects, engineers, consultants, dealers and contractors.
The exhibition’s organizers say that the strong demand for floor space is a reflection of the boom in the construction and property development sector in the country and the region. The Middle East construction market, currently valued at $300 billion, is registering 10 percent annual growth, according to a study commissioned by Reed Exhibitions. â€œThe building sector in the region is maturing quickly with emphasis shifting from completing construction in the quickest and cheapest possible manner to a focus on ensuring building performance, said Leonard Lecoq, Show Manager, BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT.
BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT has been designed to provide a comprehensive look at the building sector via the specialised platform of the four shows. This format has been well appreciated by the market and we have received excellent exhibitor interest despite the show being in its inaugural edition, added Lecoq.
China will host country pavilions at each of the four shows, while a pavilion showcasing Italian expertise in the HVAC sector will be organised in collaboration with Mostra Convegno Expocomfort â€“ the biennial international exhibition that is the world’s largest in the HVAC sector. A Turkish pavilion focussing on the Structural and Envelope elements of buildings will also be organised.
Abu Dhabi a booming construction market
A report by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) states that over AED 850 billion will be invested in the Abu Dhabi construction market in the coming years. Stating that Abu Dhabi was the ideal venue for BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT in the Middle East, said â€œMega projects that are in the pipeline such as the Warner Bros. and Ferrari theme parks, the Louvre and Guggenheim museums, The Central Market and Capital Centre property developments are but a few examples that highlight Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the most dynamic construction markets in the region.
Besides, an innovative business meetings programme will be offered at BUILDING FUTURES GULF by BATIMAT whereby Reed Exhibitions will match offer and demand before the show by identifying construction projects as well as the building solutions that the projects need. The exhibition can therefore serve as an ideal business and deal-making platform and ensure that visitors at the show are able to promptly zero in on the specific solutions they require.
Presentations and seminars focussing on the four themes of the exhibition will also be organised with the participation of experts such as Ecosmart, TBC-France and the Intelligent Building Group. The International Union of Architects (UIA) will organize The International Architects Conference at the show.
For further information:
Leonard Lecoq Brian Carvalho
Show Manager ASDA A Public Relations
BUILDING FUTURES by BATIMAT or Ph: 009712 6334133
Ph: 009712 4446113 Mob: 00971 50 668 1902 Fax: 009712 6334233
Fax: 009712 4443768 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
ICOODB 2008 is an International Conference on Object Databases and will take place 2008 in Berlin, Germany, on March 13th and 14th. It is a unique opportunity for researchers, developers and students to meet in person and exchange insights on object databases. The conference will address people who are interested in object databases, innovative ways to bring objects and databases together, alternatives/extensions to relational databases / mappers and database insights.
The conference is organized by an independent committee, headed by Prof. Dr. Stefan Edlich (TFH-Berlin) and James Paterson (Glasgow Caledonian University), and supported by ODBMS.org, ODBMS Vendors, and TFH-Berlin.
The conference will take place at the University of Applied Sciences TFH-Berlin. On Thursday, “Science Day”, the focus will be on the the theory of object databases whereas Friday, “Application Day”, will focus on their practical use and implementation. For more information on keynotes, talks and conference tracks please visit the conference web site.
With object oriented programming languages now fully in the mainstream object databases are unlocking possibilities never thought of before. The database is no longer confined to storing data sets in rows and columns but allows us to persist complex object graphs instantly as they are. That said, object database management systems (ODBMs) aren’t always a perfect fit. One purpose of the ICOODB conference is to provide you with a better understanding of where to use ODBMSs and why. In this spirit we invite everyone to join this conference, propose a paper or a talk, show a poster or simply visit us or get in touch with us.
The conference is calling for contribution in the following areas: General Research on Object Databases, Comparisons of ODBM Technologies, Industry Case Studies – Practical Applications, Performance, Query Languages, Architectures and Patterns, Embedded Systems and ODBMS, Highly Available / Scalable ODBMS, ODBMS in different Programming Languages, ODBMS Standards, Education using Object Databases, Object Database Implementation Strategies and more.
Organizing Committee / Address / Contact
Prof. Dr. Stefan Edlich
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
Martyn Lewis, CBE (Chairman of Teliris and former TV presenter and news anchor), Charles Stucki (Manager of Cisco Telepresence Systems Business Unit), Jonathan Shopley (Executive Director of The CarbonNeutral Company), and Marc Trachtenberg (CEO of Teliris) are featured speakers among notables to address delegates
London, UK: Tuesday 22nd January, 2008 â€“ Hemisphere Expo Services, producers of the Telepresence World Conference Series (www.telepresenceworld.com), announced today the featured speakers and panellists who will address attendees of Telepresence World 2008 London, which will take place on 18th – 19th March at ExCel London, the internationally acclaimed exhibition and conference centre located in the UK’s capital city.
The conference, which will showcase the latest state-of-the-art systems designed to enable and enhance collaboration and reduce the need for in-person meetings, will focus on real-world applications of telepresence and will feature case studies, roundtables, and business analyses led by industry leaders. Speakers will explore a wide variety of topics ranging from management of the global enterprise via telepresence to ways that the technology can reduce the corporate carbon footprint and contribute to the development of sustainable business models.
Marc Trachtenberg, who is a Co-Founder of Teliris as well as its CEO, will lead off the Conference on March 18 with a powerful and highly interactive look at the multi-faceted ways that telepresence will continue to change business practises around the world.
According to Mr. Trachtenberg, â€œIt is hard to believe that it was slightly less than a decade ago that Teliris introduced the first telepresence system. In that short time, companies of all sizes, all over the world have realized the tremendous value of this unique technology and its implications for managing rising costs, fostering deeper, more effective communication and decision making and even addressing corporate environmental responsibility. And this is just the beginning — telepresence will eventually become an irreplaceable asset within each and every organization that needs to meet in a natural, immersive way across distance.
According to Ken Crangle, vice president, Diamond Sponsor HP Halo Telepresence Solutions, “As global enterprise becomes more distributed and complex, more effective ways to collaborate and communicate are key to increasing business productivity, furthering collaboration and reducing corporate travel expenses. HP Halo Telepresence Solutions are already used by some of the world’s leading companies such as ABN Amro, AMD, BHP Billiton, DreamWorks Animation and PepsiCo to foster more personal connections while reducing the burden of travel and to make business decisions faster and with greater control. We are looking forward to showcasing the benefits of this powerful technology at Telepresence World 2008.”
Featured Presenters at the conference will include:
Martyn Lewis, CBE, Chairman & Co-Founder Teliris
Marc Trachtenberg, CEO & Co-Founder – Teliris
Charles Stucki, VP & General Manager – Cisco Telepresence Systems Business Unit
Jonathan Shopley, Executive Director – The CarbonNeutral Company
Aaron McCormack, CEO – BT Conferencing
Peter Lloyd, Editor-in-Chief – AV Magazine
Jonathan Shopley, Executive Director of The CarbonNeutral Company, said: Technological solutions are vital for a low carbon future. Our experience shows us that business travel accounts for around 20% – 30% of our service-based clients overall emissions. Where possible, using virtual options like telepresence is a real opportunity for businesses to cut emissions at the source whilst increasing cost and staff efficiency.
Martyn Lewis, CBE, Chairman of Teliris and lauded TV presenter and news anchor, also presenting at the Conference, stated: This is such an exciting time for the telepresence industry as more and more companies around the world begin to understand how drastically its deployment can redefine business as they know it.
Attendees of Telepresence World 2008 London will have a unique opportunity to experience telepresence offerings from a number of vendors first-hand via demonstrations and exhibitions. The venue for the conference, the ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre, is conveniently located near the London City Airport and Canary Wharf. The stunning waterfront setting includes a variety of hotels, restaurants, and pubs and is adjacent to the Royal Victoria Dock, originally established by Prince Albert in 1855.
World renowned analyst firm Frost & Sullivan has partnered with Telepresence World to provide market leadership, perspective, and insight. Diamond Sponsors of Telepresence World 2008 London include Teliris, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard. BT has joined as a Gold Sponsor and Network Sponsorship will be provided by Masergy Communications. Organisational supporters include the Interactive Media & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA), the International Society of Presence Research (ISPR), Digital Content Forum (DCF), the Communications Management Association (CMA), and the British Computer Society (BCS). Audio Visual (AV) Magazine, AV News, Connect World, CXO, Education Business, European CEO, Government Technology, Health Business, New Media Age, Report Buyer, Total Telecom, and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter are among a growing listing of media sponsors who have signed on to promote the event. Telepresence World 2008 London is a CarbonNeutral event.
Additional major sponsor announcements will be released in the next few weeks; however partner and exhibitor opportunities are still available; please email email@example.com for details. The meeting and adjacent Exhibitor Pavilion will be covered by an invited core of journalists but additional press inquiries are welcome.
For more information on Telepresence World events, see: www.telepresenceworld.com. To view Telepresence in Action, please visit www.telepresenceworld.tv . To find out more about telepresence, read the latest news, and participate in the global dialogue surrounding this fantastic technology, please join us at www.telepresenceworld.net.
About Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
Established in 1990, The Hemisphere Group has produced events throughout Asia, India, and the Americas. Their events portfolio includes conferences, seminars, and tradeshows on topics ranging from aerospace to finance. Known today as Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc., they provide expertise in the production and management of events relating to high-technology advancements. (www.HemisphereInc.com).
EVENT CONTACT: Mark Barounos
Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
BY PHONE: + 1 (970) 879-8140
BY FAX: + 1 (781) 394-7982
Monday, February 4th, 2008
Plan now to exhibit at TEAMS 2008? The world largest gathering of sports-event organizers which will be held October 21-25 in Pittsburgh. Exhibitors receive many valuable benefits, including the opportunity to schedule appointment sessions with sports-event organizers in advance of TEAMS. Exhibit space at TEAMS 2008 is expected to sell out, so avoid being shut out by reserving your exhibit space now. Select sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Yvonne Garcia: email@example.com (Eastern U.S.),Ilana Edell: firstname.lastname@example.org (Western U.S.) or Lisa Furfine: email@example.com by e-mail or by calling toll-free at (877) 577-3700.
Fast Fact: Sports-related travel is a $189 billion industry.
Who’s Who at Schneider Publishing
Ilana Edell is the advertising sales associate for SportsTravel and the TEAMS Conference & Expo responsible for the Western U.S. and Canada. Ilana is a 2007 graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and contributed regularly to the university’s broadcast and online news outlets. Ilana’s previous experience includes working in the media relations departments for the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Desperados, as well as Fox 5 New York’s “Good Day New York.” Since joining our company last September, Ilana’s energy and enthusiasm have quickly made her a highly valued team member while her winning personality and love of sports have helped her inform advertisers and prospective advertisers about the value of SportsTravel and the TEAMS Conference & Expo. Ilana can be reached toll-free at (877) 577-3700 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, February 4th, 2008
Teliris, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard join as Diamond Sponsors with many more to follow
Steamboat Springs, CO (November 26, 2007) Telepresence World Conference Organizer Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc, has announced plans for the next Telepresence World Conference event that will showcase the latest high-tech alternatives to traveling for face-to-face meetings. Telepresence World 2008 London (http://www.telepresenceworld.com) will take place March 18 -19, 2008, at the internationally acclaimed ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre in the UK’s capital city.
â€œYou have to experience it to believe it is often heard when describing telepresence. Telepresence meetings make remote participants life-size, with fluid motion, accurate flesh-tones, eye-to-eye contact, and flawless audio. The experience feels remarkably natural and comfortable for almost any size meeting from two people to large classrooms.
According to Mark Barounos, President of Hemisphere Expo Services, the use of telepresence technology for business applications â€œhas increased dramaticallyâ€? since the inaugural Telepresence World Conference was held in San Diego, CA, in June of 2007.
â€œTelepresence vendors such as Cisco and Teliris are reporting mounting numbers of customers world-wide. John Chambers recently said that installations of Cisco’s virtual meeting solution grew by over 400% in the last business quarter alone. This overwhelming acceptance of telepresence as a practical option to in-person conferencing has definitely pushed the technology from emerging to mainstream.
Due to the increasing recognition that telepresence can enable collaboration while reducing the carbon footprint and costs associated with corporate travel, Barounos expects turnout for the London event to be in excess of over 700 delegates. To allow greater participation in UK, the venue for Telepresence World 2008 London was recently moved to the spectacular ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre located near the London City Airport and Canary Wharf. The stunning waterfront setting includes a variety of hotels, restaurants, and pubs and is adjacent to the Royal Victoria Dock, which was originally established by Prince Albert in 1855. Since opening in 2000, ExCeL London has hosted more than 1,700 events. Notes Barounos, â€œthe expanded facilities and centralized location of the ExCel will greatly enhance the conference experience for attendees, speakers, and exhibitors alike, and it will allow us to present some very exciting sessions involving high-profile participants.
Telepresence World 2008 London will encompass two days of plenary sessions, panel discussions, case studies, roundtables, exhibits, and telepresence demonstrations focusing on real-world applications of telepresence. Frost & Sullivan, a world renowned corporate analyst firm, has partnered with Telepresence World to provide market leadership, perspective, and insight. The Organizers are also collaborating with the UK-based Carbon Neutral Company (TCNC) to make the conference a carbon-neutral event–carbon emissions created locally by the meeting will be measured and offset, resulting in a net zero carbon footprint. Delegates traveling to the conference by air will be encouraged to offset the carbon emissions generated from their journey via participation in a variety of international carbon mitigation programs.
Global Telecom leaders Teliris–recent winner of the Frost & Sullivan 2007 Market Leadership Award in the Telepresence Industry; Ciscoâ€”the premiere provider of cutting edge technologies designed to transform how people connect, communicate, and collaborate; and Hewlett-Packardwho recently teamed up with TANDBERG to provide a solution that links their Halo Collaboration Studio to other standards-based videoconferencing systems have signed on as Diamond Sponsors for the conference. As such, they will play integral roles in supporting the event and shaping the future role of telepresence in business, academic, and research endeavors.
Network sponsorship for Telepresence World 2008 London will be provided by Masergy Communications. Organizational supporters include the Interactive Media & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA) and the International Society of Presence Research (ISPR). Audio Visual Magazine, AV News, Business Trends Quarterly, Connect World, Education Business, European CEO, Future Healthcare, Future Pharmaceuticals, Government Technology, Health Business, New Media Age, and Total Telecom are among a growing listing of media sponsors who have signed on to promote the event.
Additional major sponsor announcements will be released in the next few weeks; however partner and exhibitor opportunities are still available; please email email@example.com for details. For more information on Telepresence World events, see: http://www.telepresenceworld.com. To view â€œTelepresence in Action,â€? please visit http://www.telepresenceworld.tv . To find out more about telepresence, read the latest news, and participate in the global dialogue surrounding this fantastic technology, please join us at http://www.telepresenceworld.net.
About Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
Established in 1990, The Hemisphere Group has produced events throughout Asia, India, and the Americas. Their events portfolio includes conferences, seminars, and tradeshows on topics ranging from aerospace to finance. Known today as Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc., they provide expertise in the production and management of events relating to high-technology advancements. (http://www.HemisphereInc.com).
CONTACT: Mark Barounos
Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
BY PHONE: + 1 (970) 879-8140
BY FAX: + 1 (781) 394-7982