InSpire, the first European IAPCO EDGE Advanced Seminar


Prague, November 13-15

A quality education seminar focussed on furthering your expertise in meetings’ organisation.

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InSpire is the first European IAPCO Edge Advanced Seminar, to be held in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires, where you can follow interactive and engaging sessions delivered by industry experts and experience a fun, exchange knowledge with peers and experience a relaxed environment to maximise learning potential!

Are you:

An Event professional who has been working in the industry for at least 5 years at a project management level or similar?

Looking for the next steps to be more successful both personally and professionally?

Interested in increasing knowledge of the global meetings industry and trends?

PCOs, CVBs, Convention Centres, Universities, Associations?

EDGE seminars are open to all and not just IAPCO members, so be InSpired to Learn and Lead and register!

About the speakers

Sherrif Karamat

Sherrif Karamat is President and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). In conjunction with his role, Karamat also serves as President of PCMA’s Education Foundation and Publisher of Convene magazine.

In his previous role he led the development and implementation of the organization’s new vision: Driving global economic and social transformation through business events. As part of PCMA’s growth strategy, Karamat has led the organization on a major data intelligence program and played a key role in the recent acquisition of Incentive Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific.

Sherrif is a life-long learner and, in addition to completing his Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) and Master of Business Administration (MBA), he has completed various post graduate certificate programs , including a program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Data Intelligence and Big Data.

About the programme

Day 1 Wed, 13th November

Getting to know each other

Session 1: Trends

Session 2: Business development

Networking break and refreshments

Social Programme

Day 2 Thursday, 14th November

Session 3: Marketing

Networking break and refreshments

Session 5: Leadership

Networking & Lunch

Session 6: Finance

Parallel 1: Deep dive learning Workshop

Parallel 2: deep dive learning workshop

Session 7: Legacy

Day 3 Friday, 15th November

Session 8: External speaker

Session 9: Leadership

Networking break and refreshments

Session 10: Personalised learning

Networking & Lunch

Why should I attend?

  • Interactive and engaging sessions delivered by industry experts
  • Knowledge exchange with peers
  • Valuable take-aways
  • Experience a fun and relaxed environment to maximise learning potential
  • Be inspired to learn and lead

IAPCO Edge Advanced

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IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) is the leading international association for professional conference organisers. Its mission is to raise the standards of service among its member organisations and other sectors of the meetings industry through continued education, connection and support.

IAPCO, today, represents 133 companies comprised of over 9100 professional congress organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 40 countries.

IAPCO EDGE (Experts in Dynamic Global Education) is IAPCO’s education programme, designed to provide continuing education and to raise standards in the meetings industry. An IAPCO EDGE Advanced seminar focusses on furthering expertise in meeting organisation.  An interactive, engaging seminar delivered by industry experts focussed on high quality current education, knowledge share, group work and challenged thinking with valuable take-aways.  Open to all sectors of the meetings industry including PCOs, CVBs, Congress Centres, Associations, exhibition managers.

Hotel & Travel


The HQ hotel for IAPCO EDGE Advanced Seminar is Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre, situated few steps from the Prague Congress Centre.

Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre is a comfortable hotel next to Prague Congress Centre, with a garden restaurant, a bar and meeting rooms. Nearby Vyšehrad Metro Station is only two stops from the city centre, and a handy walkway connects to Prague Congress Centre. A short walk away, you can discover Vyšehrad fort and its historic cemetery.

At this hotel you can enjoy:

Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Covered and open-air parking for a daily fee

A mini-gym

Comfortable rooms feature pillow menus to help you sleep, and many have garden or city views. Suites have separate living space, and Executive Rooms have access to a private lounge. Kids stay and eat free. You can sip cocktails in the spacious lobby bar or on the garden terrace, and enjoy gourmet Czech and international dishes in Esprit Restaurant.


Advanced Prague public transportation system includes swift and efficient metro, tram and bus connections. Anyway, here are some information about how to het to the venue:


  1. května 1640/65, Prague 4


Arrival by car:

The Prague Congress Centre is adjacent to the North-South Prague City Expressway “5. května” – follow the road signs for “Kongresové centrum Praha”. Parking is available in the Prague Congress Centre’s underground car park, or in the open-air car park on the southern side of the building.

Arrival by public transportation:

Take the red metro line C to the “Vyšehrad” stop. The Prague Congress Centre is just few steps from the metro stop.



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