Time to think about #EUPRIO2019 and renewing your association with our global network of more than 750 communication professionals from all over Europe, writes Nic Mitchell
Joining, or renewing your membership, should be easier than ever this year by signing up for a MyEUPRIO account on the website, which you should use to register for the annual conference and the regular workshops we are now organising in different countries.
The 2019 conference will be hosted by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, from June 16-19 2019 under the banner of ‘Inspiring Communications: How to engage key audiences and boost your reputation’.
Chairing the organising committee is Philip Graham, Head of Internal Communications at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, who attended his first EUPRIO conference in Sevilla, Spain, last year.
He says: “I found the EUPRIO event last year hugely engaging, inspiring and thought provoking. I was immediately struck by the real warmth and passion of the participants, which gives great opportunities for long-lasting connections and a solid network of support.
“Our theme this year is ‘Inspiring Communities’, something that we all struggle with to one degree or another. We all benefit hugely from hearing other people’s experiences, sometimes picking up simple solutions to perennial problems or deep-diving for a more strategic approach to long-term planning.”
Philip says he is particularly excited by the Keynoteand Endnote speakers, Thomas Kolster and Christophe Ginisty, who bring years of experience in the fields of reputation building and digital strategic planning.
“You can guarantee that we’ll be inspired,
enthused and even challenged,” says Philip.
Largest number of workshops
Philip says this year’s conference will have the largest ever number of workshops and offers a great balance of presentations and audience participation.
“Our in-depth Masterclasses will give strategic advice and stimulate active discussion on key priorities such as successful community engagement, effective crisis communications, and the ever-increasing value of quality films on social media.
“You’ll hear expert solutions to problems that we all regularly face and get the chance to share your own successes – and failures – so that others can learn from your experiences.”
Challenges and benefits
Among the strong themes covered will be how to support staff and students as your best ambassadors, along with building trust and belonging with your key audiences, and the challenges and benefits of working with other departments as well as effective change management and new approaches to widening access.
“There’ll also be practical guidance on effective social media in an ever-changing landscape, planning for event success and how to make long-lasting connections to your city. Lots to get our teeth into!
“As Chairman of the EUPRIO 2019 scientific committee, I’d wholeheartedly recommend this conference to everyone with an interest in better internal communications and reputation building. From enthusiastic newcomers bringing fresh ideas to well-established communications professionals, you’ll leave energised for the year ahead,” said Philip.
You can see the programme here.