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Charlotte: INS

May 18-23, 2013. The Annual Convention & Industrial Exhibition was the combination of two meetings: the Spring National Academy of Infusion Therapy, and the official Annual Meeting of INS.  INS, you say?  No, in this case not the Immigration and Naturalization Service, but the Infusion Nurses Society.  This is the largest convention in the United States each year for the infusion specialty, and between 1,000 and 1,200 infusion nurses from 30 countries headed to Charlotte for six days of powerful education sessions, including three days of exhibits with industry leaders, plus poster and oral abstract presentations showcasing the latest infusion research.  Education-wise, the INS Annual Convention & Industrial Exhibition consisted of presentations that addressed the nine core areas of infusion therapy: Antineoplastic/Biologic Therapy, Fluid & Electrolyte Balance, Infection Prevention, Parenteral Nutrition, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Quality Improvement, Technology & Clinical Applications, and Transfusion Therapy.  Delegates were “infused” with enthusiasm….

Orlando: InfoComm

June 12-14, 2013. InfoComm bills itself as the professional audiovisual communications association, and this show is where the best and brightest of the professional audiovisual communications industry gather to exchange views and collaborate, communicate and connect, or in other words to learn new skills, discover innovative solutions, network with each other and celebrate their successes.  More pro AV solution providers demonstrated their cutting-edge technologies at InfoComm, we heard,  than anywhere else.  In response, the show was visited by over 35,000 professionals attending from more than 110 countries, achieving a 2.5 percent increase in attendance over InfoComm 2012.  Attendees came to InfoComm for courses on topics ranging from acoustics to videoconferencing. Popular courses included Unified Communications and Collaboration, CTS Prep, EDID, HDCP, HDMI for Pro AV, Digital Signage Revolution in Retail, and Future Technologies: The Inside Scoop from Silicon Valley, (which as we all know is THE place to scoop up new ideas…)

Chicago: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

May 31 – June 4, 2013. ASCO is the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the show’s stated aim was “building bridges to conquer cancer”.  The ASCO Annual Meeting brought together more than 25,000 oncology professionals from a broad range of specialties.  Education sessions offered interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary explorations of focused areas of clinical oncology, in sessions addressing issues including surgical, radiation and geriatric oncology; symptom management; health services research; international perspectives; and pathology.  ‘Meet the Professor Sessions’ facilitated interactive discussion between attendees and recognized experts in a variety of subspecialty fields;  the format was informal with an emphasis on a face-to-face exchange with the expert. Core Sessions highlighted the latest updates in science and clinical practice. Designed to help busy oncologists streamline their annual meeting experience, Core Sessions included controversies in a particular disease site, personalized care, and new developments in the field.  Cancer, watch out, they’re coming to get you…

Atlanta: BrownFields

May 15-17, 2013. The National Brownfields Conference is the largest event in the US that focuses on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.  As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a brownfield is a property that has a presence, or potential presence, of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants, thus creating complications during its expansion, redevelopment, or reuse. EPA’s Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse these sites.   In attendance were over 6,000 stakeholders in brownfields redevelopment and cleanup.  There were over 100 educational sessions including panel and plenary sessions, discussion-based roundtables and town hall meetings, and film screenings.  Hey, if it’s brown, don’t tread in it till the cleanup team arrives…

Toronto: CIM 2013

May 5-7, 2013. CIM turns out to be short for the Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.  The mining industry continues to face challenges managing tremendous growth against the backdrop of a shifting global political landscape and an unpredictable super-cycle, we were told.  The Plenary Session opened the convention with big-name speakers, all influential industry executives.  The technical program featured six streams: Operations & Maintenance Best Practices; Leadership in Investment & Management; Social & Environmental Responsibility; the Global Geological Puzzle; New Frontiers/Open Innovations; and Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium.  Interestingly and unexpectedly, there was a Women In Mining Forum. “In order to achieve long-term sustainable growth”, we heard, “the mining industry has to take leadership to capitalize on the untapped potential of minorities in the workplace, e.g. women, Aboriginal peoples, etc., by increasing their workforce participation”.  Okay, here’s your pickaxe and headlamp, ma’am….

Long Beach: SAMPE

May 6-9, 2013. SAMPE is the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.  This annual event attracts over 5,000 international attendees, encompassing all areas of advanced materials and processes.  These included Aerospace, Aircraft, Automotive, Green Energy, Marine, and Transportation in general.  The overall theme was  “Education & Green Sky – Materials Technology for a Better World”.  There was a presentation titled “Beyond the 787: Developing the Future of Materials and Processes that Shape Aerospace”, a keynote given by Dr. John Tracy, Chief Technology Officer at the Boeing Company, and Senior Vice President, Engineering, Operations & Technology.  A highlight was the SAMPE awards luncheon, which featured a presentation on “Beautiful Complexity: Design, Technology, and Industry in the Age of Trillions”.  As to trillions of what, that was left somewhat mysterious….

Las Vegas: HD Expo

May 15-17, 2013. HD stands for Hospitality Design, and this was the Hospitality Design Expo and Conference 2013.  This one was for design professionals involved with Restaurants, Hotels, Spas, Casinos, Condominium-hotels, Senior living facilities, Nightclubs, Golf and Country Clubs, Vacation Ownership Venues, Cruise Ships, and Timeshares. HD Expo is positioned as the premier trade show for the hospitality design industry, bringing together over 900 exhibitors and around 7,000 attendees. The show is at the forefront of offering the newest and most innovative designer products and services, providing inspiration, and connecting the industry. Visitors were there to be inspired by the most creative innovations, to source product and access over 900 exhibitors’ products and services, not to mention attending fully accredited conference sessions. Exhibitors could promote their brands, expand their customer base, and connect with established buyers and sellers.  So what was it you had “designs” on…?