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European Association Awards

Celebrating excellence in the Association community

About

The European Association Awards identify and reward projects that can inspire the whole Community. They aim to highlight the knowledge and team members who usually stay out of the spotlight. The main goal is to learn from best practices and transferable knowledge and reinforce the broader Association community. In 2024, the European Association Awards Ceremony will be held during the European Association Summit.

4 categories

Impact

The 'Impact Award' rewards any project that focuses more on the overarching vision and values of an Association than on its day-to-day operations. This can include a Legacy project, a charity initiative, a mentoring or educational programme, or a change of policy.

Digital Communication

The 'Digital Communication Award' rewards the use of innovative digital tools in the optimisation of an Association's outreach or of its ability to represent the interests of its members towards institutions and the general public.

Event Transformation

The 'Event Transformation Award' rewards innovation in the rethinking of an Association's meetings and events. It can pertain to the design and format of an event, or to the use of new technologies to make it more inclusive, efficient, sustainable, or able to reach more stakeholders.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

The 'DEI Awards' rewards projects built around the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Those projects can apply DEI internally, within the Association, or externally, with regard to its members, stakeholders, or the general public. The Award will also consider the concrete impact of the presented projects.

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European Association Awards 2024

Winners

IMPACT

Adoption of an inter-institutional EU Declaration on Cycling Cycling Industries Europe

CIE launched a campaign to elevate cycling in EU policy by adopting an overarching strategic policy to position cycling similarly to other transport and tourism modes. They collaborated with other cycling associations, cities, and regions to maximize its impact. Hence demonstrating the power of collaboration between business, civil society, and governmental supporters. The campaign successfully influenced the EU Commission to adopt an overarching strategy on cycling, raising its status to be on par with other mobility and tourism sectors. The adopted declaration now includes 36 commitments, which can potentially double in impact.

EVENT TRANSFORMATION

eSleep Europe 2023ESRS

European Sleep Research Society

ESRS developed a new online format for their 3-day congress and filled the need for the diffusion of scientific developments while increasing the accessibility of information internationally and building a stronger sleep network in Europe. eSleep Europe was supported by over 36 organisations and hosted 10 joint scientific sessions.

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION

Connecting the Dots

MedTechEurope

MedTech Europe launched a series of mini-documentary-style films produced by BBC StoryWorks. Each film presents to policymakers and the general public the stories of patients, healthcare professionals, and innovators, providing a profound understanding of the impact and potential of the medical technology sector - from proven solutions to cutting-edge innovations.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (DEI)

UITP’s Gender Equality Policy

UITP: The International Association of Public Transports

Until recently, there were no women on UITP’s Executive Board and very few speaking on their panels. They developed a gender diversity policy to bring gender parity in all they do. The Executive Board is now 1/3 women, the Management Board is balanced, and UITP has doubled women speaking on its panels.

Finalists

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The ICCA Future Leaders Council

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ICCA: The International Congress and Convention Association

The ICCA Future Leaders Council was introduced in 2021 to address the underrepresentation of young professionals in ICCA’s governance and community. The council was set up to nurture and promote new talent in their industry, and to facilitate sharing ideas and strategies to keep ICCA current, relevant, and positioned as the thought-leaders for the Association meeting community.

Eurosif JEDI Community of Practice

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Eurosif: European Sustainable Investment Forum

The project aims to create and support a community of practice for investors. Its goal is to help EU asset managers understand climate justice better and encourage them to make investments through a lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). The project focuses on addressing anti-racism and fostering diversity and inclusion from a racial perspective. Currently, these areas are not as advanced as gender equity within the EU context.


UITP’s Gender Equality Policy

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UITP: The International Association of Public Transports

Until recently, there were no women on UITP’s Executive Board and very few speaking on their panels. They developed a gender diversity policy to bring gender parity in all they do. The Executive Board is now 1/3 women, the Management Board is balanced, and UITP has doubled women speaking on its panels.

Event Transformation

ePoster Precision: The 7-Minute Surgical Snapshot Series

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The ePoster Precision initiative was born out of the EAES’s commitment to enhancing surgical education and engagement. As a surgery-focused association, they recognized that traditional lengthy videos often failed to captivate their audience. To address this, they set out to create a format that would resonate with modern viewing habits and draw participants to the forefront.

eSleep Europe 2023

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ESRS developed a new format for a 3-day congress and filled the need for the diffusion of scientific developments in the year between the established pattern of 26 biennial congresses while increasing accessibility of information internationally and building a stronger sleep network in Europe. eSleep Europe was supported by over 36 organisations and hosted 10 joint scientific sessions.

MMFA virtual coffees

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The Virtual coffee series, launched in 2021, was an opportunity for members to have informal online conversations with key stakeholders. The series helps multiply touchpoints with members, keeping the community alive by focusing on topics driven by member interests. The originality of the series? Speakers are mostly members: they drive and deliver the content as peer-to-peer education sessions.

Digital Communication

Social Media Campaign: The Antwerp Declaration

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Cefic launched an organic social media campaign to mobilise organisations to reach 1000 signatures on the Antwerp Declaration. A customised social media toolkit used by signatories exponentially amplified the campaign, encouraged organisations to sign up, and made the message a key topic on social media. The effort resulted in a social media reach of 20+ million.

#NoSalternative

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EUsalt: European Salt Producers' Association

#NoSalternative is a project comprising 12 short videos distributed to promote the variety of salt uses and highlight the value ‎and positive impact of salt ‎and its applications. Each video highlighted one or multiple uses of salt through humour and relevant information, ‎targeting the EU Brussels bubble, the wider public and the EUsalt membership.

Connecting the Dots

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MedTech Europe

MedTech Europe launched a series of mini-documentary-style films produced by BBC StoryWorks. Each film presents to policymakers and the general public the stories of patients, healthcare professionals, and innovators, providing a profound understanding of the impact and potential of the medical technology sector - from proven solutions to cutting-edge innovations.

Impact

Adoption of an inter-institutional EU Declaration on Cycling

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CIE launched a campaign to elevate cycling in EU policy by adopting an overarching strategic policy to position cycling similarly to other transport and tourism modes. They collaborated with other cycling associations, cities, and regions to maximize its impact. Hence demonstrating the power of collaboration between business, civil society, and governmental supporters. The campaign successfully influenced the EU Commission to adopt an overarching strategy on cycling, raising its status to be on par with other mobility and tourism sectors.The adopted declaration now includes 36 commitments, which can potentially double in impact.


The ESCRS IOL Calculator

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The ESCRS IOL Calculator is an invaluable online tool designed to assist ophthalmologists in calculating intraocular lenses (IOLs) for cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. Precise calculation is vital for post-surgery vision & positive patient outcomes. The automation of this process & providing trusted data has benefitted ESCRS's 7.5k members & beyond, in reducing errors & saving time.

EUROPEN Single Market Expansion Award

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EUROPEN and JA Europe, a leading organisation delivering education programmes for STEMs skills and entrepreneurship, collaborated to mark the 30th anniversary of the EU Single Market and launched the Market Expansion Award, putting in competition students' start-ups, and challenging them to demonstrate their ability to seize the opportunities of the Single Market to drive their businesses forward.

Jury Members

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Liesbeth Switten

Secretary General, AIB
Chair of the European Association Awards 2024

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Chiara Gasparotto

Deputy CEO, ESTRO
Co-Chair ESAE's Governance & DEI Community

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Angela Guillemet

Executive Director, INCON
Board Member, ESAE

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Glen Burridge

Executive Director, EFG
Co-Chair ESAE's Sustainability & Legacy Community

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Sharon Ashton

Open Academy & Events Director, EURORDIS
Co-Chair ESAE's Events Management Community

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Remi Deve

Chief Editor, Boardroom Magazine

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Susan West

Adjunct Faculty, Executive Education, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Karen Gonzales

Karen Gonzales, CEM, CMP-F

Director, Global Development, IAEE
ASAE Member, International Associations Advisory Council

Awards Supporters

The 2024 European Association Awards 2024 are supported by:

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Digital Communication

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Event Transformation

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Impact Award

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Application Process

European Association Awards 2023

Winners

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

unded and driven together with Electrolux Food Foundation, the 'Like a Chef' program is an employment training initiative that provides professional culinary skills to underprivileged individuals. The program emphasizes on sustainable cooking methods with a zero food waste approach over 9 weeks. The program empowers various groups in need, including immigrant women, single parents, and orphaned teenagers, to provide for themselves and their families. With over 1000 graduates, there have been 8 training centers around the world (Poland, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, Brazil).

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Event Transfromation

#FoodFuture Ideas Fest

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In June 2022, FoodDrinkEurope broke away from the traditional Brussels annual event script. Rather than opting for a classic conference hall, the Association erected three spacious tents in the picturesque garden of the Museum of Natural Sciences, where they proudly presented their inaugural #FoodFuture Ideas Festival and Summer Party. This extraordinary event showcased 23 groundbreaking ideas that shaped the future of food.

Digital Communication

The growth of AIJA’s LinkedIn page

International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

AIJA developed a digital communication strategy on LinkedIn to increase impact, visibility, and presence. They did not use financial resources and achieved results only through sponsor visibility, collaboration with international associations, and work with management committees and interest groups. This strategy, which proved to be very successful, allowed Them to increase followers from 13,585 in January 2022 to 17,750 in December 2022, which is equivalent to a +30% growth.

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Impact

At the International Liver Congress in London, UK, EASL introduced a range of impactful social projects aimed at enhancing liver health awareness and fostering early detection and screening. These initiatives signify EASL's long-term dedication to expanding and fortifying these endeavors to ensure lasting and sustainable impact.

Application Process & Policy

What is the application process?

After registrations are closed, the ESAE Secretariat will verify that the eligibility criteria are met, and forward the nominations to the jury for their deliberation in early April. The application process is supported by EVALATO.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • Any Association (i.e.: membership-based, not-for-profit, organisation) conducting some of its activities in Europe can apply to be nominated, regardless of whether they are ESAE members or not. There is no application fee.

  • Nominations from Association Management companies directly, public authorities or corporate entities will not be considered eligible. 

  • An Association can apply for two different categories but with two different projects.

  • The submitted proposals must be inspiring, tangible, strategic, transferable and impactful.

Can I see the questions before submitting my application?

You can pre-register on the Evalato platform by filling in your details and clicking the 'register' button above. Once you access the registration form, you can save it as a draft and complete your application later. This will give you enough time to make the best application possible!

Other questions?

If you have any questions, either on the topics, the process, or about sponsoring an Award, don't hesitate to contact with ESAE's Secretariat at info@esae.eu

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