Past Events

Power Games: Board Vs Secretariat

September 15, 2020

From by-laws to everyday practices what is shaping the relationship between the Board & Secretariat, between the Presidents & Secretary Generals? A high-level online discussion among Association Leaders was attended by more than 75 members who had the chance to contribute their ideas and challenge the panelists. Legal, Governance and Strategic questions were put on the table in an insightful and inspiring exchange.


Digital Advocacy in times of Disruption

July 14, 2020

"Digital Advocacy in times of Disruption", a panel discussion full of exciting insights on the ways that Advocacy adapted to the Covid19 situation and its prospects for the future, took place online on 14 July.  Advocacy professionals from Europe and the U.S. and an expert from the European Commission engaged in an informative exchange with more than 55 ESAE members.

Events: Going Virtual

June 24, 2020

"Events: Going Virtual" had a great attendance of more than 85 ESAE members. Organised by ESAE's Events Committee, the session offered the opportunity to learn from case-studies, get tips and tricks on how to choose online tools and platforms but also focused on virtual General Assemblies.

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Membership: Digital Engagement Strategies

June 5, 2020

Our webinar on Digital Membership was led by the ESAE Communication and Membership Committee and brought together more than 50 members to exchange ideas and case studies on how an Association can engage with its members in the era of remote working.

Lead like a Coach

May 26, 2020

ESAE partner, Joana Visa present practical tips for Association Executives from the lessons learned as a coach. The webinar, moderated by ESAE's Progaramming Committee Chair, Stylianos Filopoulos was attended by 25 ESAE members and focused on transformative leadership skills.


Leadership in a time of Crisis

May 14, 2020

53 attendees took part in a high-level discussion moderated by ESAE Leadership Circle's Cahir, Rafael Plata who led a stirring conversation with ESAE member Mohamed Mezghani and Anna Kulik from ECSDA. The webinar focused on how Association leaders fare during a crisis, particularly the one we are faced because of Covid19, the necessary traits and the optimal way to interact with colleagues and stakeholders.

Covid19 Financial Impact on Associations

May 5, 2020

More than 60 participants had the chance to exchange ideas with experts and peers in a virtual panel discussion analysing the impact of Covid19 to Assocations' budgets and the ideas to minimise losses and achieve solvency.


Horizon Europe: What Opportunities for EU Associations?

April 8, 2020

40 attendees followed an online presentation on Horizon Europe and how Associations can benefit from EU funding. ESAE members got the chance to ask their questions and get expert's advice by Quentin Galland

The Association of the Future Against Disruptions

March 11, 2020

ESAE's world café session at the 8th edition of the European Association Summit was rewarded with an overwhelming attendance. Around 80 attendees engaged in group discussions where they exchanged ideas on Governance, Membership, Advocacy and Communication and Events management. The European Association Summit was organised by


Public Speaking for Association Executives

March 5, 2020

Public Speaking becomes increasingly important for Association Executives and only few are born with the natural charisma. Fortunately it's a trait that can be learned! At our interactive workshop hosted by, we gathered 25 Association professionals who practiced their techniques with the guidance of an expert.

From Strategic Priorities to Policy Manifestos

February 11, 2020

Associations need to change the way they influence the decision-making policy to adapt to a new socio-economic landscape and integrate digital technology. All while trying to align with the E.U.'s agenda.
A high-level panel discussion with peers from a variety of Associations took place hosted by Martin's Brussels EU.

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New Year's Reception

January 28, 2020

A unique opportunity for members and partners to get together and reflect on the future of Associations and celebrate a year full of activities and networking opportunities. The Reception was hosted by Coworking Les Galeries and sponsored by Visit Flanders

The Congress of the Future

November 14, 2019

Together with VISITFLANDERS we organised a breakfast workshop, presenting innovative ideas to bring your congresses and events to the 21st Century.
Experts shared case-studies on how a new conference format and/or the right implementation of technology can take an Association conference to the next level.

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Getting to know the new European Commission and its priorities

November 5, 2019

In this session of our “Roadmap for the EU Super-Year” series we identified key portfolios and the personalities of the new Commission taking office. We discussed the lessons learned from the hearings of Commissioners-designate and reviewed the new 5-year work program and its implications.

Digital Campaigning for Impact

October 29, 2019

Digital campaigning, when done right, is a powerful tool to convey a particular message or position and to shape opinions. 
During this interactive session, specialists from Cambre Associates shared tips and facilitated discussions on how to improve an associations’ digital campaigning capabilities that deliver results.


Making a Business Plan for Associations

September 17, 2019

Business Plans is an integral step to make an Association run professionally and ensure sustainability. Although we have vast knowledge on how to achieve so for business, Associations are quite different, especially those operating in a European and International level.
This peer-to-peer round-table brought together Association Leaders from various sectors, along with experts in the field to learn from each other by exchanging best practices and advice.

Who will be the next EU leaders?

June 25, 2019

An Interactive workshop that explored what new balance of power the European Elections bring. A session that helped Association leaders identify the key players and best plan their advocacy and monitoring strategies.

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The changing face of internal comms

June 14, 2019

This session,co-produced with Cambre Associates, offered advice and practical tips on how to keep members engaged, how to manage and share key information and communicate effectively internally in times of crisis.

Associations and the burden of Brexit

June 4, 2019

A roundtable that explored how Brexit can change the raison d’etre of Associations and what impact this can have on own resources, output efficiency, and decision-making processes.
Association leaders from various fields had a unique interactive exchange of how Brexit affects their organisations, what steps were taken so far and what are the expectations for the future.


Companies and Associations Code

May 21, 2019

The workshop explained the major changes brought by the New Code (e.g. performance of commercial activities, new liability regime for officers, new governance rules, restructuration and transformation procedures, etc.) which impact non-profit organisations. It explained what non-profit organisations are legally required to do due to the entry into force of the New Code and how to better benefit from it.

Prepare your Association for the next European Parliament

March 26, 2019

The 2019 EU elections have been characterized as the most critical of our lifetimes.  Is your Association ready? An interactive session, co-produced with Interel Association Management helped us learn what to expect from a completely new European Parliament and to get the best in-depth analysis on how to engage the new actors.


Digital ®evolution in your Association: Embrace. Engage. Excel.

March 1, 2019

ESAE's session at the European Association Summit drew inspiration from our annual theme, "Digitalisation for Associations". The digital tools in our disposal have already changed the way we conduct business, but what are we make the best use of what we have? And what can we expect from the future?

Digital panic: How to effectively manage a crisis online

February 19, 2019

During this session, part of ESAE’s series on public affairs and digital communications, specialists from Cambre Associates shared case-studies and provided practical tips on how to use online tools to improve an association’s crisis preparedness and be ready to deal with the worst, from planning to implementation.


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