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Presentations 2012

Michel Claessens, Head of Communications at ITER Organization

“Technological secrets. Can science be transparent?”

Michel Claessens, Head of Communications at ITER Organization

With complex scientific and technological projects addressing key challenges for humanity (and attracting huge amounts of funding), there is an increasing and legitimate demand from the public for better information and dialogue.

Can science be transparent? The presentation takes ITER (the international fusion reactor being built in the South of France) as an example to show the factors that can promote or obstruct science communication.

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Hiromi Yokoyama, Associate Professor at Tokyo University, School of Science

“Science communications in Japan - an academic approach, before and after the 3.11 crisis.”

Hiromi Yokoyama, Associate Professor at Tokyo University, School of Science

In 2004 Japanese national universities became independent administrative institutions and in 2005 the formal introduction of science communication took place in Japan. These two facts led to a new setup of the staff in charge of university public relations and science communications. Especially after the 3.11 (Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami  and Fukushima Nuclear Accident) universities have been actively required to make an effort to draw public attention to their research outcomes.

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Annie Gravier, Director Public Affairs and Communications at Technoparc Montréal

“Technological breakthrough – the dream is (already) alive.”

Annie Gravier, Director Public Affairs and Communications at Technoparc Montréal

Technoparc Montréal is Canada’s largest science and technology park with 5,000 scientists working in the life sciences, aerospace, ICT and cleantech sectors. Annie reveals its unique working environment and the latest technological breakthroughs to come out of the labs.
Take a peek at what awaits the green scientific community: the future Éco-campus Hubert Reeves will be an open, high knowledge site in a wooded setting conducive to the emerging new approach to clean technologies, climate change and renewable energy.
Eight smart buildings equipped with most innovative materials and technologies will be linked by water ponds and bike paths with a community garden adjacent to a 26 hectares regional park.
The dream is already alive.

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Maria Satherstrom, Marketing manager of Ideon Science Park

“How innovative is innovation communication?”

Maria Satherstrom, Marketing manager of Ideon Science Park

Supporting entrepreneurs for almost a decade, Maria has seen many examples of really good and bad innovation communication. Most innovators tend to place their main focus on the technique and the innovation itself. However, to be able to develop it further and take it to the market, they need good communication with potential customers and investors.
Maria points out some common difficulties in innovation communication and strategies to avoid them. She also views the most important factors in this type of communication.
Does it really need to be innovative?

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Nettie Buitelaar, CEO at Leiden Bio Science Park

“Talent-hunting or head-stealing?”

Nettie Buitelaar, CEO at Leiden Bio Science Park

In Western Europe there is a shortage on technically skilled people, especially with hands-on experience. In a thriving sector such as the life sciences, this could become a growth limiting step.
Leiden Bio Science Park, as an ecosystem of companies dedicated to biopharmaceutical drug development, has taken action to prevent this from happening. Several solutions are in place now to ensure the supply of sufficient well-qualified personnel - achieved by carefully building on trust and looking beyond the interests of individual companies.
The presentation elaborates on the thus described process and its results.

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Hans Kunz, Overseas Representative in Switzerland for Hong Kong Science & Technology Park

“Transparency vs. Ethics.”

Hans Kunz, Overseas Representative in Switzerland for Hong Kong Science & Technology Park

Hans Kunz, Overseas Representative in Switzerland for Hong Kong Science & Technology Park and founding member of the Hong Kong International Coaching Community, tackles the issues of managing large scientific teams, safe-guarding the originality of the authentic technological idea during its implementation, and defending authorship.
The presentation aims at helping people understand the need for transparency in a highly competitive environment, focusing on some aspects of the Chinese culture in order to help mobilizing partnerships that will allow you work together and grow.

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Rohit Bhargava, SVP Global Strategy & Planning at Ogilvy, Adjunct Professor - Global Marketing at Georgetown University

“10 global Business & Comms trends that will matter in 2012.”

Rohit Bhargava, SVP Global Strategy & Planning at Ogilvy, Adjunct Professor - Global Marketing at Georgetown University

Rohit Bhargava - a marketer, blogger and bestselling author, discusses the rise of content curation and it's impact on marketing and PR, their recent integration, and how we can solve modern believability crisis in communications.

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Majdi Al Ayed, Managing Director for UAE and Vice President of Network Affairs at TRACCS

“Global vs. local Communication consultancies: a battle for attracting clients?”

Majdi Al Ayed, Managing Director for UAE and Vice President of Network Affairs at TRACCS

Majdi Al Ayed's presentation provides key strategies and best practicies used in the TRACCS experience as a local consultancy covering the region of Middle East and North Africa.

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Gianni Catalfamo, European Digital Director at Ketchum Pleon

“The challenge of Relevance.”

Gianni Catalfamo, European Digital Director at Ketchum Pleon

Social Media are past the stage of interesting internet fad and have become a permanent feature of our world. They play to what is perhaps the humankind most ancient desire after food & shelter: the need to communicate with others. Powered by such a force, they are reshaping all we know in communications and marketing and are radically transforming the way opinions are formed and influenced, prompting an equally radical redesign of the communications and marketing disciplines. Once this is accepted, the obvious question is how we can navigate this redesign without disrupting our mktg & comms activity, and this is precisely what Gianni will briefly illustrate, drawing from 10 years of experience in Social Media (even before they were called Social Media).

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Lorena Carrenõ Díaz, President of the Mexican Association of Public Relations Professionals (PRORP)

“Communication associations’ mission today – to form a pros’ community or engage socially?”

Lorena Carrenõ Díaz, President of the Mexican Association of Public Relations Professionals (PRORP)

Lorena Carrenõ discusses the situation in Mexico and Latin America in terms of the public relations industry. She also discloses a bit of the State of the Art of a non-profit Association deveopled ​​alongside with due market growth.

The presentation provides insight on what should do and what should be done in organized groups of professional discipline.

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Mark Redgrove, Head of Communications at ORGALIME - The European Engineering Industries Association, and Board Member in EACD - The European Association of Communication Directors

“Professional ethics in the era of transparency and authenticity.”

Mark Redgrove, Head of Communications at ORGALIME - The European Engineering Industries Association, and Board Member in EACD - The European Association of Communication Directors

A presentation with a sense of humour - aiming at examining the thin line between virtue and vice while following principles, values, and obligations.

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Yogesh Joshi, President of The Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) will explore the specific regional features of the orhanization he represents

“Today's external and internal mission of large communication associations.”

Yogesh Joshi, President of The Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) will explore the specific regional features of the orhanization he represents

The presentation reveals a non-traditional approach to the industry of public relations and communications based on the cultural and linguistic diversity which is typical for the region the presenter comes from, and points out to 5 stages of the Indian PR model.

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Roma Balwani, Senior Vice President, Group Head, and Corporate Communications at Mahindra Group Ltd.

“Integrated corporate communications – pros & cons.”

Roma Balwani, Senior Vice President, Group Head, and Corporate Communications at Mahindra Group Ltd.

The presentation dicusses the advantages and drawbacks in using integrated communications as a company management strategy.

Featuring 4 videos: Mahindra TharAgainst MalariaSpark the RiseMahindra Rise

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Yannis Freris - Head of Corporate communications and Sustainable Development at GEFYRA S.A. and Head of EACD's CSR working group

“CCO's growing responsiblity today: Shaping the corporation's body & soul.”

Yannis Freris - Head of Corporate communications and Sustainable Development at GEFYRA S.A. and Head of EACD's CSR working group

Òhe presentation offers a subtle approach to the role of the chief communications officer in making decisions and taking actions with regards to safeguarding the company reputation and image and answers the tricky question of who-is-to-blame in the case of a corporate commuication malfunction or a mistake.

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Mirko Pallera, co-founder and director at Ninja Marketing

“Create! How to design contagious ideas (and make the world a better place).”

Mirko Pallera, co-founder and director at Ninja Marketing

“Go viral” is the ambition of every advertiser, but nobody - until today - has been able to explain the real secret of virality. After his first best selling marketing book, Mirko Pallera has been looking for the “holy grail” of communication: the secret formula to design a brand and a campaign that can stimulate tons of shares in social networks.

A new clear formula is born, easy and useful, to design what he calls the Viral-DNA of an idea: the genetic structure behind successful brands such as Burger King, Old Spice, T-Mobile and Nike, and behind tremendous online success, obtaining the most from investments leveraging on the great potential of social media.

The presentation features "Where the hell is Matt?" (viral video) - watch it here.

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Juan Carlos Belloso, Eexpert in Place Strategy, Branding and Competitiveness

“Building territorial reputation: The cases of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain.”

Juan Carlos Belloso, Eexpert in Place Strategy, Branding and Competitiveness

The presentation focuses on case studies from Barcelona and Catalonia. Juan shares first-hand experience in building a city or region image, as well as developing projects that contribute for further promotion of that image.

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Anna Lukanina, Executive Director of Depot WPF

“Strengthening national reputation by creating and promoting successful local brands.”

Anna Lukanina, Executive Director of Depot WPF

The presentations provides key strategies for successful branding and presents several cases of successful national branding.

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Manolis Psarros, Managing Director of abouTourism

“Online Media Integration for Reputation Management: The Case of Athens.”

Manolis Psarros, Managing Director of abouTourism

The presentation focuses on several online media strategies for the successful promotion of the city of Athens.

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Nikos Sarris, Senior Manager for Media R&D projects At ATC SA

“Can machines make sense of what is happening in the world?”

Nikos Sarris, Senior Manager for Media R&D projects At ATC SA

In today's fast pacing environment of conventional, personal and social media, it is getting harder to follow what is going on globally. Millions of people are publishing, blogging, posting and tweeting, adding up to a conventional Tower-of-Babel of amazing dimensions. Could the existing and emerging technologies of semantic analysis help us organise this chaos of information?

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Jochen Spangenberg, Innovation Projects / New Media, Dept of Strategy, Marketing & Distribution, Deutsche Welle

“Impacts of Social Media on the (News) Media Sector - Challenges and Opportunities.”

Jochen Spangenberg, Innovation Projects / New Media, Dept of Strategy, Marketing & Distribution, Deutsche Welle

Content published in Social Networks such as Twitter, Facebook YouTube or Flickr, to name but a few, is having profound impacts on the way media organisations - and respectively journalists - are conducting their businesses and operations. This presentation looks at some of the issues involved and portrays respective challenges of today and tomorrow.

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David Lee, Founder of Shakr Media Co. Ltd.

“Communicating for the lean-back medium.”

David Lee, Founder of Shakr Media Co. Ltd.

The presentation explains the secrets of using semantic analysis to derive meaning from the masses of available written content, and then algorithmically visualizing it for different mediums.

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In mid-December, 2011, the Shakr project was given 7 out of 10 points when presented by David to experts in the popular show "This week in start-ups".

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Alexander Gerchik, professional trader-investor since 1996

“Buy or Sell? - the trader's viewpoint.”

Alexander Gerchik, professional trader-investor since 1996

The presentation offers insight and experience in financial prognosis with regards to the trading sector and explores making investment decisions and the factors that shape them.

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Andrey Khusid, Owner and CEO of Vitamin Group

“Communication strategy for attracting investments in IT.”

Andrey Khusid, Owner and CEO of Vitamin Group

Khusid presents interesting cases from his practice as an executive dealing with investments, sharing valuable know-how and first-hand experience in start-up development.

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Abdul Jalil Maraicar, Client Director at Cisco Systems

“Virtual vs. Face-to-face communications in technology, networking, and management.”

Abdul Jalil Maraicar, Client Director at Cisco Systems

Abdul Jalil shares first-hand knowledge, experience and vision in his capacity as a top technical, sales and organizational transformation evangelist from Malaysia.

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Kevin Donnellan, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer (CCO) for AARP

“Melding technology and traditional communication tools to create a cutting-edge organization.”

Kevin Donnellan, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer (CCO) for AARP

Staying relevant in today’s fast-moving communications landscape – where affinity and brand loyalty are achieved with a tap of a touch screen – means being digital, multi-platform, and integrated.  This casts the communications executive as visionary, experimenter, and practitioner – the one who finds the best calibration between technology and enterprise outcomes.
AARP is a 38 million-member nonprofit organization that helps people 50-plus improve their lives and gain independence, choice and control. Innovations in communications technology and social media have accelerated AARP’s ability to understand, connect with, and empower the 50-plus consumer – to the point where every member has a personalized “AARP experience.”  The result is that being 50-plus has been transformed.  AARP is changing the way society thinks about an entire life stage by shaping a business “ecosystem” and marketplace that match up with a vital new 50-plus worldview.

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Arturas Jonkus, the Managing Partner of Publicum communication agency

“Chief Reputation Officer: Is effective communication enough for a good reputation?”

Arturas Jonkus, the Managing Partner of Publicum communication agency

Communicators are usually blamed when the company image is low or even bad. Sometimes despite their perfect work, PR specialists cannot improve the comapny reputation. What should be done, so that reputation could become a key performance indicator also for the other departments of the company? What measuring systems should be introduced and ajusted in order to drive the company reputation upwards? Is the position of Chief Reputation Officer a solution?

The presentation features "Ice Scraper Ad" and "The Light Switch" videos: watch them here and here.

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Ruxandra Vasilescu, PR manager, McCann PR at McCann Erickson, Romania

“The American Rom choco-bar: a product revival by challenging the national ego.”

Ruxandra Vasilescu, PR manager, McCann PR at McCann Erickson, Romania

How could ROM, a chocolate bar bearing the Romanian flag, gain appeal to youngsters with few national values? The strategy was to trigger a public debate about national values and thus gain favorability for ROM brand.
McCann PR - Romania challenged youngsters' national Ego by replacing the Romanian flag on the package with the American one, and announcing it in the mass-media. The aim was to foster and encourage public debate triggered by this 'American take-over'. The campaign was closely monitored and public reactions were responded to. In a few days, following massive patriotic resurgence, ignited and developed especially in the social media, McCann PR brought back the old ROM, as Romanian as ever.
The patriotism debate raged in the media, finally consecrating ROM as an authentic national icon which ousted the category leader Snickers and became Romanian's favourite chocolate bar.

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Stefania Fussi, Marketing & Sales Manager, Viralbeat

“Ben&Jerry's for Good Ideas: Brand Advocacy and Social CRM.”

Stefania Fussi, Marketing & Sales Manager, Viralbeat

The short story of the case study goes as follows: Ben & Jerry's promoted "Good Ideas" to generate advocacy before Italian distribution kick-off. "Good Ideas" is a micro-finance program created to sustain social projects by the mean of a .000 donation to find ideas that can make the world a better place. Viralbeat activated the campaign through all social media platforms triggering a quick and huge viral response.

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Philippe Borremans, Chief Social Media Officer at Van Marcke Group, Board Member of the Belgian Chapter of IABC, Leader of the Social Media Work Group at EACD

“The Emergency 2.0 Wiki - a free open source resource for social media use in crisis situations.”

Philippe Borremans, Chief Social Media Officer at Van Marcke Group, Board Member of the Belgian Chapter of IABC, Leader of the Social Media Work Group at EACD

The Emergency Wiki project focuses on the network channels as a vehicle uniting the work of volunteers from across the globe. The project is a free resource available to all internet users through the ongoing input of professionals across varous industry sectors. This new collaborative model aims to facilitate global sharing and advancing knowledge on utilising web2.0 and social media particularly in emergency management.

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