In response to the Covid-19 pandemic that is keeping exhibition industry professionals apart, UFI â the global association for the exhibition industry â has launched âUFI connectsâ, a series of online sessions.
Organised by the UFI team and the UFI community, âUFI connectsâ will provide a schedule of regular talks, panels, and webinar sessions streamed globally. The programme will also feature selected sessions from previous UFI event that are normally only available to members of the association.
Access to all sessions will be free of charge for industry professionals.
The first sessions focused on the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on the exhibitions and events industry in various regions around the world.
For example, the Focus on Asia session included updates and insights from Aloysius Arlando (SingEx Holdings, Singapore), Michael Duck (Informa Exhibitions Asia, HongKong), Anbu Varathan (BIEC, Bangalore), and Michael Kruppe (SNIEC, Shanghai), moderated by Mark Cochrane (UFI Regional Manager Asia/Pacific).
The hub for this evolving programming is a designated area on the UFI website atÂ www.ufi.org/uficonnects. Schedules and programme announcements will be posted there. Exhibition industry professionals will also have the opportunity to re-watch previous episodes and programmes from there.
âAs our industryâs global association, we are working to support our members and the industry at large through this unique time. The recovery of the worldâs economies will rely on our companies, our skills. We will need to build and run the market places and the meeting places for industries and experts to come together again. UFI connects is a way to stay connected, to get through this pandemic, and to be ready for the time afterwardsâ, said Mary Larkin, UFI President, in a statement.