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ICCA, BestCities Honor Three Association Events for “Incredible Impacts”

Each winner will be awarded a grant of $7,500 for future programs.  

The International Society for Microbial Ecology's symposium in Leipzig, Germany, included "Night of the Microbes" to spark locals' interest in ecology.

A jazz night to spark interest in ecology, a program that brought safe water and more to a remote Malaysian village, and a 2019 event that continues to reduce the environmental footprint of its host city: These are the inspiring association events cited for their "Incredible Impacts" by the International Congress and Convention Association and BestCities Global Alliance.

The four-year-old Incredible Impacts program, a collaboration between ICCA and BestCities, recognizes association programs that are "leading examples of excellence within the global meetings industry."

The three winning organizations — Ecocity Builders, the International Society for Microbial Ecology and Soroptimist International — will each receive a $7,500 grant to be used for future projects, in recognition of their recent events.

Ecocity Builders was lauded for the 2019 EcoCity World Summit in Vancouver, for the tiered registration fee they offered to attract delegates from developing economies and local students. There the association launched Ecocity Centre, a two-year, post-summit initiative to support the Vancouver community in reducing their environmental footprint. 

To engage residents of host city Leipzig, Germany, the International Society for Microbial Ecology organized "The Night of the Microbes," a free public event featuring ecological TED-style talks and live jazz, during its 17th Microbial Ecology symposium. The association was recognized by the Incredible Impacts committee for sparking locals' interest in ecology, both during and after the conference.

Soroptimist International, a group that advocates for human rights and gender equality throughout the world, made an impact during its 2019 convention — held in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia — by constructing water facilities, starting organic farms and conducting vocational training in an undeveloped village in the country. 

"The three winners have demonstrated their efforts and how they raised awareness of, and positively influenced their communities through, education on critical issues such as safe sanitation, sustainability and recent advances in microbial ecology," stated ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath. "We're delighted to award them grants to support their endeavors as they continue important work on their legacy programs."

BestCities managing director Lesley Williams emphasized the added significance of this year's recognition. "There’s never been a more important time to showcase the major milestones our industry can overcome," she said, "and we hope that this year’s winners provide inspiration on the big or small ways that impact can be made."