Research idea,

An idea or a suggestion for a thesis or research that is considered relevant to develop the discipline of Meeting Architecture.

Your e-book guide to increase audience engagement

Discover new icebreakers
Kick off your conference with engaging icebreakers 
and bring your delegates together right at the start.

Host successful Q&A sessions
Turn your attendees into active participants 
and make them part of your event Q&A sessions.

Creating Networking Opportunities

For many delegates, networking becomes the number one reason for attending conferences.

Science Daily-Speech Means Using Both Sides of Brain

We use both sides of our brain for speech, a finding by researchers at New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center that alters previous conceptions about neurological activity. The results, which appear in the journal Nature, also offer insights into addressing speech-related inhibitions caused by stroke or injury and lay the groundwork for better rehabilitation methods.

(ScienceDaily) Popcorn at the Movies: Oral Interference Sabotages Advertising Effects

Oct. 11, 2013 — Advertising uses repetition to increase consumers' preference for brands. Initially, novel brands gain in popularity due to repetition, which increases the likelihood that consumers later buy the brands. Particularly for novel brands, excessive exposure and repetition is necessary to establish the brand name in the first place. Remember your initial irritation upon encountering the names YAHOO, GOOGLE and WIKIPEDIA for the first time; now they are imprinted in your brain.

How to Learn Successfully Even Under Stress by Science Daily

How to Learn Successfully Even Under Stress

Whenever we have to acquire new knowledge under stress, the brain deploys unconscious rather than conscious learning processes. Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have discovered that this switch from conscious to unconscious learning systems is triggered by the intact function of mineralocorticoid receptors. These receptors are activated by hormones released in response to stress by the adrenal cortex.
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A great Project to start the year!

Exciting news for all of us!!! 
Dear Meeting Support Institute friends, A great project to start the year! With the MSI we plan to bid for a research project about Virtual Meetings funded by MPI. I believe many of our community, including you could be part of it; as a subject matter expert, researcher, editor or with a meeting that can be our case to research.

try and enjoy the free mass discussion meeting! This month Xmass' topic is "peace"

You can really have interactive meetings with 1000's: Synthetron offers clever online discussions meetings: one hour, with 10 to 1000's under guidance of a moderator anonymous written conversations. Synthetron discussions are a totally different experience then twitter: a real mass interaction where all are peers and all actively participate and together come to conclusions. Crowd source your meetings.

Openness or How Do You Design for the Loss of Control?

Openness is the mega-trend for innovation in the 21st century, and it remains the topic du jour for businesses of all kinds. Granted, it has been on the agenda of every executive ever since Henry Chesbrough’s seminal Open Innovation came out in 2003.


Story telling is a powerful tool for presentations but underdeveloped and not enough used in the meetings industry.
  • Are there specialists?
  • Is there a book about storytelling?
  • Do you know a storytelling association or Institute?
  • Who is PhD in storytelling?
Researching, listing, analyzing and classifying the existing storytelling components aimed at presentations in meetings, events, conferences, etc. has not been done.

Face Time, does it really matter?

MEETINGNEWS THIS WEEK - Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010

In the wake of one of the meeting industry's most challenging years, nine industry associations have collaborated in order to launch a new grassroots marketing campaign—"Face Time. It Matters."—to promote the economic benefits of face-to-face meetings and events.

Spearheaded by the Convention Industry Council (CIC), the campaign will position face-to-face meetings as tools that businesses can use to:
1. Build trust and relationships


Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people--at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm-shattering book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Meeting architecture - a new force in meetings studies

As a tourism academic with a social science background, I have had an interest in meetings and conferences for some time now, but I have always felt I was pressured into rather economic, market research-type studies. I always felt my social science interests could give the research area an exciting added dimension, but I was not sure how to go about it.

I guess Maarten Vanneste was way ahead of me, and when I read his book, the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. Meeting content has to be a key research area co-existing with the more organisational and market research studies in the future if the field is ever to be taken seriously. The wealth of research areas and topics this offers is impressive, and to me, as a researcher, very exciting.

The Effect of smell on networking in meetings and conferences

(Re.: article of M&IT April 2008)

What is the effect of smell at conferences?
can we measure an increase in the number of networking contacts with certain smells?
Do people behave more extravert of more open to networking with certain smells?

What neurological / biological / sociological processes lie at the base of any increase?

What difference does it make to promote, support or organize networking?

What difference does it make to promote, support or organize networking?

Meetings or conferences with or without facilitators or moderators, what is the difference?

When considering two identical meetings where the only difference is the presence of a moderator or facilitator.
How do we measure the value of the facilitator?
How important is the  impact of a facilitator?
When is a facilitator more important, for which kind of processes?
What is the influence in the Learning area, the Networking area and the Motivational area?

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