The 2021 CIRED conference and exhibition was due to take place in June of that year as a physical event in Geneva, but was moved to September. When it became clear that an in-person event was not possible, our events team had just three months to turn the conference from a large-scale physical event to a large-scale virtual event.
Despite the short time-scale, the event was a huge success with six concurrent streams, tutorials, Opening Forum and a virtual exhibition delivered across four days.
It welcomed more than 1,000 delegates from across the distribution industry and as a result of being able to deliver the event virtually, over 650 authors were able to have their papers published.
The Conference and Events Awards judges said: “It was a great achievement to move such a mammoth conference to digital in three months. The scale and complexity was impressive with high sponsor engagement stats and good interaction – Well done to the team.”
Members of the team were presented with the award at a riverside ceremony at the Old Billingsgate in London by the event’s host, comedian Tom Allen.
Congratulations to all involved!