How Denmark is working to take your meeting legacies to a whole new level

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The Danish destinations and MeetDenmark are available for dialogue and advice regarding opportunities for creating greater legacies for the association and destination when congresses are hosted in Denmark.

For international associations, meeting planners etc. with upcoming congresses in Denmark, a process is now being offered, which - if relevant - can include a Legacy Lab. The Legacy Lab will bring relevant public and private local actors together with the association/meeting planner to identify, develop, and act on common goals for both the association and destination.

Through a Legacy Lab, associations have the opportunity to more effectively integrate the congress into the destination and promote the delegates' opportunity to gain even greater benefits. New generations of researchers look for more dialogue with local companies, organizations and authorities in their field, in addition to the scientific program and the dialogue with colleagues at the congress. A wider contact with local actors can give researchers new information, networks and a different kind of input for their research. At the same time, the researchers have the opportunity to influence local policy and promote the development of their field at the destination.

At Legacy Labs focus can be on mission alignment and identification of drivers that can increase the impact for both association and the local stakeholders. It can also be promotion/exposure and corporate/community outreach, government relationship building etc. Concrete activities that may be relevant to promote common goals could for example be local attendance promotion, sponsor development, technical tours, research matching, ancillary events coordination, engaging local business, jobs fair coordination, network clinics, business matching service, government meetings, media support, community event coordination etc.

The tools that the Danish destinations use at their Legacy Labs include ‘posters’ that can facilitate discussions on legacy potential and ‘outreach activity inspiration cards’. You can see examples of the posters and one of the many inspiration cards below.

Contact MeetDenmark’s secretariat or one of the Danish destinations to explore ways to enhance the legacy and long term impacts of your congress.