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the future of Business Meetings

Thursday, October 5, 2006
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15
Where: Syntens, De Ruyterkade 5, 1013 AA Amsterdam [Building of the Chamber of Commerce]
The conference language is English.

Our speakers and topics of the event are:

Although business meetings come in many sizes and have a range of measurable parameters distinguishing them from one another, they share the common objective of accelerating and enhancing human communications. Attempts to improve meeting logistics and the use of networks to reduce the need to physically bring together people who are at a distance reduce meeting overhead and increase participation but, unfortunately, everyone has both positive and negative meeting experiences. In the future, there will be many new processes and technologies to help participants and organizers prepare and manage meetings for superior communications and outcomes.

Des Leach, Research Fellow, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield
Meetings and their Participants - the Balancing Act between Business and Personal Factors

Work meetings are fundamentally a communication tool with which to accomplish a range of organisational goals. Despite this practical importance, the meeting has been largely overlooked as a topic of inquiry in organisational research. In this talk, I will present recent research findings on (1) the effects of meetings on employee well-being and (2) factors associated with meeting effectiveness. Issues for future research in connection with meeting outcomes (e.g., job strain, performance) and the AMI project will also be discussed.

Pierre Wellner, Senior Scientist, IDIAP Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland
The Whole Meeting in Half the Time

People often feel that half the time we spend in meetings is wasted, but it's not easy to identify which half. The AMI project is developing and testing recognition and browsing technologies to help us find what parts of a meeting are most important and interesting. This talk will begin with quantitative evidence showing how much time is "wasted" in typical meetings, and then describe several approaches we are investigating to help filter out the most important parts. These techniques can be used to browse previously recorded meetings, and may also improve the efficiently of attending remote meetings and presentations.

Wilfried Post, Researcher, TNO Human Factors
Join Multiple Simultaneous Meetings Without Neglecting Your Personal Priorities

Imagine that you could work alone, wrapping up a report or analyzing the last minute financials of your next investment while also giving many simultaneous meetings your partial attention. What would your working environment look like? How would it help you to meet your most urgent deadlines without permitting you to slip terribly behind on other project responsibilities? During this session we will examine a simulation of just such an environment, discuss fundamental requirements together with ways of performance evaluation, and explore its implications for businesses.

And our moderator is John Grüter, Systems Thinker, ICT Generalist, Technology Affectionado, Change Agent and Principal of Digital Knowledge, Member of the Club of Amsterdam Round Table

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....Regular Ticket: € 30,-
....Discount Ticket: € 20,-
....Student Ticket: € 10,-

You can pay tickets by invoice, online with your credit card or at the registration desk between 18:30-19:00 the day of the event.
We provide discounts if you pay before the event including discounts for members of:
the Club of Amsterdam, openBC, N.G.I., the Amsterdam American Business Club, Syntens, Dutch Connection, Charles Ruffolo's Network-Club, info.nl
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The event is supported by:
AMI Project
AMI is the European Commission funded Augmented Multiparty Interaction project - a fifteen member academic, scientific and vendor consortium conducting research on computer-enhanced multi-modal interaction in the context of business meetings. The project's objective is to develop technologies that will improve business productivity by enhancing verbal and non-verbal communications during and between business meetings.


Syntens is a national innovation network for entrepreneurs that has the objective to increase innovativeness of SME's. Syntens provides support, matchmaking and consultancy for technological and non-technological innovation. Syntens strives to enhance the Return On innovation of dutch SME's.

The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.

We organize events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society.

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