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17th Annual International Protocol Education Forum

23-26 July 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Our 2018 Forum will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, 23-26 July 2018.  As we get closer to the Forum we will populate the tabs below. We are excited to be in Boston and would be delighted to see you there.

The annual International Protocol Education Forum is open to members, nonmembers, and anyone interested in learning more about protocol.  For members of PDI-POA, the Forum is a chance to reunite with friends and network with colleagues.  For nonmembers and individuals interested in learning more about protocol, it is the perfect introduction to the protocol field and to the global impact of PDI-POA on the industry.

About Our 2018 Host City: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A walking city, our Forum hotel, the Omni Parker House is centrally located just off Boston Common.

Why Should You Attend?

The Forum provides an opportunity to refresh and enhance your professional expertise and to expand your protocol network. Engage with colleagues from around the globe. Share what you know and learn from experts. Forum attendees come from a wide variety of fields. These include national, state, city and provincial governments, NGO’s, Intergovernmental agencies, cultural and academic institutions, public and private corporations as well as training and consulting practices.

Who will be at PDI Forums? PDI POA Forums draw protocol professionals from around the world. In recent years participants represented countries including Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States.

2018 Program Content Planning for the Forum agenda and schedule started before the closing reception of the 2017 Dublin Forum. As protocol professionals know from the events they manage, the planning and arranging continued through the closing reception in Dublin!  2018 program content will reflect recommendations from the Planning Committee, interviews with protocol and academic professionals, and suggestions from attendees at the Dublin Forum and PDI members at large. The program will follow our familiar format allowing each person to create a customized Forum experience. There will be plenary and breakout sessions, and Special Interest/industry roundtables from which to choose. Looking for a refresher on basics or to add a new skill? There will be Back to Basic sessions. Looking for something to expand your knowledge in an area? There will be Beyond the Basics offerings. Want to learn how to manage a special, unexpected challenge? There will be Learning in Unexpected Ways and Situations sessions. We are always true to our format and intention to provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world.

2018 Program Content / Agenda

To see the agenda for 16th Annual International Protocol Education Forum. please follow   this link. Session topics and day & time of presentation will be different in 2018.  The intention is to provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world.
If you are interested in presenting at the 2018 Boston PDI Forum we welcome your proposal. The 2018 Presenter Proposal Form is available in three formats. Choose the one you prefer:
2018 Presenter Proposal Form as a Wordprocessing File
2018 Presenter Proposal Form as a Printable PDF
2018 Presenter Proposal Form as a Fillable PDF

Special Activities for Those Attending

• A welcome reception and Silent Auction on Monday night. (Every year the Silent Auction has as its beneficiary a local charity.)  • Offsite visit(s) to on-site programs. • A gala closing reception on Thursday night.

A Guest Program for Anyone You Bring

The 2018 program will offered select activities which can be attended by guests of Forum attendee guests.

How & When to Register

General registration for the 2018 Forum will begin in spring 2018. Details will be posted here. Members will be notified of registration dates and have the opportunity to register before registration begins for the general public.

About The Forum Hotel: The Omni Parker House

Our 2018 hotel will be the Omni Parker House.   The Omni is centrally located on the Freedom Train and just off Boston Common.  It is a short walk to the Boston’s City Hall, the State Capitol, the Granary Burying Ground, the Old State House, and Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It’s only a bit further to the South Station, Newbury Street, Old North Church, the Paul Revere House and the Boston Harbor waterfront.  NOTE: Our block of hotel rooms at the 2017 Forum were completely sold out well before the Forum. If you plan on attending the 2018 Boston Forum, plan to register & reserve your hotel room early!

If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact


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