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16th Annual International Protocol Education Forum

24-27 July 2017

Dublin, Ireland

 

Our 2017 Forum will be held in Dublin, Ireland, 24-27 July 2017.  Browse the tabs below and find out more about the exciting details. We would welcome seeing you there!

 
The annual International Protocol Education Forum is open to members, nonmembers, and anyone interested in learning more about protocolRegistration is now open: click here.  (Note to Members: Be sure to register via the link sent to you by Email to access your member rate. If you need that Email again, send us a note: click here.)

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 Host City: Dublin, Ireland

Founded in 988 AD, almost 130 years ago, Dublin is the capital and largest city in Dublin.  Known for music, writers, pubs, UNSECO Heritage sites and more.
Wondering what to do in the city?  Here are a few ideas:
·         You can explore the city on foot with Visit Dublin –Discovery Trails.
·        Take a Literary Tour with actors as your guides. Dublin was home to writers including George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet, essayist & novelist) and Dracula creator, Bram Stoker.
·         It’s a city with a wide range of museums including a place to learn about Irish folklore : the Leprechaun Museum.
·         Dublin is a city with something for everyone.
·         Wondering how to get around the city?   Looking for Uber, taxis or other ride sharing services.  There are options for you.  Here’s an article that provides some insight.
·         Need a private car to pick you and your guests up at the airport?  Conor Keane, Dublin Phone# 00353-86-6089344.

 

·         Please Note:  The tours and vendors mentioned above are not connected to PDI nor do we endorse them.  The information is provided solely to indicate activities that are available in the city.

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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. Extend your network with people who understand your issues and want to hear your ideas.
In 2016 participants represented sixteen countries including Australia, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nigeria, Singapore, Switzerland, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States.

Forum attendees come from multiple 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 there?

PDI POA forums draw protocol professionals from around the world. In 2016 participants represented sixteen countries including Australia, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nigeria, Singapore, Switzerland, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States.

Forum attendees come from multiple 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.

 

2017 Program Content

Planning for the Forum agenda and schedule started before the closing reception of the 2016 Atlanta Forum. As you all know from the events you manage, the planning and arranging will continue through the closing reception in Dublin!

Our program content reflects recommendations from the Dublin Planning Committee, interviews with protocol and academic professionals in Europe, suggestions from attendees at the Atlanta 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? We’ll have Back to Basic sessions. Looking for something to expand your knowledge in an area? Check the Beyond the Basics offerings. Want to learn how to manage a special, unexpected challenge? Look for Learning in Unexpected Ways and Situations sessions.

Following is a list of some of the topics that are planned for the program. There may be additions or changes over the next few months as events occur. We will be true to our format and intention to provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world. If you have suggestions for speakers, additional topics or questions please send them to Donna Moloney, 2017 Forum Chair.

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2017 Program Content / Agenda

We plan to present five (5) plenary, 16 breakout, and eight (8) Industry Specific/Special sessions true to our intention to provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world. You will be able to elect the most valuable sessions for you, ones that fit your interests and professional needs. Make this Forum your own! If you have suggestions or questions please send them to Donna Moloney, 2017 Forum Chair.

 

Preliminary Agenda

The following is a preliminary agenda for 16th Annual International Protocol Education Forum. Please note that session topics and day & time of presentation may change.  A final agenda will be presented in July. Until then please review topic agenda below or follow this link to the most recent agenda.

 

Monday 24 July

* Forum check-in
* New-member and first-time forum attendee orientation
* Opening reception and Silent Auction

 

Tuesday 25 July

Plenary Sessions

* A Royal Visit: Planning and execution of a historic royal visit

* Protocol & Intergovernmental Organizations

Breakout Sessions

* Flags and Anthems: Avoiding common errors

* Let’s Talk Gifts: Can you send a donation?

* Setting up and managing signing ceremonies

* University ceremonies: Similar and different around the world

 

Wednesday 26 July

Plenary Sessions

* Working in a Multicultural World

* You Planned the Meal and Now It’s Time to Eat (an interactive dining skills session covering everything from forks to toasts and advice for guests and hosts.

Breakout Sessions

* Forms of Address Fundamentals

* Ministerial meetings or summits: Issues to be managed when coordinating a multi-country high level meeting

* Left or Right? The two forms of Order of Precedence in China

* Tools for Managing Events: From duct tape to seating software. What’s in your toolbox?

* How to manage when your principal may not be welcome

* Military Protocol: A European perspective

Industry Roundtables/Special Interest Group gatherings

* Governments and government organizations – national, provincial, regional, local

* Corporations – public and private

* Academia

* Military

* Entrepreneurs, Consultants and Trainers

 

Thursday 27 July

Plenary Sessions

* Protocol & Diplomacy in the Hospitality Industry

* Academic institutions as Global Partners and Resources for the Local Community: The Partnership of Dublin City University and Arizona State University

Breakout Sessions

* The Art of Seating

* Understanding the Diplomatic Corps

* Communication skills: Creating an effective partnership with an interpreter

* Global Leadership and Building Trust

* Thinking Security: What can we do to protect our principals, colleagues and ourselves?

* Learning in Unexpected Ways and Situations: Stories of challenging experiences from our protocol colleagues.

 

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Special Activities for Those Attending

• Welcome reception and Silent Auction. We welcome your donation to our auction. See the flyer for more details!

• Offsite visit to Trinity College Dublin including a visit to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library

• Closing reception at the Pearse Lyons Distillery in the Liberties, the historic heart of Dublin (http://libertiesdublin.ie/)

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A Guest Program for Anyone You Bring

We will offer select activities on the days when the Forum is in session for attendee guests. Guests will also be able to attend both the Monday Welcome Reception/Silent Auction as a PDI guest, and the Thursday Closing Reception at the same cost as Forum participants. Details and costs for activities are on the  registration page.

 

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How & When to Register

 

Registration is Open: We are pleased to announce that General Registration is now open.  The Forum begins the evening of 24 July with a Welcome Reception.   Educational sessions begin the morning of Tuesday 25 July and conclude Thursday afternoon 27 July. 

 

You may register for the entire Forum or for just one or two days.  Each day offers unique sessions creating an opportunity to refresh and enhance one’s professional expertise and expand your protocol network. 

 

All the details about registration and fees, which appear on the registration page, are based on the time you wish to attend.

 

Member’s Registration: Members should register via the link sent in their Forum Invitation Email to access the special Member Registration Rate.  If you need your members-only Forum Invitation sent again, send us an Email

 

General Registration is Now Open:  Click here to register!

 

Registration Closes: 14 July 2017

 

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About The Forum Hotel: The Intercontinental Dublin

Our Forum hotel will be the InterContinental Dublin at 4 Simmonscourt Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland.

 

The special rate for PDI-POA is 190€ per night for singles, €210 for doubles. That rate is good for 24 July through 28 July. We have a specific numbers of rooms in our PDI room block at this price. The details regarding booking room at this special rate will be provided when you register for the Forum.

The InterContinental Dublin Hotel is situated on lovely grounds it is a short walk to restaurants and a 10-minute cab ride to the heart of Dublin filled with music, restaurants and of course, famous Irish pubs.

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If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact us: pdi.poa@gmail.com.

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