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16th Annual International Protocol Education Forum

24-27 July 2017

Dublin, Ireland

 

Mark your calendar now and save the dates for our 2017 Forum to 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 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 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 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. Sessions and topics planned are listed below . 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. Select the sessions that will be most valuable for you, ones that fit your interests and professional needs. Make this Forum your own. If you have suggestions for speakers, additional topics or questions please send them to Donna Moloney, 2017 Forum Chair.

 

Sessions Planned as of January, 2017
Topics are subject to change and updates will be posted on the website.
The final agenda will be available in early July 2017.

 

Plenary Sessions

• Protocol and Intergovernmental Organizations (NATO, UN, EU and more)
• Ireland Yesterday and Today: Protocol Practices and Challenges
• A Royal Visit: Planning and execution of a unique royal visit to a historic academic institution
• Working in a Multicultural World
• Protocol and Diplomacy in the Hospitality industry: A hotel’s perspective on working with special requirements, protocol, security and more.

PLUS…
• Let’s talk Gifts. A special session as part of lunch on Wednesday, 25 July..

 

Basics

• Flags and anthems.
• Contemporary forms of address
• Speaker preparation for protocol professionals
• Navigating International Travel: Planning, scheduling, negotiating
• Tools for Event management: Event planning software. Other electronic tools, apps, invitations and others available to Protocol professionals
• The Art of Seating
• Dining etiquette

 

Beyond the Basics

• Military Protocol: The challenge of managing events with services from multiple countries and blending civilians and military protocol practices.
• The ministerial meetings or summits: A detailed look at the issues to be managed when coordinating a multi country high level meeting
• Setting up and managing Signing ceremonies.
• University ceremonies. Similar and different around the world.
• How to manage when your principal may not be welcome (Beyond the Basics)
• How to build an effective partnership with an interpreter including sign language interpreters
• Military Protocol: A European perspective
• Global Leadership
• Understanding the Diplomatic corps

 

Learning in Unexpected Ways and Situations

• Planning for a Crisis: What can we do to protect our principals, colleagues and ourselves?

• What we learned when we didn’t plan to learn anything. Stories of real life challenging experiences.

 

Special Interest Group Discussions

• Private Industry/Corporate
• National Government
• Academia
• State, Provincial; Regional and Municipal Governments
• Personal Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Training

 

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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 of times and costs for activities will be announced when registration is open.

 

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How & When to Register

Early Bird Registration: For members only will open on 17 March 2017

 

General Registration: Members and non members opens on 11 April 2017

 

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.  That rate is good for three days before and three days after the Forum.  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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