Medical meeting planners are clamoring for information about technology-trying to keep up with the latest in advances on videoconferencing and other services that enhance the education of healthcare professionals (see cover story, page 14)-as well as the newest meeting management software and uses for the Internet in planning meetings. Several of the industry's meeting planning associations are listening, so here's a brief rundown of upcoming meetings that can help you in your quest for continuing education:
* The 1996 Association Technology Conference, June 13 to 15, sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), MCI, and Nasdaq Stock Market, at the Sheraton Washington (DC). Daniel Burrus, a leading technology forecaster, will be a general sessionand will offer strategies on how to stay ahead of the competition. The Technology Conference will offer meeting planners some 50 technology exhibits and will focus on three emerging areas: the Internet, technology applications, and office automation.
Among the seminars of interest to medical meeting planners: Virtual Conferences: Can They Work for Your Association?; Conferences + Technology =Improved Meetings; Distance Learning - Is it for Your Association Members?; Surfing the Net; Keeping Your Web Site Exciting; Benefiting from Survey Technology; and Legal Issues for the Internet.
* Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) summer meeting, June 20 to 22, at the Cincinnati Convention Center. Among the technology offerings: Surfing the Internet-Is the Industry Merging on the Information Superhighway?; and the Power of Powerpoint.
* A Software Summit, sponsored by The PCMA Education Foundation, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and United Airlines, July 10 to 13 at the Innisbrook Hilton, Innisbrook, FL. It will provide small, hands-on classes on everyday usage of PCs.
* Meeting Professionals International's annual convention, traditionally held in June, will be held July 28 to 30 this year at the Opryland Hotel Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Technology is one of eight educational tracks. One general session will feature Dr. Steve Allen, Jr., which is expected to explore creative solutions to meeting planning challenges. Attendees will use the interactive audience response system called IRIS, in which audience members respond to multiple-choice questions.