AIME exhibition organisers have announced a refreshed education program at this year’s event with a focus on personal and professional development.

The program for the newly revamped AIME Knowledge series features 16 sessions during which high profile speakers and industry experts will present and lead discussions on a range of topics covering all aspects of the meetings and incentives industry.

High profile speakers for 2013 include: Megan Quinn, renowned co-founder of Net-A-Porter, the world’s premier online luxury fashion retailer; Nigel Collin, author and CEO of creative business development company, Thinkativity; and Freddy Sharpe, CEO of Climate Friendly, Australia’s leading carbon management business.

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) director for AIME, Sally de Swart, said she encourages meeting professionals and employers to take advantage of the value offered in this program.

“With such a wide range of speakers and topics, this is certainly one of the industry’s most comprehensive education programs and if you compare the cost with other industry education sessions it is incredible value,” she said.

By partnering once again with key industry associations – International Special Events Society (ISES), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Meetings & Events Australia (MEA), the Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCO), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Associations Forum, AIME Knowledge will target the most relevant issues and challenges faced by industry professionals.

Topics include how to maximise the effectiveness of communication strategies, how to productively communicate with industry partners and key suppliers, as well as how to embrace technology but not dilute the value of face-to-face meetings.

A full stream of the education program, to run on Tuesday, February 26, has been developed in partnership with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), with a specific focus on issues related to business travel. Issues covered include employee travel and duty of care, the effect of carbon pricing, and the positive impact of the rise in mobile technology.

Visitors can get unlimited access to all AIME Knowledge sessions for $175 or pay $55 per session.

To view a full list of all the sessions click here.