The UFI Operations Committee deals with topics related to venue and service operations in the environment of exhibitions such as logistics, waste management, safety and security, catering or exhibitor services. Eleven Committee members who are experts in exhibition-related operations presently use this forum for networking and knowledge exchange on a wide range of operations-based topics.
Presently the Operations Committee consists of representatives of international venue operators, representatives of international exhibition organizers with own exhibition venue and one representative of the UFI association.
The major mission of the Committee is organizing the annual Operations Focus Meeting. With this Focus Meeting, the Committee provides a relevant platform for education and networking for the exhibition industry. Prior to the event organization, the committee members use their expertise and daily work experience to identify current operations-based topics in order to define the leading theme of the upcoming Focus Meeting. The entire program of the meeting which usually consists of several presentations and panel discussions is related to this leading theme. All presentations are available on the UFI website, on the following link you will find the presentations and panel discussions of the last Focus Meetings: Link to the presentations
For further information on the Focus Meeting of the last years, please see here.
One important component of the Focus Meeting’s program is the presentation of the annual Survey on Operations which is also initiated by the Operations Committee. In one of the several working meetings prior to the Focus Meeting, the Committee creates a questionnaire which covers the leading theme of the upcoming Focus Meeting and is usually addressed to venue operators, exhibition organizers and exhibition-related service providers.
Another important activity of the Operations Committee is the organization of the annual UFI Operations Award. The theme of this honorable award is usually equal to the topic of the current
Focus Meeting and so to the current research project. With this open competition the Committee created a tool to reward the best exhibition industry initiatives connected to operations issues.
In terms of sustainability the regularly published UFI Insight gives a detailed overview about all valuable information due to the operational activities of the Committee members.
Mr. Andreas Winckler
Messe Frankfurt GmbH
Mr. Salvador Tasqué Diez
Fira de Barcelona
Dr. Rowena Arzt