The year 2022 was extremely dynamic and full of unexpected turns for Cankarjev dom. What we have in mind are all the out-of-the-box adaptations requiring skilful organizers to accommodate the ever-changing demands in managing events.
Cankarjev dom hosted 25 high-profile meetings. The largest in terms of numbers was the 17th European Congress of Psychology organised in September, with attendance of nearly 1,000. This came as no surprise – according to Boyack’s analysis of all scientific journals’ citations, Psychology is one of seven hub sciences (the others being: Math, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Social Sciences, and Medicine). Considering that psychological findings are being used by a wide array of practitioners from many different fields, the impact of psychology on other sciences is substantial and important.
Moreover, Cankarjev dom was actively involved in the ECP 2022 Congress programme by offering a guided tour of its rooftop beehives and an explanation of the concept of urban beekeeping that has been a practice in this venue since 2011. The event attendees had the opportunity to marvel at a magnified bee model, the Apis mellifera carnica, an autochthonous Slovenian bee. During Expo in Dubai, the bee model was exhibited at the Slovenian Pavilion.
Cankarjev dom is also a strong promoter of profiling Slovenia as an appealing destination for international events. This year, Cankarjev dom has nominated 6 exceptional individuals for congress ambassadors. The CD PCO team also showed some muscle and successfully implemented the ICCA Venue International Business Workshop 22. Together with local partners, Cankarjev dom prepared a tailor-made programme for 13 representatives of venues and 13 meeting planners coming from 13 countries. A highly compelling two-day workshop was designed to make the participants get the feel of Slovenia’s meetings industry pulse – the attendees visited a selection of special venues and got a taste of the several authentic and unique experiences Ljubljana offers to event organisers.