Over the years, DIS Congress Service
has been involved in organising more than 2600 events – with a capacity ranging from 50 to over 15,000 participants. But DIS core business is, and always has been, international conferences for between 400 and 1500 participants.
Whenever there is an international conference in Denmark, there is always a host behind it. It might be an association or a society, an international company, government, ministry, or a group of researchers and scientists. Whatever type of group it is, these people have most likely at one point been out attending a global event and thought: “It must be about time for us to host a conference too…” Generally, however, these people will have a lot of other things to do on a daily basis, besides organising conferences.
Peace of mind
This is where DIS Congress Service comes in. With years of experience and expertise, a large network and knowledge of key players in the meetings industry, DIS can provide invaluable assistance – covering both the creative and logistics aspects of the client’s event.
DIS’s holistic, collaborative approach to event organisation aims to ensure that all necessary resources are in place in time, and that the host can have peace of mind. The job of hosting is thus transformed from duty and hard (extra) work into a professionally-focussed effort and an experience which can be satisfying and even fun. Hundreds of happy DIS-customers will agree!
In many cases, DIS business relationships have developed into long-term partnerships, to the extent that DIS is now a ’core PCO’, that is to say, THE organiser of many organisations’ annual conferences, regardless of where in the world they are being held.
The most recent example of this is the partnership with the European Association for Animal Production
, whose August 2012 conference in Bratislava was organised by DIS. In 2014, it will be in Copenhagen, in 2015 in Poland, and in 2016 in England – each time with DIS as principal organiser.
From day one in 1952, DIS Congress Service has fostered a truly international mindset, and earned a reputation as pioneers at the forefront of the global conference industry.
Evidence of the international mindset can be seen in the work of former DIS director, Erik Friis, who in 1968 was one of the four founders of IAPCO
– the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers. Erik Friis is pictured here third from left. He later became director for the Joint International Congress Secretariat for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C..
Current DIS director, Peder Andersen, is also an IAPCO board member.
Another major organisation in the industry is the ICCA
– the International Congress and Convention Association – of which DIS has been a member from the outset. Here you see Helle Klestrup and Peder Andersen (middle) receiving a certificate to commemorate 40 years of active membership, from the ICCA’s then-president Leigh Harry (left), and CEO, Martin Sirk (right) during the 2007 congress in Pattaya, Thailand.
DIS still works with the same business mindset that has contributed to the company’s, and its customers’ success over the years. “Flexibility and quick response times – that’s our philosophy,” says CEO Peder Andersen.
Though many things have stayed the same, there have been some changes over the years! Some of the most significant are due to new technologies. There is now, for example, a lot less paper in circulation at conferences, a range of new apps for smartphones and tablets, and much more. DIS naturally makes use of all the latest technological tools.
DIS Congress Service was founded in 1952 as part of the DIS-fund (Denmark’s International Student Committee). The company was separated from the DIS-fund in 1987 and purchased by Henning Klestrup in 1989.
In 2005, DIS Congress Service A/S was handed over to the next generation, and it is now owned by Helle Klestrup, whose husband, Peder Andersen, is CEO.
A selection of DIS Congress Service references:
• 1962 – International Congress on Applied Psychology
• 1972 – World Conference on Medical Education
• 1980 – UN World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women
• 1995 – UN World Summit for Social Development (inc. participation of 120 heads of state)
• 1997 – World Conference of the International Gas Union (4,500 participants).
• 2001 - ICN - International Congress of Nurses (5, 000 participants)
• 2002 – Official PCO for EU presidency
• 2005 – UEGW, United European Gastroenterology Week (8,000 participants)
• 2006 – Rotary International Convention (15,000 participants)
• 2006 – IPVS, International Pig Veterinary Society Congress (3,000 participants)
• 2009 – EORNAC, European Operating Room Nurses Association Congress (2,000 participants)
• 2010 – European Peptide Symposium (1,000 participants)
• 2012 – Danish Physiotherapists Festival (1,600 participants).
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