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Still time to book for European FM conference and Awards next month

22 April 2008

International perspectives will take center stage as facility and private-sector experts from around the world convene at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, U.K., June 10-11 for the fifth annual European Facility Management Conference

A joint venture between EuroFM and the International Facility Management Association, EFMC 2008 will offer attendees strategies for success in the global economy and analyze the business cases, best practices, and technology and energy management trends affecting today’s built environment.

Hamish McRae, a prominent economist and columnist for the U.K. newspaper “The Independent,” will open the conference on June 10 with his keynote presentation, “Business and the State of the Art Global Economy.” One of Europe’s leading futurists, McRae will speak on the impact global business has on facility management.

This year’s conference will offer “Strategies in a Global World/Strategic FM,” an educational track designed for those looking to improve their organization’s success internationally. The program will look at facility management from a corporate perspective, analyzing industry case studies and discussing how to evaluate facility portfolios across multiple geographic areas. Speakers will include representatives from the Dow Chemical Company, Calibre Systems and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

“Partnership across Borders,” a program featuring the presentation of the European FM Awards, will be another highlight of EFMC 2008. The awards are designed to recognize excellence in overcoming the cultural, regulatory and language differences posed by doing business across European countries. Award nominees include corporations such as Microsoft, Delphi and Defence Estates.

EFMC 2008 will also feature a plenary panel discussion between the chairmen of eight facility management organizations from across the globe, including IFMA, EuroFM, Global FM, the Facility Management Association of Australia and the BIFM. Chairmen representing these organizations will discuss “FM Worldwide – Similarities and Differences in Different Global Areas.”

“This conference illustrates the strong collaborative relationship between IFMA and EuroFM,” said IFMA Director of International Development Codrutza Timariu. “For our stakeholders, the real value of EFMC 2008 is in the many networking opportunities. This is a way for FM researchers, education providers, practitioners and students to come together and gain insight into what the best and brightest minds in Europe are doing.”

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