ECM 2014 in Belgrade
ECM 2015 is going to be in Copenhagen!!!
European Capitals Meeting took place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 8-11. of May. Our mission was to win the opportunity to host the ECM next year in Copenhagen. And as most of you know: WE WON!!!
A lot of effort was put in from our side. Stephan Bouman had been in lead of working for the competition for the last half a year with an amazing team. First, the theme for Copenhagen`s ECM was decided to be “Once upon a time… From fairy tales to global success”. Among other preparations we made videos which were spread out through social media, handed out fliers and shared Danish chocolate etc. We also managed to put together a presentation which involved H.C. Andersen making a speech about Copenhagen’s history and a scientist from Novo Nordisk introducing the preliminary agenda for the ECM 2015. This all was illustrated by real life Vikings and The Little Mermaid. As mentioned before, we did win and the next ECM is going to be held in Copenhagen.
The ECM in Belgrade was of course a great experience. We arrived on Thursday almost all together with our Danish delegation. Throughout the conference we got to meet with about hundred other participants from all over Europe. On Friday we had an academic day with 3 presentations. The presentations touched on the most important issue of Serbia, the destructions of the Yugoslav and Kosovo wars. They were bringing out a lot of sad emotions, but also hope and positivity.
On Saturday we had a sightseeing trip through Belgrade where we visited among other places The Royal Palace. To our big surprise, we had the chance to see the Prince and Princess of Serbia. They made a touching speech for us where they encouraged everyone to participate in voluntary work in order to make the world into better place. They also mentioned start-up companies and entrepreneurship. Afterwards we were taken to a start-up workshop held in the rooms of Royal Palace.
Every night we had of course a party and an afterparty where everyone had the chance to dance as much as they could. All in all it was a great success for our Danish delegation.