From 8 till 11 June 2022, two (West) Flemish Junior Chamber International (JCI) chapters – Bruges and Houtland – will organize the JCI European Conference in Bruges. Therefore, they cooperate with the City of Bruges, the ‘Concertgebouw Brugge’ and the brand new Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre. The conference will – with their main theme ‘Food for Generations’ – tackle the global food problem and also focus on the gastronomic delacies in Belgium.
More than 2000 participants from all over Europe will be expected in the BMCC. The conference participants will discover the beautiful historical Bruges and its attractive touristic spots. The city Bruges is equipped with a marvellous conference infrastructure and is widely praised for its heritage, culture and gastronomy.
Food for Generations
As a consequence the food production should increase with 50% to meet the demand of the world’s growing population. The contemporary challenges concerning hunger, food waste and diseases -such as overweight/diabetes – seriously affect the limits of our current system.
The vision of JCI can be summarized in one punch line: to inspire people to evolve towards a true food experience in which all its facets are represented.
The following four pillars are part of this theme:
- Sustainable food system
- Food heritage
JCI uses this topic to inspire other countries and to initiate in this way effective change.
Jonas Maes, COC director of JCI EC Bruges 2022: “JCI members from all over Europe will visit Bruges. This conference will be the climax of more than two years of preparatory work by our hard working JCI members. We are happy that we can bring – in close cooperation with the City of Bruges – a European key event to the most beautiful city of Europe. This will be also one of the first big conferences in 2022, that will take place in the Concertgebouw and the BMCC. So, it will be a beautiful opportunity to attract future initiatives and accentuate the perfect mix between the two venues.”
Councillor for Tourism Mieke Hoste: “I am very proud that we can welcome the European Conference of JCI in our city. The timing – shortly after the opening of the BMCC and just before the busy summer break – is ideal. The conference will attract many visitors to our city. They will see and experience a splendid part of Bruges. Many participants will return to Bruges later with their friends and families. Furthermore, this conference will allow the city to highlight itself once more on an international level and confirm our strong reputation as an outstanding meeting and conference destination.”
About the BMCC
The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC) is the perfect venue for special events, conferences and trade fairs. In addition to the impressive 4,500m² ground floor — perfect for trade fairs, larger public events and concerts — there is the conference area on the upper floors.