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Since 1 June, Marije Sant has been the new account manager at Congress by design. In this role, she focuses entirely on maintaining and building existing and new client relationships. As an account manager, she is also the face of Cbd as a sustainable PCO in the medical and scientific sector, distinguished by a unique 'by design' approach to conferences.

With her many years of dedication as a project manager, Marije brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role. "The insights from practice remain, but the pressure of daily execution gives way to a full focus on the relationship with the client," she states. "The knowledge-intensive nature of our conferences requires attention and in-depth exploration of both the conference themes and personal relationships. Knowing what you're talking about. Really getting to know each other. Identifying opportunities and responding to developments. This benefits not only the collaboration but, above all, the ultimate goal of most conferences we organize: bringing people and science together, creating a rich ground for new insights and scientific progress."

Focus on partnership
"At Congress by design, we don't just organize conferences; we design engaging gatherings where people continue to talk about, return to, and make connections that contribute to research and knowledge sharing," Marije emphasizes. "Meeting with an international group of scientists is so valuable. As conference advisors at Cbd, we do everything we can to make that meeting as meaningful as possible. Our project managers also focus on partnerships and services that align with the scientific and medical sectors. They contribute ideas for creating an inspiring and interactive program and are knowledgeable about bidding support, participant registration, abstract management, and financial conference management."

The power of meeting design
"Our approach is always 'by design,'" Marije explains. "This means that we carefully plan and execute each step to achieve the best result. With innovative work methods like our Meeting Design Tool, our project team takes the client's organizers through a creative session exploring and challenging objectives, concepts, program ideas, and target participants. How do we achieve the most impact? Who are we actually targeting? How do you keep PhD students and seasoned professors engaged? How can we translate the conference theme into sessions and the social program? We believe a conference is never an end in itself but a way to connect people." "Marije is more than capable of this," says Operations Director Maureen de Graauw. "I am proud of Marije, who continues to develop herself, the agency, and the conference profession with her passion and enthusiasm."

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