The Hague: Inspiring a Global Community

The Case

Over the course of three days,1600 international delegates gathered in the World Forum for the IB Global Conference The Hague. This conference marked the organisation’s largest event to date with five world-renowned keynote speakers, 100 presentation sessions, and more than 60 exhibitors. The city is home to one of the three IB Global Centres in the world; supporting the IB programme in the Africa, Europe & Middle East region. 

Name of organisation: International Baccalaureate 
Name of event: IB Global Conference The Hague 2017 “Inspiring Communities”
Date of the event: 26-28 October 2017
Number of attendees: 1600
Venue: World Forum 

The highlight this year is the fact that the community has really come together to honour the theme, which is Inspiring Communities.

Shannon de Groot
- IB World Schools, Head of Professional Development

The Venue

The World Forum The Hague was chosen as the preferred venue for the IB Global Conference for the fourth time. The venue provides enough flexibility and meets the needs of an international conference which is growing year on year. The venue supported the conference programme with a large plenary room, lots of exhibition space, areas for delegates to network, and the capacity for 100 breakout sessions. 

This is the first time I attend this type of event and I am truly impressed. Not just by the event organisation, but because it’s a great opportunity to learn from the best.

Delegate from Spain

IB Global Conference in The Hague

1600 international delegates have come to The Hague for the largest Global Conference of International Baccalaureate to date. Watch this video to see why The Hague and the World Forum The Hague have been their preferred destination for the fourth time.

The City

The 2017 conference theme, Inspiring Communities, played a large role in the content created for the attendees. Event organisers created a programme which encouraged the community members in The Hague to participate in the event. Members of The Hague community submitted knowledge sharing proposals they could present to the IB community. The city is home to one of the main IB offices in the world. 

The Hague has been a special community with a family feel, and we have a long-term relationship which is excellent and unique.

Shannon de Groot
- IB World Schools, Head of Professional Development

The Support

The Hague Convention Bureau has a wide network of venue partners across the city. Therefore, conference organisers opted for a different choice of venue for the dinner and entertainment for delegates. The Louwman Museum’s open space allowed delegates to move easily between the museum, reception, and the entertainment area. Conference organisers strategically used spaces within the museum, so networking opportunities could easily transition from the event into the social programme.   

The Client

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Read more about IB here.