As 10 years had passed since the entire board of IPA Austria had attended the IEC conference in Norway, we were overjoyed at being able to bring all NEC members to the IEC conference 2013 in Copenhagen.
Arriving at the Hotel Belly Sky we were extremely impressed by the design of the building.
The opening ceremony took place in the congress centre and was accompanied by music from the Copenhagen police band. This was followed by the customary photo of all delegates and observers. The first conference session began after lunch.
Delegates from 60 countries attended. The keynote speech of the International President Pierre-Martin Moulin provided the main focus of the session when ‘problematic areas’ of the IPA were addressed in detail.
From my point of view it was crucial that these problems were not simply presented, but that the International President also indicated possible solutions, which culminated in a petition – signed in the end by 47 sections (!) – regarding an extraordinary congress during the IEC conference 2014 in Potsdam / Germany.
The city of Copenhagen had invited us for dinner and we were able to enjoy the well-known “Smørrebrød” as well as a delicious dessert in the town hall of Copenhagen.
The conference continued the next day. Visitors not involved in the conference session enjoyed a canal trip around the whole of Copenhagen lasting several hours. The mixture of modern and old residential as well as office buildings was especially memorable. Copenhagen really is an amazing city and well worth a visit.
After a delicious lunch we had spare time to explore Copenhagen by ourselves and decided to visit the city centre with its large and busy pedestrian area. We were especially interested in the watch retailers – to the detriment of our credit cards. The evening ended with a tasty dinner in our hotel – which by the way is the biggest in Scandinavia with 818 rooms!.
The conference continued the next day as many agenda points still had to be covered.
The visitors were able to enjoy Kronborg Castle in Helsingør – a guided tour provided us with more historical details of this interesting building.
We returned to our design hotel after a short excursion to the house of the Danish author Karen Blixen.
In the evening we were invited to the Headquarters of the Copenhagen Police and enjoyed hot dogs, beer and other drinks in the vast round inner courtyard. We were entertained by an all-female marching band performing show interludes and of course playing several pieces of music. A real treat for the eyes and ears of all IPA friends.
On Friday all agenda points had been covered, therefore on Saturday all participants of the conference were able to take part in a city tour of Copenhagen.
The day continued with a trip to the north of Copenhagen – we visited the IPA house „Arresødal” in Nordsjaelland and were treated to a variety of dishes and of course to excellent beer.
After the return to our hotel we had plenty of time to prepare for the gala evening in the congress centre. A speech by the president of the Danish section was followed by words of thanks and the presentation of certificates by the International President.
Afterwards we all sat down to a delicious meal. We were then able to burn those calories dancing to the sound of music.
And so the IEC conference 2013 in Copenhagen ended and we flew back to Austria the next day.
We are left with many fabulous memories of an impressive country, the city of Copenhagen and numerous personal contacts with IPA friends from around the world. I hope it will not take another 10 years before I am able to take part in an IEC conference.
Servo per amikeco
Christof Egle, Treasurer IPA Austria