PDI-POA 16th Annual International Protocol Education Forum

We're heading to the Emerald Isle for the 2017 PDI-POA International Protocol Education Forum, 24-27 July 2017, in Dublin!

Below is the Registration Schedule for the DUB17 Forum.. (To register for the forum, click the Register button at the top right or bottom right of this page,)

Registration Type Dates Open Full Forum 2-Day
Early Bird
17 March to
10 April 2017
$880  $775
11 April to
14 July 2017
$995  $875
11 April to
14 July 2017

Program highlights:

  • Silent Auction benefiting a local Dublin charity
  • Plenary Sessions focused on:
    • Protocol & Intergovernmental Organizations
    • A Royal Visit: Planning and execution of a unique royal visit to a historic academic institution
    • Working in a Multicultural World
    • Protocol & Diplomacy in the Hospital Industry: A hotel's perspective on working with special requirements, protocol, security and more
    • Dining etiquette for 2017 and beyond
    • Academic institutions as Global Partners and Local Resources
  • Breakout Sessions including “back to basics,” “beyond the basics,” and hands-on sessions focused on:
    • The ministerial meetings or summits: A detailed look at the issues to be
      managed when coordinating a multi-country, high level meeting
    • Setting up and managing signing ceremonies.
    • Planning for a Crisis: What can we do to protect our principals,
      colleagues and ourselves?
    • University ceremonies. Similar and different around the world.
    • Flags and anthems.
    • Precedence and seating
    • Contemporary forms of address
    • How to manage when your principal may not be welcome
    • Tools for Event management: From duct tape to seating apps.  Tools for today.
    • Let’s talk Gifts. What’s new? Are donations acceptible?
    • What we learned when we didn’t plan to learn anything. Stories of real
      life challenging experiences.
    • Navigating International Travel: Planning, scheduling, negotiating.
    • Speaker preparation for protocol professionals
    • Military Protocol: A European perspective
    • Understanding the Diplomatic Corps
    • How to build an effective partnership with an interpreter
    • Global Leadership - Building Trust
  • Industry Roundtable/Special Interests discussions
  • Off-site program at Trinity College Dublin, including a tour of the Book of Kells
  • Guest Excursion at the K Club Golf Resort on Wednesday, 26 July
  • Closing reception at the brand new Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James

So as a reminder:   

  • From now through 10 April, members can register at the $880 Early Bird Rate for the Full Forum, $775 for the two-day registration or $450 for the one-day registration.
  • 11 April through 14 July, members can register at the $995 Member Rate for the Full Forum, $875 for the two-day registration or $550 for the one-day registration.
  • 11 April through 14 Julynon-members can register at the $1,800 Non-Member Rate for the Full Forum, $1,400 for the two-day registration or $700 for the one-day registration.
  • Guests can accompany forum attendees to the Book of Kells on Tuesday, 25 July for $16. 
  • Guests can enjoy a day of golf to the K Club Golf Resort, while forum attendees are in sessions, on Wednesday, 26 July for $255.
  • This year's optional closing reception on Thursday, 27 July will be at the Pearse Lyons Distillery for $25 for each person.


Who Can Attend?

The annual International Protocol Education Forum is open to PDI-POA members and anyone interested in learning more about protocol. For members, the Forum is a chance to reunite with friends and network with colleagues.  For those who are not yet members, but interested in learning more about protocol, it is the perfect introduction to the protocol field and to the global impact of PDI-POA on the industry.


  • When

  • Monday, 24 July, 2017 - Thursday, 27 July, 2017
    5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Where

  • InterContinental Dublin
    Simmonscourt Road
    Dublin 4 D04 A9K8
    +353 1 665-4000

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