Since its first participation in an International Exhibition at World Expo 1862 London, Venezuela has regularly participated in World and Specialised Expos. In order to strengthen its involvement in Expos, Venezuela became a Member of the BIE in 1982. Its participation was rewarded with a Gold Award in its category at World Expo 2005 Aichi and with a Silver Award for the design of its presentation at World Expo 2015 Milan.