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Top HR Conferences in Europe in 2020

Here’s our pick of Europe’s most exciting 2020 conferences on HR, experience management and people science.

There’s never been a more interesting time to work in HR. New developments in employee experience, the emergence of people science and a growing understanding of the link between customer, employee, brand and product combine to make 2020 the year of the HR knowledge boom.

Why attend an HR conference?

With so much to keep abreast of, many HR leaders find that attending one or more annual conferences is a neat solution. As well as accelerating your learning by immersing you in expert knowledge, it’s also an opportunity to network and make new industry connections.

Whether your focus is on learning about the latest HR tech, optimizing for hiring success, honing your talent management program, or discovering new perspectives on people analytics, there are a wide range of conferences available to HR professionals across the continent.

Here’s our round-up of some of the best HR conferences Europe has to offer in 2020.

X4 London 2020

Date: 22 April

Location: The Intercontinental, O2, London

Cost: Free

Who should attend: HR professionals, customer experience experts, and anyone with an interest in how experiences drive business success.

Description: The UK highlight of the Qualtrics X4 Experience Management Tour. Expect inspiring keynotes from the biggest names in experience management, plus breakout sessions, live entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to network.

Top speakers: TBC. Last year’s keynotes included business leaders from Barclays, Disney Institute and Allianz, Bruce Temkin of the Qualtrics XM Institute, and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

HRD Summit Europe

Date: 6-7 May 2020

Location: RAI, Amsterdam

Cost: €595

Who should attend: HR directors, C-Suite and business leaders

Description: An essential check-point for anyone interested in the latest developments and best practices for the HR industry, now in its 10th year. The event will bring together around 500 HR leaders from across Europe and runs across 6 streams including talks, events, and ‘match’ meetings to connect suppliers and customers.

Top speakers: TBC. 2019 highlights included speakers from Uber, Shell, ING, and IBM.


Date: 3 and 4 June

Location: Hotel Palace, Berlin

Cost: from €1,199

Who should attend: HR professionals and HR solution providers. HR practitioners are also encouraged to bring their teams with a group discount.

Description: Described as a chance to benchmark with the Global and European HR Leaders at the world’s largest and most innovative companies. The event will bring together HR leaders from some of the most influential and disruptive European businesses operating worldwide, and as well as hearing inspiring speeches, attendees will be able to take part in interactive sessions and enjoy an inclusive three-course meal.

Top speakers: TBC. Last year’s speakers included global HR leaders from Vodafone, Banco Santander, TUI, and Amazon.

CIPD Festival of Work

Date: 10 and 11 June

Location: Olympia, London

Cost: from £996 (early bird)

Who should attend: HR leaders, analysts, researchers, and people scientists

Description: The annual conference of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The event combines a traditional conference with a free-to-attend exhibition focusing on three core areas: Future of Work, Technology and Resourcing, and Learning and Development.

Top speakers:

  • Dr David Halpern, Chief Executive of Behavioural Insights Team
  • John Amaechi OBE, organizational psychologist, NHS Trust Director and former NBA player

Gartner ReimagineHR Conference

Date: 21 and 22 September

Location: The Intercontinental, O2, London

Cost: from €2,775 (early bird)

Who should attend: HR teams and leaders focused on employee experience, culture and building the workplace of the future.

Description: The event focuses on the leading edge of HR and how to approach opportunities like the growing demand for digital skills, change management within organizations, and perspectives on the future of work. There will be opportunities for one-on-one strategic advice sessions with Gartner experts.

Top speakers: The full 2020 roster is yet to be announced, but will feature VP-level speakers from Gartner as well as guest keynotes.


Date: 20 and 21 October

Location: Convention Centre, Paris

Cost: free - €1395

Who should attend: Anyone interested in the intersection of technology and human resources.

Description: A conference and expo celebrating the latest innovations in HR technology. Innovation-focused, the event includes a Startup Zone where new entrepreneurs showcase their ideas, and an influencer platform for debate and discussion among leaders from some of the most disruptive businesses in the people science space.

Top speakers: TBC. Previous keynotes have included Sir Richard Branson, Simon Sinek, and Sir Bob Geldof.

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