CIPD conferences, exhibitions & events

Help shape the future of work at our upcoming HR events and network with like-minded people professionals

Join the CIPD for our essential one and two-day conferences, workshops and exhibitions created for HR and L&D professionals.

These events offer HR training, through a mix of our sessions and formats, including keynote presentations, hackathons, masterclasses and many more...

Our aim is to bring all HR professionals together and shape the future of work, through flagship events like the Festival of Work, and the Annual Conference and Exhibition, but not forgetting our smaller summit-esque topic-based events which dive into key topics such as Recruitment and Retention or Change Management just to name two.

What do CIPD events offer you?

In-depth knowledge

The CIPD portfolio of events take a deep dive into key topics and core areas of focus impacting people professionals at all levels. From our Student conferences, regional events and topic based conferences to our large scale conferences and exhibitions. Our events have been designed with you in mind. 

Not your standard conference format

From panel discussions to interactive workshops, the CIPD portfolio of events provides a variety of session formats for you to engage with, whether you are attending in person or online. There is something for everyone.

Practical takeaways

We understand that your time is precious and that if you're investing time and money out the office to attend an event, it needs to give you something back in return. The CIPD portfolio of events provides you with practical tools and strategies. Based on real-life experiences and learnings from leading professionals that you can take back to the office and implement the very next day. 

Conference sessions and formats

Fireside chat

Join high-level procurement professionals as they share personal best practice and innovative ideas through in-depth and insightful discussion, with the opportunity to ask your most pressing questions

Lightning talk

Gain knowledge on varying perspectives through a series of short presentations in order to develop applicable solutions on sustainable procurement

Interactive workshop

Rethink your procurement process through a series of interactive activities to collaborate with industry peers and develop sustainable solutions to implement in your workplace


Take part in group discussions to share experiences and solutions on key sustainability issues moderated by industry experts


Jump into the conversation to share best practice and challenge ideas with your peers through thought provoking discussions in this ‘debate style’ session led by a moderator


Gain insights from procurement experts through in-depth presentations and interactive activities to further your sustainability journey

Panel discussions

Listen to topical discussions from an expert panel to gain knowledge and insight and pose your own questions to build your knowledge of sustainable procurement


Hear a short presentation from our speaker, and then interact in group discussions to knowledge share and discuss the task set


The room will be split into separate breakouts, then each group will have a different scenario, with the speakers overseeing discussion.