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A Complete List of Project Management Conferences 2020

Vytas Butkus
Vytas is a professional project and product manager leading products and projects in education, 3D graphics, eCommerce, and adtech.

77 Project Management Conferences

In the field of project management, conferences provide a good opportunity to hear new ideas and network with professional peers. At the same time, certified project managers can acquire learning hours or units that are required to maintain their respective certificates by attending project management conferences.

A big number of project management conferences are hosted by associated project management bodies like the Project Management Institute (PMI), Association for Project Management (APM), or International Project Management Association (IPMA). There are also independent conferences, which veer away from the traditional approaches of project management. Scroll down for the full list of project management conferences. The list will be regularly updated, so come back to check it out whenever you are planning to visit a new conference.

The list includes only conferences that are dedicated to project management. It does not include Agile conferences, which are also often attended by project managers. If you know of any project management conference that is not in this list, please let us know in the comments and we will add it.

The distribution of conferences throughout the year follows holiday seasonality. The high peaks are in the spring and autumn, and activity almost grinds to a halt during the summer months of July and August. In terms of location, most of the conferences take place in Europe and North America.

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Conference activity by month.

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Conference activity by continent.

Notable Conferences

PMI Global Conference

PMI Global Conference

PMI Global Conference (by PMI)

Project Management Institute (PMI) is one of the premier organizations for project managers. The institute is responsible for various popular certifications like the Project Management Professional (PMP) and for maintaining and updating the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK). Thus, no wonder that their flagship conference draws in an amazing crowd of project managers from around the world. Additionally, PMI will host regional conferences in Africa and the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

APM Conference

APM Conference

APM Conference (by APM)

Another organization, similar to PMI, is the Association for Project Management (APM). The association unites project management professionals in the UK and hosts conferences in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, as well as the Women in Project Management conference (date not yet announced).

SeminarsWorld

SeminarsWorld events

SeminarsWorld events (by PMI)

SeminarsWorld is a series of events also hosted by PMI. These events focus on the practical side of learning and offer various workshops to learn new skills. They are hosted in various cities all around the United States, which creates opportunities to meet peers from your local area.

Project Summit Business Analyst World

Project Summit Business Analyst World

Project Summit Business Analyst World (by PMBA)

Another series of conferences is the Project Summit Business Analyst World. They are hosted in Orlando, Washington DC, Toronto, Boston, Vancouver, and Chicago. Participants can earn up to 26 PDUs (Professional Development Units) or CDUs (Continuing Development Units) by attending these conferences.

PMO Conferences

Gartner Program & Portfolio Management Summit

Gartner Program & Portfolio Management Summit (by Gartner)

Interest in Project Management Office (PMO) best practices has been growing exponentially, as witnessed by the increase in the number of dedicated conferences from three in 2019 to eight in 2020. Strangely enough, the conferences are congregated in the same three areas:

Digital PM Summit

Digital PM Summit

Digital PM Summit (by Bureau of Digital)

Digital PM Summit, as the name suggests, connects project managers working with digital projects. Speakers include project management professionals from both big and small companies, as well as agile practitioners. There is also a day workshop, which features more hands-on learning in smaller groups.

Change Management Conference

Change Management Conference

Change Management Conference (by ACMP)

Change management has become a big field in project management with rapid technological progress. The Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) hosts the yearly Change Management Conference. Speakers include both internal change management professionals and external consultants, who guide companies during times of change. The conference is relevant to all project managers whose companies are undergoing big changes—like a digital transformation, for example.

Full List of Conferences in 2020