January 1, 2020Before deciding on the right conferences to attend in 2020, there are some considerations as it could prove to be costly in terms of both time and money. Selecting the best fit can be difficult, there may be some that you should attend and others that you wish to attend. Do your research in advance!
You might consider in making the right choice:
Conference Agenda: You won’t really know how good the content is until you arrive, but you should have a reasonable indication in advance. You should really be interested in most of the topics covered so that you are not spending 2 days for what is effectively a couple of hours of relevant content. If the conference is packed with relevance for you, chances are you will meet lots of liked minded people.
Speakers: Know the background to the speakers, they will need to have an excellent and interesting CV to make attending worthwhile. There may be YouTube videos of previous lectures, do some research.
Attendees: Most conference organizers publish a list of attendees in advance. Conferences are an excellent networking opportunity. Ensure that the majority of attendees are in roles similar to your own background and not mainly from consultancies or government agencies.
Return on Investment: Think about what you want to gain most from the conference: new customers, suppliers, mentors, training, best practices, insight into the future of your industry etc. Will it be worth the investment?
Location, Location, Location!: Most conferences are held in major cities and you will have to consider if it is convenient to travel, the cost of travelling and hotel accommodation. Of course, each conference organizer wants as many attendees as possible and they usually offer fantastic locations. The best conferences offer a relaxed opportunity for mixing with other delegates.
Here a just an example Manufacturing and Quality Events for 2020
International Conference on Manufacturing Technologies ICMT
January 17-20 | Seattle, Washington
The aim of this conference is to present the latest research and results of scientists related to Manufacturing Technologies topics. This conference provides opportunities for the different areas delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration.
Price to attend: from $350
MDMA 2020 FDA Forum
March 12-13 | Palo Alto, California
2019 saw this conference continue to grow as THE conference to engage with leading policy makers and experts. Hear from FDA officials on how to get your technologies into the marketplace.
Price to attend: from $575
World Conference on Quality & Improvement
May 3-6 | Columbus Ohio
With just a fraction of organizations engaged in a Quality 4.0 initiative, this conference aims to provide quality professionals with the knowledge and insight to assess, increase and leverage their quality expertise. WCQI looks to help organizations to learn the tools and strategies to affect change, increase value and drive the organization towards its own quality goals.
Price to attend: $649 to $1,119
ICQA 2020: 14. International Conference on Quality Assurance
May 04-05 | Singapore, Singapore
This conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Quality Assurance. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Quality Assurance
Price to attend: €250 to €500
Annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference
12 - 13 May 2020 | Belmond, Charleston, USA
The conference aims to cover areas like tooling, machining, equipment, components, advanced materials, engineering, additive manufacturing, and technological systems, delegates will be updated with products and knowledge, to improve the productivity and profitability for their operations. A VIP facility tour is included.
Price to attend: $1,797
Vehicle Electrification Expo
July 8-9 | Coventry UK
Vehicle Electrification Expo enables automotive manufacturers to look at the latest powertrain solutions to improve the performance, efficiency, safety and sustainability of vehicles including light electric vehicles, passenger cars, commercial vehicles, buses and off-highway industrial vehicles. The show will bring together the entire supply chain involved in electric and hybrid vehicle manufacture and development showcasing the very latest technologies for this rapidly growing market.
Price to attend: Free
American Automotive Summit 2020
SEPTEMBER 17-18 |Detroit, Michigan
Strategic insights on how to enhance manufacturing strategies, implement supply chain optimization, new technologies and how to attract and retain top talent in an ever-changing market.
Price to attend: TBC
AIAG Quality Summit
October 3-14 | Novi, Michigan USA
This event aims to provide insights from both OEM and supplier perspectives on how to navigate through the industry’s requirements for quality and product safety.
Price to attend: TBC
2020 European Quality Assurance Forum
12-14 November | Espoo, Finland
EQAF provides a platform for discussion, professional development and exchange of experiences among the main European stakeholders in QA.
More information will follow in spring 2020.
16TH Annual European Manufacturing Strategies Summit
30 November - 2 December | Berlin, Germany
The full programme has yet to be published and normally includes a visit to a state of the art manufacturing facility.
Price from £1,575