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2021 Conference in the Americas Conference Central

AHRD Virtual Conference, February 17-19, 2021

February 17-19, 2021


AHRD is celebrating its 28th Annual Conference in the Americas and its 1st ever virtual conference in 2021!

The Board of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) has voted to cancel all in-person components of the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas, initially scheduled to take place February 17-19, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Board has made this decision in what we believe to be the best interest of public health, as well as the safety of our members and attendees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which experts anticipate may last well into 2021.

AHRD 2021 Virtual Conference Rates

EARLY REGISTRATION RATES (Through January 26, 2021)

Conference Plus - (Join/Renew) $ 375.00
Conference Plus - Student - (Join/Renew) $ 260.00
Member $ 175.00
Non-Member (Regular or Student) $ 275.00
Student Member $ 150.00


Conference Plus - (Join/Renew) $ 450.00
Conference Plus - Student - (Join/Renew) $ 305.00
Member $ 275.00
Non-Member (Regular or Student) $ 350.00
Student Member $ 195.00

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions opens on August 17, 2020 and submissions are due September 14, 2020.

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) exists to encourage the systematic study of Human Resource Development (HRD) theories, processes, and practices; to disseminate information about HRD; to encourage the application of HRD research findings; and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines and from across the globe. AHRD’s vision is "Leading Human Resource Development through Research.”

The 28th AHRD International Research Conference will include leading scholars and practitioners reporting their cutting-edge research and theorizing. The program will be comprised of blind, peer reviewed submissions that offer a diverse range of topics, perspectives, and research paradigms. Additionally, the conference will include other types of sessions that provide excellent opportunities to bring together conference participants for engagement in generative learning through both formal and informal interactions about topics of mutual interest. AHRD is an inclusive organization and invites all those who are interested in the field, no matter where they are on their scholarly journey.

Review the Call for Submissions (PDF) for full details.

Submission Tracks

The Academy of Human Resource Development welcomes submissions from all academic fields and disciplines that focus on workplace and organizational learning, performance, change, and related issues and challenges. As we shift to a virtual conference format for 2021, we seek to innovate and rethink the structure of the conference experience. We continue to welcome all HRD and HRD-related research. However, this year, we are offering a more limited number of specified manuscript tracks.

We specifically encourage submissions related to the theme Innovating and Leading in Times of Rapid and Unplanned Change. In addition, we are especially interested in submissions that focus on what we have identified as important emerging issues in organizations, communities, and societies.

Conference tracks for this year are:

  • Assessment, Evaluation, and HRD Research Methodology

  • Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD

  • International, Global, and Cross-Cultural Issues

  • Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement

  • Organization Development, Performance, and Change

  • Workplace Learning, Training, and Career Development

  • Emerging Issues in Organizations, Communities, and Societies

    • For the 2021 conference, only papers related to antiracism, racial injustice, HRD in the era of COVID-19, and technological and virtual HRD innovation will be accepted in this track.

Important Notes, Dates, and Deadlines

September 14, 2020

Final (NO EXTENSIONS) submission deadline for manuscripts

October 22, 2020

Decision notifications to authors

November 16, 2020

Camera-ready submissions due

December 10, 2020

Call for Session Chair volunteers

February 17 - 19, 2021

Conference Dates


Academy of Human Resource Development

1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114 USA
Phone: 1+(651)290-7466 • Email:
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