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AHRD European Conference 2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Friday, June 06, 2014


HRD: Reflecting upon the Past, Shaping the Future

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UFHRD Conference Information

HRD: Reflecting upon the Past, Shaping the Future

4th to 6th June 2014 | Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Key dates:

  1. Call for papers: 5th July 2013
  2. Final date for abstract submission: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended until Thursday November 14th 2013
  3. Decision on abstracts: 13th December 2013
  4. Final date for full paper submission: 31st January 2014
  5. Registration deadline for presenters: 25th April 2014
  6. Conference registration closes: 30th May 2014
  7. UFHRD 2014: 4th to 6th June 2014

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As we reach our 15th UFHRD conference, it is apposite and timely for the field to take stock and reflect upon our history, the lessons we have learned and how we are positioned to meet contemporary challenges in an increasingly complex world. Through looking back, we capture the past and move forward together as a stronger, more cohesive discipline built upon secure sustainable foundations. The conference theme reflects the host location of Edinburgh, a city which seamlessly fusions the atmospheric and historic cobbled streets of the Old Town with the breath-taking modern architecture of the New Town – a city steeped in both tradition and modernity. The aim of this Conference is to advance a research agenda which looks at past, present and future perspectives of HRD as a profession.


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Conference Theme:

"HRD: Reflecting upon the Past, Shaping the Future”

Conference Streams:

The conference welcomes submissions across the following 16 streams:

  • Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation
  • Career Development and Diversity Issues
  • Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability
  • Critical, Social Justice and Ethical Issues in HRD
  • Employee Engagement
  • Global, Comparative & Cross Cultural Dimensions of HRD
  • Knowledge Management and Learning Organisations
  • Leadership, Management and Talent Development
  • Organisational Change and Development
  • Performance issues in HRD
  • Scholarly practitioner research
  • Strategic HRD (PO)
  • Theory & Foundations of HRD
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning
  • Workplace Learning, Training & Development

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Conference Location:


As home to the largest international arts festival in the world (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and named as European Destination of the Year 2012, Edinburgh is a city of iconic landmarks, vibrant culture and exciting possibilities. As the capital city of Scotland, throughout its history it has played host to Kings, Queens, Religious Reformers, Renowned Surgeons and a host of other colourful characters. With its streets humming to the rhythm of bagpipes, visitors to Edinburgh are seduced by the city’s old-worldly charm, friendly inhabitants and fine-dining restaurants.

The Craiglockhart campus is home to Edinburgh Napier Business School and is located only 10 minutes from the city centre. The campus is an inspiring blend of old and new, combining a 19th Century Victorian Building with the best of 21st Century architecture. Formerly, a World War 1 military army hospital, it was here that famous poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen recuperated from their war injuries and produced some of their most famous work.


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Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts should stress and sum up the paper’s importance, theoretical base, research purpose, research question, implications for practice, and conclusions.

All abstract submissions should be in English, and can take one of the following formats:

  • Refereed papers: 1250 words max.
  • Working papers: 750 words max.
  • Doctoral Submission: 750 words max.
  • Poster sessions: 500 words max.

Submissions are welcome through the conference website:


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Conference Co-chair: Dr. David McGuire
Telephone +44 (0) 131 455 4453

Conference Co-Chair: Dr. Thomas Garavan


We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh in June 2014.


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