The 24th Edition of the UFHRD Conference was held in the vibrant city of Lisbon from June 12th to 14th, 2024. This year’s conference centered around the theme: “Human Resources Development in a Digital Age,” delving into the various ways digitalization is transforming HRD practices and strategies.

Key Sub-topics Explored:

  1. Talent and Leadership Development: Exploring innovative approaches to nurture and enhance leadership skills in the digital era.
  2. Coaching and Mentoring: Discussing modern methods and technologies that support effective coaching and mentoring.
  3. Global, Comparative, and Cross-Cultural Dimensions of HRD: Examining HRD practices across different cultures and regions, fostering a global perspective.
  4. Employee Engagement: Strategies to boost engagement and productivity in a digitally evolving workplace.
  5. Critical, Social, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD: Addressing the importance of diversity, inclusion, and critical approaches in human resources.
  6. Workplace Learning, Training, and Development: Focusing on contemporary techniques and tools for effective workplace learning.
  7. Learning in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs): Tailored HRD strategies to meet the unique needs of SMEs.
  8. Learning and Education and Practitioner Research: Bridging the gap between academic research and practical application in HRD.
  9. Transformational HRD in a Digital Era: Understanding how digital technologies are reshaping HRD processes and outcomes.

The conference witnessed the participation of 211 attendees, including academics, practitioners, and students from around the globe. A highlight of the event was the visit by a group of 14 students from the University of George Washington, who explored the innovative practices showcased at the Lisbon Living lab.

The UFHRD Conference continues to be a pivotal event for professionals and scholars, fostering collaboration, sharing insights, and driving the future of Human Resources Development in an increasingly digital world.

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