University Forum for Human Resource Development Conference 2024

Human Resources Development in a Digital Age


The 24th Edition of the UFHRD Conference to be held in Lisbon, in June 2024, will be an extraordinary opportunity for learning, researching and networking.

Main Topics

The main topic of the conference is: Human Resources Development in a Digital Age, and the sub-topics are (but not limited to):





The proposed dates for the 24th International Conference taking place 12th – 14th June 2024, in Lisbon

Calls for submission, Dates for abstract submission and decision

30th September

Call for papers

15th February

Final date for abstract submission

18th February

Decision notification to authors

12th May

Full papers submission

30th March

Early bird registration closes

31st May

Conference registration closes

12th – 14th June

UFHRD 2024


Early Bird registration

until 30th March 2024


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Full Delegate Fee

after 30th March 2024


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Gala Dinner



Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is possible to discover fado, football, stunning beaches, new places as Parque das Nações, and the old town where St George Castle is located.



The Promotional Code is valid for UFHRD participants, for stays between 13th and 15th June 2024. 10% Discount on BAR.


Conditions valid for UFHRD participants, for stays between 10th and 16th June 2024. Prices between 151€ and 165€ per room/night. Buffet breakfast included. VAT included. City taxes not included.
ISCAL is the place where the Conference will be held


ISCAL is a public higher education institution, integrated into the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (IPL). Is focused on the creation, dissemination of culture, science, technology, and transmission of expertise and professional knowledge by integrating study, research and experimental development.


Founded in 1759, ISCAL has an Academic Population of more than 3500 students and over 200 professors, an Academic Offer of 5 Bachelor Degrees and 7 Master Degrees, and its outcomes are +97% Employment Rate and +80% of Academic Success Rate.


The main fields of study at ISCAl are: Accounting and Administration, Business Management, International Business, Corporate Finance, Taxation, Law studies and Auditing.


Bringing innovative training methods, such as simulation projects, the learning outcomes that ISCAL provides are consistently improving the necessary knowledge and skills related to professional success.


ISCAL's mission is to produce, use and disseminate knowledge, as well as provide services to the community, contributing to its consolidation as an exemplary institution at national and international level.


ISCAL's institutional vision is to excel in its activities, with a view to continuous improvement of their quality, promoting the conditions for a relevant professional practice by highly qualified graduates.

Support for the conference (Pro-Rector)

Maria José Sousa

Maria José Sousa (PhD in Management with Habilitation in Management and Public Management) is Pro-Rector, a professor and a research fellow at ISCTE/Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.

Conference Organizing Committee and Infrastructure

Academic leadership

Pro-Rector Maria José Sousa

Administrative support

ISCTE staff

Conference administration

ISCTE staff

Marketing and Publicity Plans

Publicity will be generated by promoting the conference on the following websites: AHRD; HRDI; and UFHRD.

Conference Outputs

The conference proceedings will be published in a volume with ISBN, and that volume will be available online.

Furthermore, we aim at publishing one Special Issues with the best papers.  Potential journals among others are European Journal of Training and Development, Human Resources Development International, Personnel Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review and Journal of Service Research.

Refereeing Process

In line with the UFHRD conferences principles, only the abstracts are reviewed. Stream leaders will be selected according to their publications in the stream areas. The stream leaders will delegate two referees per abstract.

Abstracts will be ranked from 1 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) according to the following: significance/contribution to the HRD field; aim and purpose clear; theoretical foundations, appropriate methodology/analytical techniques; conclusions/likely conclusions; quality of paper presentation; relevance of paper to conference themes.

The authors will be notified of the rating and of the decision – Accept, minor revisions, major revisions, reject.

Paper Submission Procedure

Abstracts should be around 500 words and should include a separate page stating the authors’ affiliation.

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

Papers (maximum 6000 words) should comply with the following set of rules: Use single-spaces, and Arial 12-point font. Use margins (left, right, top and bottom) of 2.5cm. Justify each paragraph fully. Begin with an Arial 14-point font title. Follow up with a short 200 words abstract. Indicate up to 5 keywords. Use between 5000 and 6000 words in the text. Do not use more than three levels of heading and use the numbering convention: 1 Heading 1.1 Heading 1.1.1 Heading. Italic is accepted as well as bulleted or numbered lists. Figures and tables should be placed as close to their reference point in the text as possible. All figures and tables must have titles and must be referenced from within the text. Avoid colour diagrams as the proceedings will be printed in black and white. Images must be inserted as picture files (.gif, .jpg, .bmp, .pct, .png, .psd). References should follow the APA referencing style.

The timing of announcements is included in the conference timeline. Papers and abstracts will be submitted to the conference online EasyChair System.