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 at ISCTE, 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):


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.
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon is the place where the Conference will be held

The University

The ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon was founded in 1972 as one of Portugal’s first modern universities, with the central aim of studying labour and social dynamics in a rapidly changing world. Teaches about 100 training courses of all university education degrees.

4 Schools

Since its establishment, the university has expanded its disciplinary reach into five schools: ISCTE Business School, the School of Sociology and Public Policy, the School of Technology and Architecture, the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Applied Digital Technologies in Sintra.


The university is actively engaged in collaborative projects, networks and partnerships around the world, including a range of educational, training and research programs supported by the European Union.

The Campus

On campus, students find not only a robust intellectual tradition, with mentorship from teaching staff involved in cutting-edge research, but also a vibrant, multicultural environment.


Of the approximately 10 000 students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, nearly 20% are international, coming from 80 different countries. ISCTE has over 450 agreements with universities from other countries.


Through its commitment to internationalization, innovative research and education aligned with professional standards, ISCTE prepares its students for competitive careers and thoughtful lives in the 21st century.


The meetings, parallel sessions and keyone sessions will take place in ISCTE facilities.

Registration will take place in the University building 2. IT support will be available in every conference room.

Delegates will have free access to the internet as Building 2 has Wi-Fi throughout. Our technical support team will provide appropriate networking facilities.


To get to ISCTE, you must get off at Entrecampos station and walk approximately 150m towards Rotunda de Entrecampos. At the roundabout turning left (Av. das Forças Armadas), go up about 150m towards Sete Rios and find the entrance to Iscte on your right.


There are many hotels in Lisbon and the range of possibilities goes from Hostels at 30€ to five starts at 250€ or more for a single room a night. Almost all of the hotels in Lisbon will be reachable by metro in less than 30 minutes or by Taxi/Uber in less than 15 minutes from the Conference venue.

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


The proposed dates for the 24th International Conference taking place 12th – 14th June 2024 at ISCTE

Calls for submission, Dates for abstract submission and decision

30th September

Call for papers

9th January

Final date for abstract submission

31st January

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


Full Delegate Fee

after 30th March 2024




Gala Dinner


Complementary Conference Places

The following UFHRD Officers should be provided with a complementary place at the Conference (including Gala Dinner): Honorary Treasurer, Executive Secretary, President

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.

Streams, stream leaders and Keynote Speakers

The streams and stream leaders will have no changes in the UFHRD 24 Conference.

A stream about Digital Influence in Human Resources Development will be added to receive broadband contributions on the topic, and lead by Maria José Sousa.

The keynotes speakers will be invited in January 2024, and there will be 3 international keynotes and 3 national keynotes speakers. For the international keynotes I will intend to invite Professor Peter Totterdil, Professor Mathew Hughes, and Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke. The national keynotes probably will be Miguel Pina e Cunha, Carla Caracol and Henrique Duarte.

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 1500 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 6 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.