The following is a list of national and international conferences with a focus on community-university partnerships. This list is by no means comprehensive, and we invite you to let us know about any other conferences that we could include on the list.
A Canadian-led international conference designed to showcase best practices in community-campus partnerships, create space for collaboration and foster ideas, connections and frameworks with the purpose of strengthening our communities. Held every 2 years. Link to their site.
Bringing Theory to Practice Conference
The purpose of this US-based conference is to bring together educators of all types (faculty, student affairs professionals, staff mentors and advising professionals, teaching assistants, administrators, etc.) to focus on the importance of well-being in higher education. Link to their site.
Talloires Network Leaders Conference
The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. This annual conference is a gathering of higher education leaders from all regions of the world to chart the next stage of the growing university civic engagement movement. Link to their site.
International Conference of Engaged Scholars and Practitioners
This annual conference by Engagement Australia provides a forum for provocative and interactive discussion about University-Community Engagement in Australia and internationally, an opportunity for universities and communities to showcase engagement research, theoretical aspects and best practice, a venue for high quality research that uses engagement as a methodology. Link to their site.
Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference
An annual conference based in the US drawing together a mix of state-public and private institutions. Their goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. Link to their site.
National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Engage Conference
The UK-based NCCPE annual conference, held in Bristol each year, provides an opportunity for all those interested in HEI public engagement to come together, to be inspired, challenged and refreshed. The Engage Conference is designed to see conversations and ideas build year on year, and provide a thoughtful and interesting space to take collective thinking forward. Link to their site.
Campus Compact US National Conference
Connecting Campus with Communities is a week-long conference hosting over 350 engaged scholars from more than 100 institutions and five countries. Participants may choose to attend the Service Learning Institute or the Research Academy or both as a way of honing their skills as a service learning scholar and community engagement practitioner. Link to their site.
Community-university engagement is gaining international attention as universities realize their potential to contribute to more sustainable, just, and healthy communities—on a global scale. Communities, organizations and governments are also exploring how to leverage the knowledge and capacity of universities to address local community needs for the public good. Community-University-Victoria (CUVIC) is held every 2 years to showcase existing relationships and cultivate partnerships between UVic and our local and global communities. Link to their site.
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Conference
During even-numbered years, CCPH organizes an international conference in the U.S., bringing together hundreds of people from across the globe to engage in substantive discussions, gain new knowledge and practical skills, think critically about their work and take action individually and collectively. Link to their site.
Living Knowledge Network – International Science Shop Conference
Living Knowledge Network, the international Science Shop Network, is set up for people interested in building partnerships for public access to research. Members use the network platform and its tools for documentation and to exchange information, ideas, experiences and expertise on community-based research and science and society relations in general. International conferences are held every 2 years. Link to their site.