PPMA Virtual Conference 2020

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Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th September 2020 #PPMAHR20

Like all of you we have been working to ensure we are Staying Alert, Staying Home where we can, being mindful about our actions and Saving Lives.  Because of ongoing uncertainty about when it will be safe to hold mass gathering events, we have decided to postpone our planned 2020 Conference. That is now going to be held from Wednesday April 21st to Friday April 23rd, 2021.

However, we are delighted to be holding a 2 day virtual conference on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September in our PPMA Zoom Room.  You can watch an update from Karen as to why we have take the decision to change our plans here.

A Virtual Venue

For the very first time in our history, we will be hosting a large virtual event in the fascinating world that is the PPMA Zoom room.  We’ve been experimenting with our Virtual Webinar series during lockdown and we are excited about the opportunities it has given our members and hopefully new members and our sponsors to connect.

Our virtual event will be our first opportunity to gather everyone together since Coronavirus took over our daily lives.  We feel strongly that our original conference theme ‘Tomorrow’s World: Purposeful Work and Lives’ is ever more resonant.  But it’s also really important that we capture learning from the last 6 months and think about how it will inform the very different world we might have been expecting to talk about when we initially planned our theme.

None of us could have envisaged at the start of this year the events that have unfolded and continue to unfold.  We are keeping our original theme, but have tweaked it slightly for the Virtual Conference.

Our theme is ‘Preparing for Tomorrow’s World….’

The work going on across our HR & OD community has been truly astonishing. And it has been done in hugely challenging circumstances.  The dedication, commitment and compassion you have shown has been humbling.  Not all of us have had the chance to reflect on that and September will allow us to do some of that together.

Whilst remote working has become much more commonplace for all of us, it’s by no means the easier option.  As we have all experienced during these last few months in particular, working remotely using technology is an intensive experience.  With this in mind we have designed a programme that is sensitive to the need to provide content that is easily accessible, allow you to interact with colleagues and sponsors – but one that allows breaks.  This will help you make the most out of this experience.

It’s going to be a proactive, energising, innovative and thought provoking 2 days. We look forward to sharing that with you.

You can read a Glideshow overview about conference here.


We know that there are a number of questions arising from our need to move our face to face conference to next April.  We have put a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document together.  You can read that here.  If there are still questions that you have and aren’t answered please do let us know by emailing [email protected].  We will update the FAQ document on an ongoing basis as necessary.

Tickets for Virtual Conference 2020

For those who have purchased and paid for tickets to attend the Annual Conference which is now taking place in April 2021, this Virtual Conference is free for you to attend and you will automatically be registered for this event.

For people who haven’t booked for 2021 or who have booked but not yet paid, you can read our FAQ’s button on the right hand side of the page to view all ticket related questions.

If you do not have a ticket for our Conference in Manchester 2021, you can purchase tickets for the virtual event.  Full tickets details and registration is now available by clicking on the BOOK HERE button on the right hand side which will redirect you to our eventbrite site.


Event app

To guide you through the run up to Conference and during the event we will be using our Event App.  You can use this to navigate sessions, participate in discussions, live polls, and interact with sponsors, speakers and other delegates.  We will be rolling out the App at the start of September.

Conference 2021

We will be making some minor tweaks only to the programme agenda to reflect what we are doing this September.  You can access #PPMAHR21 Conference 2021 pages and find out all you need to know here.

In the meantime should you have any questions please send them to  [email protected]