Public Procurement – Forthcoming Events in Leicester, London and Copenhagen

Some reminders today about public sector procurement events …

I will be at Leicester University this Thursday for a one-day conference, subject to South-West and East Midlands trains. I’m contributing but not speaking, and the day is themed around “Socially Responsible Public Procurement”. It is a hot topic of course and I’m looking forward to hearing public procurement thought-leaders, particularly with a legal bent, including the legendary Sue Arrowsmith and will-be-legendary-one-day folk such as Dr Albert Sanchez Graells and Dr Richard Craven. You can still book and prices range from £10 to £40.


Then we have Procurement Week , hosted by Bangor University in London on March 21st – 23rd. The agenda is really coming on well, and this is arguably the biggest serious public procurement event in Europe now in terms of content, number and quality of speakers. There is a different theme each day  and a strong programme of speakers – not just academics but practitioners, supply side people and other experts. There is a social programme too for that all-important networking. Andrew Cox will be a highlight and many of the top academics in Europe (such as Gustavo Piga, who is always fascinating) and beyond are speaking, so this should be a top-class event., You can get more details and book here with very reasonable fees.


We’ve covered both of those events previously, but there is a new one to tell you about on the 4th and 5th of May in Copenhagen. The Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA) will host a two-day international conference titled Procurement beyond price: Sustainability and CSR in public purchasing.

It is being held at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen,  where researchers from the CSR Legal Research Network, the SMART project and other specialists will discuss developments relating to the field of procurement, sustainability and CSR. There is a strong line up of speakers again with academics from Sweden, the UK, Poland, Italy and the University of Lapland (yes, there is one – and no, I’m resisting making jokes about buying reindeer. Or whether Santa Claus comes under the “light touch” regime).

The event is free to researchers, students and academics and there is a nominal fee (500 DKK) for others.  I know this should not be a factor in your decisions about attendance, but Copenhagen is a great city too – one of my absolute favourites in Europe. You can find out more and book here.

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