2016 regional conference

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We’d like to thank all attendees of the AEM Regional Conference that took place in Barcelona in October. The valued input of participants, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers made the conference wonderfully enjoyable and informative.

We hope you enjoyed this year’s conference and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 conference that will take place in The Hague.

Our conference hosted more than 1,500 participants and over 105 presentation sessions. We received engaged and inspiring responses from participants in person and via social media, and we’ll make sure to pass your comments on to the relevant parties.

Keynote speaker: Dame Ellen MacArthur on the circular economy

The IB has recently partnered with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to add the study of the circular economy to our curriculum. We were delighted to welcome Dame Ellen MacArthur to the conference, who spoke about her experiences sailing around the world and how she came to establish the Foundation, with its focus on the circular economy.

Plenary speakers

You can watch more of our speakers in action here.

Peter Docker, leadership and workplace culture expert Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur, author and TED speaker Sarah Lewis, Assistant Professor at Harvard University

Student and alumni speakers

Want to see more? Watch our student and alumni speakers in action.

Conference highlights

Re-live the three days of the conference with our recap video.


  • Slides from conference sessions

    For those who want to review some of the conference content, we've made session slides available to you. You can request up to three copies of a session. Just send us the session day and time (or number), session title and speaker name(s) of the session slides you would like.

    Request conference slides

  • The conference on social media

    During the three days of the conference, delegates took to social media to share their experiences. Take a look at our roundup on Storify.