Was one of your new year’s resolutions to attend more networking events? Then we’ve got a little gift for you to help combat those January blues!

We’ve compiled a list of over 55 of the biggest and best networking events, where industry experts meet to share knowledge.

There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned events professional or a newbie to the industry.

Check out our calendar and let us know which events are now on your ‘must-attend’ list? We’ve definitely got a couple!


What: London Summer Event Show
Where: Banking Hall, EC3
When: 22-23rdJanuary 2019
Web: https://www.londonsummereventshow.com/

About: Boutique exhibition that brings together a mix of the best summer venues & suppliers with hundreds of top event buyers.

The shows split event format consists of an evening event exclusively for Event Agents & a full day dedicated to Corporate Event Buyers.

Provides free food, drink, entertainment & goodies, themed environments each year, ideal for networking.

Where: Slovenia, Ljubljana
When: 23-24thJanuary 2019
Web: https://www.conventa.si/

About: A true experience with an emphasized heightening of all the senses awaits you at Conventa.

Our wish is for you to create your own holistic sensuous experience that will fix in your memory and carry positive feelings with you when you return back home.

Our approach is based on a unique formula for the synergy of an experience that we simply call the Conventa Experience. In 2019 we want you to create your own personal experience through the six senses.

What: Bett Show
Where: The Excel, London
When: When: 23-26thJanuary 2019
Web: https://www.bettshow.com/

About: The first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together 800+ leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech start-ups & over 34,000 attendees from the global education community.

They come together to celebrate, find inspiration & discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology & innovation plays in enabling all educators  learners to thrive

What: B2B Destination Showcase
Where: 5* Jumeriah Carlton Tower, London
When: 29th January 2019
Web: http://www.moulden-marketing.co.uk

About: Free to attend, one day destination showcase is designed to connect event professionals to key MICE & Luxury Travel suppliers, a mix of convention bureaux, DMCs, hotels & venues, all specialists within the MICE & Luxury Travel industries.

Over 80 international exhibitors, flexible attendance, networking lunch, prize draw, opportunity to improve your knowledge, build relationships & meet with key suppliers of the travel industry.


What: ISPO Munich
Where: Munich
When: 3-6th February 2019
Web: https://www.ispo.com/en/munich

About: The world’s largest multi-segment sports exhibition, meet key industry giants & sports professionals at the leading trade fair for the sports business, benefit from the know-how of leading experts, expand your network & profitably develop future business relationships.

Ideal platform for making contacts & doing business worldwide – 87% of the exhibitors come from aboard.

Where: JW Marriott Cannes, France
When: 7-10th February 2019
Web: https://www.confec.com

About: Bring together top agencies, corporate & incentive organisers from the UK + a selection from other key markets in Europe & beyond, meet with international major & emerging hotel chains, individual properties, unusual venues, convention bureaux, tourist boards & DMCs to participate in a series of one-to-one meetings over 2 days.

Both suppliers & buyers get to request who they would like to meet with & given a customised schedule with buyer/supplier requests.

Where: Lithuania, Vilnius
When: 13-14th February 2019
Web: https://www.convene.it

About: CONVENE is a live meetings industry market place for the countries of the Baltic Sea region.

It is an annual Baltic Sea Regions premiere boutique exhibition for the meetings, events and incentives industry.

The two-day business to business event is an international show case for the regional meetings.

Industry which accelerates the interest in, and demand for, holding meetings, incentives and conferences in the region.

CONVENE also serves as an exciting platform for invaluable networking and learning opportunities.

What: Fast Forward
Where: Amsterdam
When: 14-15th February 2019
Web: https://amsterdam.fastforward.xyz

About: A boutique music business conference aimed at connecting the next generation of music industry leaders, to help lay the foundation for a sustainable career in the modern music industry.

There will be keynote speakers, panel discussions, Fast Fifteen presentations, & intimate networking with the UK & European music business.

What: AIME
Where: Melbourne, Australia
When: 18-20th February 2019
Web: https://aime.com.au

About: AIME brings together the right buyers with the right exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region and across the world.

Across three vibrant days, AIME delivers the forum for connecting with a wide range of buyers and exhibitors, brought together with a common spirit of curiosity and desire to do great business together.

What: BNC Event Show
Where: London, EC1Y
When: 20th February 2019
Web: https://bnceventshows.com/

About: A day of keynote speakers & experts from the meetings & events industry host 20 minute seminars & discussions on the year’s hottest event topics, including event tech, creativity, engagement & the all important ROI.

Suppliers from the UK & overseas & lively networking all day, free luxury gift when you register to attend, catering, prizes to be won.

What: Event Buyers Live
Where: Heythorpe Park, Oxfordshire
When: 20-21st February 2019
Web: https://eventbuyerslive.com/

About: Facilitates prearranged one-on-one meetings between organisers & suppliers. Organisers can ‘shop’ at the Heythorpe, safe in the knowledge that they can have pre-qualified meetings with some of the best event suppliers & networking with their peers, in an environment that’s conductive to productivity.

Packed educational programme that promotes information sharing & offers live event professionals multiple opportunities to exchange best practices.

What: ACE of M.I.C.E Exhibition
Where: Congress Centre
When: 20-22nd February 2019

About: Meet with exhibitors representing PCO’s, event management companies, hotels, technology & event support companies & make new connections.

The event offers a hosted buyers programme for corporate meeting & event bookers.

What: Confex
Where: Olympia, London
When: 26-27th February 2019
Web: https://www.international-confex.com/

About: For 35 years International Confex has delivered ideas, inspiration & a meeting ground for the events industry. Over that period, Events landscape has changed & Confex has evolved with it, from a pure venue finding forum to a vivid showcase of all the elements that make events great.

Ground breaking technology, crazy feature builders, standout destinations, wow factor venues, out of the box team building activities, creative finishing touches & every year, the largest single gathering of UK event organisers in one room.

What: Event Production Show
Where: Olympia, London
When: 26-27th February 2019
Web: https://www.eventproductionshow.co.uk/

About: UK’s leading exhibition for the live event sector, attracts organisers from a variety of events & sectors. They attend to stay ahead in the competitive events industry.

The show is complimentary for visitors. EPS provides the largest buying forum for the events industry with hundreds of suppliers under one roof & buyers seeking to network & create new business relationships.


What: M&IT Awards
Where: London
When: 1st March 2019
Web: https://www.mitawards.co.uk/

About: The biggest & original event industry awards programme, attracting more than 1200 industry professionals, twice as big as any other awards evening in the event industry calendar.

Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards brings together all sectors of the business to reward excellence of service & products & to enjoy fantastic cuisine, fine wines, excellent live entertainment & raise funds for charity.

What: ILMC
Where: London
When: 5-8th March 2019
Web: http://www.ilmc.com/

About: Bringing professionals together to air their common goals, aims, & issues, while providing unique networking opportunities.

ILMC is designed, organised & supported by active members of the concert industry not an outside organisation & attendance is by invitation only. Only acknowledged professionals may attend, as a result conferences sell out immediately.

What: Marketing Week Live
Where: Olympia, London
When: 6-7th March 2019
Web: https://www.marketingweeklive.co.uk/

About: MWLive, in conjunction with Marketing Week & Econsultancy, celebrates marketing. Covering everything from brand storytelling, date & analytics & social to content creation, programmatic & mobile, MWLive showcases leading solution providers from the entire spectrum of the marketing mix.

Providing a mixture of practical, hands-on, expert advice, from some of the most respected leaders.

What: DMX Dublin
Where: Dublin
When: 7th March 2019
Web: https://www.dmxdublin.com/

About: Features over 30 world-leading speakers in multiple presentation streams, & over 800 marketing professionals in a full day of sharing, learning & networking.

A marketing institute event, DMX celebrates the crossover of marketing, digital, creative & media. past 5 years have become Ireland’s must attend event of the year, bringing together top international & Irish marketing leaders, marketers from multinationals & start-ups, advertisers, creative agencies, digital agencies, online publishers & vendors.

What: Meetings Industry Association
Where: America Square, London
When: 11tMarch 2019
Web: https://www.mia-uk.org/conference

About: Forecasting remarkable innovation & creativity, guests will hear from an impressive series of keynote speakers on all things futuristic, with a primary focus on artificial intelligence, augmented reality & the economy.

The conference will explore sustainability, the issues surrounding single-use plastics & the necessary steps the industry should take to change its behaviour in the future.

What: Academic Venue Solutions
Where: ILEC Conference Centre, London
When: 19tMarch 2019
Web: https://academicvenuesolutions.co.uk/pages/show-page

About: Exhibition dedicated to event facilities at academic venues, free & packed with great venues & learning sessions. A day to discover around 40 diverse meeting & event venues, in between their bite sized educational sessions & networking opportunities.

Organised by Academic Venue Solutions, specialists in connecting event planners with academic venues, this event is the place to meet with venues who are ready to make your event, fit for purpose & success.

What: EventIT
Where: Glasgow
When: 21st March 2019
Web: https://www.eventit.org.uk/

About: Over 800 qualified buyers representing the public, private, & third sectors.

Year round exposure on the EVENTIT website, via social media & through their media partner Eventbase magazine, assistance in arranging FAM trips with visiting buyers, personal invitations to exhibitions target audience.

Where: Ireland
When: 21-22nd March
Web: http://aipco.ie/new/

About: The premier professional association for conference organisers in Ireland, committed to raising standards of service among its members & other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education & interaction with other professionals.

What: DBF Events: All About People
Where: Estoril
When: 22-24th March
Web: https://www.dbf-events.com/upcoming-events/

About: There are a number of MICE networking events around but none have seen a growth in popularity like this one. In three short years “All about people” has come onto the scene and is setting the standards. The secret, if you like, is in the title of the event. It is “People” and their needs who are at the core of what and how it is organised. Our objective is simple. Create an environment that is conducive to build and strengthen relationships.

What: IBTM Arabia
Where: Abu Dhabi, UAE
When: 25-27th March
Web: http://www.ibtmarabia.com/

About: IBTM Arabia is the leading event for the meetings and events industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

They bring together meetings and events planners from across the globe to meet MICE supplier based in the MENA region. This includes 3 days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings, invaluable networking opportunities, Discovery Day and carefully selected educational sessions delivered by industry experts.


What: Ticketing Business Forum
Where: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
When: 9-10thApril 2019
Web: https://www.ticketingbusinessforum.com/

About: Designed to address the specific information needs of key executives in live entertainment ticketing – across the sport, performing arts, concerts, cinema, festivals & visitor attractions sectors.

It aims to recognise leadership, innovation & achievement in the application of ticketing across several platforms. have received more than 300 nominations + 3000 votes.

What: Wide Days
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
When: 11-13th April 2019
Web: http://www.widedays.com/

About: Launched in 2010, hosted every April in Edinburgh. Attracts key music industry players from the UK, Europe & North America drew 350 registered delegates in 2018, with a further 800 registrations for the evening showcases snapped up by members of the public.

Named Best Networking Event at the Yearly Music Convention Awards in 2014, runner up in 2015 for same award, nominated for Best Convention Venue in 2016.

The company stages music business seminars, showcases & the Off The Record youth events, bespoke panels for other organisations.


What: C/O Pop Convention
Where: IHK, Cologne
When: 2-3rd May 2019
Web: https://c-o-pop.de/en/convention/

About: First industry meeting of the year for the music industry & cooperating sectors such as the advertising industry & the digital economy.

For the two days, keynotes, panel discussions, presentations, workshops & training sessions will provide a practical look into the future.

Current cases & trends will be presented & analysed. And there will be plenty of opportunities to network.

What: Music Week Awards
Where: Battersea Evolution, London
When: 9th May 2019
Web: https://www.futureevents.uk/musicweekawards2019

About: These respected awards are peer voted & judged by an independent panel of specialist judges.

All awards are stylishly presented at a ceremony attended by thousands of the industry’s leading figures to celebrate the achievements of the top music business professionals & teams.

What: Venue Expo
Where: Kent Event Centre, Detling, Kent
When: 9th May 2019
Web: https://www.venueseventsexpo.co.uk/

About: The Venue Expo provides MICE industry buyers the opportunity to do business with suppliers from around the UK as well as networking and learning from specialists from within the industry.

What: The Great Escape Conference
Where: Brighton, UK
When: 9-11th May 2019
Web: https://greatescapefestival.com/convention/

About: TGE Conference includes the acclaimed CMU + TGE conference programme, a wide-ranging series of panels presented by our industry partners, numerous formal & informal networking opportunities, & educational sessions especially for those at the start of their music careers.

The TGE Conference enables delegates to learn about the latest trends, developments & opportunities in the music business, to debate & tackle the biggest issues & challenges, & to connect and do business with fellow music industry professionals from across the globe.

What: London Christmas Party Show
Where: Plaisterers’ Hall, London
When: 14-15th May 2019
Web: https://www.londonchristmaspartyshow.com/

About: The event is a must attend for event agents & corporate event buyers seeking the best venues & inspiration for their company Christmas celebrations.

With over 200 bespoke venues, hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars & shared party nights exhibiting, the show offers the very best selection of party options from 10 – 3000 guests.

At the show you will find a wide range of creative event caterers & suppliers, complimentary food & drinks & an inspirational & informative free seminar programme.

What: IMEX
Where: Frankfurt
When: 21-23rd May 2019
Web: https://www.imex-frankfurt.com/

About: The worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events. Expect expert speakers, brand-new ideas & plentiful inspiration at 250-plus educational & networking events & an exhilarating exhibition.

What: British Media Awards
Where: Hilton Park Lane, London
When: 22nd May 2019
Web: http://www.britishmediaawards.com/

About: Recognising the media owners & companies that are innovating & adapting at a time of unprecedented change in media.

Rewards excellence in every area – commercial to editorial, digital to print, advertising to subscriptions. Regional & international categories are back, showcasing the wide range of talent & work in Britain & overseas.

What: International Music Summit
Where: Ibiza
When: 22-24th May 2019
Web: https://www.internationalmusicsummit.com/

About: An educational, inspirational & motivational thought leadership platform dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for electronic music & the artistry related to Djing & all related art forms, through the presentation of summits & events that celebrate the historic & ongoing contribution of the genre to art & culture worldwide.

IMS annually hosts major events globally in Ibiza, Los Angeles & China.

What: Event 360
Where: Etc. Venues, County Hall, London
When: 31st May 2019
Web: http://www.event360forum.com/

About: Event360 is the leading annual creative forum for event & brand experience professionals. Fuelled by the collective power of C&IT, Event & Campaign, this thought-provoking day fuses inspirational speaker sessions with tailored supplier meetings & multiple networking opportunities to help you maximise your budget & take your events to the next level.


What: Midem
Where: Cannes, France
When: 4-7th June 2019
Web: http://www.midem.com/

About: Launched in 1967, Midem is the leading international event for the global music community. Dedicated to helping the music industry & its partners develop business & creativity by bringing together, for 4 days, the key players of the music ecosystem: artists, labels, managers, distributors, streaming services, booking agencies, promoters, brands + much more.

What: AEO Excellence Awards
Where: Grosvenor House, London
When: 14thJune 2019
Web: https://www.aeoawards.org/

About: The AEO Excellence awards represent the best that the events industry has to offer & showcase the amazing achievements from within our industry.

The illustrious event recognises & celebrates organisers’ achievements, standards of excellence from venues & service quality by suppliers & contractors throughout the industry.

What: The Meetings Show
Where: Olympia, London
When: 26-27th June 2019
Web: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/

About: The only UK event offering a fully-hosted buyer programme & as such bringing hundreds of top-level buyers into London.

Launched in 2013, the show welcomes more than 600 exhibitors from the UK & around the world including hotels, destination management companies, conference centres, venues & technology suppliers.


What: Fundraising Convention
Where: The Barbican, London
When: 1-3rdJuly 2019
Web: http://www.fundraisingconvention.uk/

About: The Institute of Fundraising’s Fundraising Convention is the largest event for professional fundraisers in Europe.

Taking place over three days in July, the event brings together a mix of experience from the charity sector, and engages attendees through multiple sessions per day, within broad themes.

What: Higher Education Conference
Where: London
When: 2-4th July 2019
Web: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/training-events/events/tlconf19

About: Advance HE’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2019 will position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context, in particular this year the conference will explore innovation for teaching excellence focusing on innovative teaching practices and pedagogies and seeking to uncover new practice which demonstrates or contributes to teaching excellence and is improving the student experience.

What: Conference Awards
Where: Pavilion at the Tower of London, London
When: 5th July 2019
Web: http://conferenceawards.co.uk/

About: The Conference Awards recognise, celebrate and encourage achievement in conference & events. Saluting & acknowledging attainment within an industry that is continuously evolving and re-drawing the boundaries of best practice.

Now celebrating their 10th anniversary, these awards represent the pinnacle of professional achievement for event professionals. To win a Conference Award you will have been endorsed by our illustrious panel of the foremost industry professionals which is a sure-fire signifier of your formidable credentials.

What: The BNC Event Shows
Where: Westminster Central Hall, London
When: 10th July 2019
Web: https://bnceventshows.com/

About: A day of keynote speakers & experts from the meetings & events industry host 20 minute seminars & discussions on the year’s hottest event topics, including event tech, creativity, engagement & the all important ROI.

Suppliers from the UK & overseas & lively networking all day, free luxury gift when you register to attend, catering, prizes to be won.


What: M&I Forums: The Americas
Where: Chicago, USA
When: 25-28th August 2019
Web: https://www.mi-forums.com/buyers/forums/2019/Americas.aspx

About: Meet, network and explore three of Chicago’s premier meeting venues in the heart of the Windy City. Connect with hundreds of industry professionals in a social and meetings driven environment, discover the city’s extensive event solutions and grow your portfolio of global meetings and incentive suppliers through face-to-face interactions.


What: CONFEC Blue 2019
Where: TBC
When: 5-8thSeptember 2019
Web: https://www.confecblue.com/

About: CONFEC Blue will bring together top international agencies, corporate and incentive organisers to meet with international hotel chains, individual properties, unusual venues, convention bureaus, tourist boards and DMCs to participate in a series of one-on-one meetings over two dedicated business days.

What: The Reeperbahn Festival
Where: Hamburg
When:18-21st September 2019
Web: https://www.reeperbahnfestival.com/en/

About: Presenting more than 900 events spanning a range of genres in locations around Hamburg Reeperbahn. Since its debut in 2006, the festival has grown to become one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide, and, as Europe’s largest club festival, it boasts a broad spectrum of emerging & more established artists.

In addition, the festival programme includes events in the fields of fine art, film, literature, and education. It is designed for professionals active in the music & creative digital industries & features sessions, showcases, networking events or award ceremonies.

What: International Festival Forum
Where: London
When: 25-27th September 2019
Web: https://www.iff.rocks/

About: IFF has quickly become a leading global conference for booking agents & major music festivals. An invitation only event, IFF is an annual platform for buyers & sellers.

IFF comprises agency showcases, networking, panel discussions, workshops & keynote interviews, with delegate numbers restricted to ensure a focused productive environment.

What: Venues + Events Live
Where: Old Billingsgate, London
When: 18-19thSeptember 2019
Web: https://www.venuesandevents.co.uk/

About: With some of the industry’s best exhibitors and a variety of features including exciting sessions and hands-on masterclasses, Venues + Events Live lets you explore a world filled with unlimited creativity and ideas for planning your next event.

Venues + Events Live is free to attend and is not to be missed if you’re an event planner or organise any kind of event.

Following the huge success of the London exhibition, Venues + Events Live Manchester is now launching in Autumn 2019. The show will take place from 23-24 September at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

What: Venues + Events Live
Where: Old Billingsgate, London
When: 23-24th September 2019
Web: https://www.venuesandevents.co.uk/

About: With some of the industry’s best exhibitors and a variety of features including exciting sessions and hands-on masterclasses, Venues + Events Live lets you explore a world filled with unlimited creativity and ideas for planning your next event.

Venues + Events Live is free to attend and is not to be missed if you’re an event planner or organise any kind of event.

Following the huge success of the London exhibition, Venues + Events Live Manchester is now launching in Autumn 2019. The show will take place from 23-24 September at Manchester Central Convention Complex.


What: Showman’s Show
Where: Newbury Showground, Berkshire
When: 16-17th October 2019
Web: https://www.showmans-directory.co.uk/showmans-show/about-the-show

About: The Showman’s Show is the UK’s original and most comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainment for the festival, outdoor and special event industry.

At the easily accessible setting of Newbury Showground, Berkshire, the Show attracts an average of 4500 visitors and over 350 exhibitors who can supply things such as audio visual & radio communications, caterers, fabrics & marquee accessories plus much more.

What: Event Organisers Summit
Where: Grange Tower Bridge, London
When: 21-22nd October 2019
Web: https://eventorganiserssummit.co.uk/

About: The Event Organisers Summit brings together senior event professionals & the suppliers who service them, this is where business is created, and new relationships are built.

The Summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars & valuable networking opportunities; in less than two days.

What: WOMEX – The World Music Expo
Where: Tampere, Finland
When:23-27th October 2019
Web: http://www.womex.com/

About: Most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and a showcase festival.
Over 2,700 professionals (including 300 performing artists) come together every October from more than 90 countries, making WOMEX not only the number one networking platform for the world music industry, but also the most diverse music meeting worldwide.


What: Wold Travel Market
Where: London
When: 4-6thNovember 2019
Web: http://www.wtm.com/

About: World Travel Market London unlocks the ideas that will shape the world’s dreams and plans for travel over the next five years. Connecting the world’s travel providers with remarkable insight and opportunity, culminating at WTM London.

This is full inspirational immersion — an experience alive with ideas big and small. You’ll see the known world reimagined, with boundaries unlocked. You’ll also find practical tips and simple innovations your customers will love.

What: AFO Conference
Where: TBC
When: 8-10th November 2019
Web: https://www.festivalorganisers.org/afo+conference

About: From Friday evening to late lunchtime on Sunday, the session rooms and stages are buzzing with headline speakers, presentations, discussions, ‘how to do that’ sessions and panel debates.

There are numerous opportunities to share your knowledge and experience with others. The AFO Conference delivers lively discussions, new ideas, money saving tips, great networking opportunities and interactive presentations alongside in-depth one-to-ones with key advisors and is open to all people working in the industry.

What: IBTM World
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: 19-21st November 2019
Web: http://www.ibtmworld.com/

About: IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry, taking place annually in Barcelona. Our event has one goal; to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences for their customers.

Bringing together the global meetings industry, with everyone having that one common purpose – to meet the right people that can create better business results for their organisation. Build face to face connections with the right people, gain key industry insight and of course, engage in unrivalled networking opportunities over the 3 days.


What: M&I Forums: Europe Tenerife
Where: The Ritz Carlton Abama, Tenerife
When: 11-14th December 2019
Web: https://www.mi-forums.com/buyers/forums/2019/Europe_Tenerife

About: With two international airports, Tenerife is exceptionally well connected, and its warm climate makes it an excellent choice year-round, especially as a short-haul winter destination.

An enduring favourite, Tenerife’s MICE offering is extensive, and we want to show you its latest developments.

Meet 180 global suppliers via targeted meetings, destination discovery activities, and networking dinners – let Tenerife show you what it has to offer!

What: M&I Forums: Transatlantic Las Vegas
Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
When: 14-18th December 2019
Web: https://www.mi-forums.com/buyers/forums/2019/Transatlantic.aspx

About: Viva Las Vegas! We head to the entertainment capital of the world to introduce our exclusive guest list of European buyers to the finest North American suppliers – and experience Las Vegas in true M&I style.

A universal favourite, Las Vegas is continually ranked top for large groups. We will show you why it is such a favourite for events of all sizes and uncover the secrets of this oasis in the Nevada Desert – while introducing you to North American suppliers that will inspire your business for years to come.

If you are wanting to hold onto this information, don’t forget to download our events networking calendar at the top of this blog! We’ll also be updating it throughout the cause of the year, so watch this space!

written by emc3