People & Skills
European Public Procurement Events Calendar – What’s On?

Here is our regular review of forthcoming conferences and events of interest to the pan-European public procurement world – practitioners, academics and others. We will update regularly.


Procurement Week 2016 — Coming very soon on 16 and 17 November – the International Conference on Public Procurement Regulation and Smart Cities Procurement. The Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, is hosting this conference together with Bangor University’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS), Wales. It will take place at the conference facilities of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. The event brings together some of the world’s leading procurement practitioners, lawyers, economists, innovators, strategists and thinkers and challenges them to address important emerging national and international issues linked to a range of topics.Procurement Week is a bi-annual international conference, so if this is too soon, the next one will be on March 21, 2017 in London – more details to come.

Also coming extremely soon – Scotland’s Annual Pan Public Sector Procurement Festival – November 9, SECC, Glasgow. This incorporates both The Scottish Government 12th National Procurement Conference and The Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2016/17 in support of innovation, education, collaboration and celebration. This is an opportunity to participate within a host of interactive features, including over 25 educational training sessions, 4 networking zones, a full conference programme, and the product showcase exhibition, featuring Scotland’s leading innovative suppliers. If you are quick you can Register Here.

The European Academy for Taxes, Economics and Law presents its Winter Adademy – Public Procurement – Preventing Irregularities and Fraud – November 21-23, Berlin, Germany. This is practical training event offering detailed insight into important fraud risk areas of public procurement. There are case study sessions and can apply their newly acquired knowledge in interactive workshops and team exercises that take place at the end of each module. Location is Amano Grand Central, Berlin and more details are here.

And by the same people on December 5-6, Contract Management in Public Procurement, Arcotel John F, Berlin. This centres on being prepared for unforeseeable developments and ensuring flexible contract management, and achieving value for money through effective contract management. More details are here.

The Public Sector Procurement Summit – December 8, 2016, London. This is the Crown Commercial Service, fourth Public Sector Procurement Summit and it will welcome back over 250 commercial professionals, with the aim of determining the market reforms, skills policies and data initiatives required to ‘improve commercial capability’. It is aimed at developing an understanding of policy and best practice in areas such as adapting to new procurement practices and placing proper emphasis on pre-market engagement and contract management for collaborative procurement, among others. It takes place at Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GA and agenda details are here.

Moving Forward with E-Procurement – December 13-15, 2016, Berlin, Germany

The World Bank and EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction & Development) will co-host an event for the public procurement agencies from participating countries to share their latest experiences and practices in eProcurement and explore ways of regional cooperation in ePprocurement implementation, transparency and efficiency. The World Bank will be showcasing its two e-Procurement tools on the final day. The event takes place at Marriott Berlin Hotel, Berlin, Germany. More details are here on the World Bank website.

That’s it for 2016 but we’ll soon start giving details of the upcoming 2017 public sector procurement conferences.