UX Research Conference Guide for 2023
Whether you’re looking to level up your research skills, get inspired by experts in the field, or make new friends in research - conferences are a great way to do all of it. This guide lists the user research conferences taking place in 2023. Early bird tickets with reduced prices are available for many events already.
The last years were difficult for probably everyone and definitely for the conference organizers. And it’s still somehow uncertain what events in 2023 will look like. What we know is that most major conferences take place early in the year, and some of them went back to in-person events with online participation possibilities. You can spot in-person (📍) and online (🎥) participation options directly in the overview.
This guide focuses on pure UX research conferences and doesn’t include general UX conferences on purpose. Did we miss one? Let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org and we are happy to add it!
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Since most conferences allow virtual participation from anywhere in the world, we added information about when the main talks are happening in different time zones. Here’s what the emojis mean:
- Jan 26 | YouX 🎥
- Feb 15 - 16 | UX360 Research Summit 🎥
- Mar 14 - 16 | Design Research 📍🎥
- Mar 22 - 24 | QRCA Annual Conference 📍
- Mar 27 - 29 | Advancing Research 🎥
- Apr 17 - 19 | UXinsight Festival 🎥 📍
- Apr 24 | The BAD Conference 🎥
- May 25 - 26 | #gamesUR Summit North America 🎥📍
- Jun 06 - 08 | UXRConf 🎥
- Jun 14 - 15 | Quant UX Con 🎥
- Jun 20 - 22 | UXPA INTERNATIONAL 📍
- Sep 13 - 14 | uxcon vienna 📍
- Sep 19 | Disco Conf 🎥
- Oct 09 - 03 | Intersection Conference 🎥📍
- Oct 22 - 25 | EPIC 🎥📍
- Nov 06 - 17 | Magnify 🎥
This virtual conference kicks off this year's conference season, and it's User Interview's first own conference. It'll happen fully online, giving everyone around the globe a chance to join easily. It focuses on connecting self & community through research and best practices for creating a healthy environment for work in research, this year's theme. Tickets for the half-day conference are free.
UX360 Research Summit 🎥
UX360 Research Summit 2023 will be fully virtual, offering presentations, interactive panel discussions, and 1-on-1-meeting opportunities around UX and design research. The two-day event will happen between 8am-2pm EDT (New York) / 2pm-8pm CET (Berlin) time. UX360 Research Summit was created in the context of the QUAL360 global conference series. There are reduced early-bird tickets available.
Design Research 📍🎥
Design Research 2023 takes place in Australia but can be joined virtually. While the program isn't released yet, it will consist of 2 full days of conference presentations. The organizers already announced that the 2023 conference will focus on exploring "the breadth of design research practices that contribute to these challenges at every level, from initial assessment to planning and conducting, and analysis and use."
Note that workshop tickets have to be purchased separately from the conference ticket.
QRCA Annual Conference 📍
The Qualitative Research Consultants Association celebrates its 40th birthday in 2023 with an in-person event in Charlotte, North Carolina. The QRCA annual conference traditionally has a strong focus on market research but covers all things qualitative research including UX Research. With the conference theme of "Powering up for the future of qual" the event will circle around new ways and research methods of observing, listening, interacting, and more. The 3-day in-person event comes with an elaborated program for networking, connecting, and discussing in smaller groups.
Advancing Research 🎥
The fourth edition of the Advancing Research (by Rosenfeld) conference, with talks and panels will take place entirely virtually. Curated by Jemma Ahmed, Chris Geison, and the team from Rosenfeld Media, this event is all about advancing the research practice. The goal is to "collaboratively re-assess the state of the practice, consider the increasingly complex demands being placed upon research teams and leaders, and work together to define clear roles, set goals, and establish scalable solutions for achieving them." Besides the virtual conference's main program, you can attend an extra workshop day on March 30th.
UXinsight Festival 🎥 📍
Europe’s largest user research conference is opening its doors for the 7th time again. Attendees are invited to join the in-person conference in the Netherlands or be part of the event virtually. Besides the talks and workshops, UX Insight Festival stands out with its interactive sessions that help you make new research friends.
The BAD Conference 🎥
Psychology, anthropology, philosophy experts, and more deliver ideologies behind conducting deeper, more meaningful user research and design. Learn to understand your users better than they do, and discover the sciences and methods that influence the experience design process. The most academic conference in our calendar offers invaluable knowledge from research experts, behavioural scientists and PhD speakers. There is no better way to improve your understanding of how behavioural science underpins design.
#gamesUR Summit North America 🎥📍
The #gamesUR Summit North America 2023 will happen in person and virtually. There is no program announced yet, but this year’s session will be all around the theme of Community: "Games user research is a field that relies heavily on people power. How we learn from each other and the communities we serve is an essential part of the job description of a games user researcher."
Another year, another UXRConf. Back for its sixth edition, the conference team is as excited as ever to bring you an upgraded, fully remote experience showcasing the best UX Research content you’ll find all year. All talks will be recorded and made available to watch after the conference for free.
The UXRConf speaker application process is now open for all to apply. Just like in past years, the conference is looking for speakers with novel, insightful and actionable ideas, applicable to a diverse group of over 10,000 researchers.
Quant UX Con 🎥
Quant UX Con 2023 will occur live online across all time zones worldwide using a follow-the-sun model. Sessions will begin in the US and then move to Asia, Europe, and back to the US over 32 hours consecutively. It will be available worldwide with more presentations, more availability, and fewer conflicts. We will record sessions for attendees to view at any time.
UXPA INTERNATIONAL 📍
The conference is organized by the UXPA, the User Experience Professionals Association that introduced World Usability Day and supports researchers and designers. There is no information about the event’s theme and program yet.
uxcon vienna 📍
Uxcon vienna will be an in-person event focused on UX Research & Design held in Vienna, Austria. The third conference aims to "provide professional exchange and build a bridge between the European UX scene and pioneers in the US."
Besides the two conference days, the Conference Pass includes many opportunities to participate at workshops of your choice and other side program activities. There are pre-sales tickets already available.
Disco Conf 🎥
Discovery is a mindset. It transforms questions into decisions, data into stories, and insights into direction. Join Maze at Disco Conf 2023, a virtual conference, to explore the creative power of discovery.
Intersection Conference 🎥📍
Intersection Conference is the international event connecting designers and developers in both managerial and operative roles. It’s the place where to learn about the best processes, methodologies, and technologies on the market from high-profile professionals working for the World's top tech companies and startups through workshops and inspiring talks.
The EPIC2023 conference will be an in-person conference in Chicago, USA. EPIC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the practices of ethnographers (e.g., user researchers, UX designers, strategists, and other roles) and invites them to its next in-person yearly conference. Everything will circle around the conference's theme: Friction. Ticket prices are not yet announced.
Magnify 2023 takes place over two weeks, starting on 6 November. It empowers and inspires designers and researchers to create equitable services and to transform the design and research fields to always centre equity. Magnify's global community is foundational to their collective learning and influence.