The Chartered ABS' Annual Research Conference brings together directors of research, senior scholars and external stakeholders.

The 2019 gathering comes at a tumultuous time for the academy and will explore how business & management research can demonstrate impact, relevance and value in a changing world.

We encourage all those involved in setting and implementing business & management research strategy to join us on Wednesday 20th March for candid, thoughtful discussion with colleagues from across the sector.

Early Bird Discounts available: register now!

Professional Development Workshops

Taking place on Tuesday 19 March, the day before the main conference, these workshops offer practical learning for research-active staff in UK business schools.

We invite members of the Chartered ABS who can offer a high-level learning experience to submit a workshop.

Conference programme

The programme is in development and will be released towards the end of the year. Each year we invite a cross-section of the business school community to help facilitate the event and if you are interested in speaking or chairing please get in touch.

Oliver Lowe
Head of Conferences

Gala Dinner

Taking place on Tuesday 19 November the pre-conference Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner is an ideal opportunity to meet up with colleagues ahead of the main event. Venue to be announced

View the Chartered ABS policy on cancellations, transfers and substitutions.

Chartered ABS Members

Not sure whether your institution is a member? Full list available here.

Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £439
Full conference without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £399
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner (save 25% on the second place) - Early Bird Discount  £769
Group booking: For groups of 3 or more participants - Early Bird Discount  Please contact us for a bespoke package

Non Members

Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £539
Single day without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £499
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner (save 25% on the second place) - Early Bird Discount  £939


Speakers qualify for a special discounted rate of £259 for the full conference and gala dinner

Group Booking Discounts

Bring a group and get a 25% discount on each additional space booked!

This year's conference takes place at the University of Edinburgh's John McIntyre Conference Centre, 

Pollock Halls
18 Holyrood Park Rd
EH16 5AY

Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. Recommended hotels will be available shortly.

Taking place on Tuesday 19 March, the day before the main conference, these professional development workshops will offer practical learning for research active staff in UK business schools.

We invite directors of research, associate deans and senior management scholars who can offer high-level learning experiences to submit a PDW proposal. We particularly welcome PDW's that relate to one of the ten Development Themes

Publishing your research

Supporting early career researchers

Preparing for REF2021

Delivering real-world impact

Implementing research strategy

Developing international research collaborations

Interdisciplinary research

Recruiting and retaining research faculty

Securing research funding

Communicating research

Please note

  • The deadline for proposals is Friday 30 November. Once the submission deadline has passed all submissions will be sent to the Chartered ABS' Research Committee for review.
  • You will hear about whether or not your submission has been accepted for inclusion in the conference by Friday 14 December.
  • If your PDW is accepted but you subsequently find that you cannot attend then please inform the Chartered ABS as promptly as possible.

The challenge

Research conducted by UK business schools’ tackles important, real-world challenges; it pushes the boundaries of knowledge; it helps institutions engage with industry and government and it provides a foundation for innovative & enriching undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Yet, very few people outside the academy understand the extent and impact of business and management research. Unlike disciplines such as engineering and medicine the outputs of business school research are not easy to comprehend, even when they have a massive impact.

A solution

The Chartered ABS Research Exhibition is a series of displays and exhibitions that bring business school research to life.

It is the opportunity for business schools to show policymakers, research funders and end-users how business and & management research is delivering a positive impact to business, society and the economy.

The theme for the inaugural exhibition is Solutions for a prosperous and fair society and it will take place on 20th March 2019 at the University of Edinburgh Business School alongside the Chartered ABS’ Annual Research Conference.

Next steps

All members of the Chartered ABS are encouraged to submit a proposal for a display at this inaugural exhibition.

We are seeking proposals for visually impressive, interactive displays that communicate business school research to a non-academic audience in an accessible and engaging manner.

Your display show articulate:

  1. How the research project contributes to a ‘fair and prosperous society’.
  2. How the display will be accessible and engaging to a non-academic audience. For example, through the production of a set design or instillation, the use props or models or the use of technology.

To submit a proposal please complete the proposal form and send to Oliver Lowe ( All proposals need to be received by 15:00 on Friday 30th November.

If you wish to speak to us about delegate registration, speaking opportunities or sponsorship, please contact:

Oliver Lowe
Chartered Association of Business Schools
+44 (0) 207 634 9581