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International Purchasing and Supply

Education and Research Association

Annual Conferences

IPSERA was founded in 1990 by a group of academics interested in establishing a forum to discuss purchasing and supply issues. The first conference was held in April 1992 at the University of Strathclyde.  It has since grown from its early beginnings to become a regular annual event that has been hosted on 4 continents, with around 200-250 people attending.

Compared to other conferences in the OM field, IPSERA is relatively small, and is a very social event where people get to know one another well and establish collaborations. It provides an encouraging environment for PhD students and early career staff to present their first papers. In our recent strategic review in 2013, we felt that ‘Small is Beautiful’, and that IPSERA has a special atmosphere that we wish to preserve. 



Upcoming events

    • 24 Mar 2024
    • 09:00
    • 27 Mar 2024
    • 14:30
    • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



    Go to: Conference website 

    Sunday March 24 – Wednesday March 27, 2024 

    Our 33rd Annual Meeting will be hosted by Audencia Business School and PUC-Rio in Rio de Janeiro.  This year's theme aims to inspire our community to advance the role of Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) on producing alternatives to a world that is failing on people and planet.

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    IPSERA is a unique, multi-disciplinary network offering researchers, practitioners and educators a platform for developing and creating Purchasing and Supply Chain knowledge. Our annual IPSERA Conference allows the exchange of the most recent research developments in an inspiring scientific and social environment with contributions from academics and practitioners in all fields concerned with Purchasing and Supply Management.

    Please see our Conference website for more details and for further information contact

    We look forward to welcoming you on March 24, 2024!

    Cancellation policy:

    - Free cancellation until 24th of January
    - Cancellation charge of € 75 when cancelled between 25th of January to 24th of February
    - No refunds after 25th of February

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