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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

    • 02 Apr 2023
    • 10:00
    • 05 Apr 2023
    • 14:30
    • Barcelona, Spain


    'systemIC change'

    Go to: Conference website 

    Sunday April 2 – Wednesday April 5, 2023 

    Our 32nd Annual Meeting will be hosted by EADA Business School in Barcelona.  This year's theme aims to answer societal grand challenges through systemic change. We encourage boundary bridging research over borders, cross disciplines, between industry and academia and more!

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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 April 2, 2023!

    Cancellation policy:

    - Free cancellation until 25th of February
    - Cancellation charge of € 75 when cancelled between 26th of February to 24th of March
    - No refunds after 25th of March

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