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March 24, 2022

22 Must-Attend UX Research Conferences and Events in 2022

As a UX researcher, you understand how critical it is to stay on top of the latest ideas and trends in the industry. One of the best ways to do this is by attending live, virtual or hybrid events to learn from your colleagues and network with others in the space.

To help you plan out your year (and perhaps catch up on the travel you’ve had to put on hold due to the pandemic!), here’s a list of 22 of the top UXR conferences you should attend in 2022.

Top 22 UX Research Conferences and Events to Attend in 2022

  1. UXRConf

  2. UX360

  3. Qual360 Europe

  4. EPIC

  5. CHI

  6. GOOD RESEARCH by Colette Kolenda

  7. UXPA

  8. SPSP

  9. Nielsen Norman Group’s Virtual UX Conference

  10. #gamesUR Summit

  11. The UX STRAT Conference

  12. CSCW

  13. HCI International

  14. MobileHCI

  15. QRCA

  16. REOPSCONF by ResearchOps Community

  17. UCD Gathering

  18. User Research London 2022

  19. uxcon vienna

  20. UXinsight Festival

  21. UXLx User Experience Lisbon

  22. Quant UX Con

Now that you have the list, let’s take a closer look at each of these conferences.

UXRCONF by learners

  • When: June 6 - 7, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid – New York City, USA

  • Audience: UX researchers

  • Cost: US$1,800 (Virtual tickets are free)

UXRCONF by learners focuses on the latest UX research. This year, 300 spaces are available for the in-person event, and tickets for the virtual event are being offered completely free.

More information: https://uxrconf22.joinlearners.com/

UX360

  • When: February 8 - 9, 2022

  • Where: Virtual

  • Audience: UX researchers and practitioners

  • Cost: €99

UX360 showcases the latest UX and design research, from planning and conducting, to analysis and the implementation of UX insights. The conference includes presentations by UX researchers from top brands like Google and Amazon, plus interactive panel discussions and one-on-one meetings.

More information: https://www.ux360summit.com/home

QUAL360 Europe

  • When: April 5 - 6, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid - Berlin, Germany

  • Audience: UX researchers

  • Cost: €499 (virtual), €995 (in-person)

This European conference offers presentations and panel discussions from top UX researchers. Get up to date on the latest industry research and enjoy one-on-one networking meetings to connect with other UXR professionals.

More information: https://eu.qual360.com/

EPIC

  • When: October 9 - 12, 2022

  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Audience: UX researchers, designers, strategists, and marketers

  • Cost: TBA, registration opens September 26

EPIC is a non-profit conference with a focus on ethnography. Professionals in UX research, design, strategy, and other disciplines from a variety of sectors come together to explore problems and opportunities faced by organizations, united by an ethnographic approach to innovation. The much-anticipated 2022 conference focuses on the theme of resilience.

More information: https://2022.epicpeople.org/

CHI

  • When: April 30 - May 5, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid - New Orleans, USA

  • Audience: UX researchers, practitioners, and students

  • Cost: Virtual - $360, In-Person - $1,000

CHI—pronounced 'kai'—is a top human-computer interaction conference that brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world to share ideas for leveraging interactive digital technologies to make the world a better place. Discounted rates are available for students and ACM/SIGCHI members.

More information: https://chi2022.acm.org/

GOOD RESEARCH by Colette Kolenda

  • When: June 13 - 17, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid – New York City, USA

  • Audience: UX researchers

  • Cost: US$500 (Virtual tickets are free)

In this week-long program hosted by Spotify’s Colette Kolenda, participants will learn research practices from expert researchers in the industry. Topics include research preparation, creativity in research, driving impact, and bringing confidence and rigor to qualitative research.

More information: https://goodresearch.joinlearners.com/

UXPA

  • When: June 21 - 23, 2022

  • Where: San Diego, USA

  • Audience: UX researchers and practitioners

  • Cost: US$1,500 - $2,250

This annual conference from the User Experience Professionals Association offers three days of speakers and an additional day of hands-on courses covering a variety of topics, including ethical design, eye tracking, research frameworks, brand strategy, and behavior change frameworks.

More information: https://uxpa2022.org/

SPSP

  • When: February 16 - 19, 2022

  • Where: San Francisco, USA

  • Audience: UX researchers and practitioners

  • Cost: US$200 - $1,000

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention is the premier international event for more than 3,800 social and personality psychologists. Attendees from academia, non-profit, government, and private sectors present and discuss research, network and collaborate on projects, and pursue professional development while advancing science and pedagogy in the field.

More information: https://meeting.spsp.org/

Nielsen Norman Group’s Virtual UX Conference

  • When: February 12 - 18; March 14 - 25; April 23 - 29, 2022

  • Where: Virtual

  • Audience: UX researchers and designers

  • Cost: $899 - $6,294

Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g) is hosting three virtual conferences this year, each boasting a range of courses on UX design, research, and management. In addition to the flexible dates, the NN/g conference offers the option of participating in full-day or half-day courses depending on what best suits your schedule.

More information: https://www.nngroup.com/ux-conference/

#gamesUR Summit

  • When: May 19 - 20, 2022

  • Where: Virtual

  • Audience: Game UX researchers and practitioners

  • Cost: US$16.74

The #gamesUR Summit is specially focused on UX research for video games. Topics include player psychology and behavior, playtesting, analytics, and NS UX design. Discover new and innovative UX ideas that can help game developers deliver players a better gaming experience.

More information: https://gamesurconf.com/us/

The UX STRAT Conference

  • When: June 13 – 15; September 12 – 14; November 1 – 2, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid – Amsterdam, Netherlands, Boulder, USA, Singapore

  • Audience: UX researchers, designers, and product professionals

  • Cost: US$395 (virtual), US$995 (in-person)

UX STRAT is a leading conference covering the latest practices, trends, and innovations in UX strategy. With three locations and virtual access, this conference offers flexible options to suit a variety of schedules and needs.

More information: https://uxstrat.com/

CSCW

  • When: November 12 - 16, 2022

  • Where: Virtual

  • Audience: UX researchers and practitioners

  • Cost: TBA

CSCW is a premier international venue for research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. Bringing together expert researchers and practitioners, this conference explores the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work.

More information: https://cscw.acm.org/2022

HCI International

  • When: June 26 – July 1, 2022

  • Where: Virtual

  • Audience: UX researchers and anyone interested in human-computer interaction

  • Cost: US$397

HCI International is a major international forum for the dissemination and exchange of the latest scientific research on theoretical and applied areas of human-computer interaction. Held jointly with 21 affiliated organizations, participants can attend all events virtually with one registration.

More information: https://2022.hci.international/

MobileHCI

  • When: September 28 – October 1, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid - Toulouse, France

  • Audience: UX researchers and anyone interested in mobile human-computer interaction

  • Cost: TBA

MobileHCI brings together academics, designers, and practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss the human interaction with and through mobile technologies, applications, and services. The theme of this year’s hybrid conference is “Facing Mobile Realities.”

More information: https://mobilehci.acm.org/2022/

QRCA

  • When: May 16 - 18, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid - San Diego, USA

  • Audience: Qualitative UX researchers

  • Cost: US$1295

QRCA has a strong focus on market research but also covers a range of qualitative research. This year the conference is split into two separate events—one fully online and the other in-person. The event will emphasize interactive discussions, and virtual participants will gain access to a library of on-demand online content.

More information: https://www.qrca.org/page/annual-conference

REOPSCONF by ResearchOps Community

  • When: June 8, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid – New York City, USA

  • Audience: Research operations professionals

  • Cost: US$900 (Remote tickets are free)

The people who brought the world the ResearchOps Community are launching their first ever conference in 2022 focused on the people, mechanisms, processes, and strategies for user research and design research. 300 spaces are available for the in-person event, and tickets for the virtual event are being offered completely free.

More information: https://reopsconf22.joinlearners.com/

UCD Gathering

  • When: June 8 - 9, 2022

  • Where: Virtual

  • Audience: User-centred design and research practitioners from the UK, Europe and beyond

  • Cost: Starting at £85.00

This completely virtual event allows a global audience to access the UK-based conference. The two-day experience includes keynotes, tutorials, live sessions, interactive group sessions, speaker Q&As, and a virtual “hallway track” where UX researchers and practitioners can network.

More information: https://www.ucdgathering.net/

User Research London 2022

  • When: September 8 - 9, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid – London, UK

  • Audience: UX researchers

  • Cost: TBA

After a two-year hiatus, User Research London is back, promising highlights from the 2020 lineup as well as new speakers, workshops, and deep dives. Although it has been promoted as a primarily in-person event, participants can also experience the conference virtually.

More information: https://www.userresearchlondon.com/

uxcon vienna

  • When: September 15 - 16, 2022

  • Where: Vienna, Austria

  • Audience: UX researchers and practitioners

  • Cost: Starting at €590

Back for its second year, uxcon Vienna is a two-day conference tackling both UX research and design. The 2022 conference will focus on UX tools and methods, psychology, CX strategy, frontend development, ethical design, and more.

More information: https://www.uxcon.at/

UXinsight Festival

  • When: May 30 - June 1, 2022

  • Where: Hybrid - Netherlands

  • Audience: UX researchers and practitioners

  • Cost: €625-1,150 (in-person), €95 (virtual)

UXinsight Festival is the sixth annual conference from UXinsight, the largest UX research community in Europe. The three-day conference includes additional voluntary workshops as well as virtual options. This year’s theme is growth in UX research.

More information: https://uxinsight.org/festival-2022/

UXLx User Experience Lisbon

  • When: May 24 – 27, 2022

  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

  • Audience: UX researchers and practitioners

  • Cost: 395€ - 1395€

This four-day UX conference is one of the largest in Europe, offering speakers, half-day or full-day workshops, and networking with industry leaders. With a variety of packages available, UXLx has something for everyone.

More information: https://www.ux-lx.com/

Quant UX Con

  • When: June 8-9, 2022

  • Where: Virtual + In-person watch parties

  • Audience: Quantitative UX researchers

  • Cost: Free

This two day quantitative UX conference is the first of its kind, where the agenda is created by the attendees. The line up features topics ranging from how to get into quantitative research to how to scale it and an impressive line up of speakers from Google, Meta, Lyft, and Pinterest.

More information: https://site.google.com/view/quantuxcon2022

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Whether you attend the conferences in person or enjoy them from the comfort of your home, we hope that you have the chance to grow your skills, check out the latest research, and connect with other like-minded people in the industry this year.

We’d love to know which events are on our must-attend list! Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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