Key Academic Conferences to Attend for Researchers

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Attending academic conferences greatly depends on the individual's field of study or research interests. Different disciplines have different primary conferences. However, here are some of the well-known and most important conferences across various disciplines that many researchers and professors find useful:

Science & Technology:

  1. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Annual Meeting
  2. ACM SIGGRAPH – Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
  3. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
  4. International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR)
  5. NeurIPS – Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems
  6. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting
  7. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

Computer Science & IT:

  1. ACM SIGCOMM – Special Interest Group on Data Communication
  2. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
  3. USENIX Annual Technical Conference
  4. ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference – Special Interest Group on Management of Data / Principles of Database Systems
  5. International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)
  6. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
  7. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)
  8. ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
  9. International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)
  10. Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC)
  11. International Cryptology Conference (CRYPTO)


  1. IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
  2. International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
  3. American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting
  4. SPIE Photonics West
  5. International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES)
  6. Design Automation Conference (DAC)
  7. World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC)
  8. European Control Conference (ECC)

Business & Economics:

  1. Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting
  2. American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meeting
  3. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
  4. Association for Consumer Research (ACR) Conference
  5. American Finance Association (AFA) Annual Meeting
  6. International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC)
  7. Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)
  8. International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems (ICORES)

Social Sciences:

  1. American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting
  2. American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting
  3. American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention
  4. Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention
  5. International Communication Association (ICA) Conference
  6. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
  7. Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting
  8. International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress


  1. Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention
  2. American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting
  3. College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference
  4. American Anthropological Association (AAA) Meeting
  5. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
  6. Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Meeting
  7. Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) Annual Meeting

Medicine & Life Sciences:

  1. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting
  2. Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting
  3. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting
  4. American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions
  5. European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress
  6. International AIDS Conference
  7. European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress
  8. American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting
  9. International Congress of Immunology

Environmental Science & Ecology:

  1. Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting
  2. International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)
  3. International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB)
  4. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly

Please note that the importance of a conference can depend on many factors, such as the specific subfield of a discipline, the geographic region, and the stage of the attendee's career (e.g., graduate student vs. established professor), among others. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it gives a general overview of some of the major academic conferences worldwide.