International Conference

Our annual international conference brings together people applying lean in universities (in everything that they do), to learn and improve. Our annual event is held around the end of October. We host the conference alternating years between our three continental divisions, with the aim of sustaining our international network.

While we are suspending our 2020 Lean in Higher Education Conference, which was due to be held in Melbourne, Australia, we are delighted to announce our online Lean HE Global Festival!

Our 2021 conference in Glasgow, Scotland will go ahead as planned. And in 2022, we anticipate our global conference to return to Australian shores.

A free, online 5 day global festival for HE people around the world interested in applying lean!

You are invited to join us in Glasgow, Scotland, for our 2021 international conference at the University of Strathclyde!

Access materials from our 2019 conference, held at the University of Michigan, USA.

Learn more about our previous conferences and hosts, and access our archive of conference materials.

Interested in hosting a future conference?

The annual international conference is awarded by the Steering Group to a conference host that best meets the aims of the Lean HE. In exchange, the steering group provides guidance based on feedback from previous events and their shared expertise, to help support a conference programme that is increasingly relevant to the needs of lean practitioners in HE today, and offers the most value we can. Please let the chair of your local continental division committee know if you are interested in hosting a Lean HE conference in the future.

Other conferences that you may be interested in...

For research into Lean and Six Sigma and Lean in Higher Education:

The International Conference for Lean Six Sigma in Higher Education

This conference attracts people from around the world, and presents cutting edge research into how primarily Six Sigma, but also Lean, are impacting the delivery of Higher Education. Great if you're a researcher interesting in finding out the state of play of Six Sigma in HE, or getting an insight into leading thinking around Six Sigma and lean, in a University context. While primarily aimed at the research agenda, elements of this conference are aimed to support people in practical implementation of Six Sigma, and lean.

For those involved in teaching people about Lean:

The Lean Educator Conference Europe

The European Lean Educator Conference provides a platform for trainers, coaches, professors and teachers from industry, academia and government organizations to share their knowledge and experiences and learn from one another.

The European Lean Educator Conference is dedicated to fostering exchange within academia as well as between education and industry, which we believe is especially important.

The Lean Educator Conference USA

This annual conference series focuses on the best practice for people teaching Lean; how to design a pedagogy to support people to best learn lean principles; and help advance lean education for the future workforce.

Great to attend if you are a teacher, educator or leader looking to understand best practices in engaging people in understanding lean.