Last month we found out that the event we have supported for the last three years – User Research London – was being postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite the sad news, there is a silver lining: the 2020 line-up will move to next year and new speakers will be added, so the programme will be even richer with extra talks, workshops and interactive sessions.

However, this got us thinking: what about this year’s other UX, design and user research events? So, we did some research around UK events that have moved into the online realm and conferences that were postponed to later in the year (and a few that were already happening in the last quarter of 2020).

Online events

💻  SofaConf

When? 22nd to 26th June 2020

A five-day online design conference organised by Clearleft (the team behind UX London, Leading Design and Content by Design). Curated by Andy Budd and Rachel McConnell, each day will combine talks from industry leaders, interactive Q&A sessions, and panels.

Speakers include: Amy Hupe (product manager at Babylon Health), Leisa Reichelt (head of research and insights at Atlassian), Rachel Price (senior information architect at Microsoft).

💻  UXRConf Anywhere

When? 25th and 26th June 2020

A two-day online conference for anyone who loves UX research and is looking to get exclusive insights from some of the world’s leading researchers.

Speakers include: Alisha Kassam (senior designer at Shopify), Roy Opata Olende (senior research operations program manager at Zapier), Yoanna Dosouto (user experience researcher at Google).

The organisers of User Research London teamed up with UXRConf to offer a 10% discount on any tickets for this event. To apply the discount, use the code URLONDONREDUCE when checking out.

💻  UX Bristol

When? 15th to 17th July 2020

UXBristol went from a physical conference to an online event due to the current situation. 2020 being the year when UXBristol celebrates its tenth anniversary, cancelling wasn’t an option, according to the organisers.

Speakers include: Eriol Fox (design lead at Third Sector Design), Candi Williams (content design manager and strategist at Nationwide), Steve Cable (director of interaction design at cxpartners).

💻  Inclusive Design 24

When? 17th September 2020

A free 24-hour online event for the global community. It celebrates inclusive design and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from planners to practitioners, and everything and everyone in between.

Speaker line-up to be confirmed.


When? 6th to 9th October 2020

An event bridging the gap between product, UX, design and development. Hear the successes achieved, challenges faced and actionable approaches used by the teams who are leading the way.

Speakers include: Parul Goel (head of product (monetization) at PayPal), Rahma Javed (director of engineering at Deliveroo), Kevin Lee (chief product officer – Korea at Ebay).

💻  Anthropology + Technology Conference

When? 9th October 2020

The conference brings together pioneering technologists and social scientists from across the globe. Its aim is to facilitate dialogue on emerging technology projects in order to help businesses benefit from more socially-responsible artificial intelligence.

Speakers include: Nani Jansen Reventlow (director at the Digital Freedom Fund), Dr Kadija Ferryman (researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute of New York, Sam Shah (global digital adviser and NHS clinician).

Offline events

🎟️  Pixel Pioneers

When and where? TBC October/November 2020 (postponed, originally in June) in Bristol

A one-day conference of practical and inspiring UX/UI design and front-end talks, featuring eight world-class speakers, preceded by a workshop day.

Speakers include: Val Head (design evangelist at Adobe), Paul Boag (user experience and service design consultant), Hannah Smith (freelance WordPress developer).

🎟️  Interact London

When and where? 15th October 2020 in London

A design conference for digital leaders where the best minds from UX, design, AI, data and more share their ideas with digital leaders from around the world. The theme for 2020 is ‘Designing Tomorrow’.

Speakers include: Melanie Yencken (UX design lead at Google).

🎟️  Camp Digital

When and where? 21st October 2020 (postponed, originally in March) in Manchester

The 9th edition of Camp Digital, an event organised by Sigma, will be packed with well-known industry speakers from our industry, with the usual mix of inspirational presentations and practical takeaways.

Speakers include (subject to confirmation): Benedicta Banga (product manager at Jaguar Land Rover), Helen Lawson (lead content designer at Co-op Digital), Trilly Chatterjee (practice lead for product at NHS Digital).

🎟️  Agile In The City Bristol 2020

When and where? 4th to 6th November 2020 in Bristol

Returning for its fifth year, Agile in the City: Bristol allows participants to connect, learn from and collaborate with their peers and leaders in the industry.

Speaker line-up to be confirmed.

🎟️  Leading Design London 2020

When and where? 4th to 6th November 2020 in London

Organised by Clearleft, Leading Design brings together experts who lead design teams, oversee design direction and instil a culture of design within their organisations.

peakers include: Margaret Gould Stewart (vice-president of product design at Facebook, Timothy Yeo (designer at SonderSafe), Alastair Simpson (head of design at Atlassian).

🎟️  UX Brighton

When and where? 6th November 2020 in Brighton

This is UX Brighton’s 10th conference: where people from product management, UX, research and design will gather to discover what we have to learn from one another.

Speaker line-up to be confirmed.

🎟️  Collaborate Bristol

When and where? 27th November 2020 in Bristol

Where 200 of South West’s finest creatives get together to question everything they thought they knew about UX and design. “Ideas will be bred, valuable new networks will be formed, and stubborn notions will be nudged.”

Speakers include: Lara Mendonça (design lead at Bumble), Sonja Radenkovic (head of UX design at TomTom), Chris Beighton (solutions architect at the Met Office).

Did we miss an event? Let us know on Twitter (@people4research) and we’ll add it to the list! While you wait for the next event, take a look at our key takeaways from last year’s User Research London.



Maria Santos, Head of Digital Ops & Data Protection

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