AEP Conference

About The AEP Conference

The Academic Event Professional Conference (AEP) began as a specialized workshop by TSEC CEO Sally Webb at the Special Events Show, the annual industry trade event. The popular session was first produced as a stand-alone event when Webb and her team founded the AEP conference in 2006. TSEC remains the official event planning company for the conference.

Share and Create Best Practices Together

The AEP conference provides a rare opportunity for event planners in academe to receive tailored professional development, network with one another, and visit vendors specializing in products for academic environments. Attracting both seasoned planners and industry newcomers, the conference focuses on topics unique to higher education events and helps them share – and create – best practices for the field.

2022 AEP Conference
15th Annual AEP Conference

TSEC and AEP Programming Example

In 2022, the 15h annual AEP conference featured impactful keynote speakers, workshops and break-out sessions. AEP 2022 focused on the evolution of academic events in a post-pandemic world, with topics such as:

  • How virtual, hybrid, and in-person academic events will look in the future
  • Reclaiming the role of academic events in institutional communications and strategy
  • Challenges faced by those new to event planning
  • Designing events to reach new, diverse audiences
  • Creating a healthy work/life balance for event planners

AEP Conference 2023: ORLANDO, FL

March 26-28, 2023, in Orlando, FL, ​at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management & Orange County Convention Center.

The conference will begin at Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida in Orlando with lunch on Sunday, March 26 (to include afternoon break and reception), running through Monday (includes breakfast, lunch, breaks and reception) and ending Tuesday midday (meals on your own as Tuesday morning AEP sessions will be given on-site at The Special Event Conference at the nearby Orange County Convention Center).

AEP Attendee Feedback 

AEP is one of the few conferences that focus on topics relevant to academic event professionals.

I will be taking more ideas home with me than any of the conferences I’ve attended in the past two years.

AEP is an excellent experience and a great opportunity to meet colleagues who face the same challenges every day!

I was a first-time attendee and felt the conference had a huge amount of validity and impact for this targeted group.