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The countdown to World of Learning is on!

Blink, and the World of Learning will be here.

An experience that not a single L&D professional can afford to miss.

More than 70 free seminars 150 leading L&D suppliers Dedicated “inspiration zones” covering everything from business networking and life skills to mental wellbeing will showcase cutting-edge innovations and practises.

L&D professionals far and wide have the date circled in their diaries…Have you? 🤔

Experience a whole new world of L&D

The two-day event brings together leading L&D professionals, brands, and experts in their fields for an immersive experience that offers people an unrivalled experience for everyone in the world of L&D to learn, discover, interact, and network.

The carefully curated conference programme gives delegates the chance to hear from and connect with some of the L&D community’s most respected thought leaders in an educational yet informal setting.☺️

Go along to experience a mix of interactive presentations, lively debates, and panel discussions where fresh ideas and practical solutions will be discussed.

In addition to the conference, delegates are invited to attend a free exhibition that brings together leading L&D suppliers with the knowledge and expertise to help support, develop, and launch all L&D business objectives.

When is World of Learning 2023?

The World of Learning Exhibition and Conference will be held on the 10th and 11th October 2023.

This means that realistically, you only have a matter of weeks, or days, depending on when you’re reading this, to get all your ducks in a row to attend one of the most important dates in the L&D calendar.

Where is the World of Learning?

World of Learning will be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

One of the UK’s most comprehensive exhibition and conference centres dedicated to the world of learning and development.

The NEC is located in Marston Green, Solihull, West Midlands, a stone’s throw from Junction 6 on the M42, adjacent to Birmingham Airport and Birmingham Railway Station.

Why should you attend?

Be inspired by some of the L&D industry’s leading thought leaders and practitioners. 💡

Learn all about the current issues affecting today’s L&D professionals and gain insight into the future of workplace planning.

Benefit from high-profile case studies, interactive seminars, and discussion forums and discover genuine and inspiring L&D solutions that you can implement into your day-to-day activities and long-term business objectives. 🚀

Much more than an ordinary conference, World of Learning is an experience. Meet award-winning L&D authors, academics, and researchers.

Try your hand at immersive new VR technologies and learn how to validate your learning goals. Attend specific learning tech design conferences and connect with major players in the L&D sector, including Prosci Europe, Arena, Powtoon for Enterprise, Rising Vibe, and Kogan Page.

7 speaker sessions you simply can’t miss

The conference programme features a wealth of thought-provoking presentations, lively panel sessions, and collaborative workshops you can’t afford to miss.

Come along, and you’ll be inspired by the L&D industry’s more progressive leaders and experts and learn practical solutions, fresh perspectives, and pragmatic insights.

Below is a list of seven speaker sessions you can’t afford to miss.

Day One


🗣️ Strategies for effective L&D marketing (Room 2, 09:15-10:00)

Cathy Hoy, Co-Founder, CLO100

Learn how to unlock the power of product positioning and build a culture of continuous learning. Discover the strategies and tools the world’s leading companies use to build awareness and credibility and understand why building great L&D products and experiences is much more than design.

🗣️ Balancing artificial intelligence and human ingenuity in learning and development (Room 1, 10:10–11:00)

Dr. Phillippa Hardman, Affiliate Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Learning Scientist, and Creator of DOMSTM

Discover how AI is reshaping the work and priorities of L&D teams, from strategy development and content creation to learning experience personalisation and the rise of evidence-based instructional design.

Examine the evolving role of the L&D professional in an AI-enhanced environment, focusing on strategic decision-making, human interaction, ethical oversight, and change management.

Learn how to effectively integrate AI into your existing L&D processes with examples of actual success in practise.

🗣️ How to make audiences care (Room 2, 12:05-12:45)

Lucy Davies, Head of Learning, Heathrow

Hear how to influence audiences of all descriptions. From learners’ priorities to how to push and pull them into your desired direction and how to attract and engage audiences at every stage of their journey.

Day Two


🗣️ L&D’s role in recruitment and reskilling (Room 2, 09:15–10:00)

Simon Gibson, Group Head of Learning and Development, M&S

Understand why and how existing talent must be part of any organisation’s agenda. Hear why and how learning and training are vital to retention. Why scaling L&D improves employee retention. Learn about how change acceleration requires consistent unlearning and reskilling and how L&D must be focused on having a skills-ready workforce.

Explore the key skills an L&D professional must gather to understand data, new trends, and innovation horizon scanning, and why being an early adopter of these changes and a great communicator is essential to connecting with all stakeholders as part of an overarching L&D plan.

🗣️ Learning in the age of AI: unleashing results-driven, outcome-focused learning strategies (Room1, 10:10–11:00)

Chara Balasubramiam, Global Learning and Development Director, Diageo

Using generative AI as a “starter for ten”, i.e., the foundation to help differentiate your learning and development strategies Learn how to stay ahead of the curve by enhancing business impact by honing digital and ESG scores. Precision learning is tailoring knowledge and skills to the immediate business need for continuous growth, and the secret to learner engagement is impact, relevance, and good marketing.

🗣️ Evidence-informed strategies for working smarter, not harder (Room 2, 12:05–12:45)

Laura Overton, Learning Analyst and Founder, Learning Changemakers

Andy Lancaster, Award-Winning Author and Head of Learning (CIPD)

Explore how L&D can turn data into valuable organisational information and actionable insights. An explanation of the latest CIPD Learning at Work Survey to uncover how evidence can help L&D Learn the impact of prioritising activities to help make smarter decisions and improve business value.

🗣️ Developing future leaders (Room1, 14:20-15:00)

Tim Munden, former CLO of Unilever and director of Kairon Anu Vishwas Sarkar, Director and Global Head of Leadership Strategy and Development and Regional Head T&D, UKI, Deutsche Bank

Learn about successful leadership in the face of increasing complexity and disruption in organisations and examine how you can develop strong organisational leadership despite this environment. learn to build cultures, engage people, and nurture high performance in today’s hybrid world.

What are the conference themes this year?

The World of Learning 2023 will focus on the vital issues facing senior L&D professionals. From strategies for effective L&D marketing to how generative AI is reshaping the work and priorities of L&D professionals, the conference will explore what the future of the sector will look like. 🚀

Here’s the key topics that will be covered this year:

⭐️  Artificial intelligence
⭐️  Organisational culture
⭐️  Gamification
⭐️  Onboarding
⭐️  Coaching
⭐️  Content design
⭐️  Efficiency and ROI
⭐️  E-Learning
⭐️  Hybrid and live learning
⭐️  Reducing turnover
⭐️  Audio in learning
⭐️  Experiential learning
⭐️  Apprenticeships
⭐️  Wellbeing
⭐️  Workflow learning

Who is World of Learning for?

World of Learning 2023 is a carefully curated conference perfect for leading experts, brands, and professionals from across the L&D community. It gives delegates the opportunity to hear from thought leaders in an informal yet informative setting.

It’s open to L&D professionals of all descriptions. Visitors have access to a whole series of free seminars, sessions, and interactive zones, including the mental wellbeing zone, the business and networking lounge, Learning Design Live, the Life Skills Library, and the Live Demo Zone.

Interested delegates can register today to attend. 👨‍💻 👩‍💻

What pass should I get?

You can choose from a range of delegate passes. 🎟️

The one-day delegate pass gives you access to first-hand case study presentations, lively panel debates, interactive workshops, more than 60 free seminars and workshops, bountiful networking opportunities, and so much more.

The two-day delegate pass offers similar access to first-hand case study presentations, panel debates, and interactive workshops over the course of two whole days.

There are also 60 free seminars and workshops, bountiful networking opportunities, and even a conference gift among a wealth of exciting activities and opportunities.

The Platinum Delegate Pass includes all the expected activities and opportunities as the Two-Day Pass plus a Platinum Conference gift, access to the VIP lounge, an invite to VIP networking drinks on day two, and an overnight stay at the luxury Genting Hotel on October 10.

Come find us at the World of Learning and Exhibition Conference 2023

We’re always excited to connect with new friends who are just as excited about L&D as we are.

If this is your first year attending or you’ve been attending the event for years, reach out!

We would love to show you the impact our learning platform can make on your learning culture in 2023 – and beyond. Head over to our World of Learning page and get to know us today.

Let us know if you want to meet up! The Thirst team can be found at Stand C80, with live demos, exclusive giveaways and delicious cookies. 🍪

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