The annual MERIT Summit is the one-of-a-kind forum in which HR and business school directors meet, learn how to build tomorrow’s workforce, share ideas, and foster partnerships.

The first edition in Barcelona 2017 attracted a diverse and international group of more than 200 attendees from 80 companies and 32 business schools. View the information of the past event, including the programme, list of speakers, and photos here.

Its second edition will be in Portugal, and will connect 250 speakers, exhibitors, and delegates of 20+ nationalities. More workshops, case-studies, One-to-One meetings, and shared practices will be organised during this two-day event.

100+ Heads of Executive Education

from top business schools

150+ Heads of HR

from leading worldwide companies



Senior HR executives of worldwide companies sharing their insight at the panel discussions

Academic thought leaders delivering workshops, masterclasses and inspiring MERITalk

Executive Education and L&D professionals presenting best practices in case study format


Highlight your brand among the elite of the L&D industry

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PROGRAMME: Always-On Learning

Developed in collaboration with a select group of learning experts from academia and the corporate world, the MERIT 2018 programme offers 32 hours of learning, brainstorming and benchmarking. The exhibition enables corporate HR executives to connect with business school directors and L&D providers at their leisure.

  • Panel Discussions - moderated 30-minute conversations with leading L&D and Talent Management professionals on specific themes
  • MERITalks - inspirational 10-minute TED-style talks by academic thought leaders and business school alumni
  • Company Case Studies - presentations of innovative L&D projects, with awards for the best-rated presentations (15 minutes)
  • Business School Case Studies - presentations of successful collaborative projects between business schools and companies (20 minutes)
  • Master Classes & Workshops - following the Panel Discussions, speakers give a detailed analysis and/or lesson about a specific topic in 100-minute sessions

The speakers and programme are still being updated.
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