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Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 1 June 2013 in News

The ASTD2013 conference and exhibition drew 9,000 people from all over the world last month, to enjoy more than a week of learning. TJ was there

Nine thousand L&D professionals from 87 countries met in Dallas last month for one of the world's biggest HRD events.

Attending the American Society for Training and Development's annual conference and exhibition, they enjoyed eight days of learning opportunities ranging from keynote speeches by leading experts, to practical seminars delivered by exhibitors, to networking opportunities with peers.

There were more than 300 sessions held during the conference, covering 14 different subject areas including career development, human capital, leadership development and measurement, evaluation and ROI. More seminars were held in the exhibition hall, run by some of the 368 organisations that had stands, and there were opportunities to meet leading authors at the ASTD bookshop.

The ASTD is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and used ASTD2013 to launch its new competency framework for L&D professionals. "The training and development profession has undergone significant transformation in the last decade. The ASTD Competency Model redefines the skills and knowledge required for trainers to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile and social technology; demographic shifts; globalisation, and economic forces," says the organisation.

You can see the model at http://www.astd.org/Certification/Competency-Model.

Of the 2,200 international visitors, 387 were from Korea; Canada (235), China (172), Japan (128) and Brazil (124) made up the rest of the international top five.

These pictures provide a flavour of the event, from both the conference halls and the exhibition floor. You can also see what people were talking about during the event itself on Twitter, by visiting Training Journal's feed and by searching for #astd2013.


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