October 2020

Oct 19 - Oct 21 Virtual IAMFA 2020 Conference [NOW VIRTUAL] International Association of Museum Facility Administrators (IAMFA)

[This event is now VIRTUAL.]

IAMFA’s Annual Conference offers learning, networking, and exploring in one of the world’s great cities and its top cultural institutions, with a parallel guest program. The annual event convenes facilities professionals from museums and other cultural facilities around the world to support their efforts to set and attain standards of excellence and quality in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of world-class cultural facilities. Attendees learn from other museum facilities professionals what they are doing to improve operations and sustainability and reduce operating costs, and best practices in dealing with the same issues they are.

The inaugural Australian conference set to take place during October 2020 in Melbourne and Hobart was regrettably cancelled. In place of the face-to-face conference, IAMFA will deliver a series of virtual presentations, programs and events including highlights from the Melbourne and Hobart venues. Pre-recorded conference presentations and extra content will be made available at the end of each conference day. The event will include virtual tours of Australian museums.


IAMFA 2020 Conference [NOW VIRTUAL]

Oct 20 - Oct 22 Virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education [now VIRTUAL] Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

[This conference is now VIRTUAL.]

AASHE’s now-virtual conference and expo is said to be the largest stage to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. Humanity faces a series of intensifying and interrelated social and ecological crises. Solving these crises requires a holistic transformation: a shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. With a theme of “Mobilizing for a Just Transition,” this year’s conference will focus on centering justice within this transformation and ensuring that it leaves no one behind. AASHE encourages higher education sustainability leaders to reflect and act on the Just Transition Principles articulated by the Climate Justice Alliance and to spotlight inspirational examples of institutions championing this work.


Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education [now VIRTUAL]

Oct 20 Budapest, Hungary Hungarian Facility Management Conference and Exhibition (HFMC) [HYBRID] Hungarian Facility Management Society (HFMS)

[This is a HYBRID event, both online and in-person.]

Billed as the only Hungarian FM conference and expo, HFMC is the annual conference of the Hungarian Facility Management Society (HFMS), a Member of Global FM. A hybrid event for 2020, HFMC offers education sessions with best practices and successful case studies, an exhibition, and networking opportunities for professionals in facilities, real estate, asset and lifecycle management as well as construction and real estate development, from private and public facilities. Site is in Hungarian, and conference language is Hungarian.


Hungarian Facility Management Conference and Exhibition (HFMC) [HYBRID]

Oct 20 - Oct 21 Virtual NFDA Annual Conference (federal owners, service providers) [VIRTUAL] National Federal Development Association (NFDA)

NFDA’s first-ever virtual conference will be a slightly different experience, but still promises to provide the same quality industry news, trends and opportunities to network that you have come to expect. Hear the latest on:

  • GSA and VA Executives, leasing officials, and industry leaders
  • Current policies, issues and events affecting government agencies
  • Tenant housing priorities — How Can the Private Sector Help?
  • Federal real estate sales, leasing, and financing trends

Network with brokers, developers, lenders, service providers, asset managers and property managers. NFDA is a national association of private property owners and service providers who lease or provide services to government tenants. Free to government employees.

NFDA Annual Conference (federal owners, service providers) [VIRTUAL]

Oct 22 Virtual Power of place: Equity, accessibility and design in a post-COVID-19 world [IWBI WEBCAST] International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

Join this IWBI webcast for a deeper look in how we can redefine what health access and building design look like in the months and years ahead. Amid the ongoing global pandemic and calls for racial justice and equity, many organizations — including IWBI — are looking for ways to do better: to make their work, communities and programs more inclusive and accessible to all. The interior design and architecture industries are no exception. Hear from the panel of experts as they discuss these issues and share ways to not only enhance human health and well-being, but ensure these fundamental rights are accessible to all, both within their own organizations and the spaces they create.

Featured panelists:

  • Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • Antoine Bryant, Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
  • Blanche Garcia, Interior Designer and Owner, B. Garcia Designs

Power of place: Equity, accessibility and design in a post-COVID-19 world [IWBI WEBCAST]

Oct 26 - Oct 27 Virtual CoreNet Global Virtual Summit — North America (corporate real estate) [VIRTUAL] CoreNet Global

[This event is now VIRTUAL]

This corporate real estate event is themed “REasoning, REsilience & REsponsibility” for 2020, explained as: “Defining moments come along once or twice in a generation. Leaders, like you face a myriad of important and difficult decisions. You are REsponsibly balancing health, safety, and financial implications. Through quick and resourceful actions you’re determining how your enterprise emerges from the current crisis. Rethinking the future of real estate with thoughtful REasoning is the power of RE to move beyond adaptation to building REsilience.”

2020 attendees will enter the CoreNet Global Virtual Summit interactive environment and maneuver between virtual rooms featuring Learning Experiences, discussion forums, demos, exhibits and lifestyle activities. Attendees, presenters, and exhibitors can connect in real time in a virtual event space. Curated content provides CRE professionals with the knowledge needed to move forward in today’s world. All sessions are recorded, so attendees can access them when they want.

CoreNet Global Virtual Summit — North America (corporate real estate) [VIRTUAL]

Oct 26 - Oct 30 Aurora, CO, US Realcomm | IBcon (smart buildings) [HYBRID EVENT] Realcomm Conference Group

[This is now a HYBRID EVENT. VIRTUAL: Oct. 26-27; CROSSOVER: Oct. 28; ON-SITE: Oct. 28-30]

The combined Realcomm | IBcon event annually convenes 2,500 real estate professionals from 20 countries for world-class learning and networking. It will now consist of a hybrid event, with virtual, crossover and on-site sessions.

Realcomm — @ the Intersection of Commercial and Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation — convenes thousands of forward-thinking commercial and corporate real estate, institutional and government IT, facilities, energy, sustainability and HR professionals from around the world to discuss how technology, automation and innovation continue to impact how we use, transact and operate real estate.

IBcon — The Smart, Connected, High-Performance Intelligent Buildings Conference — focuses on the next generation of smart, connected, high-performance, green, sustainable, intelligent buildings. This event is not about the traditional one-building, one-system, one-vendor smart building of yesterday, but rather the open-architected, interoperable, integrated, IP-, IT-centric smart buildings of tomorrow. Smart buildings, portfolios, campuses and cities that strive for energy reduction, operational efficiency, sustainability, enhanced occupant experiences and financial optimization are at the center of the discussion, with advanced smart building case studies presented.

[This event was rescheduled from June, then September.]


Realcomm | IBcon (smart buildings) [HYBRID EVENT]

Oct 28 - Oct 29 Virtual BOMA Canada’s National Conference and Exhibition (BOMEX 2020) [NOW VIRTUAL] Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) [Host: BOMA British Columbia]

[This event is now VIRTUAL.]

BOMA Canada’s BOMEX 2020 Building Excellence Summit for the commercial building industry across Canada is now VIRTUAL. Registration includes 2 pre-BOMEX summits (September 24 “Green Recovery” and October 8 “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”), an exhibit hall, 15 education sessions, 2 keynotes, 2 executive roundtables, 5 building tours, wellness activities, and the Virtual Awards Gala. Connect with industry experts who are facing the same challenges you are, understand the tactics and strategies being developed to thrive in the new normal, and learn how to take the next steps to put these ideas into action.

BOMA Canada’s National Conference and Exhibition (BOMEX 2020) [NOW VIRTUAL]

Oct 28 - Oct 30 Virtual GBCSA Green Building Convention 2020 [VIRTUAL] Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

[This event is now VIRTUAL.]

This annual green building convention and exhibition convenes the South African commercial property sector to discuss current trends, share knowledge and engage in compelling debate about environmentally sound development. Now online for 2020, this virtual event “will make you feel like you are really there with hyper-realistic real-life environments that you can navigate around and interact with.” Attendees can connect with an engaged and influential green building community and local and international sustainability thought leaders.

GBCSA Green Building Convention 2020 [VIRTUAL]


November 2020

Nov 3 - Nov 6 Virtual Interclean Amsterdam 2020 [NOW VIRTUAL] RAI Amsterdam

[This event, postponed from May, is now all VIRTUAL.]

This 28th biennial major trade fair for cleaning professionals was postponed from May to November, originally as a hybrid combination of online and physical, but is now an all-virtual event. Online educational sessions with different themes will complement each other and are available for everybody throughout the day as well as the possibility to visit companies, plan meetings and socialize. In a time when the subject of hygiene is one of the most discussed in the world, event planners want to bring the expertise of all the major cleaning and (environmental) hygiene suppliers together to connect with those who are searching the best solutions to open up their facilities again. Interclean focuses on the latest solutions and trends in the areas of cleaning, hygiene, maintenance and FM, showcasing new and award-winning cleaning products and solutions.

Interclean Amsterdam 2020 [NOW VIRTUAL]

Nov 7 Virtual CTBUH 2020 International Conference [VIRTUAL] Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

[CTBUH 2020 is now a LIVE-STREAMING CONFERENCE from three cities: Singapore, London and Chicago.]

In light of this year’s challenges, the conference will be centered on the theme of “The Post-Crisis City: Rethinking Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.” As a global network of professionals focused on the future of cities, CTBUH says it is in a unique position to guide this dialogue. The conference promises to bring profound visions and inspiring projects to attendees, with discussions of how cities can be more responsive and anticipatory, and less reactionary, in the face of what is certain to be even more rapid change and disruption than we have already experienced. The event will provide a platform for the best, most innovative ideas and most promising technologies that will push the agenda of sustainable vertical urbanism much farther than could have been anticipated even a year ago. Join the global CTBUH conference experience by attending local events and virtually contributing to the curated 21-hours of continuous programming.

[This virtual event replaces the live event October 19-23, originally scheduled for April 5-7]

CTBUH 2020 International Conference [VIRTUAL]

Nov 10 - Nov 12 Virtual EDspaces: The Future of Educational Facilities [VIRTUAL] Education Market Association (EDmarket)

The EDspaces annual conference focuses on the ongoing transformation and future of learning environments. The event convenes the key stakeholders who design, build, equip and manage innovative learning spaces along with the manufacturers, distributors and service providers and dealers who offer them solutions. Billed as “Where technology, space, and pedagogy converge,” EDspaces collaborates with these Knowledge Partners: ASID, ATLIS, AVIXA, USGBC’s The Center for Green Schools, Door Security & Safety Foundation, IOPFDA, and the National Council on School Facilities. This year’s EDspaces Digital Experience will connect key stakeholders to explore effective and creative education environments and make a difference in an uncertain landscape. Auto-connect with friends, colleagues and exhibitors and build a powerful network for your success with an intuitive artificial intelligence (AI)-guided system. You will be matched with others who have common areas of expertise and goals, and recommended educational sessions based on your interests.

Check sites for events beginning October 21, ahead of the main event.

EDspaces: The Future of Educational Facilities [VIRTUAL]

Nov 10 - Nov 12 Virtual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2020 [VIRTUAL] U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); Informa Exhibitions

[This event moved from a physical event November 3-6 to a fully VIRTUAL EVENT.]

Now fully VIRTUAL for 2020, USGBC’s Greenbuild is a major annual event for green building professionals worldwide to learn and source cutting-edge solutions to improve resilience, sustainability, and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities. Greenbuild convenes buildings-related professionals and diverse exhibiting companies from all over the world, spanning commercial and residential engineering and construction professionals, architects, building owners, FMs and others. Three virtual summits will lead up to the 2020 International Conference & Expo virtual event: Green Business Summit September 10; Resilience Summit October 1; and Global Health & Wellness Summit October 22. Expanded education courses will be available in real time or any time. Interactive supplier sourcing and peer networking forums included. Tuesday keynote: Christiana Figueres, the architect of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2020 [VIRTUAL]

Nov 16 - Nov 19 Virtual ISSA Show North America 2020 [VIRTUAL] ISSA

[This event moved from October 26-29 and transformed to a VIRTUAL EVENT.]

Now fully VIRTUAL with mixed live and on-demand content, this combined international event for the entire cleaning industry focuses on the latest solutions and trends in the areas of cleaning, maintenance, and facilities management (FM).

These co-located partners events will take place in conjunction with the Virtual Experience: ARCSI (residential), BSCAI (contractors), GBAC (biorisk management), Healthy Green Schools & Colleges (partnership between Green Seal and Healthy Schools Campaign for sustainable, healthy FM in schools and universities nationwide), and IEHA (environmental services and facility housekeeping managers).

ISSA Show North America 2020 [VIRTUAL]

Nov 17 Hong Kong, China IFMA’s Integrate 2020 FM Conference International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Hong Kong Chapter

Themed “Changing the FM Conversation — Sustainability and Technology” for 2020, IFMA Hong Kong’s annual conference provides the opportunity for attendees to acquire insights into the hottest topics and current challenges from local and international industry experts. Integrate 2020 will explore the challenges and opportunities that impact the FM sector today — from the roles that technology and data play in driving efficiency and sustainability, to the policies and business trends that are reforming our industry and the ways our buildings are used. Industry experts, policy makers, landlords, users and service providers will come together to share their views in interactive panel discussions. The program will be held in English only.

Co-located with Build4Asia (November 11-13, 2020), the region’s building technology, electrical engineering and security show, which covers every facet of the construction industry from building materials, automation and smart city technologies to total surveillance systems.

IFMA’s Integrate 2020 FM Conference

Nov 18 Virtual International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC East) 2020; ASIS NYC [CANCELED; 1/2-day VIRTUAL] Security Industry Association (SIA); ASIS NYC

[This live event has been CANCELED and replaced with a half-day VIRTUAL event.]

Counterpart to ISC West in April, ISC East is a premier security industry event for physical, IT and IoT security, convening some 7,500+ public safety and security-related professionals to discover security products and technologies, network with peers, and gain valuable education on top emerging security risks.

For 2020, ISC East, along with SIA and ASIS NYC, will be hosting a half-day ISC East virtual event, including the prestigious ASIS NYC Person of the Year Award and curated education sessions.

In addition, ISC East attendees and supporters are all welcome and encouraged to participate in the ISC West 2020 Virtual Event (see FMLink entry above), taking place online October 5-7, which is free for all to attend.

International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC East) 2020; ASIS NYC [CANCELED; 1/2-day VIRTUAL]

Nov 18 - Nov 19 Worcester, MA, US Northeast Buildings and Facilities Management Show and Conference 2020 (NEBFM’20) ProExpos Group

The 15th annual NEBFM features over 200 exhibitors displaying products and services necessary for the operation, management, maintenance and renovation of all types of buildings and facilities in the Northeast region. The concurrent educational conference features 24 one-hour sessions on such topics as: LEED, green, sustainability, energy, building commissioning, facility maintenance, construction and renovation planning. AFE provides CEUs for all sessions.


Northeast Buildings and Facilities Management Show and Conference 2020 (NEBFM’20)

Nov 19 - Nov 21 Las Vegas, NV, US THE EXPERIENCE Convention and Trade Show [CANCELED] Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)

[This event has now been CANCELED.]

After being postponed from March and then from September, this event has now been CANCELED. See event site for information on next event, scheduled for April 19-21, 2021, along with information on The EXPERIENCE University weekly Wednesday webinars, which will cover the educational information that would have been covered at the in-person event in Las Vegas this year.


THE EXPERIENCE Convention and Trade Show [CANCELED]

Nov 25 - Nov 26 Auckland, New Zealand Facilities Integrate (smart buildings, building services) XPO Exhibitions

Produced in association with FMANZ, NZSA and others, Facilities Integrate is a trade event for the smart buildings and building services industries, including people who manage, secure, develop, design, influence and revolutionize New Zealand’s public and commercial buildings and facilities. Facilities managers (FMs), building operators, office managers, ICT engineers or installers, architects and consultants can learn ways to add real value to their workplace, property or building, and network with like-minded individuals. The event showcases the latest technologies from dozens of major exhibitors, with relevant seminars and workshops, world-class speakers, networking opportunities, and special trade-only deals. It features cutting-edge businesses that operate, maintain and upgrade buildings, facilities and infrastructure, or design, install and integrate AV and ICT systems. Visitor registration is free prior to the show.

  • Facilities management: The event will cover building management, cleaning, energy management, fire protection, grounds care, HVAC, health & safety, maintenance technologies, security, storage, waste management and more.
  • Systems integration: The event will cover AV system integration, building automation & control, video projection & display, digital signage, unified communications, audio systems and entertainment and more.

[This live event was moved from September to November.]


Facilities Integrate (smart buildings, building services)


December 2020

Dec 9 - Dec 10 Virtual IFMA’s World Workplace 2020: Building the Future [VIRTUAL] International Facility Management Association (IFMA); RICS

[This event, which changed venue and dates from September 30, is now VIRTUAL.]

IFMA’s 40th annual premier World Workplace conference and expo is an “all-encompassing” learning and networking event on facilities and how to manage them. This year’s event is now VIRTUAL to safely and responsibly facilitate sought-after conversations and essential training to help FMs navigate challenges presented by the pandemic and other significant factors impacting the industry.

  • RECONNECT: Coming together to exchange experiences and viewpoints on managing through crisis, mitigating risks, developing plans for resilience and forecasting what’s next for the built world is of the greatest importance to our industry.
  • RECHARGE: In uncertain times, you can be certain that your community is here for you. This is a valuable opportunity to ask colleagues how they’ve managed remote work, budget cuts, business shutdowns and re-openings, and workplace health.
  • RE-EMERGE: Acquire tactics, strategies and up-to-the-minute ideas for addressing top-of-mind priorities, including pandemic response and recovery, occupant health and well-being, achieving net-zero and digital transformation.

Educational sessions address cutting-edge issues and trends as well as proven techniques and best practices, in several tracks and at all knowledge levels, with CEUs and CFM maintenance points available, and training for IFMA’s three credentials: CFM, FMP, and SFP. The comprehensive expo will move online.


IFMA’s World Workplace 2020: Building the Future [VIRTUAL]


January 2021

Jan 25 - Jan 27 Chicago, IL, US International Air-conditioning/Heating/Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo); ASHRAE Winter Conference 2021 [RESCHEDULED] American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE); Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

[This event has been tentatively RESCHEDULED to March 15-17, 2021. Check site for updates.]

International Air-conditioning/Heating/Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo); ASHRAE Winter Conference 2021 [RESCHEDULED]


February 2021

Feb 8 - Feb 19 Virtual SafetyFOCUS (OSH) [NOW VIRTUAL] American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

[This event is now VIRTUAL.]

SafetyFOCUS is an immersion in safety education with industry leaders who cover a wide range of topics that will help occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals excel at keeping workers safe. Due to COVID-19, SafetyFOCUS has shifted from an in-person event to a live virtual experience in 2021 to make the event more accessible while offering the same networking opportunities and high-quality education. Running February 8-12 and 15-19, courses cover construction, ergonomics, fall protection, risk assessment and management, safety management systems and more.


Feb 9 - Feb 11 Virtual ASHRAE Winter Conference [VIRTUAL] American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)

[This event is now VIRTUAL.]

The 2021 AHR Expo originally scheduled to be held January 25-27, 2021, at McCormick Place in Chicago has been canceled. The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Virtual Conference will take place in a convenient online format February 9-11, and will include a mixture of live, pre-recorded and on-demand sessions. Additional details about the conference and committee meetings will be available in the coming weeks on the website.

The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks focusing on resources to design, build, control, commission and operate facilities and infrastructure that need to not only be efficient, but resilient. Tracks include:

  • HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications
  • Systems and Equipment
  • Refrigeration and Refrigerants
  • Environmental Health Through IEQ
  • Building Performance and Commissioning for Operation and Management
  • Energy Conservation
  • International Design
  • Standards, Guidelines and Codes

ASHRAE Winter Conference [VIRTUAL]


March 2021

Mar 23 - Mar 25 Baltimore, MD, US National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT 2021) Building Operating Management magazine; ROC Exhibitions

Building Operating Management magazine offers this annual comprehensive 3-day conference and trade show free to attend for some 5,000+ FM-related professionals from most US states and 25 countries and all types of facilities, along with industry experts and leading suppliers. One of the largest FM events in the country, NFMT 2020 provides up-to-date advancements and knowledgeable practices in the management, operations, maintenance, renovation and construction of nonresidential buildings.

National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT 2021)


April 2021

Apr 6 - Apr 8 Singapore, Singapore IFMA’s World Workplace Asia 2021 Conference and Exhibition International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Singapore Chapter; RICS

Part of IFMA’s successful World Workplace series of international events, the World Workplace Asia 2021 interactive event comprises a conference covering the latest trends and developments, and a tradeshow with product demonstrations, with professional networking opportunities available.

[This event was rescheduled from April 2020.]

IFMA’s World Workplace Asia 2021 Conference and Exhibition

Apr 19 - Apr 21 Washington, DC, US Connex2021 (multi-site FM) Connex, The Multi-Site Facilities Network (formerly PRSM)

Connex2021 is the renamed and expanded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) major annual event for multi-site FM professionals, from entry level to senior management, who are involved in maintenance, planning, design, budgeting and more at their facilities. The event offers networking events, an industry exhibition and education sessions with key trends impacting retailers, multi-site healthcare facilities, entertainment facilities, banks and other multi-site facilities, and suppliers.

Connex2021 (multi-site FM)

Apr 20 - Apr 22 Boston, MA, US IFMA’s Facility Fusion Conference and Expo 2021 International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

At Facility Fusion, FM professionals can connect, communicate and help redefine modern-day facilities management. This fresh, dynamic educational event is billed as a powerful opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and develop innovative solutions for the increasingly multifaceted layers of FM.

[This event was rescheduled from April 2020.]

IFMA’s Facility Fusion Conference and Expo 2021


May 2021

May 31 - Jun 2 Prague, Czech Republic ASIS Europe 2021 (security) ASIS International

Titled “From Risk to Resilience,” ASIS Europe convenes established and aspiring security leaders, expert advisors, and innovators in security and risk management. The event addresses complex challenges in today’s fast moving, innovative business environment. An exceptional educational program covers a wide range of cyber- and physical-security risk outlooks, leadership and management topics, case studies and analysis, using a variety of learning formats, with CPE credits available. The exhibition showcases the latest security services and solutions. The 2019 event attracted over 900 registrants from more than 60 countries, and 45 exhibitors. Core attendance comes from senior security practitioners from multinational companies. Behind-the-scenes professional security tours are available.

Building on the GSX+ online experience September 21-25, 2020, ASIS is also investing in a robust digital event experience for the European event, including the customary exceptional education, peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and networking, and a virtual exhibition platform. This will assure a resilient event model so that security professionals who are unable to travel can still participate, and, in the unfortunate case an on-site, in-person event is not feasible, the event can seamlessly transition to an engaging online experience for all involved.

[This event was rescheduled from April 2020, then from March 2021.]

ASIS Europe 2021 (security)


June 2021


October 2021


November 2021