You Won’t Believe These 5 Conferences Coming to Tucson in 2018

On top of vast desert terrain and Southwest culture, Tucson is also a gathering place for great minds. In between visits to Saguaro National Park and the San Xavier del Bac Mission, you'll find that the city welcomes business travelers with a thirst for knowledge. Conferences in Tucson range from broad science-related topics to events designed for niche markets. If you're looking for continued education opportunities in your industry, here are five awesome conferences taking place in Tucson in 2018.

FloCon 2018

When: January 8-11, 2018

Where: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

Do you work in data security or have a need for improvements in that department at your company? FloCon is where everyone from tool developers to operational analysts come together to learn how to protect large data sets and networks. In 2018, the conference will have a special focus on applying analytics to large-scale data sets to enhance security. You'll learn about cutting-edge technology and hear from industry experts. Registration includes your access to morning and afternoon track options and a keynote address.

TEDx Tucson

When: January 13, 2018

Where: Edward B. Berger Performing Arts Center

TEDx events are well known for their dynamic speakers, endless insights and diverse nature. Each year, Tucson hosts a local event where musicians, scientists and other professionals like you come together to learn about topics that are shaping the future. TEDx Tucson has 10 speakers -- you may learn about the importance of women in peace-building in one session, and the benefits of virtual reality in the next. The theme for the 2018 conference is "Connect the Dots." The topics are varied and engaging and the conference is one of the best opportunities for your personal and professional development in Tucson. Registration grants you access to all sessions, snacks, a catered lunch, artist exhibits and parking.

International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

When: January 25-28, 2018

Where: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

As the world becomes more interconnected, your understanding of intercultural competence becomes crucial -- so say the organizers of the International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, which is in its sixth year. The 2018 conference will focus on a number of themes, including the need for understanding how to navigate a world with dynamic demands shaped by "transnational flows of capital, knowledge, practices, and modes of communication." You can take advantage of a full schedule of workshops and lectures, as well as smaller roundtable discussions. Your registration fees cover conference materials, presentations and paper sessions, and some meals.

Phenome 2018

When: February 14-17, 2018

Where: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort

If you're a professional with an investment in science, climate, and engineering, you'll be interested in gathering for the second annual Phenome conference in Tucson. The event offers you the opportunity to network with industry professionals and learn from experts from around the globe. Session topics include "Phenomics-Enabled Biology" and "Data Crunching and New Analytics." The conference also has break-out sessions on topics such as a Phenome Hackathon and Phenome Digital Phenotyping Workshop. Registration gives you access to lectures, sessions and food.

Global Retailing Conference

When: April 19-20, 2018

Where: Westin La Paloma Resort

Some of the world's top retailers, including Vera Wang and Tory Burch, gather in Tucson once a year to talk innovation and challenges in retailing. It's one of Tucson's best conferences for a reason. When you attend the Global Retailing Conference, you gain access to some of the biggest names in sales. You'll discover how they keep up with the industry's lightening-speed changes and other secrets to success. Registration includes lectures, networking and more.

Tucson truly is an oasis in the desert for thirsty minds such as yours. If you're traveling to the Southwest on business, stop at one of these top conferences. You'll learn about retail trends, how to empower employees, and other important topics -- then take the teachings back to the office to impress your colleagues.

What conferences are you looking forward to attending in 2018? Let us know in the comments below.