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Annual Research Conference

Established in 1999 by five founding scholars, the Diana International Research Conference is the premier international research conference on women’s entrepreneurship, gathering the collaborative network of researchers studying women’s entrepreneurship from more than 60 countries.

The 2021 Diana International Research Conference  |  May 21-22, 2021  | Virtual

The annual Diana International Research Conference brings together more than 100 scholars worldwide, providing an annual forum to share global research dedicated to asking and answering questions about women entrepreneurs and how they grow their ventures. The 2020 Diana International Research Conference will take place on May 21-22, 2021, and be fully virtual. 

Conference Pricing:

Pricing for Current DIRI Members:

  • Registration PhD Student, DIRI member, €70.00 ($80) 
  • Regular Registration, DIRI member,  €80.00 ($100)

Pricing for All Others:
Please note, a 1-year DIRI membership is included in your conference fee. You can see the benefits of being a DIRI member, here. Membership is a prerequisite for attendance. 


Organizational Committee

Diana 2020 Organizational Committee - Candy Brush

Candida Brush

Vice Provost-Global Entrepreneurial Leadership and Franklin W. Olin Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Diana 2020 Organizational Committee - Andrea Calabro

Andréa Calabro

Full Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship, IPAG Business School

Diana 2020 Organizational Committee - Severine Leloarne-Lemaire

Severine Leloarne-Lemaire

Professor, Head of The Research Chair "Women & Economic Renewal", Head of Executive Education Programs, Grenoble Ecole de Management

Diana 2020 Organizational Committee - Adnan Maalaoui

Adnan Maalaoui

Managing Director, IPAG Entrepreneurship Center

Keynote Speakers

Diana Conference Keynote - Kim Eddleston

Kimberly A. Eddleston

Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University

Diana Conference Keynote - Susan Marlow

Susan Marlow

Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Birmingham

Diana Conference Keynote -Ute Stephan

Ute Stephan

Professor, Aston Business School and Director, Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB)


Diana Conference Keynote - Friederike Welter

Friederike Welter

President, IfM Bonn (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung) and Professor, SME Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Siegen, Germany 

Diana International Research Conference - History

The Diana Project was internationalized in 2003, when the first Diana International Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, hosting 25 participants from 10 countries.  The mailing list of scholars participating in the Diana International Conferences includes over 600 scholars from 47 countries who have submitted papers or attended the events since 2003.  Over the years, Diana International scholars have published 9, soon to be 10, edited volumes of academic research on women’s entrepreneurship around the world (Edward Elgar Publishing), in addition to nine special issues of top entrepreneurship research journals.[1] 

Previous special issues emerging from Diana International Conferences devoted to gender and  women’s entrepreneurship include three issues of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2006 and 2007, edited by de Bruin, Brush and Welter in 2006 and 2007; and 2012, edited by Jennings & Hughes) as well one special issue for  Entrepreneurship and Regional Development  2012 (edited by Cooper and McGowan), and one special issue on women entrepreneurs and ecosystems in Small Business Economics 2018 (edited by Edelman, Manolova, Brush, Welter).  The most recent special issue was released in January 2019, high growth women’s entrepreneurship, in the Journal of Small Business Management. Together these special issues generated more than 60 submissions and did much to consolidate existing scholarship in this area to date.  These articles are highly cited:  the special issue of ET&P (2007) has over 4,000 citations with a number of  individual articles in the special issues having more than 1,000 citations including those


Call for paper submissions: Deadline has passed

This year, individuals are invited to consider submitting manuscripts that relate to this year’s theme: the role women entrepreneurs are taking within family firms, on many diverse levels. More specifically this year's theme is focused on exploring if belonging to a family-owned firm fosters or hinders female entrepreneurship differently in comparison to women who do not have a family business background. Also of interest is exploring how the different roles that women have in their families (daughters, mothers, sisters, spouses, grandmothers) differently affects their commitment towards entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurship. Finally, this conference's theme seeks to explore the role of women in entrepreneurial teams (familial, mixed, and non-family teams).

Interested in submitting a manuscript? 
Head to the Diana2020 website here and scroll down to "Submission".