Every second or third year, APAD organises an international conference, alternately in Africa or in Europe. These conference are organised in partnership with universities and research centers and dedicated to an emerging issue.

Bringing together about 100 people, these conferences offer a space for dialogue and debate on recent research. They provide members and other involved people a chance to meet one another and exchange ideas. They allow for the valorisation of research through the APAD Journal and books.

APAD has organised eleven conferences since its founding meeting in 1991.