Despite the need to keep yourself up-to-date on a pure technical level by reading books and websites, and even more important, by DOING it (IT), means try tools, IDE’s, solutions, basically getting your hands dirty, it is always worth looking out for ongoing conferences in your neighborhood. Just 2 weekas ago I joined 2 sessions at a conference in Singapore about Software Process Engineering (by Processworks Group, link). One about distributed development teams (Evan Leybourn from Looking Glass Solutions (LGS), Australia) and the other one about Advanced Testcase Design Techniques (Phil Robinson from Lonsdale Systems, Australia). Both pretty good presenter and sharing lots of experience.
So look out for conferences nearby. And dont forget to cover topics that are not of pure technical nature only.