The first conference took place in 1984 under the name Speech communications, and since the 2nd conference in 1995, the conference with the name Speech Research is organized triennially 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia. The conference usually has one main topic. At the previous conferences the main topics were speech perception, speech production, neurophonetics, voice quality, phonetics of the Croatian language, artistic voice, rhetoric and others.
Keynote speakers on past conferences were Peter French, Irena Hočevar Boltežar and Ana Lederer in 2013; Sara Howard, Michel Paradis and Damir Horga in 2010; Francis Nolan and Ivo Škarić 2007; Leigh Lisker, Maria Gósy and Dana Boatman in 2004; Joachim Knape, Zdravko Zupančič and Ivo Škarić in 2001. The official languages are Croatian and English.