One of Europe’s biggest steel conferences – where some of the latest innovations in research to support the use of steel in the construction industry are presented for the first time – has been hosted by the University of Sheffield.


Eurosteel 2021 saw more than 500 delegates from academia and industry come together to discuss how research and innovation can help to tackle some of the major challenges facing the constructional steel industry.  Usually held as a physical conference, this year’s event was held online to make it easier for delegates to participate from across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.


The conference has previously been hosted by some of Europe’s most famous cities, such as Copenhagen, Naples, Budapest and Prague. This year the event saw Sheffield take centre stage – a place widely considered to be the spiritual home of steel with the city having played a huge role in the birth of the industry.

The University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s biggest and best engineering universities with a particular strength in steel research. Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering is a major driver of research and innovation, including one of the UK’s leading research centres on steel structures that focuses on stability, performance and modelling under fire and dynamic loading.


Researchers in the University’s Faculty of Engineering work closely with the industry through partnerships, such as a multi-million-pound research and development programme that will see British Steel collaborate with engineers from the University to enhance its range of world class rail products and services.


Engineers from the University have recently made a new breakthrough in steel manufacturing by developing a completely new way of making lightweight, high strength steel that can be easily adapted for mass manufacturing.

Professor Ian Burgess from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, who is chairman of the local committee for the conference, said: “Sheffield has made massive contributions to the steel industry over more than two centuries.

“From the Huntsman’s crucible steel process and the Bessemer’s process which revolutionised the throughput of steel production, to Harry Brearley’s development of stainless steels.

“The city continues its association with steel today in the 21st century, mainly in special and stainless steels, so in a sense we are seeing steel come home through the Eurosteel 2021 conference.”