Events & conferences

Conference Sheffield

We’re here to find the right venues and experiences for you and your delegates. Using our local know how and connections we can help your delegates experience Sheffield’s warmth and character and make your next event a truly distinctive one.

Conference Sheffield is part of Sheffield City Council, and our support and services are free of charge because we recognise the value that conferences and events bring to Sheffield’s economy. We not only want to bring in more similar events to those shown below, we want to make sure that every delegate coming to our city has the best experience possible of Sheffield.

Below are a few examples of the types of events and conferences we help to facilitate.

Sporting events

Our heritage in sports gives us the venues and facilities to help host major international events, which is why the World Snooker Championship has called us home since 1977. Ponds Forge frequently bring business and sports tourism into the city, whilst the English Institute of Sport is an ideal training ground for athletes of all kinds, including Olympians.

With two major football teams, we are also able to bring high profile events not only on a weekly basis, but for more special occasions such as the Rugby League World Cup and UEFA European Women's Football Championship. And lest we forget the Tour de France in 2014, which has helped make Sheffield even more of a mecca for road cycling. We are proud that the Invictus Games UK Trials was held in Sheffield in 2019, demonstrating our commitment to helping sport be accessible to all. 

You can read more over on our Sport page.


"You could say it’s kind of like Cannes, 
but with fewer fancy frocks and more friendly faces.”
Big Issue North

Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, collaboration and inspiration. They champion and push forward new talent, ideas and interaction for the future of the industry. They are an open, inclusive festival, bringing together veteran creatives and new voicesto shape and question stories of the world we live in. 

Growing directly out of the Showroom Cinema in the heart of the Cultural Industries Quarter from the 1900s, Doc/Fest is now a world leading festival and marketplace, celebrating, sharing and debating the stories of our time, through documentary and non-fiction storytelling. 

In 2019, Doc/Fest welcomed 28,000 general public admissions, and 3,489 individual industry delegates from 59 countries to Sheffield. 

Nuclear Innovation UK conference

Nuclear energy is not innovative in the sense of how long it has been around, but there are innovations to be taken with this technology that could make a great difference to the world. A fantastic 2 days conference bringing experts in the field from far and wide to debate how to progress and solve global issues.

Children's Media Conference

The Children's Media Conference is the most important event in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing content for kids. They open the doors at venues across the city to delegates from television, radio, film, games, interactive media, magazine and book publishing, the licensing and toy sectors and the arts and culture sectors. It's a truly inspirational few days, addressing not only how content is shaped for children, but how children's voices are part of shaping the content for the rest of the world too.

Association of Independent Festivals Congress

The Association of Independent Festivals is the UK’s leading festival representative body. Founded in 2008, the combined attendance of AIF’s 65 member events exceeds 600,000, contributing over £200m to the UK economy annually. AIF provides a vital support network for independent festivals promoters through members meetings, public facing campaigns and lobbying, producing conferences and training events and providing business support services to members.

AIF member festivals include some of the most successful and innovative festivals in the UK including the likes of Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Shambala, End of the Road, Boardmasters, Kendal Calling and many more.

They have been coming to Sheffield for their annual event for the last three years, with great success.


CHTC 2020

2020 will see the UK's first ever Children's Health Technology Conference hosted right here in Sheffield, bringing experts from around the world to visit one of the places at the forefront of this special field, and to share experiences, knowledge and networks to continue helping young people in need of health solutions which are currently catering for adults.

You can read more about how Sheffield is a world leader in this field on our Child Health Technology page.

Independent Fingerprint Research Group

It might sound quite niche, but Professor Simona Francese’s fingermark research itself has attracted worldwide coverage in trade and online publications, including BBC's 'The One Show', 'Click', 'Crimewatch Roadshaw' and 'BBC Breakfast', as well as overseas programmes.

Independent Fingerprint Research Group comprises of the top 48 scientists in the world on this subject along with global law enforcement agencies, and they meet biannually to discuss all things fingerprint technologies. Meaning there is yet another field in which Sheffield Hallam University is a global leader, helping to shape policy and streamline efficiencies for greater good.

And if you think it sounds dull, then try out Simona's TED talk...


Ambassador programme
Sheffield’s Conference Ambassador Programme is a city-wide initiative which has now been running for over 10 years. Working in partnership with the city’s academics, medical specialists and experts from industry sectors, the initiative helps drive business tourism by attracting major national and international conferences to Sheffield.

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