10 world-renowned researchers and engineers presented their latest research and construction projects at the first International Conference on Engineering Research and Practice for Steel Construction from 5 to 7 September 2018 at the Cordis Hotel in Mongkok, Kowloon. They included Prof. David Nethercot and Prof. Ahmed Elghazouli of Imperial College London, Prof. Yozo Fujino of Yokohama National University, Prof. Sritawat Kitipornchai of the University of Queensland, Prof. Richard Liew of the National University of Singapore, Prof. Lin-Hai Han of Tsinghua University, Prof. Richard Stroetmann of Technische Universitat Dresden, Dr Robin Sham of AECOM in Hong Kong, Prof. G.Q. Li of Tongji University, and Prof. Sing-Ping Chiew of the Singapore Institute of Technology.

Organized by the Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction, the conference provided a technical platform for effective exchanges on modern steel construction technology among over 180 researchers and engineers. Officiating at the conference was Ir C.K. Hon, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) of the Hong Kong Government’s Development Bureau. About 120 technical papers were presented in 20 sessions on a wide range of topics, from the effective use of high strength steel on construction, steel and composite structures, cold-formed steel structures to seismic protection to steel structures. They were well received and stimulated much discussion for those in attendance.

At the conference