Originally founded on July 10 , 1967 , under the name International Iron and Steel Institute , the World Steel Association , more commonly referred to as worldsteel , is a nonprofit organization located in Brussels , Belgium . As one of the world ’ s largest and most dynamic steel industry associations , the organization acts as a focal point in the steel industry and provides global leadership on all major issues impacting the industry . The organization celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017 and today represents a diverse range of entities , including steel producers , national and regional steel associations , and even steel research institutes . They also have a second office in Beijing , China , that opened in April 2006 , and this expansion means that their members now represent around 85 % of global steel production . Throughout its long history , worldsteel has developed a focus on economic , environmental , and social sustainability , and the association ’ s goal is to promote steel development opportunities throughout the world .
During our annual convention and gala , we have the distinct pleasure of hosting guest speakers from worldsteel who will discuss everything from the global steel economy to the industry ’ s impact on the environment and climate change to global supply chains and more . As the perfect demonstration to round out our stay in Belgium , the worldsteel presentation is sure to make you think deeper about the issues facing the steel industry as well as where the global steel industry will go next .
TUESDAY , MAY 9 : 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm : Guinness Storehouse Tour - Dublin 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm : Champagne Reception 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm : Castle Dinner
WEDNESDAY , MAY 10 : 8:00 am - 11:00 am : Castle Breakfast - Dining Room off Main Gallery Lodge Breakfast - Snaffles Restaurant 9:00 am - 12:30 pm : Castle activities 11:00 am - 11:30 am / 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm : Tea & Scones at the Castle - set up in both the Castle and Lodge 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm : Buffet lunch at the Castle - set up in the Pavillion 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm : Castle activities 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm : Champagne Reception 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm : Gala Dinner , Awards and Dance
THURSDAY , MAY 11 : 8:00 am - 9:00 am : Castle Breakfast - Dining Room off Main Gallery Lodge Breakfast - Snaffles Restaurant 11:30 am : Pick up at Busy Bee Pottery for travel to Combilift for lunch and special events 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm : Board buses for travel to Dublin airport , check in to Radisson Blu Hotel
Dublin & Monaghan , Ireland
Get the Ireland leg of your trip started off right with a tour of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin . As the official home of Guinness , you ’ ll explore the history of the iconic beer spread over seven floors before learning how to pour the perfect pint and then taking in the 360-degree views from their Gravity Bar .
It ’ s been continually updated since it was redesigned in 2000 , meaning there ’ s a fascinating blend of old traditions and modern sensibilities , and it is one of the most visited places in Dublin . At the Guinness Storehouse , you can even order a “ STOUTie ,” which is a pint that features your selfie on the head of the black and white stout . Perfect for beer connoisseurs and history buffs , this educational and boozy tour will leave you well-informed and slightly intoxicated .
If you prefer a slower , more creative activity during your stay in Ireland , then the optional adventure of visiting Busy Bee Ceramics could be a good choice for you ! Based in the heart of Glaslough Village , owner Brenda McGinn says that “ clay has a way of connecting people .” You can either leave behind your creation or have it sent to you once it ’ s complete ! Ultimately , Monaghan has an array of activities suitable for all tastes and preferences , making it the perfect final stop on our convention tour .
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