CIOB Student Festival

The CIOB Student Festival is a virtual two-day event for all CIOB student members worldwide. The purpose of the event is to inspire, inform and celebrate our student members.

What is the CIOB Student Festival?

Welcome to the world of construction innovation, knowledge sharing and career advancement! The CIOB Student Festival is an annual, two-day, virtual event, organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and is a must-attend for all students aspiring to excel in the dynamic field of construction.

First established in 2021, The CIOB Student Festival is a dynamic and immersive gathering that brings together students, industry experts, thought leaders, and academics from diverse communities in the construction environment on a global scale. It serves as a platform for networking, collaborative learning and gaining insights into the latest trends, developments and future careers in the construction industry, all in one space.

Conference themes to expect: 

  • Industry leaders – from across the spectrum in the sector
  • Spotlighting Global Careers in Construction
  • Student Life Hack – What makes students excel, those insider tips from peers
  • Well-being  in your career
  • Learning Essentials – from discovering dissertation tips, to setting up early as a professional on LinkedIn to being collaborative industry leaders 
  • Proactive studentship – how to get the most of CIOB membership 
  • Networking – meeting new people and build a network of friends with similar interest.

When is it?

The Student Festival 2025 will run on 5 and 6 March 2025. You can see some of the videos of our insightful sessions below.


CIOB Student Festival Blogs

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Celebrating our Student Community

We hosted our very first virtual CIOB Student Festival on the 7-8 April 2021. The aim of the event was to bring together all our student members from across the world to inspire, inform and celebrate this strong membership community.

Student Festival 2023

Keynote: In discussion with Mark Farmer

Mark Farmer is CEO of Cast Consultancy and Author of the Farmer Review

Keynote with Rick Hopper

A future unseen, designing sustainable living ecosystems through iterative ideation

Claire Atkinson: A dive into a career journey

Claire Atkinson: A dive into a career journey

Student Festival 2021/2022

Global Careers

What skills, capabilities and mindsets does the world demand of construction talent, now and in the future? By Dan Green, Ed Marlow and Hammad Chaudhry

Student Wellbeing

A focus on mental health: Connor Curran

Student Life Hacks

CIOB - A Balancing Act Between Studies, Work and Novus: James Robinson

Learning Essentials

An intro to CIOB's Tomorrow Leaders: A global community by James Sargeant, Nkanyiso Mbatha and Sophie Cox

Industry Experts & Inspirations

In Discussion with Mark Beard, CIOB President: first virtual president in the organisation's 117-year history

Thank you very much CIOB! It was a really inspiring and interesting festival for students! 

Student member from University of Reading

Really enjoyed this. Would be great to see more time dedicated to tech next year, Nasser's talk really grabbed my imagination. 

Student member from Nottingham Trent 

The event platform was great, the presentations were smoothly delivered and the topics are of utmost relevance especially to we students. 

Student member from University of Hong Kong

I very much enjoyed this first Student Festival organised by the CIOB. Congratulations to CIOB on this initiative which has given me an insight to the future.

Student member from University of Cape town