Looking ahead to 2021 – Building the next normal

Virtual Summit

28th January 2021

CIF Industry Outlook 2021

January 28th 2021

Virtual Summit

Building The Next Normal


2020 was a hugely challenging year for the construction industry and its impact will be felt throughout 2021.

Despite this, the industry will be under significant pressure to deliver over 20,000 homes, €10 billion in infrastructure, and over €26 billion in output. This will be against the backdrop of increased industrial relations and political pressure for the industry to increase innovation, take significant steps towards greening construction and, of course, navigating Brexit. In all, 2021 will be a defining year for the industry; both surviving and thriving will push construction companies well outside normal operating conditions. 

Like many other industries in Ireland and around the world, the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused the construction sector to witness a decline. With tremendous pressure on global supply chains, legal implications, new health and safety regulations for construction sites and much more, it has never been more important for the industry to rally together and look for solutions to overcome some of the biggest challenges it has ever faced. 

So what can you do? Arm yourself with as much business intelligence as possible. The CIF is hosting its annual Construction Industry Outlook Forum for 2021, which will be broadcast in a virtual conference environment. The event will feature the CIF’s directors, all leading experts in their fields, as well as key industry players to provide their insight into what 2021 will look like for the construction industry. A series of panel discussions focusing on key policy areas will generate energetic, informative and insightful discussions.

While the fall-out from the effects of the pandemic is far from clear and no-one can predict its full impact, many experts agree that COVID-19 will have long-term implications for many aspects of the construction industry. However, is it possible to consider this crisis from another perspective and find opportunities for our industry to learn, develop new ways of working and prepare for the long-term?



Through a series of panel discussions with the CIF’s directors and key industry players, topics we’ll explore include:
  • What 2021 will look like for the construction industry
  • Key policy areas
  • Safety and Skills Outlook 2021
  • Specialist Contracting and Innovation
  • Housing and Development
  • Contracting, Tendering and Procurement 2021
  • Industrial Relations

Who should attend?

  • Builders
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Planners
  • Building design professionals
  • Building Engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Architects
  • Policy-makers and regulatory bodies
  • Suppliers to the construction sector
The Virtual Summit Experience

To adapt to the current environment and the growing demand for delegates to enjoy the conference experience in an online manner, The CIF Industry Outlook 2021 will come to you as a virtual event.

While our delegates will join in from the comfort of their homes and offices across Ireland and around the world, the event itself will be broadcast live from our dedicated studio in Dublin. Many of our speakers and panellists will appear live on stage, while our international keynotes and participants will be video-conferenced in to join the conversation.

Delegates will have the opportunity to step into the unique virtual summit environment, which includes access to the main virtual conference stage for the full day, live speaker & panel Q&A sessions, a virtual exhibition hall, copies of presentations & content post-event, as well as the opportunity to network, connect and chat with fellow online attendees, speakers and partners in real time.

Virtual attendance will be easily facilitated by our specially customised conferencing platform and dedicated AV team.

Benefits of virtual attendance include:

  • Access to Virtual Main Stage for all keynotes, presentations and debates
  • Video content of the latest technology
  • Opportunities to meet 100’s of attendees virtually, and set up meetings and conversations
  • Online virtual exhibition hall
  • Meet the industry using our matchmaking and profiling facilities
  • Copy of attendee list post-event
  • Copy of all presentations post-event


Read below to see what some of the attendees from our previous events have to say:

Kate Scully

“Excellent forum for networking and safety innovation in construction technology”

Michael Kavanagh

“Very well organised and found it very interesting”

Cyril Mulcahy

“Excellent event overall. Very relevant topics discussed”

Our Tickets and Pricing

Single and multi-ticket bundles available

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Contact Us

This event is organised by iQuest Ltd. If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan – Conference Facilitator

Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913

Email: [email protected]