For the first time, the highly influential Shape Europe conference will be hosted outside of mainland Europe with the core element delivered between 17th-19th August 2018 in and around Belfast's most iconic venues. 


Shape Europe 2018 - Booking Closed!

Booking for Shape Europe 2018 is now closed.

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Views from the Fault Line

Northern Ireland finds itself in the unique position of sharing the only UK land border with the EU. The need to retain a frictionless border is recognised by all political parties, business entities and social groups however, the means to implement this is far from clear.

Effective solutions to this fault line challenge will have worldwide amplification and application. The World Economic Forum is uniquely resourced to contribute on this urgent interrelated issue. Whilst the Belfast Global Shapers Hub is highly motivated to find solutions and share them.

There is an urgent global need to harness emerging technologies to intelligently monitor the frictionless movement of people and products in an innovative manner that seeks balance and finds peaceful consensus.


  • Frictionless borders - the impact of Brexit
  • Political and social activism
  • The Future of Work
  • Conflict in society - Northern Ireland Case study
  • Vision for Europe
  • Climate Change Reality

Why Belfast?

Our character, hospitality and native wit is what makes Belfast legendary. We’re big enough to cope and small enough to care so that’s why our Lord Mayor will host the opening drinks reception at Belfast City Hall.

We have a team of local experts specialising in all that the city has to offer to ensure we deliver the most successful and impactful Shape Europe to date. Our tourism and hospitality industry work together to ensure it’s easy to deliver a seamless experiential conference. The Financial Times voted Belfast as one of the top 10 places in the world to host a major conference or event. 

We are not just the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship, the Titanic, but home to life saving inventions such as the portable defibrillator and the aircraft ejector seat. We have hosted global events from the G8 Summit to the MTV Awards.

We have produced arguably the world’s greatest football player and certainly, four Major golf champions, the world’s most successful jockey, two world snooker champions, numerous world boxing champions, Grammy Award winning musicians, an Oscar winning director, a Nobel laureate for literature and four Nobel peace prize winners.

The natural beauty of our little part of the world has not gone unnoticed! No one can deny the extraordinary splendour of Belfast Castle, Cave Hill, the Mourne Mountains and the spectacular North Coast. With massive hit TV shows such as Game of Thrones filmed here illustrating our breathtaking scenery, Northern Ireland has truly put itself on the global map.

Lonely Planet voted Belfast the best destination to visit in 2018!  You can hardly walk down a street without stumbling across a fantastic pub or delightful eatery. What’s not to love? We could go on and on and on about why Belfast is an amazing place to live, learn and welcome visitors– but why read about when you can come and visit us for Shape Europe in 2018!


What to do while you are here!

  • Be part of the biggest Shape Europe to date.
  • Hear from high profile global speakers.
  • Pitch your project or company to win cash investment. 
  • Drinks reception at the beautiful Belfast City Hall. 
  • Core conference will be held at the Waterfront Hall which has hosted Barack Obama.
  • Gala dinner at the world famous Titanic Belfast.
  • Find a Game of Thrones tour.
  • Buzzing nightlife with authentic Irish music. 
  • Visit St. George's Market. 
  • Take some time to North Coast and see the Giant's Causeway. 
  • Visit the world famous Walled City. 
  • And much, much more! 

There's lots to see - so extend your trip and make sure you see all the amazing sites of Belfast and Northern Ireland!