Ready for These Awesome Conferences Coming to Pittsburgh in 2018?

Not only is Pittsburgh the city of Three Rivers, but it was named by Harper's Bazaar as one of the top places to visit in 2017. If you're a business traveler looking for conferences in the eastern part of the country, Pittsburgh makes a fine host. In between authentic Italian food and visits to a Carnegie building or two, you'll find sessions on important topics in your industry.

When you want to network in Pittsburgh or pick up the latest industry trends in IT, marketing and more, consider one of these top conferences in 2018.

SCUP Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

When: March 11-13, 2018

Where: Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh

Do you work in the higher education industry in the eastern United States? The Society for Planning and University Planning (SCUP) conference is a gathering of like minds seeking to improve education organizations. Topics covered include academic affairs, student affairs, business and finance, campus planning, and more. Registration for the event is available to SCUP members and non-members.

National Society of Black Engineers Conference

When: March 21-25, 2018

Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center

If you want to empower the engineers of color in your organization, the National Society of Black Engineers provides invaluable networking and education opportunities. The 2018 Convention will offer networking with more than 10,000 students, professors, and professionals in the STEM fields of study. People from government, academic, and private industry organizations are all welcome. The week-long event has panel discussions, workshops, hands-on engineering activities, and high-profile speakers. Registration for the event is available for everyone from children to professionals.

JRC Conference

When: April 18-21, 2018

Where: TBD

If your company is in the freight business, the Joint Rail Conference in Pittsburgh will offer a wealth of information and new professional connections. This international conference is focused on everything from freight and passenger rail transportation to civil and systems engineering. You can also enjoy panels on operations research and other planning topics. Registration includes access to conference papers in addition to in-person sessions.

Pittsburgh Tech Summit

When: May 18, 2018

Where: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

If you're in the business of IT, or just a company that uses digital programs instead of a typewriter, the Pittsburgh Tech Summit is worth checking out. The conference will feature sessions on topics like backup and disaster recovery and mobile app development. You'll walk away with new IT solutions and some networking contacts who you can turn to for specialized advice in the future. Registration to the summit is free and gives you access to all sessions.

Pittsburgh Cyber Security Conference

When: August 16, 2018

Where: TBD

Put on by Data Connectors, the Pittsburgh Cyber Security Conference brings together leading minds in online security. No matter your industry, you can benefit from sessions on cloud security, wireless security, and other vital topics in digital safety. Registration for the event includes lunch, panels, and access to more than 40 vendor exhibits. The conference also includes cash and prizes, including some of the latest products related to online security.

Sign up for a conference in Pitt, and you can learn by day and enjoy the restaurant scene by night. If you need to attend to regular office affairs during your business travel, stop in one of the city's co-working spaces, such as Catapult, or check emails in the quiet environment of the Carnegie Library. Be sure to stop by the Andy Warhol Museum and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in your free time.

Let us know which conferences you're planning to attend in Pittsburgh in 2018. Share in the comments below, especially if the conference you're excited to attend is missing from the list above!