The UIC World Congress on High-Speed Rail is renowned worldwide as the most prominent and large-scale global event on high-speed rail. Every two years, the congress addresses strategic issues linked to the national and international development of high-speed rail systems.
UIC Director-General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux:
The congress is a unique platform. All over the world, high speed rail means economic development, competitiveness and growth; less congestion; less dependence on foreign energy resources; and fewer casualties on the roads. The conference participants will see the value and benefits of high speed rail and practical ways to implement it.
During the Congress high-level speakers and participants meet to consider and discuss all issues linked to high-speed rail development. This includes political and strategic planning, innovative financing solutions, technological innovations, energy and carbon balance, standards and interoperability, safety and security management, research, trends in commercial concepts and services, and partnerships.
The high attendance, around 1,000 high speed rail professionals, from all continents, has demonstrated among others the influence of high speed rail experts on decision-makers.
Participants include political decision-makers at a national and local level, representatives of governments, international institutions, key economical/financial/environmental organizations, financial institutions, industry research centers, universities, the global high-speed rail supply industry and the international press.
UIC and Turkish State Railways TCDD organise the 10th WCHRS from 8 to 11 May 2018, in Ankara
The main theme of the Congress will be "Sharing knowledge for sustainable and competitive operations"
The Congress will be organised around 3 main blocks: sessions, stands exhibitions and technical visits.
Numerous plenary and parallel sessions will revolve around the most significant technical, economic and social streams. In addition, two round tables will give participants the opportunity to interact and exchange knowledge.