Information published on 20 January 2015 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 432.

ERRIC / IRFC International Rail Conference in Prague, 18 – 20 March 2015

Take advantage of discounts for early registration until 31 January 2015 and register now!

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The conference will be an important event of extraordinary importance, organised under the auspices of the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Transport and major international organisations such as UIC, UNIFE, CER and OSJD. The new Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking will be introduced for the first time since its establishment.

Participation in the conference will bring new information and knowledge, will demonstrate how to get involved in European rail research for the period 2015 – 2020, and participants will also get a unique opportunity to meet with key experts of the Euro-Asian railway world.

The preliminary programme has just been published. Some of the topics covered include:

• Four Pillars of Rail Research and Development (Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC)
• Role of CER in the Process of the Liberalisation (Libor Lochman, CER)
• Euro-Asian Logistics: Key Indicators of Effectiveness (Gennady Bessonov, CCTT)
• On Challenges Faced by Research Organisations in Ensuring Increase in Competitiveness of Rail Transport (Boris Lapidus, UIC-IRRB – International Rail Research Board)
• Learning from Others – A Chance and Not a Burden (Jürgen Maier, BLS)
• Advanced Train Location Determination Methods for Signalling Purposes (Michal Pavel, AZD Praha)
• Synergies between the Transport Component of Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020 (Václav Fencl)
• Future Shape of ERRAC in Research and Innovation (Andy Doherty, ERRAC)

Delegates will hear from a wide range of expert speakers across the public and private railway sector, including:

• Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director, ERA – European Railway Agency,
• Cesare Brand, Secretary General, CIT – International Rail Transport Committee, Switzerland
• Philippe Citroën, Director General, UNIFE – Association of the European Rail Industry,
• Simon Fletcher, Regional Coordinator Europe, UIC – International Union of Railways,
• Olaf Krüger, Chairman of the Executive Board, IBS – Community of European Rail Forwarders, Germany
• Efim Rozenberg, 1st Deputy General Director, NIIAS – Scientific Research and Design Institute for Information Technology, Automation and Communication, Russia
• Ralf-Charley Schultze, Director General, UIRR – International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport,
• Aleksandra Röhricht, CEO / Managing Director, Ermefret GmbH, Germany
• Krzysztof Niemiec, Vice-President, Track Tec S.A. Group, Poland
• Gert Fregien, Vice President Support Railway Operators, Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge, Germany

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