Tuesday 25 February 2020

UIC launches Call for Papers for the 3rd UIC TopRail Forum to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 29 May 2020

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Among the subjects to be discussed are sustainability, innovation, product development (e.g. panorama trains, night trains), marketing, operations, sales, heritage and best practices related to rail-tourism

UIC is organising the third edition of the international TopRail Forum to be held in Lucerne on 29 May 2020. This year, after two successful editions, the 3rd TopRail Forum, which will be kindly hosted by SBB, will address key issues under the main theme “Fostering Sustainable Rail Tourism”.

The objective of this third TopRail Forum is to bring together Rail and Tourism related industries, operators, institutions and customers to discuss about the opportunities on the sector regarding tourism and railways and how railways will be able to face the social concerns about a more sustainable way of living and travelling.

In order to make the most of all opportunities, the TopRail scientific committee proposes that the speakers share their expertise and best practice through two panel sessions, namely:

  • Sustainability and innovation as key to competitiveness
  • and
  • Opportunities and challenges of night trains

UIC invites experts in these fields to submit their abstracts through by sending them to perez@uic.org

. The deadline for submission is 22 March 2020.

Criteria for the speaker selection:
1. Correlation and relevance with the theme of the conference and the panel session selected
2. Innovative and/or disruptive approach of the issue
3. Quality of the abstract

  • The abstract may have a maximum length of 600 words and a maximum of two support graphics and/or images
  • Working language is English, no other language allowed for abstract and presentation.

Process after acceptance of your abstract/registration
Selection of papers will be done just afterward and will be communicated directly to the applicant. In case the lecture is approved, the final presentation will have to be provided exclusively in English and according to the guidelines/template that will be provided in due time by UIC.

The registration for the speakers is free of charge. After confirming your participation as a speaker, you will receive a code to register for free in the “registration” area of the website. This will also give you access to the gala dinner, to the technical visit and to a four-day Swiss Travel Pass kindly offered by Swiss Travel System.

We hope that you will be able to support this important event and we look forward to receiving your proposal.

For more information please see https://uic.org/events/3rd-toprail-forum

For questions concerning the submission of abstracts or for more general questions please email Vanessa Perez, Senior Advisor Passenger Department & Latin America Region:


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