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UIC governance: Gianluigi Castelli, Chairman of Italian Railways FS Group, is new Chairman of UIC

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gianluigi Castelli, Chairman of the Group Ferrovie dello Stato, as Chair of UIC:

Since our last General Assembly in Madrid, I hope you all had a good summer.
During these summer months, some changes have occurred within our International railway community.
All of them are naturally dealt with in the frame and rules of our Association to ensure its stability and continuity.
One of these changes happened in Italy with the nomination of a complete new board of the FS group.
Renato Mazzoncini himself wrote to all of us to announce that this regrettably would also end his current personal chairmanship of UIC.
I first wish to pay tribute to his input for our association with visionary orientation and a very concrete contribution of the FS group.
This through the participation in many projects and in particular also the organisation of a General Assembly and a first digital conference in Rome, the World Congress for Rail Research and the 1st global conference on Telecom and signalling in Milan, the Global Rail Freight conference in Genoa.
FS group has confirmed its highest involvement in UIC by naming Gianluigi Castelli, who is the chairman of the group, to follow Renato as chair of UIC.
So according to our statutes and traditions, the current chairmanship of UIC is kept by FS and TCDD, Mr Isa Apaydin, as vice chair.
Let me congratulate Mr Castelli who is not unknown to UIC, as he has been supporting Renato Mazzoncini in a number of research projects, and bringing his digital professional experience in a number of our actions.
I am totally confident and will do everything I can, so that the orientations made so far by Renato Mazzoncini will be kept and enhanced by Gianluigi Castelli.
His position within FS, his professional experience, and his motivation will certainly be a great asset for our railway community worldwide in the years to come.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

Gianluigi Castelli is the Chairman of the Board of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, CEO of Nugo S.p.A and Associate Professor of Practice with SDA Bocconi and Director of the SDA Bocconi DEVO Lab.

From September 2016 to July 2018 he was Executive Vice President of Innovation and Information Systems of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and CEO of Nugo S.p.A.
Until February 2015 he was Eni’s Executive VP & CIO, where he led a large ICT Transformation programme and initiated a digitisation programme of the entire company named Eni Digital Enterprise.

From 2001 to 2006 he worked for Vodafone Group: initially as Vodafone Italy CIO, then CTO, then Global IT Director, with the goal of integrating the IT infrastructures and key applications of the operating companies within the Group.
From 1997 to 2001 he worked for Fiat Group, first as Fiat Auto’s CIO, then as CEO and Managing Director of Fiat’s IT service company (GSA).
From 1978 to 1997 he worked for Etnoteam where his last assignment was Head of the System Integration Division.
Also, between 1978 and 1997 he was a researcher with the Information Science Department of the University of Milan.
Between 2006 and 2014 he was Adjunct Professor with the Business School of the Politecnico di Milano (MIP) and an ELIS Fellow.
He was involved in the creation and initial management of a few start-ups.
He won the European Commission Information Technology European Award in 1995, the EUCIP Champion Award in 2009 and the Oracle Excellence Award – CIO of the Year EMEA in 2013.
Between 2009 and 2015 he also served as chairman of the Italian branch of EuroCIO, the European CIO Association.

For further information please contact the UIC Communications Department:

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ERRAC, the Technology Platform for the rail sector in Europe, will participate in InnoTrans 2018

The European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) plans joint participation with Shift2Rail at InnoTrans 2018 to showcase the railway sector’s new Rail 2050 Vision and to exchange ideas with the other stakeholders on multimodal topics.

The European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) will be present at InnoTrans 2018, the leading international trade fair for transport technology, which takes place every two years in Berlin. This major event provides the railway sector with an opportunity to showcase its latest innovative developments and technologies.

With a view to building the railways of tomorrow, InnoTrans 2018 will be a chance to test the transport system described in Rail Vision 2050 against the upcoming innovative products developed by, among others, Shift2Rail, on display at the fair. Also, given its technical platform role, ERRAC will pay particular attention to knowledge collection and sharing among its stakeholders.

With five different trade fair segments (Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction) there is a lot of ground to cover and many people for the ERRAC representatives to meet and we are looking forward to participating in this very significant event!

ERRAC was set up with the ambitious goal of creating a single European body with both the competence and capability to help evolve the European rail sector and make it more competitive, by fostering increased innovation and guiding research efforts at European level.

Within ERRAC, all major rail stakeholders are gathered including: railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, manufacturers, the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Railways, EU Member States, academics and users’ groups. ERRAC covers all forms of rail transport: from conventional, high speed and freight applications to urban and regional services.

For further information please contact the ERRAC Secretariat: or

Web address:

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Cooperation Reporting

Preparation of the 11th World High-Speed Rail Congress in China and other meetings in Beijing

From 29 July – 1 August 2018, Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department, met the five UIC Chinese members: China Railway Corporation (CR), China Academy of Railway Science (CARS), National Railway Administration (NRA), the University of Transport of Beijing (BJTU) and the University of Transport of South-West in Chengdu (SWJTU).

The main conclusions of these meetings concern the 11th World High-Speed Rail Congress (WHSRC) and the Alliance for Universities.

  • The WHSRC will be organised in Beijing in the last week of June 2020 (exact date to be determined)
  • The technical visit of the Congress will consist of travelling on the first fully automated high-speed train in the world, which will run at 350 km/h between Beijing and Zhangjiakou from end of 2019
  • The slogan of the Congress will be “Augmenting Intelligent Mobility” which will merge High-Speed Rail and its interfaces with other transport modes
  • The first scientific and organising committees of the Congress will take place in China at the end of November 2018

Marc Guigon and Prof NING Bin, president of the University of Transport of Beijing and Chair of the Alliance for Universities, agreed on the roadmap of the Alliance (programme for research, regulation of the Alliance…).

SWJTU expressed great interest in being part of the Alliance, and in conducting some projects.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

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Last opportunity to participate in the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation awards 2018

Closing date for submissions – 14 September 2018

Apply here:

Rail transport faces present and future challenges for which research and step changes are necessary.

Research is a core value of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and is at the heart of the whole railway sector to provide the best answers and solutions to meet the challenges that will lead railways to become the backbone of tomorrow’s transport through its innovations, especially in safety, energy efficiency or customer services etc.

It is in this dual perspective of developing efforts in research and innovation,
especially among students and young engineers, as well as in the promotion of railways as a safe, sustainable and economically dynamic mode of transport, that have led to organising the UIC Research & Innovation Awards.

The UIC International Railway Research Board (IRRB) took the initiative to establish these UIC Innovation Awards following the objectives set out in its ambitious work programme.

UIC organises these awards to support and promote:

  • The development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in the railway sector
  • The development of international cooperation in the field of rail research and innovation
  • The promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers, railway suppliers, passenger transport agencies, government bodies in charge of transport and individual researchers to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways

The first edition of this event was held in Paris in December 2012 on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the UIC, the second in December 2014, the third in December 2016, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The 2018 edition of the award ceremony will take place in connection with the UIC General Assembly. The award ceremony will take place on 6 December at the prestigious Automobile Club de France premises on Place de la Concorde in Paris as part of the UIC General Assembly. All CEOs of UIC member organisations are invited to the dinner and awards ceremony.

Don’t hesitate any longer and submit and upload your innovative research results to this website and show all rail stakeholders the way forward to the railway system of the future! The winners will be well rewarded and your research publicised widely. You will find all relevant information on the dedicated website.

Sponsor package available

It is still possible for interested organisations and companies to sponsor the 2018 UIC Research & Innovation Awards. It is possible to have one of the award categories bear the name of your organisation, but there are also other possibilities.

For more information about sponsoring the Award scheme, please visit the following website:

For more information please contact Dennis Schut:

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Cooperation Promoting

Global Rail and Energy Workshop to be held on 24 September 2018 at UIC Paris headquarters

Railways are an important means of transport. At a global level, they cover nearly 7% of annual passenger and freight volumes. Many emerging economies in particular are looking increasingly at railways to further support travel activity; since 2000, global passenger volumes have grown by nearly 50% to more than three trillion passenger-kilometres, primarily driven by China and India. The related energy use is modest in comparison; only around 2% of transport fuel use is in rail, primarily consisting of oil and electricity. This makes rail transport one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport today.

Railways have the potential to play an even more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as inter-urban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have decided to work together on a new publication that aims to analyse the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.

The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants.

The event is free of charge – please register here:

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

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Cooperation Promoting

UIC 1st door-to-door solutions workshop: Business-to-business opportunities for a sustainable urban mobility

14 November 2018 in Warsaw

This event will be an opportunity for railways to discuss business opportunities for the first and last mile solutions, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions.

The goal of the workshop is to open a dialogue between railway companies and urban mobility providers for a new mobility offer to exchange best practices and stimulate partnerships and cooperation, in the frame of the new UIC project “Door-to-door solutions”.

Car sharing, car-pooling, bike sharing, scooter sharing, stations as hubs, MaaS – mobility as a service – tools, journey planners, integration with public transport, electric vehicles facilities and integrated offer: these are areas in which railway companies are engaging with passion. New forms of business can be created for the benefits of customers, citizens and environment.

Participants and speakers will include UIC Members and key stakeholders from the sector especially urban mobility providers.

Introduction 9.30-10.00

Session 1: international overview 10.00-11.00
International stakeholders and organisations bringing insight on a worldwide level: sharing mobility projects, door-to-door projects, world urban mobility, etc.

Session 2: Best practices 11.00-12.30
Speakers from different urban transport sectors will give an overview of several solutions and their experiences in the field of mobility as a service, integrated urban mobility, sharing/pooling, electric charging, etc.

  • Open debate between UIC members and urban mobility providers
    Open debate: Q&A session

Networking lunch 12.30-14.00
This moment provides the opportunity for UIC members and urban mobility providers to share ideas and create relationships and strategic alliances.

Session 3: Business examples and cooperation models 14.30-16.00
The challenges introduced by new mobility require rail companies to adopt a systemic door-to-door approach and propose travel offers capable to provide the final customer with easy solutions to run the first and last mile in a sustainable, efficient and comfortable way. Some EU rail companies have already acted in this sense, while others are starting now to focus on this important aspect of co-modality. The session will present an overview of door-to-door models already in place as well as new plans to come, providing information on challenges and opportunities in the set-up of partnerships with urban mobility providers.

This will be followed by an open debate with UIC members inspired to launch door-to-door partnerships.

Open debate: Q&A session

Conclusions and next steps 16.00-16.30

To register, please follow this link:
Note that the event is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Following this event, the UIC event Global debate on mobility challenges for future society will take place on 15 and 16 November at the same venue. All participants of the door-to-door workshop are welcome to join this event for free. You are invited to register – registration to the door-to-door workshop do not automatically register participants for the Global Debate – and to learn more about this event following this link:

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

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The OptiYard Mid-Term Conference project will be held at UIC in Paris on Friday 5 October 2018

For rail to play an increasing role in sustainable freight transport, the freight network needs to offer enhanced connectivity between Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers, and hence needs to manage increasing numbers of train movements and shunting operations through freight marshalling yards at strategic locations. Within the OptiYard project, the 13 Consortium partners under the coordination of UIC will provide tools to enhance decision support that can be directly applied to achieving enhanced yard capacity and efficiency.

The OptiYard project (Optimised Real-time Yard and Network Management) is a two-year 1.5 million euro project funded by the Shift2Rail JU within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. OptiYard is coordinated by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and has a total of 13 partners from seven different countries.

OptiYard aims at providing decision support tools to Yard Managers that consider the surrounding network, with a view to ensuring smooth marshalling that is essential for the global efficiency of the transport chain.

OptiYard uses a three-pronged approach to develop an optimised decision support system for yard dispatchers by:

  • Providing enhanced, automated yard management by analysing existing process and operations and developing appropriate optimisation algorithms to improve operations for both single wagon load and block train traffic
  • Improving information and communications processes between the Yard Management System, the RUs and Network (IM) by analysing data feeds and modelling an enhanced communications environment
  • Enhancing real-time interaction with the surrounding network, giving the yard dispatcher better visibility of pending perturbations and major disruptions to the yard production schedule

There is no charge for participation, however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Register online, find the updated programme of the conference and more information on how to access the venue by clicking here:

Workshop highlights:

  • WP2 Data Analytics which addresses current data handling capabilities as well as identifying new data models needed for the yard management system optimisation
  • WP3 Development of specifications that apply to the new optimisation modules
  • WP4 Full modelling of the yard and network environments
  • WP5 Process optimisation
  • Round table on real-life utilisation of OptiYard decision support tool

For further information about OptiYard please contact Giancarlo de Marco Telese, Project Coordinator:

Or Christine Hassoun, WP Leader dissemination:

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Second UIC Workshop on Masonry Arch Bridges to be held from 18 – 19 October 2018 in Bristol, UK

After the success of the Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop organised at the initiation of the PoSE-Group by UIC at the Fundación de los Ferrocariles Españoles (Spanish Railways Foundation, FFE) in Madrid in June, UIC will organise a second Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop at the Mansion House in Bristol from 18 – 19 October 2018.

The up-to-date programme, practical information and registration form can be found at:

Assessment of Masonry Arch Bridges
Railways in Europe possess more than 200,000 masonry arch bridges and culverts on their lines which represent almost 50% of their total bridge stock with an inestimable asset value.

Many of them have reached the end of their theoretical service lives when judged against current codes.

The replacement of these old structures is experiencing difficulties due to economic reasons and the fact that many of them belong to the civil engineering heritage of the railways.

Good solutions are therefore needed in optimised management and maintenance strategies and better assessing of the bridge stock.

UIC has conducted the Masonry Arch Bridges project to respond to these requirements. The principal objective of the workshop is to present the results, i.e.:

  • Development of an assessment framework that enables bridge owners to determine the safe working load and residual life of Masonry Arch Bridges
  • Development of tools for a predictive Life Cycle Management and Maintenance Planning of Masonry Arch Bridges
  • Best practices, case studies and new developments regarding maintenance and repair of Masonry Arch Bridges

The results of the project are of interest to railway infrastructure owners, asset managers, bridge engineers responsible for the inspection, assessment or repair of masonry arch bridges as well as for contractors involved in masonry arch bridge projects.

This workshop will be free for UIC members and will cost 200€ for non UIC members.


  • Dr Adrienn Tomor, University of West of England, UK, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr José Antonio Martín-Caro, INES Consultores, Spain, General Director, Chief Engineer
  • Dr Niamh Gibbons, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Prof Matthew Gilbert, University of Sheffield, UK, Full Professor
  • Prof William Harvey, Bill Harvey Associates, UK, Full Professor
  • Dr Zoltán Orbán, University of Pécs, Hungary, Associate Professor

Schedule of the workshop:

18 October: 10.30-17.00
10.30 – 10.50: Welcome and introduction
10.50 – 11.10: General information on the UIC Masonry Arch Bridges project
11.10 – 11.50: Behaviour, inspection and assessment of masonry arch bridges
13.00 – 14.40: Inspection and testing for assessment
15:10 – 17.00: Analysis tools for assessment

18 October: 08.30 – 13.30
08.30 – 10.30: Serviceability, permissible load, life expectancy
10.45 – 11.30: Maintenance and repair
11.30 – 13.30: Case studies, new developments and discussions
Link to the full programme:

For further information please contact Christine Hassoun:

Or register at:

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Reminder: CYRAIL Final Conference on 18 September 2018 in Paris

The CYRail Final Conference will be held at UIC HQ, 16 rue Jean Rey in Paris on 18 September from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

The day-long conference will be an opportunity to learn how to address cybersecurity in the rail system:

  • What are the threats?
  • How can risks be assessed?
  • How are attacks targeting rail systems detected?
  • How can the consequences be mitigated and what are the countermeasures available?
  • What resilience mechanisms are available?

The final recommendations from the project will be presented by the consortium members and the audience will include rail infrastructure managers and public transport operators, rail manufacturers (rolling stock and signalling), ICT integration companies, standardisation bodies, policymakers and researchers.

For further information on the CYRail project, please visit the website at

If you would like to attend the conference, please register at

The CYRail project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement no. 730843, addressing the topic of “threat detection and profile protection definition for cybersecurity assessment”.

For further information please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Senior Adviser Security Division:

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News from UIC members

Germany: DB Schenker starts rollout of new digital booking platform called connect 4 land

Customers in Germany can now book DB Schenker’s land freight services online

Customers in Germany can now access DB Schenker’s logistics services for land transport online through a new digital booking platform called connect 4 land. The platform has already been successfully tested in Spain and is now available there as well. It will be rolled out in further European countries by the end of the year. By 2019, customers throughout Europe will be able to use the new digital platform for system freight services.

DB Schenker’s other business units for air and ocean freight will soon be launching their own online booking systems, connect 4 ocean and connect 4 air.

“By launching connect 4 land, we are taking another important step towards a digital future and are equipping our company for long-term success” says Jochen Thewes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DB Schenker. “Direct and personal communication with our customers will of course remain an important aspect of our core business. However, the new digital booking platform will make it easy for small and medium-sized customers in particular to use DB Schenker’s professional services.”

Connect 4 land enables customers of DB Schenker to have quick online access to the largest land transport network in Europe. Business customers have now access to convenient and direct online booking – including by smartphone – immediate and transparent information about prices and transport time, and easy tracking.

Connect 4 land is now available for DB Schenker’s German and Spanish transport markets. More information is available at

(Source: DB Schenker)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: NC KTZ"JSC and the province of Sichuan will develop cooperation in the transport sector

Issues of developing cooperation in the sphere of railway transport were discussed at the meeting of the deputy chairman of the development board of NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC Maksat Kabashev with the member of the standing committee of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee of the CPC, secretary of the CPC city committee in Chengdu, Fan Ruipin.

The positive dynamics of the volume of container transportation along the route of the PRC-EU-PRC through the territory of Kazakhstan was noted.

For seven months in 2018, the volume of cargo transport through the border crossings Alashankou – Dostyk and Khorgos – Altynkol amounted to 7723 thousand tons, which is 1964 thousand tonnes (or 34%) more than in the same period in 2017.

Mr Kabashev informed the meeting about transport and logistics opportunities of Kazakhstan, the development of transnational routes, measures on increasing transit cargo flows.

"The Nurly Zhol Kazakh programme and the Chinese initiative “One belt is one way” are common goals that open great prospects in the development of transit and transport cooperation between our countries," said Mr Kabashev.

One of the factors of successful cooperation is the well-coordinated work of alliances and infrastructure partners. At present, NC KTZ JSC operates in 17 provinces of China. In the future it is planned to expand the geography of the presence in the Chinese provinces.

According to F. Zhuypin, Kazakhstan and China are actively developing transport and logistics infrastructure. The capacity of border stations is expanding, logistics chains are being built. He spoke about the transport capabilities of Sichuan Province and spoke in favour of developing cooperation in this area.

The meeting also discussed the establishment of a joint venture/representative office of NC KTZ JSC in Chengdu.

(Source: KTZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 3 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 11-12 September 2019 TEG Plenary Meeting Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 17-19 September 2019 UIC PoSE Meeting Vienna
  • 17 September 2019 Plenary meeting and Standardisation international Conf Paris UIC
  • 23-28 September 2019 UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 on Railway Accessibility for the Public Seoul, Korea
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 30 September 2019 UIC security platform - Steering committee Warsaw, Poland
  • 3-4 October 2019 UIC Digital Days Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR Tokyo, Japan
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 12 November 2019 TTI Sector Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria

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