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7th UIC World Congress
on Rail Training

9 – 11 April 2025 | Chengdu, China








Key Dates

Abstract submission deadline:

  • 5 July 2024

Notification of acceptance:

  • 2 August 2024

Full paper & presentation submission deadline:

  • 15 November 2024

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World Congress on Rail Training, Talent & Development

The UIC World Congress on Railway Training is a major event for academic and rail training institutions. Having been organised every two years since 2011, it brings together on average 200 participants from over 35 countries. The six previous congresses were organised in Madrid, Vienna/St Pölten, Lisbon, Berlin/Potsdam, Rabat, and Paris respectively.

The Congress targets:

  • Training directors, executives, and experts
  • Human resources and performance, and development professionals at all hierarchical levels in an organisation
  • Rail education and vocational institutions

It aims to:

  • Promote excellence in railway training through best practice models
  • Highlight research findings, which are innovative and have practical applications within the industry
  • Identify new challenges for training and training technologies
  • Provide a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience amongst training professionals and managers


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Topics & Sub-Topics

Training and Education

  1. International & national cooperation between industry, education, training and research
  2. National organisation of education and training
  3. Training management cycle: needs analysis, design, planning, delivery and evaluation
  4. Specific training for High-speed trains
  5. Training programs for different job functions: programs, structure, contents and methods
  6. Management and leadership development
  7. Train the trainers programs

Training initiatives for rail resilience and sustainability

  1. Future skills, new competencies and new jobs
  2. Demographics, ageing and workforce planning
  3. Training solutions for sustainability: cost efficiency, environmental issues (i.e. lower carbon foot print, materials, long-term cost saving, etc.)
  4. Intergenerational knowledge transfer in railway training
  5. Leadership models for sustainable railway industry

Talent and Diversity & Inclusion

  1. Exploring differences in talent requirements in railways across the world
  2. Employer branding for the industry and companies
  3. Global and local Talent management policies and practices: how to attract, diversify, integrate, develop and retain talents
  4. Intergenerational talent management
  5. Apprenticeship and vocational training programmes (including mobility programmes) to accelerate sector visibility and attraction
  6. Design training programmes taking into account diversity & inclusion
  7. Continuous learning and professional development in railway careers
  8. Optimising training strategies for integration of a large number of new employees

Innovation, Research and New Technologies

  1. Use of innovative learning technology tools in Railway Education: AI, VR, AR, APPs, LMS, LXP, etc.
  2. Digitalization’s Impact on Railway Training Programs: Present & Future How does training respond to the impact of digitalisation on jobs and skills
  3. Changing Pedagogical Models in Railway Training: Self-study, Social Learning, Workplace Learning, Organizational Learning
  4. New methods and technologies in training evaluation and assessment
  5. Knowledge management and organisational learning within the sector
  6. Research trends in training and development

Health and Safety

  1. New training solutions for Non-Technical Skills: i.e. integrate non-technical skills in technical learning programmes, etc.
  2. Enhancing safety culture and security through training initiatives
  3. Strategies for Mitigating Fatigue through Training and Management
  4. Technology Applications for Enhancing Rail Safety Training
  5. Implementing Effective Emergency Response Training in High-Risk Work Environments
  6. Mental Health Awareness and Resilience through Training Programmes
  7. Strategies for Embedding Safety Practices in Organizational Training

Submit your abstract

We welcome individuals who are enthusiastic about sharing their work, whether it comprises original research findings, case studies, theoretical perspectives, or innovative methodologies, to join us. Abstract submissions should focus on topics aligned with the central theme of WCRT 2025.

Accepted abstracts will then be presented either in-person at the congress venue or online. This is a unique opportunity to engage with peers, gain constructive feedback, and foster collaboration, which can help to drive meaningful advancements in your field.

Join us at the World Congress on Rail Training (WCRT 2025)!
Submit your abstract and be part of this transformative experience!

Submission Guidelines

  1. Abstracts must be submitted via the submit your abstract form
  2. Abstracts should be 500 words or less
  3. Please choose the thematic track for your submission
  4. Authors are encouraged to adhere to ethical standards and guidelines in their research and presentation

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