Global debate on mobility challenges for future society 15-16 November 2018, Warsaw (Poland)

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The UIC – International Union of Railways – is a global organisation with the primary mission of promoting rail transport at world level with the objective of optimally meeting current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development.

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One of its working bodies is the International Railway Research Board (IRRB) in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, the “Global Vision of the Railway Development” – or short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.
Annually, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise a future oriented event, called the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society”, which will be held in Warsaw, Poland on 15th and 16th November 2018.
The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out of the box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/ guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will be focused on the following areas:
  1. New mobility system concepts
  2. Towards an integrated transport system
  3. IT - New opportunities and threats
  4. Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  5. Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director-General, Prof. Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-chairman and Director of IK.
Following the official opening, five key-note speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.
At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into: English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multi-facetted insights from around the world, will constitute also a crucial input to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

Contact

For more information please contact Dennis Schut: Dennis Schut

Agenda

Day 1 – 15 November 2018

9:00 Registration & Welcome
9:30 Welcome and opening remarks
Dr Andrzej Zurkowski – Director of IK
Prof. Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General of UIC
Miroslaw Antonowicz, Management Board Member PKP SA
Atilla Kiss, Secretary General OSJD Committee
Prof. Sebastian Belz, Secretary General of the European Platform for Transport Sciences, EPTS
10:30 Introduction and overview of the agenda

10:45 Keynote speeches for 5 areas with key-note speakers
Area 1: New mobility system concepts – Prof. Vasilios Profillidis – Greece
Area 2: Towards an integrated transport systems – Prof. Laurent Guihéry – France
Area 3: IT – new opportunities & threats – Prof. Wojciech Paprocki – Poland
Area 4: Competitiveness of transport stakeholders – Assoc. Prof. Borna Abramovic – Croatia
Area 5: Sustainability and resilience of transport system – Dr Raimondo Orsini – Italy
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 5 parallel thematic sessions

16:00 Coffee break
16:30 Tour de Table – reports by Sessions’ moderators
18:00 Debate Q/A

19:00 End of day one
19:30 Gala dinner

Please note that the participants of the 1ST UIC DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLUTIONS WORKSHOP event of 14 November should register for the gala dinner separately, via the registration web page for the DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLUTIONS WORKSHOP!

Day 2 – 16 November 2018

9:00 Welcome coffee
9:30 Conclusions by area moderators
10:30 Debate follow up
11:30 Summary by Prof. Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman
12:00 Lunch

Speakers

Opening & Plenary Session Speakers
Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-chairman and Director of IK
Prof. Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD)
Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director-General
Mr. Miroslaw Antonowicz – PKP SA Management Board member
Mr. Atilla Kiss – Secretary General OSJD Committee
Prof Sebastian Belz – Secretary General of the European Platform for Transport Sciences EPTS

Key-note Speakers
Area 1: New mobility system concepts – Prof. Vasilios Profillidis – Greece
Area 2: Towards an integrated transport system – Prof. Laurent Guihéry – France
Area 3: IT – new opportunities & threats – Prof. Wojciech Paprocki – Poland
Area 4: Competitiveness of transport stakeholders – Assoc. Prof. Borna Abramovic – Croatia
Area 5: Sustainability and resilience of transport system – Dr. Raimondo Orsini – Italy

Thematic Session Presenters
Thematic session 1: New mobility system concepts – moderated by prof. Profillidis
• Kasia Foljanty, Ph.D. – Head of Architecture and Urban Planning – Hyperloop Poland
• Frank Michelberger – St. Polten University – Austria – CargoRider – Integrated Platform for Passenger Trips on Cargo Ships
• Prof. Marc Antoni – UIC Rail System Department Director – Hydrogen Cells and new propulsion systems

Thematic session 2: Towards an integrated transport system – moderated by prof. Guihéry
• David Krasensky – ABIRAIL CZ – System-wide approach to the integrated public transport – a roadmap to the modern mobility
• Stephan Müller – Deutsches Zentrum für Luft – und Raumfahrt (DLR) – Berlin – Future framework conditions for integrated transport systems
• Marc Perez – TTK – Future of High Speed Train in Europe : Perspectives 2030

Thematic session 3: IT – new opportunities & threats – moderated by prof. Paprocki
• Claire Shooter – Senior Research Analyst RSSB – Horizon scanning topic and discuss the enabling technology of machine learning and it’s potential for the rail industry.
• Prof. dr. hab. Aleksander Sladkowski – Poland
• Aleksey Ozerov – RZD – JSC VNIIAS – Digital capabilities and security challenges
• Marie-Hélène Bonneau – Senior Security Advisor, UIC Security Unit division – Cyber security

Thematic session 4: Competitiveness of transport stakeholders – Assoc. Prof. Borna Abramovic
• Dennis Schut – UIC – Intermodality on the Silk Road
• Martin Brennan – UIC, Head of Research & Innovation – Capabilities of the railway transport systems

Thematic session 5: Sustainability and resilience of transport system – Dr. Raimondo Orsini
• Inara Watson – PhD Researcher at London South Bank University – Sustainability and Related Factors of High-Speed Rail
• Carole Escolan-Zeno – UIC Sustainable Development manager – Sustainability challenges for rail transport
• Kristina Matvienko – Dnipropetrovsk National University of Railway Transport

Practical information

Venue

InterContinental Hotel, Warsaw Center

Emilii Plater Street 49 Warsaw, 00-125, Poland +48-22-3288888
For Debate participants a special hotel price is proposed until 31 October.
Please contact the hotel directly.

From Chopin AirportFrom Warsaw Central Station
First follow signs for rail connections.

The train station is next to Terminal 1.

Get off at Warsaw Centre Station

Time: 20 min

Cost: 1-2 EUR

Bus n° 175

Time: 30 minutes

Cost: 1 EUR

By taxi from the airport to Warsaw Centre

Time: 20 min

Cost: 10 EUR

Train Airport Express

Time: 20 min

Cost: 2 EUR

Bus n° 175

Time: 30 minutes

Cost: 1 EUR

Taxi

Time: 20 min

Cost: about 10 EUR

Please note that on the day preceding the “Global Debate”, 14 November 2018, the UIC organizes yet another interesting event in the same venue in Warsaw: the UIC 1st door-to-door solutions workshop - Business to business opportunities for a sustainable urban mobility” à To register, please follow this link https://events.uic.org/uic-1st-door-to-door-solutions-workshop -