The main features of this conference are:

  • Estimated number of participants: 400
  • Venue: Marrakech
  • Stand exhibition
  • Event structure: 2 plenary sessions (opening and closing), 1 round table, 8 sessions and technical visits
  • Working languages: Arabic, French and English. Any other language is possible if the speaker provides an interpreter

Following the success of the first four events (2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013) held in Roma, Paris, Brussels and Moscow, the International Union of Railways (UIC), in close cooperation with Moroccan railways (ONCF), will organize the 5th NEXT STATION conference focused on “Rethinking Stations for Future Intermobility”, in Marrakech on 21-22 October 2015.

NEXT STATION is a worldwide meeting place for professionals, local authorities, researches or every person interested in the subject of the conference.
Railway stations are usually considered from three perspectives: customer access to trains, business opportunities due to a high concentration of people every day, and interaction with the city and the other transport modes.
As part of this approach, the UIC Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG) has been undertaking work since 2005. One of the most representative actions of this working group is the organization of the NEXT STATION Conference in 2015. There are other actions regarding stations: Governance, Classification, Signage, and Observatory…

The conference program includes 8 different themes:

  1. Design: intermodality, capacity, flexibility, flow management, station typology, accessibility, sustainability etc.
  2. Technologies: intermodal information, facility management, ticketing, services, security, etc.
  3. Comprehensive protection: management of public place and intermodal security, feeling of security, design impacts, etc.
  4. Enhancing client experiences: services, shops, retail, cultural activities, performance of the intermodal system, accessibility, etc.
  5. Development and management of stations: concepts, business approach, station to hub management, governance, urban integration, etc.
  6. Territories: urban-local integration, urban impact, socio-economic impact, infrastructure financing, multiplicity of actors, intermobility, infrastructure, etc.
  7. Stations for high speed services: specific services, traffic trend, flows management, impact on territories, etc.
  8. UIC activities and academic research