6th biennial International Railway Forum & Conference (IRFC)

6th biennial International Railway Forum & Conference (IRFC)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 to Friday, 24 March 2017

This international conference and exhibition focuses on innovative technologies and best practices in rail transport and logistics in Europe and the Euro-Asian market.

IRFC 2017 gathers top managers, railway and logistics experts, customers, politicians and the representatives of the relevant institutions across Europe and Asia. This includes prominent representatives from EUAR (European Union Agency for Railways), UIC (International Union of Railways), OSŽD (Organisation for Co-operation between Railways), UNIFE (Association of the European Rail Industry) and Shift2Rail (Joint Undertaking for the European Rail Research and Innovation).

The debated topics will cover liberalisation, standardisation, competitiveness and sustainability of rail transportation. One of the main topics will be digitisation: IRFC will present the current opportunities, challenges, real examples of implementation, and enable representatives of major organisations and industry players to present their strategy for digitisation. IRFC will also highlight the latest developments in interoperability and the implementation of TAF/TAP TSI, presenting examples of relevant software products and also specific cases of the TSI implementation in practice.

There will also be lectures focused on innovations in technology of transporting packages, special consignments and dangerous goods by rail, Single Wagon Load, safety, monitoring, etc., information on what's new in Asia-Europe shipments and on research and innovation projects within EUREKA, Horizon 2020, and particularly Shift2Rail.

The conference program will be complemented by a discussion Forum on 21 March with contributions from prominent personalities of European transport policy and railway institutions, as well as the traditional accompanying exhibition and events: the first day’s Gala Evening and the Czech Evening at the end of the second day. A specialised excursion during the third day concludes the three-day program.

CER Executive Director Libor Lochman will speak about the process of liberalisation on the first day of the conference. Moreover, he will be part of the special Rail Forum, which will be held the preceding day on 21 March 2017.

For more information, please visit the event's website at www.IRFC.eu or www.RailConference.com