Thursday 28 October 2021

UIC is pleased to invite you to the Symposium 2021 to launch its centenary celebrations!

Join us from 30 November to 1 December 2021.

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UIC will celebrate its centenary in 2022.

To launch these celebrations, UIC is holding a symposium on The Future of the Railways: Making Modal Shift Desirable on 30 November and 1 December at its headquarters in Paris. The aim is to provide a roadmap for transforming the railways into a sustainable backbone for mobility over the next five, ten and 15 years.

This event will bring together the rail sector and representatives of public transport.

The starting point for the discussion will be the vision for rail developed together by UIC members. It describes a 2030 mobility landscape where:

  • cars and lorries are being used less because more freight customers and passengers are using the train than ever
  • high-speed rail traffic has doubled globally from today’s levels and is now competing with aviation well on all short and some medium haul routes
  • many airlines have stopped their short haul services and are working closely to connect with rail

The symposium will then provide an opportunity to show to policymakers what are the transformational projects that will have a major impact on efficiency in the short term and will ultimately:

  • transform cities and connect communities
  • contribute to win the race to zero carbon and install the renewables revolution
  • innovate radically for physical and digital connectivity with other modes for a door to door service
  • revolutionise customer experience for changing mobility’s behaviours

These projects will serve as drivers of modal shift to rail and public transport in order to achieve the SDGs goals and the Green Deal objectives in Europe.
Our ambition is to present a concrete roadmap for the next decade in order to become a major contributor to decarbonation through a massive modal shift towards the railways.


The two-day programme, with all speakers included, is available on the event page.


Register here

About Ermewa SA:
Official platinum sponsor

Ermewa SA is a European leader in railcars leasing. The company also provides maintenance, repairs and operations through its European network of certified workshops and partners. Its addresses all segments thanks to its 40,000 railcars, dedicated to transport hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, gaseous, bulk and diversified general cargoes including food and non-food products. With a network of 17 offices in Europe, Ermewa SA provides industrial companies, railway undertakings and freight forwarders with a range of more than 120 different types of railcars.
Ermewa SA invests in railcars on a large scale for new built and refurbishments for specific needs on behalf of its customers. Assets are managed with long-term commitments to customers, leading to performance, efficiency and safety. The company is an ECM (Entity in Charge of Maintenance) certified company since 2010. Circular economy is in the company’s DNA since 1956, through four concrete actions: maintenance, reuse, refurbishment and recycling. It is certified EcoVadis (Gold medal) for its CSR performances.

For further information, please contact Marie Plaud-Lombard, UIC Director of Communication at

If you are interested to sponsor the event, please contact Barbara Mouchel, UIC Senior Advisor at

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