Information published on 14 February 2012 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 278.

2nd High Speed Interaction Workshop - Maintenance of High Speed Rail Systems Taipei, 18-20 April 2012

  • High-Speed

In order to prepare the 2012 UIC HIGHSPEED World Congress that will take place in Philadelphia in July, UIC is organising the 2nd HIGHSPEED Interaction Workshop in Taipei from 18 – 20 April 2012.

Following the successful first edition in Korea in 2009, this second edition will address the specific issue of high speed rail system maintenance. The event is being organised by UIC and Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC), and is open to UIC members around the world.

As the market of high speed rail and maintenance becomes more global, the current, future and potential high speed rail operators and high-speed rail maintenance experts are invited to discuss their technical approach, experiences and expectations in various fields such as the development of standards, pre-competitive benchmarking, identification and facilitation of possible areas of cooperation.

This 2nd edition will consist of alternative plenary sessions, panel sessions and round tables, addressing the maintenance of both infrastructure and rolling stock. It will serve as an exchange platform where participants will be able to contribute as well as obtain other points of view on global and particular aspects of HSR system maintenance. Among the specific objectives, the needs and requirements with regard to the maintenance of specific systems will be collected.

Strong support from infrastructure managers and railway operators who have already implemented high speed rail systems, and who have gained relevant experience in this field, is expected in order to enhance the overall value of this initiative. The results of the workshop will be addressed to the UIC 2012 HIGHSPEED World Congress in July in Philadelphia.

This workshop will be also a platform where high speed rail suppliers and high speed rail operators can meet and network. Railway manufacturers, railway undertakings, infrastructure companies, consultants, the supply industry and service companies are invited to register in order to share their respective experience and expected services.

The programme will also include a technical tour of maintenance facilities proposed by THSRC.

The call for papers is open to all participants. The organisers invite you to submit an abstract based on the themes of the workshop no later than 29 February 2012.

All applications must be sent to

Details on the workshop venue as well as guidelines for speakers are available at: