ARGUS / SECRET meeting (Paris, 28 January)

On 28 January 2015, the UIC Rail System Department and Security Division organised a workshop on “How to protect signalling system against cybercrime” which took place at UIC HQ in Paris.

More than 40 people attended this event which focused on the ongoing projects ARGUS and SECRET with the presentation of the scope of both projects, their respective approach to assess the risks and the protection solutions studied.

The keynote speech of the morning session was given by Cedric Levy from ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security). He underlined the fact that railway signalling relies more and more on ICT systems. Every sub-system has specific cyber security concerns and it requires cooperation from all levels. In this context ENISA aims at facilitating the deployment of cyber security measures through good practices and recommendations. Cross-border collaboration is therefore needed between the stakeholders at both technical as well as operational and organisational level.

Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department, then presented the ARGUS project (security and safety analysis for electric and computerised signalling systems) launched in 2014 which aims to identify cyber-vulnerabilities of signalling systems and to develop adapted responses. Threats against safety and security of real-time systems and especially information integrity are a key concern and will be considered. Human factor management at design and operation level will also be addressed. At this stage, the strategic aims of the project are:

-  How to avoid on a “railway level” unfortunate consequences from threats (cyber attacks…) on operational signalling networks?”
-  How to provide alternative structures/architecture to operate until the main structures have been “cleaned”?
-  To converge as quickly as possible, using the existing or ongoing work for all domains or kind of systems.

The following presentation was given by Sergey Adadurov, Chairman of the COLPOFER Cyber Security Working Group. The purpose of the group is to share experience and information, develop recommendations on railway information infrastructure protection and to support cyber security system deployment.

Nadia Ammad from SNCF gave an overview on safety and security requirements at national level and underlined the need to define proactive solutions and build common guidelines within UIC.

To conclude, Marc Antony presented the structure of the ARGUS project which is organised into four work packages:
-  WP1 (led by UIC): State-of-the-art and benchmark of good practices regarding the specificities of railway signalling networks (operational networks)
-  WP2 (led by DB): Adding “security” to the safety analysis on the V-cycle
-  WP3 (led by RZD): human factors regarding security during the life cycle (awareness, education, knowledge…)
-  WP4 (led by UIC): summary and guidelines

The afternoon session was opened by Chaouki Kasmi from ANSSI, the French Network and Information Security Agency. He gave an overview of the French defence and national security strategy in the field of cyber security.

The following presentations were dedicated to the EU SECRET project (SECurity of the Railway network against Electromagnetic ATtacks) with the presentation of intermediate results and the next steps until the end of the project which is planned for 31 July 2015.

Virginie Deniau from IFSTTAR (French institute of science and technology for transport, development and network), coordinator of the SECRET project, presented the scope and structure of the project.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission within the FP7 programme and involves 10 partners from five European countries (SNCF, Alstom, Fraunhofer, Politecnico di Torino, TRIALOG, University of Liege, Institut Montefiore, University of the Basque Country, ZANASI Alessandro Srl and UIC as leader for dissemination).

SECRET assesses the risks and consequences of EM attacks on the rail infrastructure, work on preventive and recovery measures and develops protection solutions to reinforce the security of the rail network, subject to intentional electromagnetic (EM) interferences, which can disturb command-control, communication or signalling systems.

In the final step the project will propose contributions for more resilient architecture to Technical Recommendations (TecRec) in line with the UNISIG/UNIFE standardisation process. Some EMC (Electro-Magnetic Compatibility) recommendations will also be provided to more specialised standardisation committees, as well at hardware level to committees like CENELEC (European Committee for Electro-technical Standardisation), CEN (European Committee for Standardisation, except electro-technical and telecom) or ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).

During the concluding session, the participants praised the work presented throughout the day and highlighted the importance of exchanging information between the railways. The UIC Rail Forum and the Security Platform will continue their work together and organise another workshop before the end of the year.

For further information please contact Marc Antoni (antoni@uic.org) or Marie-Hélène Bonneau from the UIC Security division (bonneau@uic.org)

Website: http://www.secret-project.eu/

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UIC participates in EU Programme Horizon 2020

The results from the Horizon2020 First Call 2nd Stage were officially published on 27 January 2015. Knowing that only around 25% of all proposals are accepted within each European framework programmes, UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux is delighted to announce to UIC members that four projects involving UIC have been invited to grant preparation. Here below is the list of them:

BODEGA (BOrdDErGuArd - Proactive Enhancement of Human Performance in Border Control) has been accepted under the call reference BES-14-2014: Ethical Societal Dimension topic 1: Human factors in border control within the call chapter HORIZON 2020: 14. Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

BODEGA will investigate and model Human Factors in border control to provide innovative socio-technical solutions for enhancing border guards’ performance of critical tasks, support border management decision-making, and optimise travellers’ border crossing experience. For further information you can contact Virginie Papillault: papillault@uic.org

REFINET (REthinking Future Infrastructure NETworks) has been accepted as well under the call reference MG-8.1b-2014: Smarter design, construction and maintenance within the call chapter HORIZON 2020: 11. Smart, green and integrated transport.

Launching a European long-term ambition and initiative to increase the overall performance of multimodal transport infrastructures, the REFINET CSA intends to 1) create a sustainable network of European and international stakeholders’ representatives of all transport modes and transport infrastructure sectors, 2) deliver a shared European vision of how to specify, design, build or renovate, and maintain the multimodal European transport infrastructure network of the future, and 3) develop a Strategic Implementation Plan with a comprehensive set of prioritised actions to made the REFINET vision a reality.

SETRIS (Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies) has also been accepted under the call reference MG-9.6-2014: Strengthening the research and innovation strategies of the transport industries in Europe within the call chapter HORIZON 2020: 11. Smart, green and integrated transport.

The aim of SETRIS is to deliver a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe. It is a unique project because for the first time in an EC funded project, a number of modes of transport and their European Technology Platforms are working together as partners in one proposal: rail, road, air, water and the intermodal ETP. Besides a number of common work packages, there is a dedicated WP for rail which is strongly linked and is complimentary to the UIC coordinated FOSTER-RAIL project.

NETIRAIL-Infra (Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway) has been accepted under the call reference MG-2.1-2014: I²I Intelligent Infrastructure within the call chapter HORIZON 2020: 11. Smart, green and integrated transport.

NETIRAIL-Infra focuses on infrastructure challenges affecting the large number of people and the large geographical proportion of Europe (especially recent accession countries) that are served by conventional rail lines.

The total number of accepted projects will benefit from some €14.5 million funding by the European Commission, of which a €1.7 million budget is foreseen for UIC actions within the 1st call.

In line with its continuous commitment within the previous 6th and 7th EU framework programmes, UIC is pleased to see that its specialist expertise as the technical platform for the rail operating community is once more being recognised by the European Commission and reaffirms its involvement in contributing to the development of the future European railway system.

There is still some way to go before the grant signature but working in a cohesive and cooperative manner we will be able to develop a series of very successful projects and fruitful collaboration with all partners.

Horizon 2020 - Smart, green and integrated transport – Call 2015 is open!

With closing dates for 23 April 2015 (1st step of a two-stage submission) and 15 October (2nd step as well as 1st step of the single stage submission), the second part of the 1st Call for Proposals has been published. There are considerably fewer topics open in this part-Call but there are still a few which might be interesting for our members. NB: these topics are not purely dedicated to rail only as all rail topics are now part of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking where the first open Call for Proposals is expected to be published by the end of 2015 or (rather) early 2016.

The following “Horizontal” topics – cooperation needed with other modes of transport! – might be interesting to the rail sector:

Under “Mobility” we find:

1. Call for Urban, Logistics and Infrastructure Areas addressing cross-cutting issues which can/should include rail (but not only!!!)
2. Call for Socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making

Ad2.: “Logistics” – (Rail-) Freight transport related – (UIC Freight Department)

Call topic MG6.3: Common communication and navigation platforms for pan-European logistics applications - 18 M €

Ad2.: “Infrastructure” – Infrastructure, environment etc

MG 8.3 Facilitating market take-up of innovative transport infrastructure solutions 2015 – Public procurement of innovative solutions ( UIC Rail System)

As well as

Call topic MG 8.4 Smart governance, network resilience and streamlined delivery of innovation ( UIC Rail System Department and Fundamental Values Department - Sustainability Unit)

Ad3.: “Socio-economic and behavioural research”

Smart, green and integrated transport:
Socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making

Two topics: MG-9.1-2015 – Transport Societal Drivers - single stage (deadline for submission 15/10/2015)

Other relevant transport research in the other parts of H2020 – (2015):

• Calls in the focus area Competitive Low Carbon Energy (LCE)
— LCE-12-2015 (Demonstrating advanced biofuel technologies)
— LCE-14-2015 (Market uptake of existing and emerging sustainable bio-energy)
• Call for Growing a low Carbon, resource efficient economy with a sustainable supply of raw materials (H2020-SC5-2015-two-stage)
— SC5-04-2015 (Improving the air quality and reducing the carbon footprint of European cities)

• Call for Information and Communications Technologies (H2020-ICT-2015):
— ICT-24-2015 Robotics (Transport appears among main market domains)

• Call in the focus area Smart Cities and Communities
— SCC-1-2015 (Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse projects)

• Calls for nanotechnologies, advanced materials and production (Pilot and 2-stage)
- NMP-02-2015 (Integration of novel nanomaterials into existing production lines)
- NMP-03-2015 (manufacturing and control of nanoporous materials)
- NMP-22-2015 (Fibre-based materials for non-clothing applications)

• Call for Secure Societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe & its citizens
– DS-2015-1 (Digital Security, Cyber-security, privacy & Trust ( possibly of interest to UIC Rail System Department and Department for Fundamental Values – Security Unit)

Also:
“Europe wide transport model, technology watch, data and scenarios.”
•This is a Public Tender (i.e NOT a call for proposals) – See detailed Tender Specifications on the EU website ted.europa.eu - Expected to be published in the next few weeks – NB: Different rules/ procedures apply (with respect to Calls for Proposals)

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, schut@uic.uic or Axel Gougelet, gougelet@uic.org

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SIAFI 2015 (Interactive Sessions on International Rail Business)

Paris, UIC HQ, 18 – 22 May 2015 and 26 – 30 October 2015

Among the different international training offers is the SIAFItraining, which for several decades has been the outstanding international railway training programme for managers from railway companies and other sector organisations.

The SIAFInternational programme actively addresses those talents (young and experienced) with a strong appetite for international collaboration and willingness to extend their skills and competencies beyond their areas of technical expertise. Attending the SIAFInternational Programme provides an opportunity for them to obtain in-depth insights into international best practices, for getting a good comprehension of core issues for railways in an ever growing competitive environment, for developing intercultural skills, for creating strong and sustainable network and for cross functional collaboration.

Since 2014 the training has been revamped introducing, inter alia, a number of “transversal” competencies which have become crucial to complete the skill sets of highly competent managers in the rail sector.

The increasing connectedness of railways make it more and more crucial for companies to have internationally-minded managers with a good understanding of the changing business environment, capable of sizing the challenges and opportunities for railways. Both the important benchmarking opportunities within the railway industry offered by the programme and the active networking that fosters a truly global learning experience make us confident in the value that this programme can deliver to both participants and the sending organisations.

If you want to know what previous participants think of SIAFI, please click on http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article3321

For further detailed information and registration, please consult www.uic.org/siafi

Deadline for registration: 13 April 2015

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of Expertise Development Unit: amirault@uic.org

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Third UIC World Congress on Rail Training 2015 “Unite, Inspire, Connect”

Registration and programme of the Congress available at www.wcrt2015.org

You can still apply to become a partner or a sponsor!

Further to the success of the two previous World Congresses on Rail Training which brought together participants from some 30 countries, the UIC, together with its partners CP, REFER, Fertagus, IST and DB Training, is pleased to announce the third World Congress on Rail Training, which will be held at IST (Instituto Superiore Tecnico), Lisbon, Portugal from 15 to 17 April 2015.

The World Congress on Rail Training 2015 is being organised at the initiative of the UIC Expertise Development Platform, which draws its expertise from the regional Rail Training Centres Networks (Europe, Asia, Middle East,..). Its main purpose is to enhance workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.

The key congress aims are to:

• Promote excellence in railway training through best practice models
• Highlight research findings in this area which bring innovation and have practical application to the industry
• Identify new challenges for training and training technologies
• Provide a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience amongst training professionals and managers

The Congress is targeted at human resources and training directors, training executives, and training and workforce development experts. The Congress will be held in English, French, German and Portuguese.

The speakers, who are coming from Asia, Oceania, Europe and Latin America, will cover a wide spectrum of topical issues for railways, inter alia, strategy & innovation, safety & security skills, customer service training, new technologies/e-learning, knowledge management, non technical skills, war for talents, co-operation between rail industries and universities...

The programme of the Congress is designed in such a way (parallel sessions and workshops) as to provide extensive interactivity and in-depth discussions and exchanges between the attendees.

We look forward to seeing you in Lisbon!

For further information please contact the Congress Secretariat at wcrt2015secretariat@leading.pt

Or contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of Expertise Development Unit at UIC, at amirault@uic.org

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News from UIC members

AAR announces staffing changes at helm of safety and operations

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced on 30 January 2015 the retirement of its long-time Senior Vice President of Safety & Operations, as well as the appointment of a new Senior Vice President.
Robert VanderClute, who has been with the AAR for 12 years, is being succeeded by Michael Rush, who has been with the AAR since 1980 and will be moving from his position as associate general counsel effective Feb. 1, 2015.

VanderClute is a life-long railroader, having spent 27 years with Amtrak, rising to the position of vice president of operations and chief operating officer. Before coming to the AAR in 2002, he spent five years as vice president for rail with Parsons Brinckerhoff.
VanderClute received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee and also completed the transportation executive program at Harvard University.

“Bob’s contributions to the AAR, to our members and to the rail industry worldwide are vast,” said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger. “His depth of railroad knowledge and hands-on experience will be difficult to duplicate. As well, his love for all things railroading is unsurpassed. He is the consummate ’train enthusiast,’ and his face lights up whenever a train goes by.”

Rush, who graduated from the National Law Center at George Washington University with honors, is no stranger to the railroad industry. Since joining the AAR 35 years ago, he has counseled the AAR and its member railroads on environmental, hazardous materials and safety matters, including spearheading the freight rail industry’s push for stronger tank car safety standards.

“Safety has and always will be front and center for the rail industry and we are fortunate to have Mike’s expertise to lead this critical area,” said Hamberger. “Mike’s insights on myriad issues, particularly those with a safety focus are immeasurable.”

(Source: AAR)

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News from UIC members

BC, Belarusian Railways: Volume of rail freight transport carried between China and EU via Belarus tripled in 2014

Rail container traffic between China and the EU via Belarus registered a threefold increase in 2014 compared to the previous year, amounting to 40,600 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

Belarusian Railways transport cargo in container trains from China to a number of European countries, including Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

In 2014, Belarusian Railways carried 193,100 TEU. Today, 25 fixed-route container trains deliver cargo through Belarus.

Belarusian Railways stay current with global trends for containerisation of freight transport and take an active part in new projects. In March 2014, the new container train from China to Europe was launched in partnership with UTLC Project Office and DHL Global Forwarding.

In May 2014, the container train successfully delivered Chinese products from Wuhan, China to Pardubice, Czech Republic, while in June, a container train was launched to deliver Hyundai vehicle sets from the Czech Republic to Kostanay, Kazakhstan.

(Source: Belarusian Railways)

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UZ, Ukraine: Ukrainian Railways registered 38% rise in passenger numbers in December 2014

In December 2014 Ukrainian High-Speed Railway Company registered a 38% year-over-year rise in passenger numbers in 2013, to 224,558.

The total occupancy of the company’s trains in December was 57%.

The company carried 77,669 passengers on the Kyiv-Kharkiv route (73% occupancy) and 66,956 passengers on the Kyiv-Dnipropetrovsk route (65%), 8,457 passengers on the Kyiv-Odesa route (23%) and 2,601 passengers on the Kryvy Rih (21%).

(Source: Ukrainian Railways)

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News from UIC members

“Using GEFCO’s technology will allow us to reduce our own procurement costs” – President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin

“The decision to purchase the company GEFCO was not spontaneous, but made in line with the Company’s strategy to increase the share of transport logistics in the activities of the Russian Railways’ holding company. We have acquired a company which is among the ten largest logistics companies in the world and which has international experience and staff of 11,500, a number which speaks for itself,” said Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways and Chairman of GEFCO’s Supervisory Board, who was speaking at a press conference in St. Petersburg on 28 January 2015.

According to Yakunin, historically GEFCO has been involved in transport logistics with a focus on shipping cars, but now it is developing projects such as transport and logistic support to ship aluminium from Hungary to China.

“We are satisfied with GEFCO as a whole. I believe that we have correctly assessed market trends. The acquisition of this French company has allowed us to gain experience in the field of international cooperation”, said Vladimir Yakunin.

It is extremely important to Russian Railways that the integration of GEFCO’s operations into the Holding has not only improved the quality of services to third-party customers, but also created specific transport and logistics products for internal use. For example, spare parts logistics is a major logistics business. If previously it was the manufacturers of spare parts which handled deliveries, now with the help of GEFCO, Russian Railways will be able to build the supply chain and thus reduce the real cost of acquiring components.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members

Georgian Railway issued international certificate of quality management

On 12 January 2015, JSC Georgian Railway was issued the international certificate of Quality Management ISO 9001:2008.

After several months of the preparatory work being carried out by Georgian Railway, international company INTERTEK audited the quality of corporate management of the railway and has confirmed its compliance with the standard ISO 9001 and issued the corresponding certificate.

JSC Georgian Railway considers the effective system of quality control to be an integral part and one of the major pre-conditions for the growth of the company. JSC Georgian Railway focuses on the continuous development and improvement of its corporate governance systems and on meeting the requirements of its clients, partners and all other interested parties. The railway’s management carries out systematic reforms, under which introduction of several new systems is planned. This should provide a new stage for the development of Georgian Railway.

(Source: JSC Georgian Railway)

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OSJD Seoul Railway Summit & 10th International Freight Conference (Seoul, 27 – 29 May 2015)

Registration now online

KORAIL, an active member of UIC, and OSJD are pleased to announce the opening of the official website and call for registration of the OSJD Seoul Railway Summit and 10th International Freight Conference, which will take place in Korea, Seoul, at the Sheraton Seoul D-Cube City Hotel from 27 – 29 May 2015, jointly hosted and organised by KORAIL and OSJD.

The Seoul Summit and Conference offer a great opportunity to the international community of railways to share a harmonised vision for further development of international rail freight transport in the Eurasian region.

KORAIL and OSJD cordially invite members of UIC and the international railway community to join the Seoul Summit and Conference.

For further information regarding the conference and registration, please visit http://www.2015osjdconference.com/main

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UIC Middle-East Region organises 1st International Conference on “Railway Interoperability-Standardisation-Harmonisation" with QRC, OTIF and CIT in Doha, Qatar

The 1st UIC RAME International Conference on “Railway Interoperability – Standardisation – Harmonisation” organised in close cooperation with OTIF and CIT, will be held at the kind invitation of Qatar Railways (QRC) in Doha, Qatar, from 30 – 31 March 2015.

This conference in Qatar will provide a unique opportunity for all railways and railway stakeholders from the Middle-East region to exchange on all essential issues connected with technical, operational and legal harmonisation in view of developing an attractive and competitive rail transportation system with a regional dimension in the Middle-East.
Mention should be made that OTIF (Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail) and CIT (International Rail Transport Committee) are cooperating with UIC to organise this conference and to handle the legal aspects of harmonisation and interoperability.

The two-day programme consists of railway interoperability and standardisation, legal and contractual issues managed and presented by UIC, OTIF and CIT respectively.

The main targets of this international conference are CEOs, senior executives, experts of member railways or governments, regional institutions and transport authorities from the Middle-East region or neighbouring regions.

For further information please contact the UIC Middle-East Regional Office in Tehran: me@rameuic.com; or UIC, Paul Véron, Director, Coordinator for the Middle-East at UIC HQ: veron@uic.org

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SPECTRUM Project Final Conference (Paris UIC HQ – 8 April 2015)

Please note the date of 8 April 2015 in your diary. On this day, UIC Paris will host the Final Conference of the EC Funded SPECTRUM rail freight project which started four years ago in May 2011.

The Conference of the SPECTRUM project will not only focus on the results of the SPECTRUM project but will also highlight a number of other rail freight research projects to be presented by some high level experts and will discuss the added value of the results of SPECTRUM compared to other initiatives and recent developments in rail freight. It is also for this reason that it is organised “back to back” with the UIC Freight Forum meeting of 9 April.

The SPECTRUM project is coordinated by the NewRail research centre of the University of Newcastle, member of the UIC-IRRB, while UIC is a project partner as well as chair of the project’s Advisory Board. Other partners include Trafikverket, TCDD, Network Rail, Proctor & Gamble, TNO, the European Intermodal Association EIA, Railistics GmbH and 13 others.

SPECTRUM stands for: “Solutions and Processes to Enhance the Competitiveness of Transport by Rail in Unexploited Markets”.

SPECTRUM has explored the market opportunities for transport of low density, high value (LDHV) goods, utilising new and innovative rail concepts. Focus is on the extension of existing 21st century rail services and more visionary rail logistics services. Early project proceedings set the foundations for detailing concepts by defining technological and operational requirements.
Preliminary research was built upon with an assessment of existing conceptual designs and a shift in focus to assess technical and operational requirements.
SPECTRUM developed a detailed design concept for a high performance freight train that is efficiently lightweight, having driving performance characteristics that facilitate mixed running with passenger services and is capable of accommodating the required types of freight container unit.

Design work included:

• Optimised, lightweight, energy efficient freight wagon structures
• High speed running gear, including brakes and vehicle dynamics
• Electrical systems and coupling arrangements
• The handling of freight container units

Ultimately, a demonstrator is produced in order to validate the innovative high performance freight train design solutions developed in the project. Demonstrators such as the power conversion system that supports the reefers being carried, the running gear that supports high speed operation, critical aspects of the lightweight vehicle structure and the freight handling system are developed. ’Real life’ conditions in terms of scale, fabrication, installation maintainability and robustness are replicated.

For further information please visit the SPECTRUM project website at http://www.spectrumrail.info/

Or contact Dennis Schut at schut@uic.org

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WCRR ORG/EXE (Rome, 16 January 2015)

On 15 and 16 January the members of WCRR – World Congress on rail research met in Rome at the headquarters of Italian Railways (FSI) for the third WCRR EXE meeting followed by a combined ORG & EXE Committee meeting. The meeting was hosted by the WCRR 2016 organisers Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and Trenitalia.

The meetings were planned in preparation for the 11th WCRR conference which will be held from 29 May until 2 June in Milan, Italy at the modern and spacious Stella Polare Congress Centre – Fiera Milano.

This conference presents an opportunity for the international community of railway companies, researchers and other interested stakeholders to come together to share knowledge and experiences. Railway research and innovation, that involves operators, infrastructure managers and industry planners, relates not just to technical areas, but all processes needed to build and offer a higher-capacity, better-performing and more cost-effective railway service to customers. All the founding members were represented, including UIC. Items featured on the agenda included:

• The WCRR 2016 project plan which includes among others all dates for meetings and deadlines. The WCRR programme outline: the number of sessions per day and the programme set-up was proposed, explained and discussed. It includes three plenary sessions and two Future & Vision sessions. There will be a maximum of 32 oral session presentations, no more than eight in parallel etc. There will also be 160 “electronic posters” on each of the eight so-called “totems” where each of the posters can be viewed on demand through a big interactive touch screen. In addition there will 20 desks for 20 different “proof of concepts”. See the draft programme online for more information. The final programme will be online by early April 2015. Pre-registration will be possible by 1 May.
• Besides the programming details, many other issues were discussed, such as the registration, fees and accommodation, the sponsorship schemes which offer many possibilities to interested sponsors. Even the welcome reception (in the national museum of science & technology – in a former convent – which includes a splendid railway pavilion!) can be sponsored and sponsors will also be able to speak: a good opportunity for promotion and networking! There will be a very affordable rate for students!
• Other issues on the agenda were: the WCRR 2016 website demonstration, the international marketing strategy, a sponsorship and exhibition update, the proposal for the location of the welcome reception and gala dinner ( in the former Royal Palace Villa Royale in Monza) as well as the ideas for the technical visits and the accompanying persons programme proposal. Many interesting options will be on offer!
• Exhibition space is available and can be booked from now. Space can be rented by the square metre as well as by “shell” with measurements such as 2 x 3 metres or 3 x 3 metres. Companies interested in being represented at this important global rail event should inquire about prices and options.

For further information please visit the website http://www.wcrr2016.org/

Or contact Dennis Schut at schut@uic.org

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Speech by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux at MEDEF International

On 27 January, UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux met all the Latin American Ambassadors present at the annual meeting hosted by MEDEF International, of which he is Chairman of the France-Argentina Committee.

During the meeting Mr Loubinoux raised a number of points linked to railway sector development. In particular, he highlighted that against a backdrop of world economic growth and growing urban congestion, there is an increasing need for greater mobility among goods and people and a need to overcome the structural weaknesses of transport infrastructure. He added that as transport links develop across Latin America, it is important to improve current infrastructure and build new corridors across the continent as part of a Latin American vision for transport.

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Announcement about UIC events

UIC, in its internationally-recognised role as an organiser of railway events as part of its mission to promote rail transport on a global level, is currently addressing the circulation of a false piece of information concerning several events and would like to clarify that these events are in no way part of the events organised by UIC.

To this end, we advise all our Members, partners and persons involved in the events organised by UIC to consult the official calendar of events, available here:

http://extranet.uic.org/index.php?tg=calmonth

Or alternatively to contact the UIC Communications Department at com@uic.org

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 23-24 May 2018 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting CFR-Constanta Romania
  • 28-31 May 2018 3rd Training on CRTS Warsaw, Poland
  • 30 May 2018 EMC & 26th European Regional Assembly Lisbon
  • 5 June 2018 Preparatory Group 92nd General Assembly Paris
  • 7 June 2018 ILCAD 2018 Zagreb, Croatia
  • 12 June 2018 Digital meeting coupled with NARA Washington, USA
  • 18-22 June 2018 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 21 June 2018 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ Paris
  • 21 June 2018 25th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Seoul, Korea
  • 27-29 June 2018 Digital Session at GRFC Genoa, Italy
  • 4 July 2018 Executive Board Madrid
  • 4 July 2018 92nd General Assembly Madrid
  • 3-6 September 2018 UIC Transformation Digital Tour China
  • 7 September 2018 Digital workshop on AI Shanghai, China
  • 12 September 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 24-25 October 2018 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC - Paris
  • 29-30 October 2018 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Riga, Latvia
  • 6 November 2018 Passenger Services Group UIC HQ Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Standardisation event Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 November 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2018 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Freight Forum UIC HQ Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Preparatory Group 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 14 November 2018 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2018 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS

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