Rail Transport Innovation: Exploring challenges and incentives to innovate

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06/02/2019 - 13:00 to 16:00
University Foundation, 11 Rue d'Egmont, 1000 Brussels

Unprecedented levels of research in transport show the growing importance of finding the right solutions to Europe’s mobility challenges. This CERRE high-level seminar will discuss the implementation of innovations in the rail industry, and explore its barriers as well as incentives to innovate.


The Shift2rail programme is developing major innovative solutions in the rail sector such as automated train operation and virtual coupling of rail vehicles. Yet the European Commission has expressed concern at critical barriers that might discourage innovation, including the fragmentation of R&I efforts and limited and uncoordinated participation of stakeholders along the value chain. The relatively slow pace of implementation of innovations in the rail industry may be partly due to the need for a high level of safety and compatibility between new equipment and the existing system and equipment in place, but it has been suggested that it is also due to regulatory and institutional arrangements which are not adequately geared to encouraging innovation.

Join major actors from the rail and mobility sectors, including operators, infrastructure managers, regulatory authorities, academic experts and representatives from the European institutions to discuss challenges to rail innovation as well as potential solutions.

This seminar is led by Chris Nash (CERRE Research Fellow and Professor at the University of Leeds), in collaboration with Andrew Smith (University of Leeds).


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*The number of seats at this Executive Seminar is limited. Please submit your registration request, and if confirmed you will receive an email with more details at a later stage.

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Wednesday 6 February 2019, 13.00-16.00,
University Foundation, 11 Rue d'Egmont, 1000 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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