Rail Transport Innovation: Exploring challenges and incentives to innovate

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 European Commission has expressed concern at critical barriers that might discourage rail innovation. 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 ones, 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).


This event is supported by



* Free for CERRE members and CERRE academics

Free for representatives from EU Institutions and from Governments

Fee for non-CERRE members and non-CERRE academics



Registration & light lunch


Welcome & introduction 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,


Keynote speech (followed by Q&A)

Elisabeth Werner

Director, Land Transport,
DG MOVE, European Commission




Presentation: ‘Innovation and the structure of the rail industry’ 

Chris Nash

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, University of Leeds

Panel discussion: ‘Innovation and the structure of the rail industry’

See confirmed panellists below

 Coffee break
Presentation: ‘Innovation and Rail Regulation’ 

Andrew Smith

Professor,Institute for Transport Studies, 
University of Leeds



Panel discussion: ‘Innovation and Rail Regulation’

See confirmed panellists below


Closing comments 
Networking drink


Carlo Borghini

Executive Director, 



Martin Brennan

Head, Research & Innovation, 
International Union of Railways



Yves Crozet

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, LAET, Université de Lyon 



Torben Holvad

Team leader, Analysis & Monitoring Unit,
European Union Agency for Railways



Pierre Messulam

Deputy Director General,
SNCF Transilien



Anne Yvrande-Billon

Vice President, 



* Additional discussants to be announced in the coming weeks *





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