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Shift2Rail Innovation Days




The Shift2Rail Innovation Days were an opportunity to hear from our high-level panellists about rail’s crucial role in the mobility and transport recovery effort, Shift2Rail’s successor, the European Year of Rail in 2021, and much more!

We enjoyed sessions on the big issues facing the future of rail, featuring high-level representatives from the European Commission, as well as participation from our Members and partners across Europe. The varied programme allowed the European railway community the chance to come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the rail sector.

We were honoured to have an address by Adina-Ioana Vălean, Commissioner for Transport, who highlighted Shift2Rail achievements so far, the key objective of transferring innovations to the market and the 3 new priorities for the next Shift2Rail programme: automation, digitalisation and freight.


Participants got first-hand access to the latest results coming from across our Innovation Programmes in sessions dedicated to our running projects.

We had a virtual exhibition area allowing participants to see our latest technological demonstrators and the progress we are making in bringing innovative solutions to the market.

We also used the occasion to launch the Unique Train Prize which aims to develop an innovative solution that will allow tracking all commercial freight trains, from all railway undertakings, covering the whole European network. You can find all the information and apply directly here by 21 September 2021.

Finally, it was also the moment that we signed a Memorandum of Understanding between our organisation and the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). Check our press release here.