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World Congress on Railway Research 2022

Birmingham, UK


World Congress on Railway Research 2022


We are delighted to be a major supporter of the World Congress on Railway Research, taking place in Birmingham on 6 – 10 June 2022.

It will be an occasion to discuss how we can reshape European railways post-pandemic. With the Covid-19 crisis having huge and long-lasting impact on the rail sector, the new knowledge and novel solutions generated by research are even more important than before and they will be essential in the recovery.

We would be delighted to meet you at Stand 324, located in Hall 3 to discuss the bright future of rail research and innovation.


What to expect

Opening ceremony of Europe’s Rail Stand

Europe’s Rail stand, presenting a selection of innovations from its predecessor programme Shift2Rail and showcasing how the current Europe’s Rail programme will bring these innovations to the market, will officially be opened on Monday 6 June at 16:00-18:00 GMT. We look forward to welcoming you at Stand 324, located in Hall 3.

We expect high-level representatives from the European Commission, Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom, our States Representative Group, Scientific Committee, representatives from the Birmingham local authorities and our Members and partners.


Session on Europe’s Rail Call for Proposals

All delegates will have a unique opportunity to learn about the forthcoming Europe’s Rail Calls for Proposals and pitch their research ideas on 6 and 7 June.

Interested participants will be invited to give short pitch presentations on their rail research/project ideas, followed by voting on and informal networking based on the results of the voting. An opportunity to build a consortium!

The introduction of the Master Plan will take place on 6 June at 17:00 GMT on Europe’s Rail stand (stand 324, hall 3), followed by the first pitch session. The second pitch session will take place on Europe’s Rail stand on 7 June at 17:45 GMT.

All organisations interested in participating to the pitch sessions are invited to register by clicking the button below. Companies and organisations will be invited admitted first come first serve basis.

Please note that you need to hold a valid WCRR 2022 delegate pass to be able to participate.


Wrap up session on Europe’s Rail Stand

All delegates are invited to our closing session at Stand 324, in Hall 3 on 9 June at 14:00 GMT. Our Executive Director, Carlo Borghini, will provide conclusions for the Call for Proposals Session.

High-level representatives from the European Commission, Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom, and more are expected to join the session.


Masterclasses led by Europe’s Rail

Europe’s Rail will be hosting two masterclasses showcasing cutting edge research from in collaboration with the world’s leading railway undertakings and research bodies. Make sure you join us for two exciting sessions on:

  • System Pillar – Towards a Harmonised and Interoperable European Rail System on 7 June at 14:15 GMT
  • Digital Automatic Coupling – Transforming Europe’s Rail Freight on 9 June at 9:00 GMT


Participation to Plenary Session

Our Executive Director Carlo Borghini will participate to a plenary discussion titled ‘The journey to rapid benefit realisation’ on 9 June at 10:30 GMT. It will be an opportunity to discuss what research and development needs to focus on the next years.