International Rail Forum & Conference

banner-300-x-150-enMarch 22–24, 2017


Clarion Congress Hotel Prague****


The 6th biennial International Railway Forum & Conference (IRFC) is one of the leading events in the international railway calendar. IRFC will bring together top executives and decision makers, rail and logistics professionals, customers, researchers, academics, IT experts, influential politicians and representatives of appropriate institutions from across Europe and Asia.



1  COMPETITIVENESS and Cooperation

  • European/global situation of railway competitiveness from the perspective of top representatives of the sector
  • Competitiveness of the European Rail Supply Industry
  • Application of the 4th Railway package and liberalization
  • Infrastructure Access Charges etc.

2  DIGITALISATION in Railway Transport

  • Digitalisation as one of the four “core content drivers”
  • Digital Single European Railway Area
  • Deployment of ITS technologies in the railway sector
  • Technical and research activities, Signalling and communication solutions, etc.
  • Digital applications for Freight, etc.
  • Cyber security, Information for passengers, Predictive maintenance, ERTMS


  • Support of interoperability and data exchange
  • IT solutions for support of TSI implementation for leading and small/medium railway actors
  • Best practices in TAF TSI implementation (CEF, etc.)

4  INNOVATION – European Rail Research and Development

  • Research & innovation programmes (Horizon 2020, Shift2Rail)
  • Presentation of results of ongoing or finished projects
  • Regional funds supporting implementation of research, development and innovation results
  • Satellite navigation for railway safety

5  INTEGRATION – Focus on Central and Eastern Europe

  • Funding opportunities, workshop on funding instruments
  • Investments and implementation



  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, European Commission
  • Dan Ťok, Minister of Transport, Czech Republic
  • Martina Werner, Member of European Parliament, European Parliament
  • Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director, ERA
  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC
  • Attila Kiss, Executive Director, OSJD
  • Philippe Citroën, Director General, UNIFE
  • Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER
  • Carlo M. Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail JU
  • Miroslav Fukan, Member of the Presiding Board, UNIFE
  • Ralf-Charley Schultze, General Director, UIRR
  • Olaf Krüger, Executive Board Chairman, IBS
  • Miroslav Haltuf, Chairman of the State Representatives Group, Shift2Rail JU
  • Giorgio Travaini, Programme Coordinator, Shift2Rail JU

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