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ASPECT is the IRSE's flagship technical Conference, held every 2 years at locations around the world.  Featuring fifty or more papers by technical experts from around the world, the Conference provides an unrivalled opportunity for learning and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of train control, railway communications and related disciplines. There is also a day devoted specifically for younger members, and a technical visits day, to accompany the two mains "papers" days.



ASPECT 2019 – Put the dates in your diary. 


ASPECT is the international biennial conference organised by the IRSE. In 2019, we are excited to host the 10th ASPECT in the town of Delft. The meeting will be hosted in the Delft University of Technology over three days (commencing with an Introductory Day on 22 October 2019), and technical visits planned for the 25th October. We have had a great response to the Call for Papers and are now finalising the conference programme which will be published shortly. We are looking forward to welcoming delegates and speakers from countries all over the world and all types of railway: high speed, heavy freight, mixed traffic, metro, and light rail. 


Resilience – The Theme of the conference 

The railway control industry is undoubtedly experiencing change. Resisting change is futile, and we need resilience at every level to succeed. Our projects require delivery resilience; professional engineers in our industry require resilience in their skills and competence; our products need to be resilient to new and old threats in order to function and function safely. Overall, our railways must operate with resilience in order to deliver the service we promise to our customers. All these themes and more will be explored.


ASPECT Programme 

Introductory Day 22 October 2019 

The Introductory Day, as it says provides an opportunity to explore resilience through modelling and implementation in a series of presentations by Younger members as well as understanding what good looks like presented by those who have experienced it. An informal Evening Social at The Botanical Gardens, welcomes delegate to Delft. 


Main Conference Days of ASPECT 23/4th October 2019 

These two days are filled with experts from around the world presenting on how resilience is embedded into the organisation, and the whole life-cycle, from Concept, System Development; Architecture; Design and Implementation. Key threats to the systems of today, such as Cyber, will be discussed. The final conference session with focus on the future development and the innovations which will create new challenges as well as providing the potential to take the performance of the Railway to another level.


An Exhibition area also provides the opportunity to engage with suppliers and interact with some of their railway solutions between sessions. Opportunities to ask questions of the presenters and to discuss key themes are built into the programme as well as networking events each evening in the beautiful town of Delft. 


Technical Visits 25 October 2019

A programme of technical visits of Dutch railway centres is being developed to compliment the conference for this final day. 

For more information about ASPECT2019, including exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact the Committee at

 Theme for 2019