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Strategic drivers of change in the railway signalling industry

​The IRSE's International Technical Committee has published a paper on "Strategic Drivers of Change in the Signalling Industry". Looking at global trends, it explores the primary drivers of technological change that the worldwide rail industry must address. The paper offers thought-provoking opinions from both the operator and the supplier perspectives. The paper is available via

IRSE and IEEE to collaborate

​The IRSE and the UK & Ireland Section of the IEEE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing the two organisations to collaborate on events of mutual interest, professional development, and standards development. Specifically, we are aiming for the following:

* Where appropriate, invitations to be extended to each other’s members to attend events and meetings organised by one of the two organisations.

* Hold our first joint event in 2018, possibly focussed around the theme of “Ethical considerations when applying technology”, with a specific focus on rail and autonomous vehicles.

* IRSE involvement in IEEE standards development work.


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2018 Convention in Switzerland

Read the IRSE's White Paper:
Making a Success of Britain's Digital Railway Programme

IRSE Annual Dinner (27 April)
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Cyber Security of Signalling Systems
Presentation by Chris Waters (Siemens)
Start date & time: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 5:30 PM
Location: Glasgow

4th Presidential Programme Technical Paper
Join us for the 4th paper in our Presidential Programme series of 2017-18, on the subject of BREXIT and its impact on railways, plus a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Netherlands Section of the IRSE.
Start date & time: Thursday, January 25, 2018 3:00 PM
Location: Utrecht

Encouraging Engineering: Reinvigorating the S&T Approach to STEM
This is the first of our London and South-East UK events, featuring a presentation by Alex Patton of Siemens. Pre-registration is required.
Start date & time: Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: London

Social event to discuss the proposed London & South East Section formation
In preparing for the formation of a London and South East local section of the IRSE, we are holding a networking event and a chance to toast in the new year. You and your colleagues are invited to join for a drink to discuss the plans and objectives for a new section. Pre-registration is required.
Start date & time: Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:30 PM
Location: London

Telecoms Innovations
Paper to be presented by Tim Lane (Network Rail)
Start date & time: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 5:15 PM

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Introductory webinar for IRSE professional exam 2018
Webinar aimed at candidates intending to sit at least one module of the IRSE professional exam in 2018, along with their sponsors.
Start date & time: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Location: Teleconference

'Listening for Trains' - Distributed Acoustic Sensing
Joint meeting with IET. Paper by Andrew Hall (Frauscher)
Start date & time: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: Chippenham

5th Presidential Programme Technical Paper: "Continuous Improvement for Lifelong learning"
Join us for the 5th paper in our 2017-18 Presidential Programme series.
Start date & time: Thursday, February 08, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: York

Poles to Packets – Telecoms on the Highland Enhancement Project
Presentation by Alisdair Smith (Network Rail)
Start date & time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:30 PM
Location: Glasgow

Technical Visit to Plymouth Waste Incinerator and Associated Electricity and Steam Generation Plant
Details to follow
Start date & time: Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: Plymouth