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October Presidential Programme Meeting will be held in Zurich

26 Oct 2018 - 15:00 - 17:30

Two technical papers are featured: (1) How to innovate on the railway; (2) The Location and Control of Railway Assets in SmartRail 4.0​. This event will be LIVE-STREAMED on YouTube at:​

Our third Presidential Programme Technical Meeting for 2018-19 comprises two papers, both exploring the subject of innovation on railways, organised by the IRSE Swiss Section. The first considers the basic mechanisms of innovation in the train control and communications field and explores its potential future. (Presented by Prof. Dr. U. Weidmann of Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology) The second gives an outline of the core principles of the Smartrail 4.0 project of SBB, which aims at fundamentally changing train control​. (Presented by Vice President Steffen Schmidt, Program Manager for Swiss Federal Railways.) For more info click on the 'Events' tab on the website. This event will be live-streamed.  More details will be available closer to the time of the event.

December Presidential Programme Technical Meeting to take place in London

​04 Dec 2018: 17:30-19:30 

The Main line ATO Journey

Our fourth paper in the Presidential Programme for 2018-19 will look at the use of automatic train operation (ATO) in two very high-profile projects in London. Our presenters, Nicola Furness and Andrew Simmons, have been influential in the delivery of these systems and the challenges of bringing them into service operation. An events flyer for this event is available to download from this website from the webpage for this event. Go to 'Events' tab - 'Events Diary' select event date 04 December 2018. Non-members are welcome. This is a free event. 

ASPECT 2019 Call for Papers

​ASPECT is the international conference organised by the IRSE heled every two years. In 2019 we are excited to host ASPECT in the town of Delft in the Netherlands.

This will be hosted in the Delft University of Technonolgy, with the main conference on 23-24 October 2019. We are looking forward to welcoming delegates and speakers from countries all over the world from all types of railway - high speed, heavy freight, mixed traffic, metro, light rail and tram.


ASPECT 2019 will focus on the theme of reslilence, but also welcomes papers on the topics which make up its name - Automation, Signalling, Performance, Equipment, Control and Telecommunications.

Deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018.

For more information and to submit your abstract go to

IRSE Younger Members' announce annual seminar details

​The IRSE Younger Members have announced details of their annual seminar and technical visit on the theme of railway communications.

All aspects of railway communications, from lineside fibre optic networks to traffic management systems, station CCTV and passenger information will be explored over Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November 2018 in Birmingham, UK.

For more information and details of how to book, please look at the events page 



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