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​​​​​​​​​​​​​RSSB hosts a number of rail industry events, both at its London offices in Moorgate and other venues across the country, to encourage debate and discussion around the products and services RSSB delivers to support the rail industry.

The RSSB Events programme of conferences, workshops and training courses covers all aspects of rail safety and standards, innovation and research and development. The majority of our events are free to attend but some are limited by invitation only.

Research and Innovation Showcase: What has research and innovation done for rail? How can you make use of it?

5 April 2018, Birmingham


Research and Innovation can help the industry address the challenges it faces and take advantage of emerging opportunities. 

RSSB’s Research programme funded by DfT allows the industry to work together on cross-industry issues, and it is driven by industry’s needs and ideas. Over the last 10 plus years it has delivered a wide range of solutions and knowledge to improve the operations and engineering of the railway system, and to support the people who make it work. The programme has evolved from being a predominantly safety focused portfolio to a broad programme working on the issues where industry wants to collaborate and innovate. It ranges from seeking tactical incremental innovations, to pursuing long-term step changes in technology. 

In addition, RSSB’s Innovation programme has supported the development of novel solutions for some of the rail industry’s biggest challenges. It attracts successful solutions from outside the rail industry and supports their application within the rail environment. It also supports the industry’s most innovative SMEs and brightest minds to develop and demonstrate solutions which may have been beyond their means. With over £100 million of funding invested to date the programme has delivered 240 projects in partnership with 202 innovators.

Why attend?

The aim of the event is to ensure the insights and solutions developed through RSSB make a real difference in the industry. The event will:

  1. Help you to discover the most applicable past research relevant to your challenges and help you exploit them.
  2. Explore how current and future research can best help your business and how you can guide the direction of future work.
  3. Explore opportunities to work together and support your developing innovations. To help you tap into the outputs of the innovation programme and link you up with the innovators involved.

This event will introduce you to people involved, the programmes and tangible solutions. The event has been extended into separate operations and engineering sessions to explore the key challenges and solutions available for you to apply now. You will have the opportunity to discuss the specific considerations related to your environment and explore how to overcome any barriers to implementation.

We will showcase our current and new research in the same fields to bring you up-to-date and breakaway sessions will enable us to identify collaboration opportunities.

Venue information:

  • 5 April 2018, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham

Session topics and timings:

  • 11.00-13.00 - Operations (lunch will be provided)
  • 15.00-17.00 - Engineering (followed by drinks and canapes)

Each session is targeted at different audiences, therefore please select the relevant topic of interest during the registration process. As content will be the same at each location, when registering please select the location most convenient.      

At the end of the session, over lunch or drinks and canapes (in the evening), there will be a chance to network, discuss and arrange follow-up activities with our team.

Who should attend?

  • Senior members of RSSB member organisations who need new thinking to solve their current business challenges.
  • Anyone who thinks they may not have made the most of the Research or Innovation programmes to date.
  • Those directly involved in steering and managing research and innovation in their organisation.

Register: To secure your place onto one of the sessions, at your preferred location, please register via the event website: register to attend.

The content will be the same at both locations, therefore select where is most convenient for you as well as the session of interest either operations or engineering.

Briefing documents:

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