June 2022 saw the 13th World Congress on Rail Research, jointly hosted in Birmingham by RSSB and the University of Birmingham. Usually held every two years, the event brings together researchers from around the globe to present their work, learn about what others are doing, and build collaborative relationships. The theme for this year’s congress was “Reshaping our railways post pandemic: Research with an impact”.

As well as keynotes, and plenary sessions, delegates at this year’s event had 60 sessions to choose from exploring research across eight key themes. There were in-person and interactive options to hear about novel research, a masterclass programme of topics for the future of rail, and a how to programme of professional growth sessions looking at how to innovate, communicate and implement research successfully.