27.09.2018 11:43

Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society

15-16 November 2018 Warsaw, Poland

The UIC – the International Union of Railways – is a global organisation with the primary mission to promote rail transport at world level with the objective of optimally meeting current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development. (for more detailed info see www.uic.org).

One of its working bodies is the International Railway Research Board (IRRB) in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia.  One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, the “Global Vision of the Railway Development” – or short the “GVRD”.  This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Annually, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise a future oriented event, called the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society”, which will be held in Warsaw, Poland on 15th and 16th November 2018.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out of the box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/ guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will be focused on the following areas:

  1. New mobility system concepts
  2. Towards an integrated transport system
  3. IT – new opportunities and threats
  4. Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  5. Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux - UIC Director-General, Prof. Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski, the IRRB Vice-chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five Key-note speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, the IRRB Chairman.


It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multi-facetted insights from around the world, will constitute also a crucial input to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.


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Poster session entitled “Advanced Technologies for Global Transport Development”

We would like to invite you to take part in the poster session entitled “Advanced Technologies for Global Transport Development” on 15 November 2018,  9.00 - 18.00, during breaks in debates. All persons interested in the participation in the poster session are requested to prepare a poster (A0 format, in English) and send it as a pdf file to apomykala@ikolej.pl.

The deadline for application is  01.11.2018 .

The deadline for sending the file: 07.11.2018.

For detailed information please contact  Ms. Agata Pomykała at her e-mail adress: apomykala@ikolej.pl.

We would be greatly obliged if you could consider the opportunity to place your company’s advertisement during the Debate. For detailed information (conditions, fees) please contact Mrs Dorota Adamska, at  e-mail: dadamska@ikolej.pl, tel. 517 555 513.