Railtex 2021

Joining forces to shape the future of UK rail

11 - 13 May 2021 | NEC, Birmingham

Infrarail 2021

Seminars & Conferences

Beyond the main exhibition, Railtex / Infrarail 2021 will once again be offering a comprehensive supporting programme, including insights from leading industry figures, keynote addresses and industry seminars by representatives of companies taking part at the exhibition highlighting their innovations and technical developments. The sessions are all free to attend and are also CPD certified.

Seminars at Railtex / Infrarail

The Seminar Theatre

The Seminar Theatre plays host to a selection of technical seminars from within the rail industry. It is situated on the show-floor and sessions can be attended free of charge with no need to book.

Full details will be published in spring 2021.

Unlocking Innovation

Unlocking Innovation Zone

For more than a decade, RIA’s Unlocking Innovation Programme has showcased new ideas and thinking from across the industry. The aim of the programme is simple – it brings together those with the ideas and ambition to drive change with those who can turn those ideas into reality. Throughout the years, the Unlocking Innovation has brought together thousands of rail professionals, helping to build supply new supply chains, supporting clients in finding creative solutions and showcasing the incredible work going on in the industry.

Unlocking Innovation is supported by two strategic partners - the Network Rail R&D Portfolio, a £357 million fund focused on improving the quality and value for passengers and freight customers of the rail network, and the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), a £92 million partnership between academia and industry to spur innovation in the sector.

For the first time ever, Unlocking Innovation will be at Railtex. An Unlocking Innovation presentation programme will run each morning and afternoon throughout Railtex - covering:

  1. High Level Challenges/Opportunities from UK rail clients;
  2. Near Term Challenges/Opportunities from Tier 1s and Tier 2s;
  3. Help with Funding and Partners to take your innovation to market; and
  4. Elevator Pitches from a range of contributors, including SMEs and start-ups, curated in collaboration with UKRRIN and other associations.

Adjacent to the Unlocking Innovation Presentation area, you can continue your discussions at the Unlocking Innovation Showcase Stand, where our presenters and their colleagues will be exhibiting, including organisations like Network Rail, UKRRIN, HS2, InnovateUK, Network Rail’s Rail Innovation Development Centres, as well as Tier 1s, regional authorities and others.

Conferences at Railtex Infrarail 2021

The Future Focus Conference

The Future Focus Conference – organised by RIA – is a ‘free to attend’ high level, strategic conference covering the key issues of the day for our rail network. The Conference will run throughout the three days of Railtex, with key political, client and industry figures speaking throughout. In 2019, the Future Focus Conference saw speeches from then-Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP, Simon Adams of Crossrail 2, Michael Flynn of Digital Railway and many more. The Future Focus Conference is the place to be for the latest industry thinking and insights, covering the key projects, technology, trends and research that will impact rail into the future.

Speakers for the Future Focus Conference will be announced in due course.

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