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2018 International Seminar for Railway Education and Training

April 16 - April 18

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, in collaboration with its industry based partners MTR Academy of Hong Kong and SMRT Institute of Singapore, invites you to the inaugural International Seminar for Railway Education and Training (ISRET 2018), to be held at the University of Birmingham, from 16th to 18th April 2018.

Demand for the services of the world’s railway industry continues to grow rapidly, thanks to accelerating urbanisation and the realisation that the impact of transport activities on the environment must be reduced. Thus, the railways must satisfy the demands of increasingly sophisticated users in ever greater numbers. The passenger expects safety, shorter journey times, greater convenience and more comfort on board, while freight shippers and logistics companies need economic, timely and reliable collection and delivery of goods. Public bodies are having to reduce subsidies and other forms of financial support, while tasking the world’s railways with delivering better environmental performance in terms of emissions, noise and vibrations. Today, it is often the railways’ competitors that are setting the gold standard in these areas. Thus, excellence and sustained professionalism in all aspects of railway operations, railway engineering and management are becoming critical to the railways’ survival and success. Only high standards of education and training will allow the railways to address the challenges of:

  • Lowering the workforce age profile of long established railways, while maintaining competence;
  • Encouraging well-educated and well-trained young people to enter all levels of the railway professions;
  • Developing the high skill levels in design, implementation, operation and maintenance that are necessary for introducing and using complex technologies in the railway industry;
  • Transferring operational and technical expertise from experienced to new staff to ensure the robust performance of all types of railway, from high-speed lines to high capacity urban systems and to trams;
  • Applying best international practice in railway management to use existing infrastructure, rolling stock and other assets to the limit of their capability without  risking rapid degradation, incidents and accidents.

ISRET 2018 provides a forum for senior managers and engineers, educators and trainers, human resources staff, operators, maintainers, government bodies and other stakeholders to present and discuss training and education best practice, new teaching methods and learning technologies and how these might be best applied to serve the modern railway.

Seminar Objectives

The objectives of ISRET 2018 are to:

  • Identify the education and training challenges that must be addressed by the metro and mainline industry;
  • Establish and disseminate best practice in railway education and training;
  • Develop international partnerships between education institutions, training providers and employers;
  • Learn from the education and training expertise of The University of Birmingham, MTR Academy, SMRT Institute, the Singapore Rail Academy, NTAR, NSAR, the High-Speed Rail College in Birmingham and other experts in the field.

To book a place, please click on the following link http://shop.bham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-engineering-physical-sciences/birmingham-centre-for-railway-research-education/international-seminar-for-railway-education-and-training-2018

Call for Papers

We invite participants to submit abstracts for papers and presentations that address the challenges and objectives given above. Abstracts should focus on the following suggested themes:

  • Economy, Reliability and Safety through the Development of People ;
  • Railway Industry’s Challenges (Workforce Development);
  • Railway Industry’s Challenges (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion);
  • Railway Education informed by Railway Research;
  • Research into Railway Education and Training;
  • Generalist Skills vs. Systems Engineering Skills vs. Specialist Skills;
  • Innovative Approaches to Railway Education;
  • Innovative Approaches to Railway Training;
  • Innovative Approaches to Knowledge/Competency Transfer;
  • Innovative High Performing Asset Management;
  • International Relationships in Railway Education and Training.

Please submit your abstract via email to isret2018@contacts.bham.ac.uk with the subject line ‘ISRET 2018 Abstract: name and organisation’, by the 31st January for review by our technical panel. The submission deadline for the full conference paper/presentation is 2 March 2018. Well received papers will be published in a special issue of Birmingham’s in-house journal of Education.


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