The summit is a unique business matchmaking and networking event that takes place over three days.
Afternoon: A technical visit to a local railway facility, often involving a guided tour and presentations.
Evening: Welcome reception & Dinner
Daytime: Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings between buyer and expert companies
Conference programme delivered by industry leaders
Evening: Offsite Dinner
All day: Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings between buyer and expert companies
Conference programme delivered by industry leaders
Recent editions of the International Railway Summit have been attended by between 100 and 300 delegates from across the globe.
Representatives of key rail operators, infrastructure owners, rolling stock manufacturers, international organisations, associations, national governments, local authorities, and a wide variety of solution providers, including manufacturers, developers, and consultancies.
Buyer delegates, sponsor companies, and summit partners for the next summit can be viewed on the participants page.
The conference schedule and participating speakers will appear on the agenda page.
Please contact your account manager if you would like to receive a full list of participants.
*subject to availability at time of registration.
Senior decision makers involved in general management, technology and/or procurement at national governments, local authorities, rail operators, rail infrastructure owners, rolling stock manufacturers, and rolling stock leasing companies. Other conditions also apply.
You can request a VIP Buyer pass here.
There is no cancellation fee if you cancel more than 10 weeks before the summit. For IRS7, this date is 12 December 2018.
For cancellation 10 weeks or less before the summit, there is a cancellation fee of €750. However, there will be no fee if a suitable replacement delegate is able to attend in your place.
The one-to-one meetings are 30-minute pre-arranged meetings between buyer and expert companies taking place during the International Railway Summit.
Companies registered for the one-to-one meeting programme will be asked to choose their preferred meeting partners. We will then schedule meetings.
These companies will receive a preliminary meeting timetable around a week before the summit and their final timetable on the morning of the first day of the meeting programme.
Meetings and conference sessions take place at the same time. Delegates participating in meetings will be asked for their preferred conference sessions so that their individual schedule will be tailored to their needs.
Buyer companies taking part in the meeting programme are guaranteed meetings requested with them by expert companies.
In addition to the pre-arranged meetings, additional meetings can be requested during the summit at our information desk.
However, we are not able to guarantee that these additional meetings can always take place, and we recommend that meetings are booked in advance in order to guarantee meetings with specific delegates.
The Waiting Lounge is an online business matchmaking space. On The Waiting Lounge buyers can enter their project requirements and experts can enter the solutions that could make them a success.
The Waiting Lounge offers you the information you need to decide whether registering for the summit would be beneficial to your company.
If you have registered for the summit, The Waiting Lounge gives you the information you need to get the most out of your summit experience and meet the people you need to meet.
Yes. You do not have to be registered for the International Railway Summit to take advantage of a Waiting Lounge membership.
Yes. The Waiting Lounge presents information on whether registered and interested companies are looking for what your company can offer or needs. This will enable you and other companies to see whether there are suitable meeting partners attending the summit, and allows you to make an informed choice about registering for the summit.
On The Waiting Lounge buyers can enter their project requirements and experts can enter the solutions available to make them a success. The Waiting Lounge offers you the information you need to decide whether registering for the summit would be beneficial to your company.
Once you are registered for the summit, The Waiting Lounge will help us to tailor your summit experience to your needs.
Benefits for buyers:
By entering your organisation’s project requirements and company profile on The Waiting Lounge we have the most accurate information possible for our matchmaking programme.
This will allow us to:
A large number of technical experts are considering attending the summit if there is sufficient interest in their solutions, so it is important that we know what solutions buyers are interested in.
The technical visits are guided tours and presentations at important local rail facilities (such as stations, operation centres, and maintenance facilities) and/or demonstrations of niche technologies. The visits often take place at new or recently modernised facilities.
A few weeks before the summit takes place delegates eligible for the technical visits will be asked to confirm their place.
For further information our technical visits, please visit Technical Visit page
VIP buyer delegates are entitled to two free nights of accommodation at the venue hotel. The room(s) will be booked for you.
Non-VIP buyer delegates will be able to request accommodation at the venue hotel at a special discounted rate. A dedicated online link will be available for delegates to book their rooms directly with the hotel.
You can view details of the summit venue here.