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High Speed Rail: Education Interchange 2020

Engineering and Physical Sciences, Exhibitions, International, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Teaching
Monday 14th (08:00) - Wednesday 16th December 2020 (17:00)
High Speed Rail: Education Interchange logo
High Speed Rail: Education Interchange logo

High Speed Rail: Education Interchange (HSR:EI) conference is an online conference to be hosted by the University of Birmingham in December 2020.

The key question addressed by the conference High Speed Rail: Education Interchange (HSR:EI) is how research and education can continue to support the development of HSR, to widen the revolution in mobility and decarbonise transport systems globally and in the UK. Despite the current transport paralysis due to Covid-19, High Speed Rail projects are progressing in many parts of the world, including the HS2 project in the UK.

The HSR:EI conference will explore how industry, educators and trainers can work together to develop and deliver HSR systems. Delegates will share knowledge on current research, initiatives, innovations and best practice and international knowledge transfer drawing on their experiences. They will discuss the challenges facing project sponsors, universities, railway businesses and the wider supply industry, and the opportunities for collaboration.

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The International Seminar for Railway Education and Training held at The University of Birmingham in 2018, made progress in identifying education and training challenges, best practice and international collaborative opportunities within the metro and mainline railway industries. The rapid development and planned expansion of HSR networks across the globe means that railways will continue increasing their share of rail traffic, and this will require specialised educational support for effective delivery.

There is now a clear need and opportunity to tailor education and research to the particular needs of the HSR sector. Of the courses available across the globe, typically in railway engineering, operations and economics, there are only limited opportunities to study HSR and its challenges. With the honourable exception of China, the research that underpins HSR development is either within the key suppliers or commissioned for particular challenges. This conference invites stakeholders from across the world to share their challenges, experience and ideas for the future, to create a platform for future collaboration in research and to help shape future education programmes. 

This exciting conference will include keynote speeches from industry leaders, paper and poster presentations, panel discussions and networking to explore the variety of issues, beneficial relationships and future opportunities that arise between the HSR and Education sectors.


High Speed Rail: Education Interchange will be in held in half-day sessions over three days, providing an international forum for railway, education and training stakeholders to present and discuss current research, initiatives and best practice. This will include challenge round tables, where experts answer audience questions on how to address the challenges facing the HSR sector.  

Delegates will have opportunities to connect and engage with the keynote speakers, presenters, and each other through virtual networking. Find out more on the Programme page.

Confirmed speakers

Find out more about our confirmed speakers. 

Call for papers and posters

Are you conducting research around HSR systems, or helping to deliver innovative education, training or international partnerships? Our call for papers is now closed, but you can still submit a poster to host during our virtual poster exhibition. See our call for more information.

Exhibition and Sponsorship 

Reach an international audience and build brand awareness across the industry, whilst showing your support for education and training. Please email to enquire about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities.   

Virtual Conference

As a virtual conference, we offer the following to delegates: 

  • Pre-released expert presentations  

  • 3  sessions held over 3 days (1 per day) to allow international engagement 

  • An online poster session 

  • A virtual exhibition space 

  • Access to session recordings after the conference  


Early bird ticketing will be available until Tuesday 1 December 2020. Registration is now open. 

Early bird pricing 

  • Standard: £105
  • YRP/Student: £85

Standard Pricing

  • Standard entry: £145
  • YRP/Student: £105

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