South East Europe and UK Virtual Rail Summit announced for May 2021

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The Rail Cluster for South East Europe (RCSEE) and the Rail Alliance today (Thursday 25 February 2021) announce that they will be hosting a South East Europe and United Kingdom Virtual Rail Summit on Tuesday 18 May 2021.

The one-day online conference will include a number of high-profile speakers and cover a range of topics including project opportunities for rail supply businesses and plans for reciprocal trade missions in Autumn 2021, as well as the SEE Mobility Fair 2021 which will be held in Belgrade in September.  Delegates will be able to find out more about a number of significant rail projects being planned across the SEE region and how companies can get involved.  

The South East Europe Rail Research and Innovation Network (SEERRIN) will be presenting on current developments and plans for growth across the region. SEERRIN was founded in 2020 by the Rail Cluster for South East Europe and the Universities of Belgrade, Zagreb and Birmingham – it has rapidly grown its membership to include universities and rail industry organisations from across the South East Europe region.

The Summit is being jointly organised by the Rail Cluster for South East Europe and the Rail Alliance and is supported by the UK Department for International Trade, the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the South East Europe Rail Research and Innovation Network and the University of Birmingham.

Co-hosts, Dragoljub Rajic (Director, RCSEE) and Alex Burrows (Managing Director, Rail Alliance), said; “We are delighted to be jointly organising this unique event bringing together our countries and our rail industries.  Our partnership has been in place for more than two years now and is going from strength to strength.  We have been collaborating on a number of exciting projects of which this Rail Summit is another part. 

We are looking forward to talking about the opportunities for our rail supply industry partners and colleagues at this event as well as the plans for the next SEE Mobility Fair in September in Belgrade.”

Richard Robinson, Executive Director of the British Serbian Chamber of Commerce (BSCC), said; “The BSCC is delighted to support the South East Europe/UK Virtual Rail Summit.  The Western Balkans including Serbia is undertaking significant investment in rail infrastructure over the next few years and UK participation is welcomed. The Chamber is working hard to promote UK interest in the sector, supporting members to take advantage of the opportunities that arise.”

Bojana Arsic, Director at the Department for International Trade, British Embassy Belgrade said; “The Virtual Rail Summit will bring together an impressive array of rail sector stakeholders from industry, academia and government. Department for International Trade is proud to support this initiative in the hope of further strengthening the relationship between the UK and the SEE region. We trust that this will be the first of many opportunities where the UK can showcase its rail sector capabilities in support of regional development plans and private sector partnerships.”  

For further information about the SEE / UK Virtual Rail Summit, including how to sign up and sponsorship, opportunities please visit our website at www.rcsee.org or www.railalliance.co.uk

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To get in touch for further information, please contact:
UK – Karminder Johal (k.k.johal@bham.ac.uk)
SEE – Dragoljub Rajic (rajicdr@gmail.com)

Further information about the South East Europe Rail Research and Innovation Network can be found at www.seerrin.com.

Further information about the British Serbian Chamber of Commerce can be found at britserbcham.com.

The Rail Alliance 
As the rail sector’s largest dedicated B2B networking organisation, the Rail Alliance is all about bringing customers, suppliers and supply chain opportunities together. It is a membership organisation that sits at the very heart of the rail supply chain and has evolved as a leading representative of the UK rail supply chain community. Its broad spectrum of membership extends way beyond rail and positions the Rail Alliance as the go-to membership organisation for Business-to-Business diversity, ingenuity and innovation.

About the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education  
BCRRE, is Europe’s largest academic-based group delivering railway science and education. With over 145 academics, researchers and professional support staff, BCRRE provides world class research and thought leadership within railways, and offers an expanding portfolio of high-quality education programmes, including Rail and Rail Systems Level 6 and 7 degree apprenticeships. In 2018 BCRRE became lead partner in the £92m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and in 2019 it absorbed the activities of the Rail Alliance into its offering, increasing its breadth of support for innovation and growth in the rail industry. Contact BCRRE.