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Keeping industry consortia on the rails

Keeping industry consortia on the rails

My winning proposal: Keeping industry consortia on the rails

Understanding industry perspectives is crucial when coordinating bids for EU public-private funding

Top tips:

  • Make the most of collaborators with industry expertise in putting together grant proposals, rather than thinking you can do everything
  • Leverage your contacts and existing commercial partners to attract further collaborators
  • Bear in mind that academic and industry partners may have different priorities regarding outcomes

Luciano Cantone, from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, is on a mission to make freight trains bigger, greener and cheaper. This year he will be testing two pilot freight trains using multiple traction units—the locomotives that drive the trains—as the culmination of his research project funded by Shift2Rail, the ...

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Shift2Rail October Newsletter

Shift2Rail October Newsletter

Last chance to take part in the consultation on Europe's rail system

Do you know that you can express your opinion on a new European Institutional Partnership for rail research and innovation for the next Programming period 2021 – 2027? Make sure to take part by 6 November and tell your colleagues to also! Take the opportunity to make your views heard!

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Shift2Rail - Partner of Digital Rail Revolution Conference 2019

Shift2Rail - Partner of Digital Rail Revolution Conference 2019

Shift2Rail are proud partners of Digital Rail Revolution Conference 2019.

The conference reunites leading industry professionals from across the globe to embrace insight into the future of rail technology and the present demands facing the industry today. You can view the current programme here.

We're offering you 20% off 2019 delegate passes! Simply register your place and enter code SPONSOR20 to claim your discount. With just under four months to go, don't miss this valuable opportunity.

As a delegate, you will have access to all sessions, the opportunity to interact with speakers and panellists, the exhibition area, lunch, refreshments and post-event drinks reception.

We look forward to welcoming you in November!



Register for Innovation in Freight Conference!

Register for Innovation in Freight Conference!

First results of M2O will be introduced to the audience of The Innovation in Freight Conference. The Innovation in Freight Conference will take place on 18 June 2019 in Munich, and will cluster the results of seven projects (ARCC, FR8RAIL, FR8HUB, SMART, FFL4E, M2O, INNOWAG) running under Shift2Rail’s freight innovation programme, known as IP5. A wide spectrum of freight-related topics will be covered, ranging from new locomotive designs, longer and heavier trains, real time management of main lines and yards, intelligent freight wagon concepts, and automation and digitalisation of terminals to name but a few.

For four of the projects coming to a close, the conference will represent their final dissemination event (INNOWAG, SMART, FR8RAIL and FFL4E). All projects have a common vision aiming at increasing the performance of the rail freight system by bringing value to customers, operators, the environment and society.

Participants of the Innovation in Freight Conference will also get a discounted entry to the SmartRail 2019 conference, taking place during the same period in Munich (25% discount for industry representatives, and 40% discount for government and academic participants).

The number of places available at the Innovation in Freight Conference are limited.


New S2R study shows great market potential for Hydrogen in Rail throughout Europe

New S2R study shows great market potential for Hydrogen in Rail throughout Europe

A new study by Roland Berger on FCH train technology, commissioned by Shift2Rail and Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertakings, is just out. The study analyses the state of the art, the business case, the market potential, specific case studies and technical and non-technical barriers to the use of FCH technology in different rail applications.

In order to know more about this study and to participate to the S2R workshop where the results will be presented, please click on:

Shift2Rail’s 2019 Information Day: Open Call for Proposals

Shift2Rail’s 2019 Information Day: Open Call for Proposals

Where and when it will take place? 
TheS2R 2019 InfoDay will take place at “The square” conference center in Brussels on February 6th 2019.

What is it about?
Our 2019 Information Day will provide you with an overview of the Shift2Rail Research & Innovation Programme, focusing in particular on the upcoming funding opportunities under the umbrella of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

S2R event: Space for Innovation in Rail

S2R event: Space for Innovation in Rail

The Shift2rail Joint Undertaking, the European Union Agency for Railways, the European GNSS Agency  and the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria are joining forces to organize a one-day event gathering railway main stakeholders, industry, and user communities.  The event will take place in Vienna on March 18th and 19th 2019.

S2R Event: Rail Live!

S2R Event: Rail Live!
Shift 2 Rail

Shift2Rail is excited to be an official innovation partner of Rail Live! 2019. The conference and the exhibition will showcase the whole range of innovation in the industry including rolling stock, signaling and communications, machine learning, AI, Internet of Trains, predictive maintenance and more.


Shift2Rail at the Exhibition:


Visit us at the Shift2Rail stand 63B!

Get your free pass for the exhibition here.


Shift2Rail at the Conference:


Wednesday 6 at 15:30: S2R Head of R&I Giorgio Travaini will present Shift2Rail's work: "Developing the future of rail across Europe: How can Operators innovate successfully?"

Thursday 7 at 09:20: S2R Executive Director Carlo Borghini will moderate the panel "Automation, IoT, AI, blockchain: the reality of innovation at the heart of global railway infrastructure companies"

Get your conference pass here.

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