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3rd International Railway Symposium Aachen 21 - 23 November 2021 online + on-site in Aachen, Germany   VDI expert workshop 24 November 2021 online



The reduction of CO2 emissions to achieve the international climate targets of 40% by 2030 and 100% by 2050 in the mobility sector can only be achieved with a strong role for rail transport. To achieve this, more traffic must be put on existing rail lines in the coming years and lines that have been shut down must be put back into operation. Spatially and temporally denser traffic will be achieved through the progressive digitization and automation of vehicle systems together with innovative vehicle, drive, and supply concepts for vehicles and trainsets. This can increase the attractiveness of rail transport, expand transport performance, and help reduce emissions. We want to promote these developments through interdisciplinary exchange between research institutions and industry as well as cooperation on an international level through our conference.

Following the successful second edition of the International Railway Symposium 2019 with over 250 participants from 15 countries, IRSA 2021 will be held as a hybrid event from Nov. 21 - Nov. 23, 2021. In this context, the symposium will be held on-site in Aachen, as far as circumstances allow, and will additionally be offered as a virtual conference with digital participation. As the organizer, the Research Center Railways at RWTH Aachen University will continue to provide an international framework for interdisciplinary exchange between industry, science and politics on current and future rail transport topics from research and practice, even in times of pandemic. The range of topics fully reflects the complexity of the rail system, from infrastructure to vehicle and drive technology to operation.

As organizers of IRSA 2021, we would like to cordially invite you to the symposium and ask you to support the event by submitting an interesting contribution.

We look forward to a lively and committed participation in the interdisciplinary, exciting discussions on current topics in rail transport.

Unterschrift Prof. R. De Doncker
Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Dr. h.c.(RTU) Rik W. De Doncker
Spokesman of the Organization Committee
Unterschrift Prof. D. Sauer
Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Spokesman of the Organization Committee

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