Building and running a resilient railway: UIC RailAdapt project

RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements such as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world’s governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experiences and outline what support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services.

The themes of the workshop aim to include:

  • Weather resilience experiences
  • Challenges of coastal operation
  • Challenges of highland operation
  • Micro-climate impacts
  • Rolling stock resilience
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Bridges and earthworks
  • Asset vulnerabilities
  • Freight operations issues
  • Urban and suburban rail
  • Multi-modal challenges
  • Economics
  • Investment planning
  • Policy priorities
  • Future climate information
  • National and international policy
  • Safety and resilient operations
  • Future expectations of service
  • Best practice approaches
  • Other topics on rail resilience, natural hazards and future climate

Programme and call for abstracts
Each day will have a plenary session, containing a keynote speaker and up to four other speakers, followed by three parallel themed discussion sessions in which up to three further speakers will be invited. Poster presentations will also be available in each of the themed discussion sessions and during the coffee and lunch breaks.
Abstracts of up to 300 words are now invited on any of the topics of the workshop, from which speakers and posters will be selected for the various sessions. Please submit your title and abstract through the UIC website.

Key dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 8 May
Notification of acceptance: 29 May
Workshop: 19 – 20 June

Registration and call for abstracts
Do not hesitate to register and submit your call for abstracts here

Please know that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at

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