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IRSE International Convention

The bi-annual IRSE International Convention is week long programme of presentations, technical visits and networking opportunities for mainline and metro professionals

IRSE Council have made the difficult decision to postpone the planned 2020 Convention in Toronto, Canada.

The Convention committee and IRSE North American local section are working hard to reschedule the convention for 2021 in Toronto.  Dates will be announced as soon as they are known. Please find an official announcement in the document library below if that is needed for any cancellation of arrangements.

Many of you will have chosen to stay at the Marriott in Toronto where the conference is hosted. The latest update from the Marriott Group advises that guests with existing reservations for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates that are typically more restrictive, will be allowed to make full changes or cancellations without a charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival, so long as the change or cancellation is made by June 30, 2020. 

Train control and interoperability

The international convention will be a week-long programme of technical visits and presentations led by leading experts setting out the state of the art in the train control field. There will be outstanding knowledge-building and networking opportunities with an informal guest programme for partners who are welcome to accompany delegates.

The convention will focus on the challenges of interoperability, in both mainline and metro fields, and will include technical visits to witness the latest developments around the Toronto area.

The convention provides an unrivalled opportunity to see and learn more about the latest technology in the field and to meet and share ideas with professionals from across the global signalling and control industry. The convention is aimed particularly at active professionals wishing to expand their knowledge along with senior professionals who wish to share their experience and knowledge.

The main programme will be announced later, but will include technical papers and visits.  There will be a guest programme for delegates' guests, and will include a selection of visits to key attractions at an unhurried pace.

Prices will be announced at rates for (1) members of IRSE and other engineering institutions, (2) non-members and (3) delegates' guests.  Please note that prices will not include accommodation in or travel to Toronto.  It is likely that there will be an optional trip to Niagara Falls for a small number of delegates prior to the main convention starting - details will be sent in the booking confirmation details.

Bursaries will be available to cover conference fees and some travel costs for those in their early careers in railway control and communication engineering.  Details will be announced when booking opens.

Updated details will be announced as soon as possible.

Registration to the IRSE website will be required for all bookings.