The next generation of world citizens has a strong interest in the development of high speed rail. The combination of speed and sustainability will be an indispensable asset for the future. For that reason we look forward to integrating a group of students into the congress programme. Students are invited to contribute to the programme by challenging all participants. The challenge will be introducing the future perspective. The movie "2046" looks to the high speed train of the future as a concept of life. Are we, in 2008, contributing adequately to this high speed rail concept of life in 2046? We are looking forward to inspiring students to help us keep the focus on the future. Please contact Mr. Wim Oosterwijk of NS,, for more information.


Congress topics

The World Congress of UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 will comprise plenary sessions, round table sessions and debates led by opinion leaders and international experts representing a broad spectrum of policy makers, economy, financial institutions, industry and transport sector of the high speed business community.

Major topics at the congress are:

  • Topic 1 - High Speed Rail and Society
  • Topic 2 - High Speed Rail in Practice
  • Topic 3 - From Single Lines to a High Speed Network
  • Topic 4 - Strategic Issues in High Speed Rail
  • Topic 5 - Meeting Customer Expectations
  • Topic 6 - Innovations in Fixed and Mobile Equipment

Each topic consists of a few sessions. Kindly note that the "A" sessions will be very interactive and are being held in the Auditorium. After short presentations the moderator will involve all speakers and congress delegates in a lively discussion, which will sometimes be followed by an electronic voting system.

More information about these topics and their sessions can be found on the website of UIC HIGHSPEED 2008.


Congress languages

The congress language is English. All plenary sessions and most of the parallel sessions will be translated into English, French and German. Other languages are subject to sufficient interest.


Congress book of abstracts

All congress delegates will receive a book of abstracts of the congress. In case you are not able to attend the congress of UIC HIGHSPEED 2008, the book of abstract can be ordered separately. Please place your order on the registration form.


Dinner party

A dinner party will be organised on Monday 17 March at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. The Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is a unique building on the River IJ. Annually many ocean cruise ships that visit Amsterdam arrive here. The terminal is also a perfect venue for dinner parties with a breathtaking view of the Amsterdam metropolis. The UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 dinner party is kindly offered to you by NS (Dutch Railways) and ProRail (Dutch Rail Infrastructure Manager) who will be hosting this evening. All congress delegates and accompanying persons are invited to attend this dinner. Transportation to and from the venue will be available in due course. Dresscode is Tenue de Ville.

Amsterdam Passenger Terminal


Welcome cocktail

Congress delegates are welcome to register for the Congress of UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 on Sunday 16 March from 16.00 - 18.00. During registration a welcome cocktail will be organised for all delegates and accompanying persons at the venue, Amsterdam RAI.

More information will soon be available on this website.


Cocktail reception

A cocktail reception will be organised on Tuesday 18 March from 17.30 19.30. This cocktail reception is kindly offered to you by LogicaCMG. LogicaCMG brings deep domain expertise to the delivery of business consulting, systems integration and IT and business process outsourcing solutions worldwide. All congress delegates, accompanying persons and exhibitors are invited to join this reception at the venue Amsterdam RAI.)