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The main features of this conference are:

  • Estimated number of participants: 400
  • Venue: Marrakech
  • Stand exhibition
  • Event structure: 2 plenary sessions (opening and closing), 1 round table, 8 sessions and technical visits
  • Working languages: Arabic, French and English. Any other language is possible if the speaker provides an interpreter

Following the success of the first four events (2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013) held in Roma, Paris, Brussels and Moscow, the International Union of Railways (UIC), in close cooperation with Moroccan railways (ONCF), will organize the 5th NEXT STATION conference focused on “Rethinking Stations for Future Intermobility”, in Marrakech on 21-22 October 2015.

NEXT STATION is a worldwide meeting place for professionals, local authorities, researches or every person interested in the subject of the conference.
Railway stations are usually considered from three perspectives: customer access to trains, business opportunities due to a high concentration of people every day, and interaction with the city and the other transport modes.
As part of this approach, the UIC Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG) has been undertaking work since 2005. One of the most representative actions of this working group is the organization of the NEXT STATION Conference in 2015. There are other actions regarding stations: Governance, Classification, Signage, and Observatory…

The conference program includes 8 different themes:

  1. Design: intermodality, capacity, flexibility, flow management, station typology, accessibility, sustainability etc.
  2. Technologies: intermodal information, facility management, ticketing, services, security, etc.
  3. Comprehensive protection: management of public place and intermodal security, feeling of security, design impacts, etc.
  4. Enhancing client experiences: services, shops, retail, cultural activities, performance of the intermodal system, accessibility, etc.
  5. Development and management of stations: concepts, business approach, station to hub management, governance, urban integration, etc.
  6. Territories: urban-local integration, urban impact, socio-economic impact, infrastructure financing, multiplicity of actors, intermobility, infrastructure, etc.
  7. Stations for high speed services: specific services, traffic trend, flows management, impact on territories, etc.
  8. UIC activities and academic research

Alternating plenary sessions, round table and parallel sessions dealing with, will constitute a floor where the participants will be able to bring their contributions as well as an opportunity to get other points of views on global and particular aspects.

The proposed presentations will be on subjects in accordance with one of the 8 themes.

The applicant is invited to provide Mr. Marc GUIGON the following elements in order to take into consideration the submission:

  • Deadline of submission: 22 May 2015
  • Biography (with photo): half a page
  • Fill-in the application form below (including a short summary of the presentation)
  • Provide an outline of the lecture (2 pages maxi)

Selection of papers will be done by the end of June 2015.

In case the lecture is approved, the final presentation (PowerPoint) has to be provided before 1 September 2015. A PowerPoint presentation template ensuring harmonized presentation of the papers of the different speakers during the conference will be available in the website.

The registration for the speakers is free of charge.
For the accommodation, you can benefit from a discount for the event.
You will also find on the website other information about your venue.

We hope, on behalf of UIC and ONCF, that you will be able to support our request.

If you need any further information concerning this important event, please contact:

  • UIC: Mr. Iñaki Barron -
  • UIC: Mr. Marc Guigon -
  • UIC: Mrs. Barbara Mouchel -
  • ONCF: Mr. Tewfik BOUARIF -

We will be pleased to welcome you in Marrakech in October 2015.

The NEXT STATION 2015 team

The proposed presentations will be on subjects in accordance with one of the 8 themes.