27th International Railway Safety Council 2017

Railway Safety - Innovation and Collaboration
Hong Kong, China

When

22nd to 27th October 2017

Our Mission

To promote collaboration among different places, and develop and harness innovative technology in order to enhance railway safety; to leverage the influence of Hong Kong as Asia’s World City in promoting international railway professional exchange, so as to advance the contribution of railway infrastructure in matters of regional connectivity and development.





Main Theme : Railway Safety - Innovation and Collaboration

 

Theme 1 : High Speed Rail - Safety, Design, Development and Collaboration

High speed rail has definitively become one of the most successful and promising types of transport. Actually high speed trains offer to passenger fast transport and reduced journey times combined with an extremely high-level of safety and reliability, comfort and quality of railway service, with supporting elements related to safety, operation and maintenance, innovation, capacity, reliability, sustainability and interoperability. The sessions would offer the participants with insight and best practices for implementing project and maintaining safe and reliable operation of high speed rail.

Theme 2 : Latest Railway Technologies

Technology is playing a crucial role in ensuring and managing efficient railway operation. When the amount of passenger trains increases, there will be a need for optimization of the maintenance of the railway infrastructure, with supporting of technological advancement. Considering that punctuality is essential to provide a high quality service and to attract more passengers to public transport, it is important to underline that the driverless railway system can be operated at very short headways during peak hours. This session would provide a platform for experts to discuss the recent development on driverless operation and cutting-edge innovation in railway technology, as well as to encourage collaboration among universities, operators and authorities to identify problems, propose solutions and indicate directions of future research id the railway industry.

Theme 3 : Regulations Challenges

Regulation aims to promote continuous improvement in the management of railway safety. Achieving this outcome relies on good regulatory decision-making driven by legislation and policies based on prevailing societal values, with these decisions guided by good practices in railway regulation. This session would offer an east-meet- west opportunity for various railway regulatory authorities to share their regulatory framework and lessons learnt from the railway regulation.

Theme 4 : Safety and Risk Management

Railway safety is supported by safety culture, with continuous safety improvements through performance standards and process requirements for better hazard identification and risk management. The sessions would outline how railway knowledge can be maintained, shared and improved. Practical application of risk assessment would be shared from different perspectives to highlight the benefits of implementing a harmonized regulatory framework and the challenges faced in doing so.

Theme 5 : Sustainability

Railway systems have the advantage of being able to move masses of people efficiently, safely and in an environmentally-friendly manner around different places. Sustainability must be addressed in a continuous basis and it is important to take a holistic approach in carbon reduction and energy efficiency for both construction and operation in the railway systems. Best practices of reduction of carbon footprint throughout the life cycle of railway construction and operation, as well as sustainability in maintaining safe and reliable railway operation for passenger service would be shared at this session.

Conference Schedule

You may download the schedule from here.
14:00 - 15:00

Registration

15:00 - 17:00

Stakeholder Meeting

18:00 - 20:00

Welcoming Cocktail

08:30 - 09:00

Conference Registration

09:00 - 10:30

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Session 1

10:30 - 10:50

Poster Display and Coffee Break

10:50 - 12:30

Keynote Session 2

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Theme 1: High Speed Rail - Safety, Design and Development

15:00 - 15:20

Poster Display and Coffee Break

15:20 - 17:00

Theme 1: High Speed Rail - Safety, Design and Development

18:00 - 21:00

Gala Dinner (Departs from Hotel at 18:00)

08:30 - 09:00

Conference Registration

09:00 - 10:30

Theme 2: Latest Railway Technologies and Driverless Operation

10:30 - 10:50

Poster Display and Coffee Break

10:50 - 12:30

Theme 2: Latest Railway Technologies and Driverless Operation

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Theme 3: Regulation Challenges

15:00 - 15:20

Poster Display and Coffee Break

15:20 - 17:00

Theme 3: Regulation Challenges

18:00 - 21:00

Core Group Meeting and Dinner

08:30 - 09:00

Conference Registration

09:00 - 10:30

Theme 4: Safety and Risk Management

10:30 - 10:50

Poster Display and Coffee Break

10:50 - 12:30

Theme 4: Safety and Risk Management

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Theme 5: Sustainability

15:00 - 15:20

Poster Display and Coffee Break

15:20 - 16:30

Theme 5: Sustainability

16:30 - 17:00

Closing Ceremony

18:00 - 21:00

Farewell Cocktail

08:30 - 17:00

Technical Visit

Option 1: Hong Kong, China

  • MTR Operations Control Centre
  • Shek Kong Stabling Sidings for Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section) [Details]
  • West Kowloon Terminus of Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section) [Details]
  • Train ride on South Island Line in Fully Automatic Operation (FAO) [Details]
  • Visit to Wong Chuk Hang Depot


Option 2: Mainland China

  • Guangzhou South Railway Station [Details]
  • Maintenance Depot for High Speed Rail in Guangzhou
  • Operations Control Centre of Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation [Details]
  • Train ride on High Speed Rail

Keynote Speakers

Mr. Yudong YANG

Vice Minister of the Ministry of Transport and Director of the National Railway Administration, PRC

Mr. Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX

Directeur Général – CEO

International Union of Railways (UIC)

Dr. Jacob KAM

Managing Director of MTR Corporation Limited

Important Dates

31 May 2017

Deadline for Early Bird Registration

30 June 2017

Deadline for Submission of Abstract

*Abstracts will be reviewed by the Technical Committee, delegates will be invited to submit a final paper if his/her abstract has been accepted.

31 August 2017

Deadline for Submission of Paper

1 September 2017

Close of Registration

October 2017

27th IRSC 2017

Registration

 

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Fee Details

Overseas Delegates

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5-6 Early Bird Close of Registration
6-Day Conference and Technical Visit
  • Stakeholder Meeting
  • Welcome Evening Cocktail
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Gala Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Farewell Cocktail
Technical Visit
  • Hong Kong, China, or
  • Mainland China
HK$17,000.00
(up to 31 May 2017)
HK$18,800.00
(up to 1 Sep 2017)
4-Day Conference
  • Stakeholder Meeting
  • Welcome Evening Cocktail
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Gala Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Farewell Cocktail
-- HK$12,800.00
(up to 31 May 2017)
HK$14,100.00
(up to 1 Sep 2017)
  • Overseas 6-day package covers basic-room accommodation at InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel from 22nd-27th October 2017 (5 nights) and Overseas 4-day package covers the same from 22nd-25th October 2017 (3 nights).
  • Each extra room will be charged an additional HK$2,330+10% per night (one breakfast included).
  • Should you wish to extend the period of stay, please contact Conference Secretariat for assistance via email at info@irsc2017.org. Please note that no refund will be given for early check-out of the hotel room.
 

Partner Programme#1 (Sharing room with delegate ##)

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Close of Registration
6-Day Plan
  • Welcome Evening Cocktail
Local Tour#3
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Gala Dinner
Local Tour#3
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Free Activity Day
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
#2
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
#2
HK$8,000.00
(up to 1 Sep 2017)
4-Day Plan
  • Welcome Evening Cocktail
Local Tour#3
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Gala Dinner
Local Tour#3
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Free Activity Day -- -- HK$7,000.00
(up to 1 Sep 2017)

#1 First come first serve. Partner programme includes 2 days of local tour.

#2 Partner must join technical visit with delegates. A valid Chinese visa might be required for traveling to Mainland China.

#3 Local Tour HKD500.00 per day.

## Partner shares room with the delegate.

 

Local Delegates##

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5-6 Close of Registration
6-Day Conference and Technical Visit
  • Stakeholder Meeting
  • Welcome Evening Cocktail
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Gala Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Farewell Cocktail
Technical Visit
  • Hong Kong, China, or
  • Mainland China#
HK$8,000.00
(up to 1 Sep 2017)
4-Day Conference
  • Stakeholder Meeting
  • Welcome Evening Cocktail
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Gala Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Farewell Cocktail
-- HK$7,000.00
(up to 1 Sep 2017)

# An additional charge of HK$ 3,000 will be charged if technical visit to Mainland China is chosen.

## No accommodation will be provided for local delegate.

 

Remarks

  • Payment methods will be sent to you via e-mail after confirmation of your registration.
  • All charges are in Hong Kong Dollar.
  • Should you wish to enrol after the closing date of registration, an administration fee of 10% will be charged on top of the normal registration fee.
  • All prices listed here are subject to change and the decision of the secretariat should be final.

Location and Venue

InterContinental Hong Kong

Rooms have been reserved in the InterContinental Hong Kong exclusively for the IRSC attendees. These rooms will provide you with a comfortable stay in the congress exact location.

Venue

InterContinental Hong Kong

18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2721 1211

E-mail: hongkong@ihg.com

About InterContinental Hong Kong

Located in the center of Hong Kong, the InterContinental Hong Kong is easily accessible from the airport and railway stations.


Transportation

From Hong Kong International Airport by Airport Express:

  1. Take the Airport Express towards Hong Kong – get off at Tsing Yi station
  2. Interchange the Tung Chung line towards Hong Kong - get off at Nam Cheong station
  3. Interchange the West Rail line towards Hung Hom - get off at Tsim Sha Tsui East station
  4. 10 minutes walk from Exit J

From other parts of Hong Kong by MTR:

  • Tsuen Wan Line - Get off at Tsim Sha Tsui station
  • East Rail Line - Get off at Tsim Sha Tsui East station

More Transportation Information

You may download the MTR mobile application to plan your trip in Hong Kong. It is available on iPhone and Android platforms:

General Information

Equipment in the conference room

The conference room will be equipped with the following:

  • large screen
  • projector
  • laptop computer (PC) with CD player and USB port
  • podium microphone
  • hand-held microphone
  • laser pointer
  • flip chart
  • countdown

Computer Presentation Guidelines for Oral Presenters

To ensure consistency within the presentations all oral presentations will be using computers provided by the council organisation. No personal laptop or notebook computers will be allowed for oral presentations.

Letter of Invitation

The Council Committee will be pleased to send an official letter of invitation to any conference attendee who requests one. Such an invitation will help participants to obtain a travel authorisation and/or a visa. The letter does not constitute any financial commitment on the part of the Council Committee.

Council Publications

The abstracts and the Final Programme will be available upon arrival at the council.

Name Badges

Council Participants are recommended to wear their name badge in order to gain access to the conference rooms, break room and social activities.

Official Language

The official language of the Council and the technical visits is English, Putonghua and Japanese. Simultaneous translation for English-Putonghua and English-Japanese will be offered during presentations and discussions.

Meals and Refreshments

From Monday to Wednesday there will be a coffee break with light snacks and refreshments at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm. Lunch will be served at the InterContinental Hong Kong restaurant from Monday to Wednesday at 12:30 pm.

Currency and Banking

Currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), which is divided into 10 cents. There are 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 HKD banknotes.

Health Insurance

Visitors to Hong Kong are not automatically covered by health insurance in Hong Kong. Therefore, participants are recommended to arrange their own health and accident coverage.

Electricity Standards

The electrical current in Hong Kong is 220 V/50 Hz, Type G socket. Participants outside Hong Kong will require an adapter to use electrical devices.

Transportation to the Hotel

Please refer to Location and Venue section.

Liability

The participation fee does not include insurance of participants against personal injury, sickness, theft or property damage. Incidents occurring during the IRSC 2017 are not covered. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to take out insurance as they consider necessary. Organisers of IRSC 2017, sponsors and members are not liable for loss, injury or damage to persons or belongings.

Visa Information

To apply for a valid Chinese Visa for travelling to Mainland China, please contact the Embassy or Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in your resident country for more information.

Special Enquiry

Please send an email to info@irsc2017.org if you have any enquiries.

Organisers


EMSD

The Railways Branch under EMSD is the regulatory authority on railway safety in Hong Kong. The Railways Branch regulates and monitors the safe operation of the railway systems operated by the MTR Corporation Limited and the Automated People Mover at the Hong Kong International Airport. The main functions of the Railways Branch include:

  • ensuring the adoption of appropriate safety practices by the railway operators;
  • investigating into safety-related railway incidents and following up the railway operators' improvement measures;
  • assessing and approving new railway projects and modifications to the existing major railway facilities;
  • providing professional support on railway safety to government bureaux and other government departments;
  • handling complaints and enquiries on matters related to railway safety; and
  • promoting public railway safety.
MTR

MTR Corporation is regarded as one of the world’s leading railway operators for safety, reliability, customer service and cost efficiency. In its home base of Hong Kong, the Corporation operates nine commuter railway lines, a Light Rail network and a high-speed Airport Express link on which more than 5.5 million passenger trips are made on a normal week day. Another 5 million passenger trips are made on the rail services it operates outside Hong Kong in the Mainland of China, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia. In addition, the Corporation is involved in a range of railway construction projects as well as railway consultancy and contracting services around the world. Leveraging on its railway expertise, the Corporation is involved in the development of transit-related residential and commercial property projects, property management, shopping malls leasing and management, advertising media and telecommunication services.

Sponsors


Platinum (Not listed in order)
CRRC
Gold (Not listed in order)
ChunWo Development Holdings Limited Kum Shing Group Ricardo Simens  The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
Silver (Not listed in order)
CLP Power Hong Kong Limited GTECH-CIC JV Hollysys Mitsubishi Electric Thales Group

Supporting Organisations (Not listed in order)


The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK) Hong Kong Association of Risk Management and Safety The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Institution of Mechanical Engineers Hong Kong Branch, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hong Kong China Hong Kong Railway Institution