Don’t miss out on the number one event for innovators in the UK rail industry, on 26 and 27 April at DeVere East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham

RIA’s innovation events have built an impressive track record over the last decade; they have become key diary dates for innovators in the UK railway industry, in both the supply chain and in client / government organisations, offering a mix of information, networking and interaction to make innovation happen.

This year the RIA Innovation conference will explore the theme: Getting ready for Great British Railways and the programme will be developed around some of the key topics included in an Innovation report that RIA will be launching before the Innovation Conference. These are:

  1. Innovation Funding
  2. Bringing Innovations to Market
  3. Overcoming the Barriers to Innovation
  4. Enabling Radical Innovation
  5. Whole System Innovation
  6. Skills and Culture of Continuous Learning

The RIA Innovation Conference provides a unique opportunity for engagement between RIA Members and invited representatives from the wider rail industry, as well as from academia and innovation bodies. Regular participants include Network Rail, HS2, Department for Transport, Transport for London, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office or Rail and Road, Train Operating Companies, Rail Delivery Group, UK Rail Research & Innovation Network, Innovate UK and many more. Key speakers from within and beyond the industry address important themes surrounding innovation to provoke and inspire.

We are proud that our Innovation Conference has won the Trade Association Forum’s Best Conference Award 2018 and MEMCOM’s Best Membership Event of the Year 2020!

Speaker’s programme
The conference will have a mix of thought-provoking sessions, including panel discussions and keynote speeches. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Robert Ampomah, Chief Technology Officer, Network Rail
  • Thomas Ableman, Director of Innovation, Transport for London
  • Anita Brown, Head of Innovation and Engagement, Avanti West Coast
  • Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman, Network Rail
  • Howard Mitchell, Head of Innovation, HS2
  • Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Transport
  • Keith Williams, Chair, Williams-Schapps Review

The conference programme will also include workshops to allow delegates to influence thinking on innovation strategies.

Speaking on last year’s event, Ben Blackwall, Solution Architect, Capgemini (Conference Sponsor 2021) said: ‘It felt like great value for money and its was good to see so many influential people talking about innovation. The agenda was on-point and consistent, not feeling ‘forced’ at all.’

Featuring the biggest Innovation Conference exhibition so far, 35+ industry innovators, including clients and supply chain companies, will be presenting their innovative solutions and also sharing their challenges to find ways of collaborating to overcome these through innovation.

Sam Stephens, Director, TBAT Innovation (Conference exhibitor 2019) said: ‘Congratulations on a great conference – well organised, top speakers and excellent networking. An opportunity to meet innovative SMEs as well as key players in the OEMs and Tier 1 networks. We got 15 really good leads which I am now following up – looking forward to the next RIA event!’

Network Rail R&D Showcase
This year the event will be hosting a dedicated Network Rail Research and Development Showcase to promote the emerging outcomes from NR’s £245m R&D Programme. It will include demonstrations of all its major projects and how they are to be deployed across Routes & Regions.

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