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ASPECT is the IRSE's flagship technical Conference, held every 2 years at locations around the world.  Featuring fifty or more papers by technical experts from around the world, the Conference provides an unrivalled opportunity for learning and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of train control, railway communications and related disciplines.
ASPECT2019 will hosted by the IRSE Dutch section in cooperation with the IRSE and Delft University of Technology from 22nd to 25th October 2019.  




The conference programme for ASPECT 2019 is now available online. Early bird pricing for the conference must be secured online by 1st August to avoid disappointment. You can register online at the dedicated ASPECT microsite at

ASPECT is the international biennial conference organised by the IRSE. In 2019, we are excited to hold the 10th ASPECT in the town of Delft. The meeting will be hosted in the Delft University of Technology over three days (commencing with an Introductory Day on 22 October 2019), and technical visits planned for the 25 October. We are looking forward to welcoming delegates and speakers from countries all over the world and all types of railway: high speed, heavy freight, mixed traffic, metro, and light rail.

Resilience – The Theme of the conference

The railway control industry is undoubtedly experiencing change. Resisting change is futile, and we need resilience at every level to succeed. Our projects require delivery resilience; professional engineers in our industry require resilience in their skills and competence; our products need to be resilient to new and old threats in order to function and function safely. Overall, our railways must operate with resilience in order to deliver the service we promise to our customers. All these themes and more will be explored.

ASPECT Programme

Introductory Day 22 October 2019

The Introductory Day provides those without budget or time available to attend the full conference with an effective and efficient opportunity to explore resilience through modelling and implementation as well as understanding what good looks like presented by those who have experienced it. An informal evening social at The Botanical Gardens, welcomes delegate to Delft.


Main Conference Days of ASPECT 23 and 24 October 2019 

These two days are filled with experts from around the world presenting on how resilience is embedded into the organisation, and the whole life-cycle, from Concept, System Development; Architecture; Design and Implementation. Key threats to the systems of today, such as Cyber, will be discussed. The final conference session with focus on the future development and the innovations which will create new challenges as well as providing the potential to take the performance of the Railway to another level.


An Exhibition area also provides the opportunity to engage with suppliers and interact with some of their railway solutions between sessions. Opportunities to ask questions of the presenters and to discuss key themes are built into the programme as well as networking events each evening in the beautiful town of Delft. 


Technical Visits 25 October 2019

A programme of technical visits to the Rail Centre at Amstoof and the Nord-Zuid Lijn have been arranged to compliment the conference for this final day.


For more information about ASPECT2019, including exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact the Committee at and

 Theme for 2019