Welcome to IRSC 2020

19-21 October



We are very sorry to announce that we have decided to cancel IRSC 2020. There is so much uncertainty around the next six months, it has just not been possible to commit to the fantastic plans we had for welcoming you to the great City of Glasgow.

However, we are hosting webinars between 19 and 21 October, to keep our community learning and sharing during 2020.  The Call for Abstracts for these webinars is now closed and the programme available, please visit the Webinars page for more information.

The whole team wishes you the very best for your families, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. We also want to join you in focusing all our efforts on supporting those on the frontline, keeping our critical railways open and running and safe.

The Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB), Network Rail (NR) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) are delighted to be hosting the world’s rail safety experts at the International Railway Safety Conference webinar series.

IRSC provides an international forum for an in-depth exchange of experience and lessons for improving railway safety.

Steeped in history

Scotland’s Railway is steeped in history dating back to 1838 when the first station was opened; Glasgow also hosts the 3rd oldest underground in the world. In order to keep moving forward with the times re-development has been key with lots of exciting new railway projects being delivered; this includes new platforms, a new line being opened in the Borders and new trains introduced on the recently electrified line between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The theme at the 30th IRSC webinar series will be Looking Back, Looking Forward; we are keen to hear about:

  • Learning from incidents and planning change. For example:
    Novel decision-making processes
    Learning from previous change management: new approaches or technologies, successes and challenges
    Approaches to ensure the change is properly implemented and monitored
    The risks of transition and how to manage these
  • Collaborating across the workforce
  • What’s next looking forward to 2050. For example:
    Threats and opportunities for the railway industry from disruptive technology or events
    Helping avert climate emergency and the carbon reduction agenda: risk assessing alternative fuels, their use, storage and distribution
  • Learning and sharing from railways in Scotland. For example:
    Maintaining infrastructure in remote locations
    Level crossings in rural locations

Top reasons for joining IRSC 2020 webinar series

  • Connect with a global railway safety community
  • Hear best practice in action in a country with one of the safest railways in the world
  • Learn how the United Kingdom is successfully managing a changing railway system – with unprecedented investment in infrastructure and the introduction of new rolling stock
  • Learn how the United Kingdom is refocusing on putting the customer first

Join IRSC 2020 to share the rail safety industry’s knowledge and innovation around change management.