Why should I present at ASPECT?

What should I do next? 

Once you have a topic in mind for a paper, go to the ASPECT abstract page here, and submit your 500-word abstract together with a high-resolution portrait image and a 100-word summary of your career and current position.

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018  EXTENDED: 30 NOVEMBER 2018. The selected authors will be notified in January 2019 and will have until March to prepare a full paper. 


You don’t need to be a member of the IRSE to present a paper, and we are keen to invite contributions from those at all stages of their career, and from all types of organisations: railway operators, manufacturers, consultants, training providers, universities and government institutions. We welcome input from railway operators, project managers, and engineers from other railway disciplines, in addition to railway signaling and telecommunications engineers. 

ASPECT is the leading technical conference for the telecommunications, signalling and train control industry within rail. Presenting here will give both you and the organisation you represent superb exposure to some of the leading engineers in the industry. As a speaker, you will receive free admission to the conference and your paper will be published by the IRSE. There will be the opportunity to have a formal Q&A session followed up by fantastic networking opportunities throughout the event. In addition, you can take pride in sharing best practice within the industry. 

The conference itself will be organised into a number of sessions, each with 15-minute presentations and discussion sessions. Every author is expected to produce a paper comprising 8-10 pages of text and illustrations to go in the conference proceedings. These will also be published on the IRSE website. The conference language for papers and presentations is English. 

Our Introductory Day

We will be holding an Introductory Day on Tuesday 22 October 2019, predominantly targeted at those with less experience in the railway industry. This seminar will consist mainly of invited speakers, but we are also asking for contributions from Younger Members to present a short paper. Please let us know if you are applying to present in this session on the submission form.

As an added incentive, all applicants submitting a paper to be considered for the Introductory Day will automatically be considered for a Hewlett-Fisher bursary. This is designed to assist Younger Members with travel and subsistence costs when attending major IRSE events. 


Hewlett-Fisher Bursaries

The IRSE is once again intending to offer Hewlett-Fisher Bursaries to Younger Members wishing to attend ASPECT 2019. These take the form of reimbursements for travel and accommodation costs, as well as free admission to the conference. Application forms for these bursaries will be released nearer the event so look out in IRSE News and on the website.

To increase your chances of successful application, why not submit a paper for consideration for the Introductory Day? 

Dates to remember!