"The proposed project: 'RISEN' is collaborative and interdisciplinary by nature, and it synergises world-class laboratories and ground-breaking technical capabilities of staff across the globe."

"New insights into rail infrastructures will be derived in RISEN to improve response and resilience of rail infrastructure systems to climate change, extreme events from natural and human-made hazards, and future operational demands. The high-impact outcomes will unleash significant benefits to both public and industry sectors."


Social and economic growth, security and sustainability in Europe are at risk of being compromised due to aging and failing railway infrastructure systems. This partly reflects a recognised skill shortage in railway infrastructure engineering. This project, RISEN, aims to enhance knowledge creation and transfer using both international and intersectoral secondment mechanisms among European Advanced Rail Research Universities/SMEs and Non-EU, world-class rail universities including the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Southwest Jiaotong University (China) and University of Wollongong (Australia). This project adds research skill mobility and innovation dimension to existing bilateral collaborations between universities through research exchange, joint research supervision, summer courses, international training and workshops, and joint development of innovative inventions. It spans over 4 years from April 2016 to March 2020.

RISEN aims to produce the next generation of engineers and scientists needed to meet the challenge of providing sustainable, smart and resilient railway infrastructure systems critical for maintaining European competitiveness. The emphasis will be placed on the resilience and adaptation of railway and urban transport infrastructures using integrated smart systems. Such critical areas of the research theme will thus be synergised to improve response and resilience of rail infrastructure systems to climate change, extreme events from natural and human-made hazards, and future operational demands. In addition, researchers will benefit from the co-location of engineering education, training and research alongside world-class scientists and industry users through this initiative. Lessons learnt from rail infrastructure management will be shared and utilised to assure integrated and sustainable rail transport planning for future cities and communities.

RISEN ECR Workshop

From 4 to 6 June 2018, BRNO University of Technology in Czech Republic will proudly host the third RISEN ECR Training Workshop to provide training in public speaking and engagement, research commercialisation skills, intellectual properties. The theme of this year ECR Workshop is "Entrepreneurships". It will be followed by Research Conference i-RISE 2018. The extended abstract of each presentation will be required early for index in Sustainability, Open Access Journal by MDPI. If you would like to participate, please send an email to RISEN Project Researcher Chayut Ngamkhanong (cxn649@student.bham.ac.uk).

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All participants are also invited to submit a contribution for a special issue on "Railway infrastructure engineering" in Infrastructures. This gold open access journal complies with European Commission H2020 Article 29. The submission deadline is 31 August 2018.
For more details, please visit http://www.mdpi.com/journal/infrastructures/special_issues/railway_infrastructure

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