Date(s) - April 27 2023
10:00am - 2:30pm
University of Birmingham
We are delighted to provide an opportunity for infrastructure colleagues and specifically SMEs to influence the developing business model at the Global Centre of Rail Excellence. This highly interactive workshop will provide a more in-depth explanation of the current plans for the facilities that will be available for infrastructure testing followed by several focussed discussions providing the opportunity to feed in supply chain views about their needs, what will help the most, commercial models and more!
The event will be hosted at the University of Birmingham (BCRRE) facility at their main Edgbaston Campus.
The outline for the day is as follows
10.30 Welcome, purpose of event and introduction to GCRE
GCRE infrastructure plans: in-depth description of what’s planned
Q&A and preparation for afternoon discussions
The afternoon session will comprise predominantly small discussion groups on key themes:
12.45pm Discussion 1: What are the ‘must haves’, pipeline, timeframes and supply chain use
13.15pm Discussion 2: Policy, procurement and barriers to change
13.45pm Discussion 3: Commercial model; how can GCRE make itself attractive to the supply chain e.g. donations/free to use, competitions, commercial rates etc.
14.15 Open discussion as a group: other opportunities
14.30 Next steps and close
About GCRE: Our ambition is to establish the Global Centre of Rail Excellence as Europe’s premier site for rail innovation. It will become a one stop shop for the industry, providing world class research, testing and certification of new technologies and new ideas that can become the backbone of tomorrow’s stronger, greener and more affordable railway.
To achieve this, GCRE will seek out a leadership role in our industry, contributing the vision, and providing the platform, from which to transform and accelerate rail innovation so that we can, together, tackle the collective challenges we face – including supporting our path to net zero, contributing to a fairer economy and creating new green jobs for this and future generations.
For more details about GCRE see their website
Bookings will close on 18th April at 5.00pm. Joining information will be sent out on 20th April.