Benefit from the latest developments in the Railway Station field and join NextStation2017 conference!

Next 19-21 October 2017, the Spanish Rail Infrastructure Manager, Adif, together with the International Union of Railways, UIC, will be hosting in Madrid the 6th edition of the UIC NextStation2017 conference, the global reference for leaders and decision-makers to share the latest experiences and best practices regarding the design, financing and operation of railway stations.

This year, after five successful editions, the 6th NextStation2017 conference will tackle the key issues under the main theme “Smart Stations in Smart Cities”.
It will provide a unique opportunity for high-level speakers, including decision-makers, representatives of leading industries as well as for stakeholders involved in the city issue and panellists from different fields or backgrounds, to address all strategic issues related to the creation, development and operation of railway stations.


A fresh vision of stations from university students and young professionals


6th International Conference on Railway Stations. Madrid 2017.

The NextStation2017 Conference will adress the following themes:

  • Impact of digitalisation on the railway station business
  • Project development and financing
  • Station management
  • Station and urban planning
  • The sustainable, eco-friendly railway station
  • Facilities and design
  • Commercial use of station space and services
  • Multimodality
  • Accessibility
  • Security

As part of the city, the future of railway stations needs to be discussed with a systemic approach. Well-connected and open to the city as one of possible centres of gravity of the daily life of citizens, the railway station feeds commercial and social ties, with the need to develop the feeling of security.
During this 6th NextStation2017 conference, all these related themes will be addressed and discussed between participants in a fully interactive conference.

The NextStation2017 conference will also be a privileged venue for all technological companies interested in finding new business opportunities within the booming digitalisation process currently underway in the railway station sector at the global level.

UIC and Adif look forward to meeting you in Madrid from Ocober 19 to 21st.

The conference will be composed of:

  • 2 plenary sessions (opening and closing), 2 round tables, and 8 technical sessions on specific themes.
  • A stand/exhibition area
  • A programme of technical visits

The conference will address the key issues under the main theme ‘Smart Stations in Smart Cities’. The latest developments applicable to railway stations design and operation and also the integration of the station in the city will be presented by high-level speakers, including decision-makers, representatives of leading industries.

There are many topics to be addressed at the conference linking cities, services and technologies like low carbon station, city services, competitiveness, innovation, Big Data, governance, accessibility, intermodality, business, security, urban integration and social networks.

Check out our Updated program. Full information about the contents of the parallel sessions, the selected speakers and presentations is now available


The Next Station organizing committee invites speakers to submit their proposals for papers, relating to one of the following themes:

  1. Security and Privacy
  2. Intelligent facility management
  3. Accessibility improvement in information era
  4. New business models in smart stations
  5. Solutions for integrated mobility
  6. Innovative management
  7. Smart design
  8. New services for customers: practice cases

Applicants are invited to fill-in the application form

  • Personal data
  • Short biography
  • Outline of the lecture (1000 words maxi)

If you have any questions concerning the registration as speaker, please contact

The new deadline for submission is June 16 th

Selection of papers will be done in mid july.

In case the lecture is approved, the final presentation (PowerPoint) is to be provided before 1 September 2017. A PowerPoint presentation template ensuring harmonized presentation of the papers of the different speakers during the conference will be available on the website shortly. Once selected, the lecturers will have to formally agree to the rules of the conference.

The registration and social events (gala dinner…) are free of charge for the speakers. Official dinner under the high patronage of Renfe, in the Madrid Railways Museum.

The working language will be English and Spanish. There will be translators to English. However, any other language is possible if the speaker provides an interpreter

To attend the different sessions of Next Station 2017, you have to register, by using the regular registration section that will be available on the website

Please, use one of the following templates for your presentations.
We recommend the 16:9 version.


Exhibition and sponsorship

The Next Station conference will be a privileged venue for all companies interested in finding new business opportunities within the booming digitalisation process currently underway in the railway station sector at the global level.

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this event! There are several options for sponsorship and exhibition that will surely suit your requirements.

The SPONSORSHIP is organized in three categories: Platinum, Gold and Silver, leading to different privileges and benefits.

EXHIBITORS can also choose among a variety of proposals. Stands will be located in a preferential area during the conference. Further details will follow shortly on this website.


 420 € / sqm

Venue and accomodation

Next Station 2017 has changed the venue!!!

The new venue is the 5 stars Eurostars Madrid Tower hotel, which occupies the first 31 floors of one of the newest skyscrapers in Madrid. It is located next to Chamartin Station and in the new financial district of Spain’s capital

The new venue Eurostars Madrid Tower hotel occupies the first 31 floors of one of the newest skyscrapers in Madrid, and its large and highly functional facilities and meeting rooms fit perfectly the Next Station Conferences.


Choose the best accomodation for the NextStation2017 Conference, at the Eurostars Madrid Tower, and experience the comfort of one the finest hotels in the city.

Book your room now and benefit from a reduced price on your individual room for only 130€/night (breakfast included).
Reduced price for the first 100 reservations.

Other hotels
· WeAre Chamartin
· NH Eurobuilding


Next Station 2017 is a relevant media event for the international press regarding railway stations digitalization. Therefore, we aim providing the press with the best possible facilities and support for their work. On this page you can get an overview of the our social media and content for a successful reporting.


UIC Passenger Department: Marc Guigon:
UIC Communications:

Adif Press Department:

Press partners


Technical visits

The NextStation2017 Conference in Madrid offers the possibility to make several technical visits on October 21.


It is Spain’s main intermodal station, providing Commuter, Long and Medium Distance services as well as High Speed.

Atocha was recently refurbished and enlarged to ensure more efficient High Speed arrivals and departures and it is an example of industrial architecture, with its famous tropical garden under its canopy.

Atocha Station hosts one of Spain’s main traffic control centers, a strategic technical element that is a showcase of Adif’s technological capacities.

Estimated schedule: from 08:00 to 14:00.

Atocha Station in Madrid


in this beautiful southern city, located 2,30 hours away from Madrid by High Speed train, Adif manages one of the main stations in the country, Málaga Maria Zambrano, and the Vialia PPP project, one of the most successful examples of the combination of railway and commercial use of stations.

Málaga is also the capital of the world famous Costa del Sol, where visitors will enjoy fine weather, long sand beaches, cultural activities and delicious food.

Estimated schedule: from 08:00 to 23:00.


This medieval city, located only 30 minutes away from Madrid, can also be reached by High Speed train. Its 1919 station is an architectural jewel with Moorish influence which is part of Spain’s cultural heritage.

Toledo itself is a must-see in Spain, with its finely preserved religious buildings and narrow streets, combining a rich, centuries-old legacy from the roman ages to the Visigoths, and with a strong Arabic, Jewish and Christian influence, which led to Toledo’s designation as the City of the Three Cultures.

Estimated schedule: from 08:00 to 22:00, including a visit to Atocha station. Trip to Toledo only: 11:00 to 22:00

Atocha Station in Madrid

Please note that the visit to Atocha and Toledo can be combined in the same day, but the visit to Málaga cannot be combined with any other visit.

Fee for the visits: 15€ each. This fee includes lunch (except Malaga) and a guided tour of the chosen station.

For Málaga and Toledo, it does not include the train ticket.

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6th Conference on Railway Stations

Madrid 2017