6th International Conference on Railway Stations. Madrid 2017.


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 NextStation 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.

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.


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 (download the file) which will consist in the following elements, in order to take the submission into consideration:

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

Please send this document to Mr. Marc GUIGON ( and Ms. Barbara MOUCHEL (

Deadline of submission: 2 June 2017

Selection of papers will be done by the end of June 2017.

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.

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

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.


PACK A: 18 sqm. 7.560 €
PACK B: 12 sqm. 5.040 €
PACK C: 6 sqm. 2.520 €
Additional sqm: 420 €  sqm

Venue and accomodation

Next Station 2017 has changed the venue!!!

The new venue is the 5 stars Eurostars Madrid Tower hotel, located next to Chamartin Station and in the new financial district of Spain’s capital.

The 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.


Participants can book rooms at Eurostars Madrid Tower, a convenient option and an exceptional experience in one the finest hotels in the city.

Other hotels
· WeAre Chamartin
· NH Eurobuilding


This international event will follow the successful high-profile railway conferences held previously in Rome (2005), Paris (2007), Brussels (2011) Moscow (2013) and Marrakech (2015).

Technical visits

The NextStation 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.

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.


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.

Atocha Station in Madrid

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

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


To ensure widespread participation in the conference, organizers are offering a two-tiered fee structure with lower registration fees for early-bird delegates and a standard price.

  • Early bird fee (until June 30): 400 €
  • Standard price: 700 €

You can register today by sending an e-mail to
A registration form will be available on line in the coming weeks.

The registration fee includes:

  • Entry to the pre-conference welcome cocktail on October 18
  • Entry to all conference sessions and round tables, the opening and closing session, and the exhibition area.
  • Coffee break and lunch on October 19 and 20
  • Gala dinner on October 20.


During the development of the conference, the Next Station organizing committee gives the possibility for any accompanying person to select among a variety of cultural an entertainment programs in Madrid.

A special reduced fee will be required for any accompanying persons to attend the Gala dinner.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact

6th Conference on Railway Stations

Madrid 2017