Workshop and Contents  

1. Which format does the workshop have?

The workshops are interactive. Participants can balance the pros and cons of an argument in working groups and present their results. Experts contribute to the working group discussions and the presentation of the conclusions and decide themselves which argument they want to make a statement about. The essential contribution of the experts in the workshop will be in sharing their practical experience, particularly in areas such as globalization in general, product innovations, strategic direction and activities. A renowned university professor will moderate the discussion.  

2. How can I prepare for the workshop?

A presentation or a talk by the expert is not scheduled. Since the experts possess a considerable amount of professional knowledge, a preparation should at most consist of reviewing the literature concerning the workshop theme. Appropriate contributions will be made available two or three weeks prior to the conference.  

3. In what language will the workshop be held?

The conference language of the RAILWAY FORUMs is German. In order to open the conference toward international participants, however, some workshops will be held in English. You can find detailed information regarding this issue in the conference program. 


Expert Profile  

4. What is an expert profile?

The expert profile will be published online and as print version. You will be provided with examples and templates prior to the conference. The online and print profiles are essentially a short vita with a picture of the expert. The latter will be published in the SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT Journal, which will be released in association with the conference. It serves the purpose of positioning yourself as an expert in your field. Since the participants of all major IPM-conferences (AVIATION FORUM, INDUSTRIE FORUM and RAILWAY FORUM) receive a year-long subscription for the SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT Journal, each profile reaches the companies Volkswagen, Airbus, and Deutsche Bahn as well as a majority of the associated supplier networks.

5. In which language should the expert profile be written?

The expert profile should be written in the language of the workshop in which you function as an expert.  

6. How long does the expert profile have to be?

The short vita and the substantial contribution may not exceed 380 characters including spaces. In the templates provided for you beforehand, for both, a maximum length is defined, which cannot be exceeded. Please try to use the available space as accurately as possible in order to avoid blank spaces and to ensure an optimal appearance of your profile.  

7. May I use a personal data sheet in the expert profile?

No, the short vita must be written as a continuous text in order to ensure a consistent format.  



8. May I participate in the complete event program?

Yes, you are warmly invited to participate in the entire conference, including workshops, key notes and technical lectures as well as complementary items on the program (among others a factory tour, exhibition, gala buffet). As an expert you are also invited to the exclusive speaker/expert breakfast. Please let us know in the near term whether you are interested in a factory tour (first come first serve), the exhibition, the gala buffet, and the speaker/expert breakfast. Experience has shown that during these events several top managers and executives of Deutsche Bahn AG are present, which are looking forward to the subject-specific exchange with you during the entire RAILWAY FORUM.

9. Will hotel rooms be booked and will the travel expenses of experts be taken over?

You can find information about room allotment (menu, participant information), which you can book at a discount. The costs for accommodation as well as travel expenses have to be carried by each participant himself.  


Additional Participants of your Firm  

10. May I bring along other participants to the event?

Experience has shown that speakers and experts like to bring additional colleagues to IPM conferences. Please appreciate that they cannot be registered as participants free of charge. However, the organizer allows every additional participant from your company a 10% discount. Participants, which are oftentimes additionally registered, come from areas such as the purchasing department, strategy, sales/key account management. In case of additional registrations of participants sponsoring packages aimed at higher numbers of participants and the exclusive presentation of a company become a viable option. Further information about the sponsoring packages can be found in our online shop as well as in personal arrangement with Tobias Schmidt.  


Your Contact Persons  

Tobias Schmidt,,                                                    Tel. +49 174 5960730