Basic Information

1. What is the general event information?

Date:                              Monday , 29th of February and Tuesday, 01st of March 2016
Event location:              Estrel Convention Center, Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin
Participation fee:           1,580 € for both days, 1,080 € for the first conference day and 1,080 € for the second conference day (both prices excluding VAT)   

2. Are there special conditions?

There are special conditions for members of higher education institutions and corporate groups. You can receive these on request.  

3. Until when is the registration possible at the latest?

It is possible to register until 26th of February 2016. Afterwards registration is only possible directly at the event. Payment for registrations at the event site will be via credit card.  

4. What cancellation conditions exist? 

In case of cancellation until 29th of January 2016 we will refund the registration fee minus a processing fee of 100 €. For cancellations after this date a refund is no longer possible. In this case we ask you to send a representative to the RAILWAY FORUM 2014. In case of cancellation of the conference by the IPM GmbH the participation fee will be refunded immediately. Further claims are excluded.  

5. Is a hotel room included in the price? 

The cost of accommodation as well as travel expenses are to be borne by the conference participants. ESTREL Hotel Berlin has furnished a number of rooms under special conditions (keyword RAILWAY FORUM). Reservations are possible by phone at +49 30 831 2252 2 or email: (  


Conference Elements and Organization  

6. Which parts of the event program can be attended? 

Participants are able to take part in 4 parts of the event. These consist of the following parts: 1 Factory tours, 2 Keynotes and lectures, 3 Workshops / Panel Discussion, 4 Gala Buffet. The event Parts 2 and 4 are automatically booked for all participants. The factory tour and the buffet requires a separate selection by the participants.

7. How does the registration for the factory tour work? 

As several factory tours take place simultaneously, participants will be asked in their application to specify their preferred factory tour. Participation in the respective factory tour is only possible for a limited number of participants. Therefore, the participation is based on a first come-first serve basis. Therefore it is possible that participants who have registered too late, will not be able to participate in a factory tour. In general, however, the participation in a factory tour is ensured for every participant.

8. What should I consider during the factory tour? 

The departure to the factory tours start at the conference for all participants. The transfer is done in coaches. ID is required on the factory tour. Participants are therefore required to carry their identity card or passport with them. Driver's licenses or company ID cards will not be accepted. Without a valid ID card it is not possible to participate in the factory tour.

9. How does the registration for the workshops / panel discussion work? 

As several workshops and a panel discussion take place simultaneously, the participants are encouraged in their application to indicate their preferred option. The number of participants in each workshop is limited. Therefore, the participation is based on the principle of first come-first serve. It is possible that participants who have signed up too late, can not participate in their desired workshop. Generally however, it is ensured that participation in one of the five workshops and the panel discussion is possible for each participant.  


Presentations and Contents  

10.   What topics are covered in the lectures? 

The themes focus principally on the areas of globalization, innovation, and strategies in the supply chain. Frequently speakers will report on their experience from their corporate practice.

11.   In what language will the presentations be held? 

The conference language is of the RAILWAY FORUM is German, so that both the slides and the text of the presentations will be prepared primarily in German. Presentations in English are also possible in the context of the globalizing railway industry. Exact details can be found in the program and the lecture titles. Generally, all keynotes and technical presentations in track 1 will be simultaneously translated into English.

12.   Will the presentations be made available to the conference participants? 

The presentations shown are made available to conference participants via a secure online area. If it is not possible for reasons of confidentiality, to provide participants with the presentations, we ask for your understanding. 

13.   Will questions be permitted during the presentations? 

The last five to ten minutes of the lectures will be used for answering audience questions. Our moderator will supervise the audience participation.  



14.   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. Participants contribute to the working group discussions and the presentation of the conclusions and decide themselves which argument they want to make a statement about.

15.   In what language will the workshop be held?

The conference language of the workshops 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.  


Conference Documents  

16.    Which conference documents will I receive?

Participants will receive the SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENTTM Journal which is published complementary to the conference. It contains scientific articles, conference information (conference program, exhibitor plan, etc.) and profiles of the speakers and experts.

17.    Will I receive the contact details of the speakers and experts as well as of the participants?

Additional to the SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENTTM Journal all participants will receive a printed list of participants which includes the names, companies and functions of the participants. The participants list serves the purpose of individual use and networking.  


Your Contacts  

Registration and Accounting:
Karin Schmidtke,,                                            Tel. +49 511 74314790

Event Details: 
Tobias Schmidt,,                                               Tel. +49 174 5960730