Talk and Contents  

1. Which topic should the talk cover?

Experience has shown that our audience is very interested in contributions presenting practice-oriented examples from your company and environment. Successful presentations usually balance these three topics: a) presenting the company (5 to 10 percent), b) main part including experiences and actions, case studies (70 to 85 percent) and c) conclusions and learning experience (10 to 15 percent). The optimal number of slides lies at one slide per 90 seconds speaking time. The slides should not be text-heavy. We will gladly speak with you about specific questions and individual contents.  

2. In which language should the talk be prepared?

The official conference languages of the RAILWAY FORUM are German and Englisch, hence the slides as well as your talk can be prepared in both languages.

3. What is the setting on site like?

A laptop of the organizer will be located at the speaker’s desk or on a separate table for your presentation. Of course you have the possibility to use your own laptop (VGA port). In this case please let us know beforehand. The speaker’s desk stands on a platform, the presentation area is located behind that. There is the possibility to play sound via the conference room speakers.  

4. How does the changing of the slides take place?

A presenter with a laser pointer will be available with which the presenter can change the slides himself. Alternatively, an assistant can be seated in the first row, from where he/she can operate the presenter.  

5. Which kind of personnel is on site on the part of the organizer?

All talks will be guided by a moderator. Technical personnel will be on site at all times.  

6. What kinds of microphones are available?

Besides a stationary desk microphone there is the possibility of using a lapel microphone.  

7. Which format should the presentation have?

Ideally, the presentation will be prepared in “Microsoft PowerPoint” (from version 2007 on .pptx).

The side format is optimal in 16:9. Possible videos should be embedded directly. However, we can also display other presentation tools such as Prezi.

8. Will the presentation be made available to the participants of the conference?

The presentations will be made available to the participants of the conference via a secure online area. Please create a PDF file including all cleared slides for this purpose. In case it is not possible to make the presentation available to the participants, of course we respect your decision. Generally, you will be asked explicitly and separately, in how far you want to clear the data.  

9. When and how do I submit the presentation?

The sooner you submit the presentation, the better. At the latest, however, send it via email to our colleague Mr. Tobias Schmidt 3 days before the conference starts. Please also bring the presentation to the conference on a USB stick. We would appreciate it if you could provide a cleared pdf version of the presentation for the other participants.  

10. Are questions allowed during the talk?

You should be prepared for 2-3 minutes of questions and answers at end of your talk. Our moderator will support you.  



11. 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).

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. 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.  

12. 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.

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

Experience has shown that experts like to bring additional colleagues to IPM conferences. Please appreciate that they can not 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. +49 160 8473076