Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On behalf of The Watford Group, we are glad to invite you to the 52nd Watford Conference, which will be held in Madrid, Spain from 20th to 22nd October 2017.
This year’s conference takes place following and in close connection with UIC’s 6th Next Station Conference, also held in Madrid from 18th to 20th October. The Watford Group and UIC saw a specific interest in bringing the two events together at the same time in the same place, thus underlining the close connection between station design and station operations and management.
Even though both events are independently organized, attendants to the Watford Conference will have specific access conditions to the Next Station event, as detailed at the end of this invitation.
14:00 Inscription at Hotel WeAre
15:30 Conference start. Introduction and theme presentations 1
16:45 Coffee Break
17:00 Theme Presentations 2
18:30 Theme Presentations 3
19:30 End of Presentations
20:30 Candlestick dinner
07:00 Departure from hotel WeAre Chamartin
07:45 Departure of HS train (AVE) to Cuenca in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
08:40 Arrival at Cuenca
08:45 Visit to Cuenca Fernándo Zóbel station
09:36 AVE departure to Valencia J.S
10:29 Arrival at Valencia J.S.
10:30 Visit to Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station
11:30 Visit to Valencia Nord station. 100th anniversary
14:30 Visit to Valencia historical centre
17:10 AVE departure to Madrid from Valencia J.S
18:51 Arrival at Madrid Puerta de Atocha station
19:00 Visit to Madrid Puerta de Atocha station
08.30 Meeting at hotel lobby
08:45 Departure to FFE (Spanish Railway Foundation)
09:30 General Assembly
10:30 Free presentations 1
11:30 Coffee break
11:45 Free presentations 2
14:00 Free presentations 3
16:30 End of 52nd Watford Conference
18:00 Architectural tour in Madrid centre. Madrid
contemporary architecture 1960-2010 (landmarks and hidden gems)
20:30 Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant
The 52th Conference theme is ‘Learning from the Past and Looking Forward: Stations in the Information Age’.
Presentations can be given either in the theme category or
the free category. Time for presentations is scarce on this
edition of the conference, so participants can make only one
A short description of the presentation must be sent by October 6th. Presentation blocks will be organized in sections of related interest as far as possible.
Every presentation must be 15 min maximum. Time for discussion will be limited to 10-15 minutes at the end of each block.
Watford Conference attendees are requested to register by September 15th
The 6th Next Station conference will be held from October 18th
to 20th in the Eurostars Madrid Hotel, organised by Adif (Spanish
Rail Infrastructure Manager) and UIC. Next Station and Watford
Conference venues are only 500m away, so a close continuity
between them is feasible. More information can be found at
Both events have different organizers. Therefore, attendees to both should register separately on the respective websites.
This invitation refers only to the conditions to participate at the Watford Conference although indications about Next Station registration are given due to the reasons exposed below
Being aware of the interest that both events can draw in
railway and design professionals, Next Station Organizing
Comitte offers a special inscription fee of 300€ for Watford
Conference attendants. This fee does not include accommodation
for the 18th and 19th October.
Professionals registered at the Watford Conference and not yet registered at Next Station must sign in as ‘speakers’ in the Next Station application form and indicate in the company name box the name Watford, hyphenated with their company name, in case they came on behalf of one. (Example: DB-Watford, NetworkRail-Watford, etc.). Private attendants must sign in just ‘Watford’. Only those already registered at the Watford Conference can benefit from the special Next Station conditions offered.
Please be also aware that technical visits programmed by Next Station on Saturday 21st occur simultaneously with the Watford Conference excursion to Valencia, Cuenca and Madrid-Atocha station. Those who want to enjoy the whole Watford Conference program should not reserve the Next Station technical visits.
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