RIA Innovation Conference

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Date and time

Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April 2022 (in person)


DeVere East Midlands Conference Centre
Beeston Ln,


Dress code
Business casual


RIA’s innovation events have built an impressive track record over the last decade; they have become key diary dates for innovators in the UK railway industry, in both the supply chain and in client / government organisations, offering a mix of information, networking and interaction to make innovation happen.

We are proud that our Innovation Conference has won the Trade Association Forum’s Best Conference Award 2018 and MEMCOM's Best Membership Event of the Year 2020!
This year the RIA Innovation conference will explore the theme: Getting ready for Great British Railways.

This year, the RIA Innovation conference is back in person and will explore the theme: Getting ready for Great British Railways. 
The programme will be developed around some of the key topics included in an Innovation report that RIA will be launching before the Innovation Conference. These are:

1. Innovation Funding 
2. Bringing Innovations to Market
3. Overcoming the Barriers to Innovation
4. Enabling Radical Innovation
5. Whole System Innovation
6. Skills and Culture of Continuous Learning

Our Innovation Conference provides a unique opportunity for engagement between RIA Members and invited representatives from the wider rail industry, as well as from academia and innovation bodies. Regular participants include Network Rail, London Underground, HS2, Department for Transport, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office or Rail and Road, Train Operating Companies, Rail Delivery Group, Rail Safety and Standards Boark, UKTram, UK Rail Research & Innovation Network, Transport Systems Catapult, and Innovate UK. Key speakers from within and beyond the industry address important themes surrounding innovation to provoke and inspire.

The conference also includes workshops to allow delegates to influence thinking on innovation strategies and an exhibition. This year the exhibition will include a showcase of the innovations being developed by the Network Rail R&D Programme. 

Read more about the last year’s conference in  Rail Engineer's article by clicking here and watch this video to get a better idea of the nature of the Conference.

Take a look at our 2019 photo gallery

Main features

Network Rail R&D showcase area
The Network Rail Research and Development Showcase will promote the emerging outcomes from NR’s £245m R&D Programme with demonstrations of all its major projects and how they are to be deployed across Routes & Regions.

Exhibition Area
More 35 exhibitors, including key industry clients, will be showcasing, presenting and ready to discuss innovative services, products, solutions and challenges.

RIC April-fest evening
Inspired in the famous Oktoberfest, the evening entertainment will incorporate a locally source beer tasting activity as well as include Germany-style food station for all to mingle around and network with new and old friends. 


The participation of academia is of utmost importance in sharing cutting-edge technological innovation in rail, which is often driven by our universities. In working together with UKRRIN, we also seek to raise the profile of degrees in rail engineering as a highly attractive and competitive career for potential graduates, with an aim to reduce the skills gap.  


We are proud to boast a wide spectrum of attendees for our Innovation Conferences, bringing together all sectors of the rail industry. These include RIA Members (covering track, signalling, rolling stock, civils and more), Network Rail, Transport for London, DfT, Train Operating Companies, RSSB, UK Tram, universities and Innovate UK.

Ticket Price
To ensure that as many RIA Members and key industry bodies can attend our Innovation Conferences, we set our rates as competitively as possible. The event is open to non-RIA members too. The Full Conference ticket price includes access to the 2-day event, overnight accommodation, lunches, dinner and evening entertainment on Tuesday 26 April.

CPD points 
RIA Innovation Conference is a significant learning opportunity. Delegates should not forget to register the event for CPD points with your professional institution.

Past RIA Innovation Conference
Click on the images to see our picture and video galleries

2021 (virtual)





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