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Industry excursion: Raw materials management + rail-bound mobility and its challenges beyond 2030

Photos: voestalpine Schienen GmbH; GKZ e. V.; VA Erzberg

Date & Time:

May 27, 2024 @ 18:00 - May 29, 2024 @ 14:30


Photos: voestalpine Schienen GmbH; GKZ e. V.; VA Erzberg

The major transformation processes (digitalisation, energy) in the European Union are not feasible without raw materials. Rail-bound mobility requires new solutions for the expansion of infrastructure as well as smart storage and drive systems. Here, too, semiconductors and new materials are conquering more and more functional segments. Similarly, transport infrastructure construction, especially tunnelling, is subject to new methods of tunnelling and monitoring, as well as the management of residual materials. Mining and railway technology: Both ecosystems are united by “Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking” – a new European partnership in research and innovation in the railway sector. Its masterplan sets out a systematic, long-term and results-oriented strategy for research and innovation in the rail sector, focussing on the og transformations in Europe and serving the European Green Deal’s goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

The “Mining meets railway technology” format organised by GKZ Freiberg e.V. and Rail.S e.V. from Saxony, Germany, has been addressing these transformation processes at events in Dresden for over 10 years and is going on tour for the first time this year. The destination is one of the most dynamic regions in Europe: Styria, in the heart of Austria. Here we will meet one of the world’s largest rail manufacturers, the voestalpine Group, and find out how it is decarbonising its immense metallurgical processes. Just around the corner, the huge Erzberg, Europe’s largest open-cast iron ore mine, provides the local raw material base and, in the middle of the Erzberg, the tunnelling laboratory of the University of Leoben is researching innovative solutions for tomorrow.

Following the excursion, the organisers, supported by the Styrian mobility cluster ACstyria (ERCI partner network), invite you to the conference “Mining meets railway technology” in the mining heart of Austria, the city of Leoben. The conference programme will focus on securing raw materials and supply chains in the EU, progress in conceptual and sustainable tunnel construction, the importance of metallurgy as the key to a circular economy and the decarbonisation of steel production.

>> Program for the industry excursion incl. conference program (subject to change)


Conditions of participation & registration

The fee per participant is 250 euros for members of both associations (GKZ and Rail.S) and 350 euros for non-members plus 7 % VAT.
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The travel price includes participation in the tour of voestalpine Schienen GmbH, the Hauly ride on the Erzberg, a professional guided tour of the tunnel construction laboratory at the Montanuniversität Leoben and participation in the “Mining meets railroad technology” conference in Leoben, including lunch. Travel and accommodation will be arranged individually.

If you only want to attend the conference, you pay 100 Euro as a member or 120 Euro regular plus 7 % VAT. In this case, please contact:


The event is organized and carried out as part of the Saxon innovation cluster SET4FUTURE. SET4FUTURE is supported by Rail.S e.V. The SET4FUTURE innovation cluster is co-financed with tax revenue on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon state parliament.

Rail.S e. V. (Organizer and Member of ERCI)

GKZ Freiberg e. V. (Organizer and Member of Rail.S e. V.)

ACstyria Mobilitätscluster GmbH (Supporter and Member of ERCI)

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