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ASPECT 2023 — Melbourne, Australia

ASPECT is the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) international technical conference, held every two years at locations around the world.

This year's conference is now sold out.


The conference will run over three days, delivering fifty two technical papers from global industry experts on the theme of Global Integration and will also feature several related workshop sessions. 

ASPECT provides an unrivalled opportunity for learning and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of train control, railway communications, and related disciplines. The Monday and Friday of the conference will provide a range of technical visits to complement the three technical days. 

Thanks to ASPECT 2023 being held in one of the most liveable cities in the world, we have secured the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to host the three days of technical sessions. This world-class facility is in the heart of the Melbourne CBD and close to transport, hotels, and restaurants. It will take place from 08:30 Tuesday 21 to 17:00 Thursday 23 November 2023 (local times) - with technical visits on the Monday and Friday.

One of the highlights of the week is the conference dinner which will be held at one of Melbourne’s iconic venues. Finally, as it is a rail conference, we have arranged a chartered steam train ride on the Puffing Billy Railway, including site visits and evening dinner to top it off with. 

The event has consistently attracted a wide of range of people in the industry with over 250 delegates from across the globe attending the last ASPECT conference. 

Steve Boshier, IRSE President, explains about the theme of this year's conference 'global integration' and how it will attract an ever-growing diverse workforce for the railway control engineering industry. Click here for further details....

The themes of this ASPECT conference have been chosen to focus on "global integration" which will be my presidential theme. This is so important for many projects currently being delivered around the world. In addition there will be a focus on topics covering rail investment, interface management, asset management and sustainability, which are supported by the people, process and technology we require.

ASPECT is open to IRSE members and non-members alike and will bring together the world's best signalling, control, systems and communications engineers along with leading signalling and communications technology companies

As an industry, we see a growing gap between the demand for talented engineers and those coming through our ranks. Events such as ASPECT can attract and develop an ever-growing diverse workforce. 

The IRSE is committed to a policy of development, diversity, equality and inclusion, and hence I believe such events are essential to the future success of our industry.

I look forward to seeing you at the IRSE's international flagship event from 21 to 23 November 2023 in Melbourne Australia

Prices and booking for the ASPECT conference - all tickets have been sold

All tickets are now sold out for ASPECT 2023

For information:

All prices are in Australian Dollars for the full 3 day technical conference:

IRSE member rates:

  • IRSE members (any grade) AUD$1,350 for conference and all social events, AUD$1,060 for conference only
  • IRSE members (retired / not working) AUD$990
  • IRSE younger members (under 35 years) AUD$990

Non IRSE member rate:

  • Non IRSE member AUD$1,750 for conference and all social events, AUD$1,540 for conference only

Site visits (day 4) AUD$130 for members and non-members

Additional tickets were able to be purchased (subject to availability) for the evening social events.

There were also two discount codes available only for those who hold IRSE membership and who are:

• new to the industry and under 35 years of age, can use code YMS - $990.00 AUD*
• registered as retired with the IRSE, can use code RETIRED - $990.00 AUD*

This information was checked against the IRSE database at the time of booking.

Terms and conditions for booking are in the document library at the bottom of this webpage

    The latest ASPECT 2023 programme is available for all delegates via the ASPECT app

    Please see your ASPECT 2023 app for all programme details (information within your joining instructions)

    Thank you to our sponsors

    We are very grateful to our sponsors, whose sponsorship has meant that we have been able to keep this event accessible by keeping delegate rates affordable.

    By sponsoring ASPECT 2023, our sponsors are raising their company's profile to a diverse range of railway engineers in a global community and are supporting the professional development of engineers.

    Our platinum sponsors are - Frauscher and JMDR

    Our gold sponsors are - DT Infrastructure, John Holland and Rio Tinto

    Our silver sponsors are - Alstom, Park Signalling, Ricardo, Schweizer Electronic, Siemens and Wabtec

    Our bronze sponsors are - Agonics, ARTC, elsafe, 4Tel, Network Rail Consulting, railRS3 Ltd, Signet Solutions, UGL and VLine

    Our coffee cart sponsor is - Hitachi

    Our lanyard sponsor is - Quantum Rail

    Our media sponsor is - Rail Express Australia

    Rail Express Australia
    is a leading B2B rail publication and provides unique and comprehensive balanced coverage of breaking news and industry trends such as infrastructure, investment, technical innovation, government policy and regulatory issues.

    Suggested accommodation in Melbourne

    There are no discounted rates for ASPECT delegates at the local hotels, however the conference organising committee have put together a suggested accommodation list to assist you in finding suitable accommodation within your own budget 

    Hold the date for ASPECT 2025 in Yokohama, Japan

    Our ASPECT organisers are beginning to plan ASPECT 2025 to be in Yokohama, Japan, in November 2025

    ASPECT 2023 document library