How to become a sponsor

To run Next Generation Rail we rely on the invaluable contribution that comes from organisations interested in investing in tomorrow’s railway by supporting young professionals and researchers’ career development.

Each year, Next Generation Rail offers a range of sponsorship opportunities available for brand recognition across the conference printed material, online publicity and social media.

What can my company sponsor?

  • Competition awards (Best Academic Presentation, Best Poster, Best Collaborative Project, Best Industry Case Study)
  • Next Generation Rail Dinner
  • Drinks Reception
  • Lunch and networking
  • Advertising / Media

For more information contact Giulia Lorenzini, Partnership Development Manager at


Above: Helen with Jonathan Goodwin, from the University of Sheffield, winner of the ‘Best Poster’ Award that TRL sponsored at the 2014 Next Generation Rail conference.

Much more than your typical conference: as well as the normal technical sessions, the programme included an exciting range of skill development activities, plus opportunities to learn from the experiences of rail professionals and entrepreneurs. It’s not surprising the number of attendees seems to be growing strongly each year.”


Helen Viner, Chief Scientist and Research Director, Infrastructure Division, TRL


Above: Keith with David Kirkwood, from the University of Birmingham, winner of the ‘Best Collaborative Project’ Award sponsored by Arup at the 2014 Next Generation Rail conference.

It was great to see so many young engineers sharing their experience and developing their skills at this event. I was impressed by the depth of understanding they had of such complex issues. 

It’s good to see the next generation is so enthusiastic about rail, and the opportunities open to them are endless.   

I have always found events like this very useful for networking and sharing ideas, not least when I was a young engineer, so we were naturally keen to support the Next Generation Rail Conference.

Keith Rudd, Director, Arup 



Metrolink were pleased to host a visit at our Trafford depot facility. It was great to see such a large group of young people who, hopefully, will go on to form the engineers who change the face of railways and transport engineering  in the future”.

Graham Thornton, Head of Tram Engineering, Metrolink RATP Dev Ltd




Above: Alstom’s Mike Scott, Communications Director and Umar Saleem, Special Projects Manager being interviewed during the 2014 Next Generation Rail conference.

“Next Generation Rail is a fantastic opportunity to learn from current rail professions and get an insight into the technology, research and talent coming through for the engineers of tomorrow”.

Umaar Saleem, Special Projects Manager, Alstom.

Alstom has sponsored the ‘Best Academic Presentation Competition’ award in 2013 and 2014.



Above: Roy with some of the delegates


Rail Technology Magazine thoroughly enjoyed this year’s ‘Next Generation Rail’ event and was delighted to have been the events media partner for the second year running. The event is always extremely well put together and the participants never fail to enthuse and fully immerse themselves in the activities organised.

Roy Rowlands, Business Development Director, Rail Technology Magazine






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