The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) is the professional body for railway systems engineers. It is a learned body which facilitates the growth and safety of the rail industry through the promotion of professional standards in the technology and management of Railway Signalling, Communications and Control Systems.
The very active Australasian section encourages professional development and networking through national technical meetings, frequent local meetings and formal professional education. The IRSE has its headquarters in London based organisation, it was formed in 1912. The Australasian section comprises members of the IRSE who work locally to achieve the aims of the Australasian section.
The IRSE Australasian section was formed in 1947, with the impetus coming from Mr L Martin, the District Engineer for Signals and Telegraphs in Goulburn, NSW. Some of the correspondence relating to the formation has been preserved and is available here. (Please note that this is a very large scanned file).
Images for this correspondence can be found here. letter1 letter2 pg1 letter2 pg2 C.B. Byles was a leading figure in the formation of the IRSE in the UK and continued to be influential when he moved to Australia.
Technical Meetings are generally held in March, July and November each year. These technical meetings are held in different locations throughout Australasia and Asia to facilitate access for all members. Details of meetings can be found on the Meetings page. At each Technical Meeting there are a range of papers, which are usually presented on a Friday. The papers are generally selected from those submitted in response to a public "call for papers" and will usually be on a theme. Technical papers are peer reviewed and are published on this website (accessible only by members or by first registering). There is usually a field visit on the Saturday of the Technical Meeting, where members can inspect new projects or sites of interest to railway systems engineers. The Annual General Meeting is held in March or April each year and is combined with a Technical Meeting. Officers and committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
Local meetings are less formal than the technical meetings. At these meetings one or two speakers will give a presentation on a subject of interest. There are no formal papers prepared, with the emphasis being on open discussion and interchange of ideas. The local meeting details for the next few months are shown on the Coming Events section and the full programs are available in the Local Meetings page.
In future there will be an international convention or an ASPECT Conference held each year. Conventions or ASPECT are held at locations around the world and details may be found at www.irse.org.
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The IRSE recognises that the exchange of ideas and information is critical both to the industry and to an individual's own career success. An aspect of almost all our meetings is an opportunity to "network" with fellow professionals, both members and visitors. We encourage visitors to attend IRSE meetings and there is generally an open invitation to all meetings.
Continuing professional development is a key activity of the IRSE. Members are encouraged and helped to keep abreast of new developments in science and engineering relevant to their field of professional activity and to encourage those under their supervision to do likewise. A wide range of formal activities is provided to assist in professional development. The technical meeting and local meeting programs are designed to cover a range of subjects to which members might otherwise not be exposed.
The main printed communications medium is the IRSE News. This magazine is published ten times a year and has publishes technical papers. Members can keep up to date with activities around the world through this magazine. Alternatively, the IRSE News is emailed to those members who choose an e-subscription.
The IRSE Australasia Organisational structure is available here for members.
The IRSE Australasia Strategic Plan is available here for members. For access, please log in.
Australasia Annual Reports and Financial Statements are available here for members. For access, please log in.