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Dear Colleagues,

The 2019 STUVA Conference is taking place in truly turbulent times as climate change brings about some in part, radical political decisions affecting transportation. Already the combustion engine is being ousted throughout the world by city tolls and bans on vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists are at last getting the space they need. Fewer cars of course, also means that rail traffic has to be expanded as vigorously as possible. This applies to the metro as well as high-speed routes between urban conurbations. This can only be accomplished if new tunnels are produced and existing ones redeveloped.

Since it was founded back in 1960 during the days when individual motoring was at its peak, the STUVA has experienced every transport political megatrend and played a major part in shaping them. At the time, the emphasis was on devising towns and cities to accommodate motor vehicles and doing away with unprofitable rail routes, something which has been recognised as no longer desirable today. Nowadays, however, the boot is on the other foot: Upgrading and integration of public transportation, the advancement of a fast trans-European rail network, development of the infrastructure for electro-mobility and the genuine participation of people with restricted mobility are the targets now.

STUVA Conferences help to refocus our industry's eye to the future. So far nothing has altered in this respect. In view of such revolutionary changes, the STUVA Conference is more significant than it ever was for the “international tunnelling family”. So, look forward with us to enjoying stimulating specialised papers and innovative products at the accompanying STUVA Expo. Shape the mobility of the future together with the STUVA – ecologically worthwhile and fit for mankind! We cordially invite you to participate!

Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Chairman of the Board

Dr.-Ing. Roland Leucker
Managing Director

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When will you be there?

For over 50 years, the STUVA Conference has been one of the most important forums for the entire field of underground construction. With more than 3,000 professionals from more than 20 countries, it is one of the world's leading and largest events in the tunnel sector. The STUVA conference takes place at the end of November/beginning of December in odd years and is a fixed date in the calendar of tunnel experts. The venue is Frankfurt am Main in 2019.


The lectures are bilingual throughout (simultaneous translation German/English) and will take place on 26 and 27 November. Parallel to the lecture series "Tunnel Construction" you will hear lectures on "Tunnel Operation" in a separate hall.


  • Current developments in underground construction
  • Major international projects
  • Safety in the construction of tunnels
  • Planning, construction, preservation, redevelopment, research
  • Mechanical advance/construction method in difficult ground conditions
  • Sustainability, energy generation and energy use
  • Economic efficiency, contract design, financing

Tunnel operation

  • New guidelines and regulations
  • Safety equipment, innovative safety concepts, retrofitting, modernisation
  • risk management
  • Tunnel management, tunnel control technology
  • Behaviour of road users
  • Lighting and escape guidance systems
  • Fire protection, fire detection

Exhibition STUVA-Expo

Parallel to the two lecture events, an accompanying trade exhibition will take place on 26 and 27 November. More than 200 domestic and foreign companies will present their products and services in the fields of civil engineering, tunnel construction and tunnel operation. If you would also like to participate as an exhibitor, please request further information material or get an initial overview at first.

Technical visits

On 28 November, conference participants are invited to visit interesting construction sites and traffic facilities in Frankfurt.


The STUVA Prize 2019 for outstanding innovations in the field of underground construction will be awarded at the opening of the lecture event.


The conference programme will be available at the beginning of July 2019. The online registration will be activated in April. Take the opportunity to talk to high-calibre experts, update your knowledge and meet those responsible from the fields of construction, operation, planning, authorities, manufacturers, suppliers, business and research.

We look forward to meeting you!

STUVA Conference 2019

Frankurt Trade Fair was hosting the STUVA Conference from November 26 to 28, 2019
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Frankurt Trade Fair was hosting the STUVA Conference from November 26 to 28, 2019