Opening of Gotthard Tunnel

Come, celebrate the launch of the world’s longest railway tunnel in Switzerland with us.

Event Details


swissnex India
#26, Rest House Crescent Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560001 India


June 02, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

On 1 June 2016, Gotthard Base Tunnel (Gotthardo), the world’s longest railway tunnel with a total length of 57.1 km, will officially open in Switzerland. The Gotthard rail tunnel is expected to revolutionise and improve transport across Europe. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Switzerland will invite guests of honour from Switzerland and abroad to the opening event.

Under the Year of Swiss Innovation (YOSI), the Swiss representation in India will take the opportunity of this opening to showcase innovations in engineering and environmental friendly transports. On 2 June 2016, swissnex India will host keynote speeches by renowned Indian and Swiss experts followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session on the topic. Each panelist will talk about their organization and its association with projects similar to the Gotthard Tunnel.  A short film on Gotthard will also be screened. We look forward to having you with us to celebrate this amazing innovation.

Meet the speakers –

Christian Schlüchter graduated in Geology from University of Bern. After a Postdoctoral year at Brock University, Ontario, Canada, he was at The Institute of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, ETH Zurich, where he submitted his Habilitation in Engineering Geology. In 1993 he was elected to the chair of Quaternary and Environmental Geology at University of Bern. His main professional activities are in fundamental and applied glacial geology. Christian has done extensive fieldwork in the Alps and on all the continents, including 8 expeditions to Antarctica. As a result, a number of his papers have been published in peer reviewed journals. For many years, Christian has been actively engaged in the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) for which he organised the International Congress in 2011 in Bern. Christian Schlüchter is Emeritus Professor of University of Bern and a consultant to the Swiss Government.
Prof. Christian Schlüchter
Professor of Geology / University of Bern
Jose Joseph is currently Senior Vice President at ABB India Ltd, responsible for Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure and Grid Integration Solutions for the India sub-region. A graduate in Electrical Engineering from Kerala University and MBA from FMS, Delhi University, Jose started his career as Engineer Trainee with National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC) in 1984 and has wide experience in the areas of power transmission and distribution systems. He has worked with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. and Siemens prior to joining ABB India in 2012 in Bangalore. He is currently responsible for Transmission and Power Distribution Solutions for Industry and Infrastructure including renewables and metros.
Jose Joseph
Senior Vice President / ABB India Ltd, Bangalore
Luca Rapagnà is presently Engineering Manager in Alstom India Ltd, responsible for railway Signalling projects execution. Luca graduated in Electronics Engineering from Università degli Studi in Bologna (Italy) and he started his career in Alstom Ferroviaria in 2000 as Application Engineer. As senior expert in the european signalling solution ERTMS/ETCS (European Rail Train Management System/European Train Control System), Luca has been appointed System Engineer in two of the major Italian High Speed line projects: Roma-Napoli (2005) and Bologna-Firenze (2009). He has lead signaling domain’s engineering works in various projects in Europe and in particular the execution of the dedicated link, under tunnel, between the High Speed lines of Milano-Bologna and Bologna-Firenze in Italy (2011). Bringing this system engineering expertise, Luca has joined Alstom India Ltd in 2013.
Luca Rapagnà
Engineering Manager / Alstom India Ltd


To know more about Gotthard, click here.

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