The MAGLEV 2018 Conference
Russia, St. Petersburg

Together with MTST 2018 Conference
September 5 - 8, 2018

Statue of the Russian poet and novelist A. S. Pushkin in St. Petersburg

The 24th International Conference on Magnetically Levitated Systems and Linear Drives, MAGLEV 2018, will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the famous Emperor Alexander I. St. Petersburg State Transport University (PGUPS).  The conference will take place together with the Russian MTST 2018 (Maglev) conference and is organized under the auspices of the International Maglev Board (IMB).

Maglev 2018 conference events (lectures, presentations) will take place from September 5 – 7, 2018.
Technical excursions will be held on September 8. From September 7 - 8 the participants will also have the opportunity to join a sophisticated cultural program in St. Petersburg.

The Maglev 2018 conference addresses experts, public officials, decision-makers, planners, scientists, students and interested citizens who would support a constructive, critical discussion on the prospects and limitations of magnetic levitation technologies and linear motors applied in transport and industry.

The MAGLEV 2018 Conference Website


  1. High-speed maglev
  2. Urban maglev
  3. Cargo maglev
  4. Magnetic Levitation and Guidance in Transport
  5. Energy Storage and Supply
  6. Linear motors
  7. Superconductors, application of superconductivity
  8. Permanent magnets 
  9. Guideway and Infrastructure Technologies
  10. Reliability, Safety and Operational Control
  11. Maglev Elevators and Escalators; Magnetic Bearings, Maglev Wind Turbines
  12. New Ideas on Levitating Device Applications.
  13. Standardization issues
  14. Economical aspects of Maglev
  15. Health and environmental issues (electromagnetic fields, noise, vibrations)
  16. Influence on regional and urban development, architecture
  17. Transport policy issues, maglev marketing, aspects of transport psychology
  18. History of development of maglev transport
  19. Project status reports
Franz Anton von Gerstner, planner of the first Russian railway line, the Tsarskoye Selo Railway in St. Petersburg.

Call for Abstracts / Papers / Posters

Conference papers will be accepted based on an abstract of no more than 300 words. Each abstract will undergo a review by experts chosen from the International Maglev Board and the Russian National Steering Committee. Evaluation, selection, and topic clustering will be done according to the criteria of scientific quality and relevance, meaning for theory and practice as well as originality and degree of innovation. Authors of accepted abstracts will be informed on February 20, 2018.

To upload your abstracts, please make use of this template:

Call for Papers: Maglev 2018

The prerequisite for all presentations is a respective Conference Paper with an English summary, based on the required abstract.
All accepted conference papers are set to be published in the journal “Transportation systems and technology,” ISSN 2413-9203.

Conference Languages

The main language is English. However, special “focus sessions” of the conference might be held in Russian or Chinese.

Important Dates

  • November 2017: 1st Call for Papers.
  • December 2018: Early Bird Registration starts
  • February 10, 2018: Deadline for submission of abstracts.
  • February 20, 2018: Notification of successful abstracts.
  • March 1, 2018: Early-Bird registration ends.
  • August 10, 2018: Deadline for submission of final papers.
  • September 1, 2018 – close of registration for the Conference
  • September 5, 2018: first conference day of Maglev 2018
  • September 8, 2018: technical tours day of Maglev 2018 

Visa, Hotels and Travel Support

The official hotel of the Conference is the Hotel “AZIMUT”, Saint Petersburg:
For the period from September 4 - September 10, 2018, a special rate is available for participants. The promotion code is  maglev18 . The code is valid until March 1st, midnight.

For guests who arrive at Pulkovo Airport, free shuttle transfers to the Hotel “Azimut” will be available.

The organizers are also ready to assist you with visa applications. They will provide an official invitation letter after your registration is completed. The document will significantly facilitate the visa application process for you. Please note that the invitation requires the applicant’s name (written exactly as in the passport) and passport number. More detailed information concerning costs, time and conditions for preparing a Russian entry visa application is available on the official websites of Russian Embassies and Consulates in your country.


Registration and Fees:

Registration for the Conference is available on the website “Russian Maglev”

  • Early bird (until March 1st, 2018): 490 € (approx. US$ 573)
  • Regular fee (starting March 1st, 2018): 750 € (US$ 877)
  • On Site registration: 800 € (US$ 936)
  • Students: Early bird: 70 € / regular 100€ (US$ 82 / US$ 117). Please note that students must provide a scan of student ID to have a special price
  • Pensioners/retirees: Early bird: 170 € / regular 250€ (US$ 199 / US$ 292)
  • For groups of five (5) or more regular participants, special price reductions may apply.  Please contact us by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For journalists, special terms may apply. Please contact us by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Cultural events and other activities can be booked separately.  

The Bronze Horseman (statue of Peter the Great) in the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg.

The organizers of the Conference are looking forward to meeting you in Saint Petersburg in September, 2018!
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The 24th International Conference
Together with MTST 2018 Conference

St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5 - 8, 2018
Emperor Alexander I. St. Petersburg State Transport University
In cooperation with The International Maglev Board



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