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European Commission awards the best transport projects among young researchers from Belgium, Germany and Italy

Brussels, 14 April 2014

Students from Belgium, Germany and Italy were today awarded the top prizes in a Europe-wide contest to find great transport projects among young researchers. The winners received prizes from the Commission at TRA 2014 (#TRA2014), Europe’s biggest transport research event which takes place in Paris from 14 to 17 April.

Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn said: "Our current transport systems and habits are not sustainable and not as safe as they should be. Innovation in the transport sector can help change that, and the ideas presented today by these young researchers are very promising. I look forward to seeing some of them put into practice in the near future, so as to make a real difference to people's lives."

The aim of the TRA VISIONS competition is to stimulate interest among young researchers in the field of sustainable surface transport. The competition is open to university and technical institute students pursuing bachelor or higher degrees. This year, over 50 proposals were submitted by 104 students. Participants had to submit ideas addressing one of the following topics: Industry and Competitiveness, Safety and Security, Logistics and Mobility, Transport Policy Research/Socio-economic/Human sciences, Transport Infrastructures, Vehicles & Vessels Technologies.

 

The three winners and runners up were:

Road category: Claus Claeys for the project "Metamaterials for vibro-acoustic isolation"

Runners up: Alexander Betz and Paul Wagner (2nd) and Jin Junchen (3rd)

 

Rail category: Alessandro Nardinocchi for the project "Self pre-stressed concrete"

Runners up: Sophie Damy (2nd) and Nedjemi Rachedi and Eddine Djamel (3rd)

 

Waterborne category: Morten Ahlström, Kai Schlösser, Julian Herbel, Jan-Christoph Nagel, Julia Ludwig and Tobias Kreklow for the project "Green Offshore Crew Tender Concept"

Runners up: Helio Bailly Guimaraes (2nd) and Konstantinos Mammous, Andreas Alvanis, Panagiotis Tzotzolis, Abdulrahman Shunaiber and Adel Alenezi (3rd)

A separate competition for senior researchers was also organised and the winners will be announced at TRA on April 16.

 

Background

TRA 2014 is being held at La Défense in Paris and runs from 14 to 17 April. See also: MEMO/14/283.

The Transport Research Arena conference, Europe's largest event dedicated to surface transport research, is co-organised by the European Commission, the European Conference of Roads Directors, and by the three European Technology Platforms for research in the road, rail and waterborne sectors. The host this year is France's Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Energy (MEDDE).

As well as showcasing the best in EU-funded transport research, the conference programme looks forward to transport research opportunities under Horizon 2020, the EU's new, seven year research and innovation programme. The over-arching objective is to move to a ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’ system. The goal is to be resource-efficient and climate-friendly, ensuring better and interconnected mobility with less congestion and more safety and security for all. More than €6.4 billion will be invested in meeting this challenge, in projects involving the best researchers from the public and private sectors, including SMEs.

 

Press Contacts:

European Commission:
Michael Jennings, tel. +322 296 33 88
Monika Wcislo, tel. +322 295 56 04

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