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  • FP7 final call round-up
    Published on: 23/01/2014
    The final calls for proposals for transport-related research under the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), announced in July 2012, has resulted in the launch of a wide range of potentially impactful projects.
  • Report on Synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 issued by the FP7 Transport Research Programme Committee
    Published on: 17/12/2013
    The report explains and provides recommendations on the need for a pro-active approach linking both policies to maximise their impacts.
  • European Technology Platform on Logistics ALICE launched
    Published on: 01/07/2013
    European Technology Platform on Logistics ALICE is launched with support of major European industry
  • EU-Japan meeting on Science and Technology in Tokyo
    Published on: 27/06/2013
    On Friday 21 June 2013, Robert-Jan Smits, European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation and H.E. Shin Maruo, Ambassador for Science and Technology Cooperation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Japan met in Tokyo.
  • State of play of the European Green Cars Initiative
    Published on: 23/07/2012
    The European Green Car Initiative supports research into technologies and infrastructures that are essential for achieving breakthroughs in the use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources, safety and traffic fluidity. Its recent calls and publications are of interest to anyone wanting to contribute to research into greener transport.
  • Infodays 2012 - proceedings online
    Published on: 23/07/2012
    The Transport Research Information Days brought several hundreds of people interested in doing research under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research to Brussels, to learn about the current opportunities in the field of transport. Proceedings, participant lists and additional documents are now available online.
  • Watch what the EU is doing for your future mobility
    Published on: 25/06/2012
  • Draft Work Programme 2013 online now
    Published on: 19/06/2012
  • Registration Transport Information Days 2012 open
    Published on: 07/05/2012
    The registration for the Transport Information Days 2012 is open as of today, 7 May 2012.
  • Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn will attend Transport Research Arena
    Published on: 19/04/2012
  • Results evaluations horizontal activities transport call 2012
    Published on: 16/02/2012
    The Commission, assisted by independent experts, has completed the evaluation of research proposals submitted to the transport calls that were launched in July 2011 and closed in December 2011.
  • Call for proposals closed
    Published on: 06/12/2011
    As part of the Framework Programme for research, which funds excellent European science, the European Commission regularly launches calls for proposals. The call for proposals for transport research that was launched on 19 July 2011 closed on 1 December 2011, receiving more applications than last year.
  • Proposal on new framework programme for research funding launched
    Published on: 30/11/2011
    On 30 November 2011, European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn launched the European Commission's proposed new framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, called Horizon 2020. The proposal is now up for discussion in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers and is expected to be adopted by the end of 2013.
  • National Contact Points meet in Brussels
    Published on: 11/10/2011
    The National Contact Points met with the Transport Directorate in Brussels on 15 September 2011. They exchanged practices and information to stay up to date. Their presentations and those of the European Commission are now available for you directly.
  • Big boost for small air planes research in Central and Eastern Europe
    Published on: 11/10/2011
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    Small aircraft carrying up to 19 passengers could be an attractive form of regional transport in areas that lack extensive transport infrastructure. The European Commission has set aside €25 million to fund a group of mostly Central and Eastern European partners to carry out research that will strengthen European competitiveness in this technology demanding sector. Their work focuses on developing modern engines at the right scale for use in an aircraft this size, while remaining safe, affordabl...
  • "Cold-calling": warning to project participants
    Published on: 04/10/2011
    From time to time participants in projects funded under the framework programmes are contacted by organisations seeking payment in return for publishing information on the work being undertaken within their projects. Contrary to some of the "sales pitches" used, these publications and their services have not been endorsed by the Commission.
  • Brochure on waterborne research online
    Published on: 19/09/2011
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    A new publication on research activities on waterborne transport supported under the EU's framework programmes for research can be downloaded and ordered online as of now.
  • Multi-annual roadmap EGCI online
    Published on: 23/08/2011
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    The 2011 publication of the multiannual roadmap for the European Green Car Initiative can be downloaded and ordered online as of now.
  • Infodays 2011 - slides and speeches
    Published on: 25/07/2011
    The Infodays 2011, which took place on 18 and 19 July 2011, offered parties with a research project focused on transport interested in participating in FP7 the necessary information. A webstream of all the presentations given is available online, as are slides of presentations (after the break) and a list of participants.
  • Consultation on future EU Research and Innovation Common Strategic Framework
    Published on: 21/02/2011
    On 9 February 2011, the European Commission presented a Green Paper that proposes major changes to the EU research and innovation funding process, making participation easier, increasing scientific and economic impact and providing better value for money.
  • 'CooperatEUS' – EU-US co-operation in aeronautics research
    Published on: 20/01/2011
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    The 49th edition of the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (ASM) in Orlando, Florida, drew a wide audience of international aeronautics and space researchers and featured high-level exchanges between European and American policy makers.
  • 'Implementation' is key for EUCAR
    Published on: 22/11/2010
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    The European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR) brings together a range of forward-looking road transport research initiatives. Partners say the ultimate goal is to see real results on Europe's roads and highways.
  • Support for international research in aeronautics
    Published on: 15/11/2010
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    The European Commission remains committed to fostering closer ties with international partners, including Russia and China. The latest round of funding under the 2010 work programme 'Transport' theme includes funding for joint research in air transport and aviation.
  • Innovation Union – turning ideas into green growth, jobs and social progress
    Published on: 07/10/2010
    The European Commission unveiled details of its flagship ‘Innovation Union’ this week. Driven on at the highest political level, this proposal sets out a strategic approach to innovation.
  • 'New' Member States into research fold
    Published on: 11/08/2010
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    Though still often referred to as 'New Member States', countries that joined the Union in the latest accession rounds are widely seen as equal partners in the European Research Area (ERA).
  • Surface Transport research gets new boost
    Published on: 29/07/2010
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    A new set of calls for proposals has been published for surface transport research, including road, rail and waterborne modes. EU officials set the stage at an 'Information Day' in Brussels.
  • Commission presents 'Info Day' on Aeronautics call for proposals
    Published on: 29/07/2010
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    European Commission officials urged potential researchers to put forward new proposals at the Aeronautics Research 'Information Day' in Brussels. The latest call was published on 20 July 2010.
  • EU launches new calls for transport research proposals
    Published on: 23/07/2010
    The European Commission is making new funding available for key transport research initiatives.
  • Commission pushes for new 'Green Car' research proposals
    Published on: 22/07/2010
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    At an FP7 'Information Day' in Brussels, European Commission officials urged potential researchers to put forward new proposals for research under the 'Green Cars' public-private partnership.
  • 'Clean Sky' tackles environmental issues in the air and on the ground
    Published on: 06/07/2010
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    The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative is building momentum in its bid to improve the environmental performance of the air transport system. Issues discussed at the first Clean Sky conference in June 2010 included 'Eco-Design', optimising environmental performance 'from cradle to grave'.
  • Encouraging innovative transport research
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    The 2010 edition of the Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference drew a wide range of road transport stakeholders, including the EU Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Technological Development (DG RTD).
  • EU innovation on Facebook taps into social networking trend
    Published on: 18/06/2010
    The European Commission's 'Innovation Union' page on Facebook gives web surfers a chance to learn about and discuss EU research and innovation activities.
  • Transport services for all Europeans
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    The European Commission is determined to promote transport services that truly benefit Europeans, while maintaining respect for the environment based on policies of decarbonisation and sustainability.
  • Website on European Research Area launched
    Published on: 18/06/2010
    The newly launched website of the European Research Area (ERA) provides information on measures the Commission is taking to enable the free movement of knowledge and stimulate innovation.
  • Brussels hosts major transport conference ‘TRA 2010’
    Published on: 17/06/2010
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    The 2010 Transport Research Arena conference saw leading-edge researchers and top industrial players unveiling the latest prototypes and technologies, and exchanging ideas about how to solve modern-day transport problems, while high-level decision makers discussed public policies on mobility and transport.
  • Maritime policy outlined at EUROMARES 2010 conference
    Published on: 11/06/2010
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    The EUROMARES 2010 conference in May 2010 featured the latest advances and emerging ideas in the field of marine research, innovation and maritime policy.
  • Providing direction for EU research coordinators
    Published on: 10/06/2010
    On 31 May 2010 in Brussels, the European Commission's Research Directorate-General hosted an 'Information Day' for research project coordinators hoping to hone their administrative skills.
  • Major focus on transport research at ETP conference
    Published on: 04/06/2010
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    The European Technology Platform (ETP) conference 'Working together on societal changes' featured key sessions on transport research, highlighting the central role of mobility in modern society. Issues included decarbonisation, door-to-door urban mobility, and safety and security.
  • Sectors pull together at ETP Conference 2010
    Published on: 04/06/2010
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    The ETP Conference in Brussels in May 2010 saw hundreds of representatives of industry, academia, civil society, EU member-states and the European Commission coming together for two days of focused debate on the challenges facing Europe and how to address them through research and innovation.
  • EU and European Technology Platforms lead Green Cars discussion
    Published on: 03/05/2010
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    Hundreds of delegates gathered in Valencia, Spain, to discuss the role of Public-Private Partnerships in the European economic recovery. On the agenda was the European Green Cars Initiative, providing financial support for research into the green technologies that will propel the cars, trucks and buses of the future.
  • E-CAero to hold Workshop on disseminating science and technology
    Published on: 25/03/2010
    On 19-20 April 2010, the EU-funded 'E-CAero' initiative will hold its first European Workshop on enhancing the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.
  • ACARE takes next generation of aerospace engineers under its wing
    Published on: 12/03/2010
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    The Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe, 'ACARE', has held an important workshop on 'Education and Training of Engineers and Researchers in Aeronautics for Europe'.
  • Outcome of third call for proposals for surface transport research
    Published on: 08/02/2010
    The European Commission has released some preliminary results of the latest call for proposals for transport research.
  • No slowing down for EU-Russia co-operation in aeronautics research
    Published on: 27/01/2010
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    Europe's ties with Russian aeronautics institutions have grown stronger over successive EU research funding programmes. A recent co-operation workshop in Moscow showed that trend continuing, with both sides redoubling their efforts to forge co-operative links.
  • Lofty goals laid out at Clean Sky JTI info day
    Published on: 21/12/2009
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    The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative held an 'Information Day' in Brussels on 15 December 2009, aimed at helping researchers respond to the second Clean Sky call for proposals. Key speakers outlined details of research topics up for new funding and explained how to apply.
  • 'Clean Sky' launches second call for proposals
    Published on: 26/11/2009
    The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative has launched its second call for proposals, making available €8.3 million in funding and covering 24 new research topics.
  • EU and industry come together at EARPA conference
    Published on: 20/11/2009
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    On 4-5 November 2009, EARPA members, EU officials and European road transport stakeholders came together in Brussels to review activities and research initiatives, and discuss the future of the automotive sector.
  • New milestone for ‘Clean Sky’
    Published on: 20/11/2009
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    The European Commission along with industry experts are determined to overhaul the entire airport transport industry, with new technologies to reduce CO2 by 50%. 'Clean Sky', the EU initiative that will make it all happen, is now officially autonomous. Its Executive Director, Eric Dautriat, discusses the issues.
  • CAE is the National Contact Point for EU aeronautics research in China
    Published on: 28/10/2009
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    On 30 July 2009, the European Commission, together with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies (MIIT) of the People's Republic of China, launched a Call for Proposals aimed at enhancing international co-operation. The closing date is 14 January 2010.
  • EU research shares stage with global 'Tara' expedition
    Published on: 22/10/2009
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    Cutting-edge marine and maritime research was on display as the European Commission and the 'Tara Oceans' project crossed paths in Barcelona on 1 October 2009. Researchers from across Europe and around the world presented the latest work on biodiversity, aquaculture, blue biotech and climate change, while toasting the Tara as it embarks on a round-the-world scientific expedition.
  • Transport 'Info Day' goes green
    Published on: 22/10/2009
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    The Transport Research Info Days, on 28 and 29 September 2009, featured in-depth presentations and information on the full range of topics covered under the new FP7 transport research calls for proposals, including aeronautics. Over two days, a record 1200 participants attended the event in Brussels, surpassing similar events in 2007 and 2008.
  • Research can unlock the potential of ITS applications
    Published on: 09/10/2009
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    The ITS World Congress in Stockholm on 22-25 September 2009 focused on EU-level efforts to speed up the introduction of intelligent transport systems (ITS). The European Commission's Research Directorate-General is doing its part to make sure the process goes as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Major ITS Congress pushes smarter transport
    Published on: 09/10/2009
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    Putting new technologies to work to make transport safer, more efficient and greener was the focus of the 16th ITS World Congress in Stockholm from 21-25 September 2009. Delegates came from around the world to discuss the future of intelligent transport systems (ITS), especially the question of deployment.
  • Aero 'Info Day' focuses on next generation of air travel
    Published on: 07/10/2009
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    The greening of flying and the integration of air transport systems are the priorities in European funding for research into air transport, according to top European Commission officials on the second day of the FP7 Transport Info Days event in Brussels from 28-29 September 2009.
  • High-level support for 'Ocean of Tomorrow'
    Published on: 02/10/2009
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    The new joint call for proposals for marine and maritime research is aimed at building the knowledge base for a sustainable growth of sea-based activities. A special 'Information Day' on 16 September 2009 saw two EU Commissioners joining forces to underline the interdisciplinary and cross-sector aspects of this historic call.
  • AMT '09 conference draws hydrodynamics community
    Published on: 24/09/2009
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    The First International Conference on Advanced Model Measurement Technology for the EU Maritime Industry (AMT '09), organised by the EU-funded Hydro Testing Alliance (HTA), was held in Nantes, France, on 1-2 September 2009. Over 100 participants exchanged results and views on fluid dynamics.
  • Online registration for the EU-Russia aeronautics workshop
    Published on: 03/09/2009
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    On 15-16 October 2009, aworkshopwill be held in Moscow to promote the submission of new proposals for joint EU-Russia research funding. The event is open toparticipants from the EU Member States, FP7 Associated States, ICPC countries and the Russian Federation.
  • EU launches major series of calls for transport research proposals
    Published on: 01/09/2009
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    The European Union is making available new funding for key transport research initiatives. Calls for proposals have been launched under the 'Green Cars', 'Ocean of tomorrow' and 'ERA-NET' initiatives, while new international co-operative research with China and Russia will also be funded. 'Information Days' events are set to support calls.
  • Commission announces smart investment in green PPPs
    Published on: 06/08/2009
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    In July 2009, the European Commission held an 'information day' aimed at encouraging prospective researchers to respond to a first round of calls for proposals that will inject €268 million in three key market areas, including road transport.
  • Major scientific publication for ‘DESider’ project
    Published on: 06/08/2009
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    The results of the EU-funded DESider project ('Detached eddy simulation for industrial aerodynamics') have been published in a new 454-page volume edited by Werner Haase, Marianna Braza and Alistair Revell. The book includes a comprehensive introduction to the project and full details of methods and approaches.
  • Key urban transport project delivers results
    Published on: 03/08/2009
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    The 'SPUTNIC' project consortium held its final conference in Brussels in July 2009. Aimed at improving European public transport, SPUTNIC carried out a comprehensive study of the state of the art in urban mobility, including management, customer relations and operational structures.
  • Aero-researchers flock to Clean Sky JTI Information Day
    Published on: 14/07/2009
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    The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative held an 'Information Day' on 10 July 2009 to aid interested parties in responding to Clean Sky's first call for proposals. The event featured presentations by top-level EC officials and industrial researchers.
  • ‘DRESS’ project presented at Paris Air Show
    Published on: 23/06/2009
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    The EU-funded DRESS project is developing a new electric steering system to replace hydraulics in today’s airliners. At this year’s Paris Air Show, DRESS partners discussed progress being made towards the ‘more electric aircraft’ of the future.
  • ‘Cleanest Ship’ meets goals
    Published on: 08/06/2009
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    An evaluation of the results of the ‘CREATING’ project shows it has met its overall objectives, demonstrating how specific emission reduction technologies can be applied to inland navigation, leading to a significant reduction of harmful emissions.
  • Economic crisis: European Commission pledges swift implementation of ‘Green Cars’ initiative
    Published on: 08/06/2009
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    In a joint statement, the European Commission and industry representatives have said the car industry is too big to let die, but it needs to develop something better than the gas-guzzlers currently on their production lines.
  • ‘VITAL’ workshop promotes cleaner air transport
    Published on: 25/03/2009
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    The EU-funded VITAL project held its dissemination workshop in Budapest, Hungary, on 9-10 March 2009. The event comes at the culmination of four years of collaborative research among all the major European aircraft engine manufacturers.
  • EU research for crucial aero engine assessment
    Published on: 25/02/2009
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    EU-funded ‘HEATTOP’ and ‘EVI-GTI’ initiatives are looking for new ways to measure important turbofan engine parameters.
  • Improving public understanding of EU transport research
    Published on: 16/02/2009
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    For three days in Paris, visitors to the ‘European City of Science’ exhibition were able to learn about the work of research scientists around Europe. Among the highlights was the work of five groundbreaking EU-funded road transport research projects, aimed at making life on Europe’s roads easier and safer.
  • Commission challenges road industry to ‘get green’
    Published on: 30/01/2009
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    Speaking at the ERTRAC event in Brussels on 26 January 2009, European Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik called on road transport stakeholders to come up with a clear vision for the next generation of transport solutions by the middle of 2010.
  • Transport Research on the move – An animated and interactive overview
    Published on: 08/01/2009
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    Explore for yourself the world of EU-funded transport research, from road to rail to waterborne and air transport. Browse by mode or by themes such as 'environment', 'urban transport' and 'safety and security'. In-depth summaries explain the work of individual research projects.
  • 'Clean Sky' seeks partners for 93 technical projects
    Published on: 12/12/2008
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    Interested companies and research bodies can already consult a list of planned Clean Sky JTI calls for proposals for the first half of 2009, to see if the proposed topics suit their technical capabilities.
  • ACARE updates aeronautics research priorities
    Published on: 03/12/2008
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    ACARE, the European high-level advisory group for aeronautics, has adapted its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to the rapidly evolving global context, adding four additional priorities.
  • Main players on board at EARPA conference
    Published on: 25/11/2008
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    EARPA members, EU officials and European road transport stakeholders came together in Brussels on 13-14 November 2008 to review activities and research initiatives, and discuss the future of automotive research.
  • New round of funding announced for EU aeronautics and surface transport research
    Published on: 09/10/2008
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    Forty-three new aeronautics research projects have been proposed for funding under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development. Results of the evaluation of surface transport proposals are still to be announced.
  • EU launches major bus project in Rome
    Published on: 12/09/2008
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    The EBSF project will see new vehicle and infrastructure concepts as well as new energy, operational and public information schemes in some of Europe's most important cities, including Rome, Gothenburg, Madrid, Bremerhaven, Nantes and others.
  • OPTIMAL project holds final forum in Paris
    Published on: 15/07/2008
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    The partly EU-funded OPTIMAL project, developing innovative procedures for aircraft approach and landing phases, held its final public forum on 25-26 June 2008 in Paris. The event was attended by more than 150 participants from Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
  • Vacancy notice: Executive Director
    Published on: 03/07/2008
    Can you lead the Clean Sky JTI?
  • New project to assess transport research priorities in Maghreb countries
    Published on: 19/06/2008
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    The newly launched ESTEEM initiative brings together European and Maghreb countries to set strategic priorities and research goals in the area of transport safety and security.
  • 'YEAR 2008' winners named in Ljubljana
    Published on: 20/05/2008
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    Winners of the 'Young European Arena of Research' (YEAR 2008) competition received awards during the TRA Conference in Slovenia. In front of 1200 delegates from across Europe, students received medals and prizes for their groundbreaking work in road transport research.
  • Safety makes headlines at major road transport research conference
    Published on: 19/05/2008
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    Speakers at the recent TRA 2008 conference in Ljubljana took on the key question of road safety. Despite enormous efforts and some improvements, all agreed that much remains to be done to reduce the occurrence and severity of road accidents.
  • Slovenia hosts major road transport conference ‘TRA 2008’
    Published on: 08/05/2008
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    Over 1300 participants from Europe and beyond came to Ljubljana, Slovenia from 21-24 April for the TRA 2008 conference. The event featured major presentations by high-level decision makers, leading-edge researchers and top industrial players. Strategic and thematic sessions highlighted ‘greener, safer and smarter’ road transport.
  • ‘MODTRAIN’ delivers final results
    Published on: 11/04/2008
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    Participants in the EU-funded MODTRAIN project presented their results at a final conference in Paris on 2 April 2008. The event was attended by over 100 people, including representatives of the research community, the rail manufacturing industry, transport operators and the European Commission.
  • TRA 2008 to feature a wealth of in-depth conference sessions
    Published on: 08/04/2008
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    One of the main draws of TRA 2008 will be its rich conference programme. Why should you come to this event? To hear top-level personalities discuss greener, safer and smarter road transport in 58 sessions over four days.
  • Displaying the latest road transport solutions
    Published on: 08/04/2008
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    Covering three floors in Ljubljana's largest conference centre, the TRA 2008 exhibition space will showcase the latest technological innovations and road transport solutions for the future.
  • Promoting young researchers
    Published on: 08/04/2008
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    Developing the road transport solutions of the future will require hard work and imagination from a new generation of scientists. TRA 2008 will spotlight the most exciting and creative research being carried out by students from all over Europe.
  • TRA 2008 set to tackle urban mobility challenges
    Published on: 27/02/2008
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    Among the issues to be addressed at TRA 2008 is improving urban transport. Organisers will be highlighting new ideas and initiatives being implemented in the Ljubljana city environment, but also around Europe under the EU Research Framework Programme.
  • Researchers flock to Surface Transport Information Day
    Published on: 22/02/2008
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    The European Commission’s Directorates-General for Research (DG RES) and for Energy and Transport (DG Mobility and Transport) held a joint Surface Transport Information Day on 7 February 2008. The event featured presentations by top-level EC officials.
  • ‘Clean Sky’ research takes off
    Published on: 12/02/2008
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    On 5 February 2008, research into the next generation of greener, more efficient aircraft took a major step forward with the launch of the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), the European Union’s largest ever research programme. The initiative establishes a Europe-wide partnership between industry, universities and research centres, with a total funding of €1.6 billion.
  • Aeronautics Information Day draws large audience
    Published on: 12/02/2008
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    More than 400 people attended the aeronautics research Information Day on 6 February 2008 in Brussels. Jointly organised by the European Commission’s Directorates-General for Research (DG RTD) and for Energy and Transport (DG TREN), the event was aimed at supporting the preparation of responses to the second FP7 call for proposals.
  • TRA 2008 road safety and security focus
    Published on: 12/02/2008
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    Organisers of this year’s Transport Research Arena (TRA 2008) in Ljubljana will be highlighting a number of important road transport-related issues, including safety and security. Participants will hear high-level presentations throughout the event and see key initiatives showcased at the conference exhibition.
  • ‘SILENCE’ reigns at urban rail transport seminar
    Published on: 30/01/2008
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    On 17 January 2008, railway stakeholders gathered at UIC headquarters in Paris to discuss new measures for reducing noise in the city environment. The EU-funded SILENCE project is delivering integrated technologies, systems and methodologies for the efficient control of urban noise as well as practical tools for their implementation.
  • Russian partners to test new ‘VITAL’ booster
    Published on: 18/12/2007
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    On 11 December 2007 in Liege, Belgium, VITAL project partner Techspace Aero delivered a newly developed booster module to Russian partner CIAM for the next phase of testing in a programme aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of air transport.
  • ‘EURFORUM’ unveils urban mobility SRA
    Published on: 29/11/2007
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    A new Strategic Research Agenda for Urban Mobility was presented at the final conference of the FP6-funded EURFORUM Coordination Action in Brussels on 19 November 2007. High level participation included speakers from the Portuguese Presidency, the Committee of Regions, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
  • Gender issues in transport: work in progress
    Published on: 29/11/2007
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    The third seminar on ‘Gender Equality and Scientific Excellence’ took place in Brussels in September 2007. Over 70 participants attended, including members of FP6 Advisory Groups and Program Committees, representatives of Member States, experts on women and science issues, and a dozen EU Research Project Officers.
  • Major EU conference pushes co-operation on the seas
    Published on: 22/11/2007
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    European Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik called for a holistic approach to marine and maritime research at the first European Maritime Research Policy conference in Brussels on 18 October 2007. Co-operation is key, he said, in order to achieve a balance between the competitiveness of businesses and the sustainability of seas and oceans.
  • ‘VIVACE’ forum presents final project results
    Published on: 08/11/2007
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    The EU-funded VIVACE project, developing advanced engineering and business capabilities in the aerospace industry, held its third and final public Forum on 17-19 October 2007 in Toulouse.
  • EU transport research goes to China
    Published on: 08/11/2007
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    A delegation from the European Commission’s DG Research Transport Directorate travelled to Beijing in October 2007, with the aim of bringing Europe and China closer together on transport research. Meetings targeted Chinese government institutions, academia and industry and focussed on the identification of future collaborative projects.
  • Commission names new projects for greener and more competitive air transport
    Published on: 04/10/2007
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    An EU-wide call for research proposals in aeronautics and air transport has resulted in the selection of thirty-six outstanding and innovative projects, to be funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).
  • EU and South Africa to co-operate on surface transport research
    Published on: 20/09/2007
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    European Union and South African officials met in Pretoria and Stellenbosch on 10-14 July 2007, agreeing an Action Plan and adopting a Joint Statement on co-operative surface transport R&D.
  • ‘SURFACE NET’ opens EU transport research to New Member State SMEs
    Published on: 26/07/2007
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    On 6 June 2007, a workshop on ‘EU Surface Transport in the Seventh Framework Programme’ took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event, organised by the EU-funded SURFACE NET initiative, delivered new ideas for ensuring sustainable urban mobility and strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs.
  • ‘OCEANS 2007’ Aberdeen highlights EU maritime research
    Published on: 25/07/2007
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    On 18-21 June 2007, the prestigious OCEANS conference and exhibition came to Aberdeen, Scotland. Under the auspices of the Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) and its parent organisation, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), this major international event allowed scientists and engineers to present their latest research, ideas and developments in all areas of oceanic engineering.
  • ‘SILENCE(R)’ aircraft noise reduction project holds final meeting
    Published on: 16/07/2007
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    The final meeting of the EU-funded SILENCE(R) project took place in La Baule, France, on 27 June 2007. For over six years, SILENCE(R) has been at the leading edge of new aircraft noise reduction technologies, bringing together representatives of the European aviation industry including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines and Snecma, along with the research community and universities.
  • Important role for Russian partners in aeronautics research
    Published on: 16/07/2007
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    Co-operation with Russia is a vital part of the EU’s science and technology programme. At the recent EU-Russia workshop on aeronautics research, Russian players had a chance to ‘show their stuff’.
  • EU and Russia agree to work more closely in aeronautics research
    Published on: 16/07/2007
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    On 18 June 2007, at the Paris Air Show, the EU and Russia signed an agreement to work together more closely in the field of aeronautics research. As part of the overall objective of creating an EU-Russia common space of research and education, a new aeronautics Working Group will be set up, joining others in areas such as energy, food, life sciences and nanotechnologies.
  • EU-Russia co-operation in aeronautics research takes another leap forward
    Published on: 12/07/2007
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    On 28-30 March 2007, EU and Russian researchers, policy makers and business people met in Moscow to identify topics of mutual interest and potential collaboration in the field of aeronautics research for 2008 and beyond. The event was the third in a series of high-level workshops aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership between two world powers.
  • Major success for European maritime SME
    Published on: 10/07/2007
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    With EU support under the FP5 CRAFT programme, Norway’s SeaMetric International AS has developed the ‘Twin Marine Lifter’ system for installation and removal of very heavy objects on offshore marine facilities.
  • EurOCEAN 2007 tackles European Maritime Policy
    Published on: 05/07/2007
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    Meeting on 22 June 2007 in Aberdeen, members of the scientific community, along with policy makers and industry representatives, debated a future maritime policy for Europe. The aim was to develop a clear and coherent vision for maritime research in the form of an ‘Aberdeen Declaration’.
  • Stančič addresses media on EU marine and maritime research
    Published on: 03/07/2007
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    On 14 June 2007, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General, Zoran Stančič, discussed marine and maritime research with members of the press, stressing the EU’s full commitment to making the world’s waters cleaner, safer and more productive.
  • Success for key maritime research projects
    Published on: 18/06/2007
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    Europe faces a number of specific research challenges in the marine and maritime domains. Under successive Research Framework Programmes, the Commission has sought to answer these challenges, compiling an impressive list of successful research initiatives.
  • Europe pushes all-encompassing maritime research
    Published on: 18/06/2007
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    A quiet revolution is taking place in the European Commission's approach to maritime research. The EU is taking concrete steps towards a more sensible and inclusive European Maritime Policy, putting all of its resources in all relevant domains into keeping our seas and oceans healthy, safe and productive.
  • SMEs in European aeronautics
    Published on: 06/03/2007
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    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can play a vital role in the European aeronautics sector, where state-of-the-art technologies are crucial. But while often at the cutting edge of innovation, such firms have limited financial resources and face serious challenges accessing and benefiting from pan-European research programmes.
  • Transport Research Information Day draws full house
    Published on: 20/02/2007
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    The European Commission’s Directorates-General for Research (DG RTD) and for Energy and Transport (DG TREN) held Joint Information Days on 13 and 14 February 2007 to support the preparation of proposals in response to the first call for proposals under the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).
  • ‘TransSLO’ brings New Member States into ERA fold
    Published on: 13/02/2007
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    A new transport research initiative, led by new EU Member State Slovenia, is organising two workshops aimed at bringing the EU-12 (New Member States) into the European Research Area (ERA), with particular emphasis on sustainable surface transport.
  • Commission moves to improve cross-border rail transport
    Published on: 06/02/2007
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    Under successive EU Framework Programmes, community research has developed innovative technologies and solutions to facilitate cross-border rail transport operations. Now, the European Commission has announced new steps aimed at improving cross-acceptance of rail products.
  • Commission launches first FP7 calls for proposals
    Published on: 22/12/2006
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    The first call for proposals under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) have been launched. Research on Transport (including Aeronautics), will be funded under the specific programme on 'Co-operation'.
  • ‘SIMBA’ draws international participants to South Africa
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    SIMBA held the last of its 2006 Regional Priority Workshops in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 4-5 December. The EU-funded project is working to strengthen road transport research co-operation around the world. The event follows successful meetings in China, India, and Brazil.
  • High-level input at ‘NICHES’ seminar
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    The NICHES policy seminar held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 12 December 2006 featured major discussions of new concepts in the field of urban transport and mobility. Important topics included accelerating the uptake of innovation to the benefit of citizens and meeting local policy goals. Successful examples were provided by high representatives of key European cities.
  • Berlin INNOTRANS 2006 conference looks forward
    Published on: 18/12/2006
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    INNOTRANS is the international platform for buyers and sellers of passenger and freight transport technology. The event has become as an industry showcase, focusing on the state of the art in railway technologies, including both infrastructure and rolling stock.
  • MODTRAIN demonstrator wows crowds at INNOTRANS
    Published on: 18/12/2006
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    MODTRAIN was at the heart of the INNOTRANS exhibition, where visitors walked through an integrated demonstrator featuring a new driving cab and passenger areas. It was the first time both of these MODTRAIN elements were on display to the public at large.
  • FP7 Energy and Transport ‘Information Days’
    Published on: 18/12/2006
    The European Commission Directorates-General for Research and for Energy and Transport will hold joint ‘Information Days’ on 13 and 14 February 2007. The aim is to support the preparation of proposals in response to the First Calls for Proposals under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) The event will take place in the Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels.
  • ERRAC Plenary revisits railway vision
    Published on: 13/12/2006
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    The 14th Plenary meeting of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) took place in Berlin in conjunction with the INNOTRANS 2006 conference. ERRAC members had a unique opportunity to see and discuss a range of exciting new developments in the European railway sector.
  • Tallinn seminar spotlights research and design
    Published on: 05/12/2006
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    The seventh international seminar on ‘Recent research and design progress in aeronautical engineering and its influence on education’ drew scientists, students and aviation specialists from fourteen countries and nineteen universities and institutes. The event was hosted by Tartu Aviation College in Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Rapid progress for WATERBORNE Technology Platform
    Published on: 21/09/2006
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    The maritime sector is big business; 90% of the EU’s external trade and 40% of its internal trade relies on waterborne transport. As a world leader in the design and production of specialised, high-technology vessels, Europe must continue to innovate, and this is the guiding principle behind WATERBORNETP.
  • EU launches ‘MODBRAKE’ for rail interoperability
    Published on: 21/09/2006
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    The EU-funded MODBRAKE project, aimed at developing and interchangeable brake systems, kicked off on 27 June 2006 in Brussels. European Commission officials say it represents an important contribution to the practical implementation of railway interoperability across Europe.
  • Major scientific publication for ‘FLOMANIA’ project
    Published on: 21/09/2006
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    The results of the EU-funded FLOMANIA project (‘Flow-physics modelling – an integrated approach’) have been published in a new 435-page volume edited by Werner Haase, Bertrand Aupoix, Ulf Bunge and Dieter Schwamborn. The book includes a comprehensive introduction to the project and details of methods and approaches, and it provides full reports on a variety of design applications.
  • Safety remains top priority for auto industry
    Published on: 23/08/2006
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    Speakers at the recent TRA 2006 conference in Göteborg took on the key question of road safety, insisting that, despite enormous efforts and measurable improvements over past decades, much can still be done to reduce accidents.
  • World Congress on Railway Research emphasises sustainability
    Published on: 22/08/2006
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    The world’s biggest meeting of rail researchers took place in Montreal from 4-8 June 2006. The World Congress on Rail Research (WCRR) brought together more than 750 participants for five days of presentations, posters and workshops. The conference theme, ‘Progressing together’, reflected technical as well as economic, operational and social challenges facing the rail industry.
  • ‘Aeronautics Days’ gets young people on board
    Published on: 08/08/2006
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    The Fifth Community Aeronautics Days was a key event for European research and technology in aeronautics and air transport. The Student Participation Programme, sponsored by the European Commission, offered the unique opportunity for young scientists and engineers to take an active part in this most important of events.
  • Eurostat publishes key road transport statistics
    Published on: 03/08/2006
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    New figures for freight transport show Benelux road hauliers remained the most active ‘caboteurs’ in 2004, accounting for just under half of the total cabotage performed of 14.6 billion tonne-kilometres (tkm). German hauliers were also major players, taking a 13% share of the total.
  • ‘Transport Research Arena’ highlights Technology Platforms
    Published on: 12/07/2006
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    The TRA 2006 conference in Göteborg, Sweden, underscored the role of new industry-led Technology Platforms in the road transport sector. Important Strategic Research Agendas (SRAs), covering areas such as road infrastructure construction and alternative fuels, are now being developed and implemented.
  • Cleaner road transport highlighted at Göteborg conference
    Published on: 12/07/2006
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    Cleaning up the road transport sector will be a key issue for the European Union’s next Research Framework Programme (FP7, 2007-2013). The TRA 2006 conference in Göteborg, Sweden, emphasised the ‘greening’ of road transport and featured many outstanding presentations on reducing carbon emissions, alternative fuels and vehicles, and reducing traffic noise.
  • Swedish road transport takes centre stage
    Published on: 12/07/2006
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    The ‘Transport Research Arena’ (TRA) 2006 conference brought researchers, businesspeople and decision-makers to Göteborg, Sweden, for four days of talks, presentations and exchange. But the conference programme also gave participants the chance to see some of the world’s most advanced road transport facilities and initiatives up close and in action.
  • Vienna Aeronautics conference draws international participation
    Published on: 11/07/2006
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    Aeronautics Days 2006 brought together more than 860 participants, including delegations from every EU Member State. But far from being an all-Euro event, the conference also included many speakers and participants from the USA, Japan, Russia and China, and many other nations with a stake in the most global of industries.
  • ‘TRA 2006’ major road transport conference marks new era
    Published on: 27/06/2006
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    From 12-15 June 2006, over 1000 participants from around Europe and beyond converged on Göteborg, Sweden, for TRA 2006. The event featured major presentations by high-level decision makers, leading-edge researchers and top industrial players. Strategic and thematic sessions highlighted ‘greener, safer and smarter’ road transport.
  • Industry and research take wing at ‘Aeronautics Days 2006’
    Published on: 27/06/2006
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    From 19-21 June, almost 900 participants from 41 countries converged on Vienna for Aeronautics Days 2006. Attendees included representatives of all major aeronautics companies, the research community and public authorities, and a large contingent of Europe’s best and brightest aerospace students. The theme of the event was ‘Sustainable solutions for new horizons’.
  • EU and Russia sign Joint Statement on rail transport research co-operation
    Published on: 22/06/2006
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    A ‘kick-off’ workshop on EU-Russia co-operation on rail transport research took place in Moscow on 20-22 April 2006. The result was a new ‘EU- Russian Railway Research Joint Statement’ and an ‘Action Plan’ aimed at establishing an operational platform for EU-Russian collaboration in this strategic transport arena.
  • Role for transport research in fighting social exclusion
    Published on: 19/06/2006
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    The EU-funded ECLIPSE project is working to ensure that all citizens have equal opportunities to benefit from community life. At a meeting in Perugia on 19 May 2006, partners discussed the role of transport in tackling poverty and other issues related to public and social access.
  • ACARE stresses joint efforts at European Technology Platforms event
    Published on: 24/05/2006
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    On 4-5 May 2006, more than 500 participants met in Vienna, Austria, to compare knowledge and experiences of the European Technology Platform (ETP) process. ACARE, the air transport ETP, presented its views on effective, goal-oriented European co-operation.
  • ERTRAC talks road transport at Technology Platforms event
    Published on: 24/05/2006
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    On 4 May, 2006, ERTRAC Chairman Rudy Kunze presented the views of the road research and industrial communities at the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) conference in Vienna. ERTRAC (the European Road transport Research Advisory Council) was one of the first Technology Platforms to be established and remains a model for effective, goal-oriented European co-operation.
  • Surface transport features at European Technology Platforms conference
    Published on: 24/05/2006
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    Over 500 participants, representing industry, the research community and policy makers, converged on Vienna on 4-5 May 2006 for a conference on European Technology Platforms (ETPs). The theme of the event, organised by the Austrian presidency and the European Commission, was ‘Strengthening European competitiveness in the era of globalisation’. Highlights included presentation of the WATERBORNETP Strategic Research Agenda.
  • AirTN launch signals heightened co-operation
    Published on: 20/04/2006
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    On 15 March 2006, a new EU-funded network aimed at coordinating Europe-wide aeronautics research was launched at the Airbus facility in Hamburg. The Air Transport Net (AirTN) will place particular emphasis on bringing new EU Member States into the aerospace fold, offering important opportunities for industrial development in this sector in Eastern Europe.
  • EU welcomes expanded Toyota technical centre in Belgium
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    European officials have welcomed the inauguration of an expanded research facility by Japanese automotive giant Toyota. The centre, located in Zaventem, Belgium, represents a total investment of €130 million per year and will employ 580 people.
  • Major event marks start of new year for European shipyards
    Published on: 17/02/2006
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    On 8 February 2006, the Community of European Shipyards’ Associations (CESA) and the European Marine Equipment Council (EMEC) held a joint reception to celebrate the new year. Highlights included addresses by high-ranking EU officials and the delivery of the WATERBORNETP ‘Vision 2020’ document.
  • DaimlerChrysler is world's biggest corporate spender on research and development
    Published on: 02/01/2006
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    A new study shows European automaker DaimlerChrysler spends more money on R&D than any other company in the world. Unfortunately, says the EU, not enough European companies are following its example.
  • ‘NICHES’ initiative holds mid-term validation workshop
    Published on: 22/12/2005
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    Participants from across Europe gathered in Stockholm on 1-2 December 2005 to exchange views and note progress at the ‘NICHES’ workshop on ‘Mainstreaming innovation in urban transport’. A two-year ‘Coordination Action’ launched under the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme for R&D, NICHES is working to promote promising new concepts, initiatives and projects for urban transport and mobility.
  • ERRAC seminar highlights railway challenges
    Published on: 19/10/2005
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    The European rail sector is responding to growing demand for transport in an enlarged European Union. On 12 October 2005, high-level representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), met with researchers, members of the rail industry and other stakeholders to discuss strategic and sustainable transport solutions.
  • Göteborg to host major road transport research conference in 2006
    Published on: 21/09/2005
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    ‘Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2006’ is a major international conference being organised by CEDR, ERTRAC and the European Commission, set to take place in Göteborg, Sweden, next June.
  • Beijing hosts high-level workshop on aeronautics research
    Published on: 20/07/2005
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    The EU-China Workshop on Aeronautics Research and Technological Development took place in Beijing on 15 April 2005. The aim was to discuss specific opportunities for co-operation with Chinese aeronautics researchers under European RTD programmes.
  • Technology Platform targets more efficient ship-to-shore transport
    Published on: 13/07/2005
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    The final meeting of INTEGRATION, a major EU-funded Technology Platform, will take place in Brussels on 27 July 2005. Since 2002, the initiative has been working to develop new technologies to reinforce freight links and ease cargo flow between land and sea.
  • Research Commissioner addresses aerospace leaders in Toulouse
    Published on: 05/07/2005
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    On 23 June 2005, EU Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik met aerospace heavy hitters at the Thales Group to exchange views on research and development, in particular on the new FP7 perspectives.
  • EU moving forward on road research
    Published on: 23/06/2005
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    The second Road Research Meeting of the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL) took place in Brussels on 14-16 June 2005. The event featured an in-depth look at the next EU Framework Programme (FP7) and the launch of ‘Transport Research Arena 2006’, a major conference set to take place in Göteborg next summer.
  • Airbus giant flies into the history books
    Published on: 27/04/2005
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    On 27 April 2004, thousands of plane enthusiasts watched as the Airbus A380, the world's largest ever passenger plane, took off on a successful four-hour test flight. The twin-deck ‘superjumbo’ landed safely in Toulouse, France, after circling the Bay of Biscay.
  • EU-China Aeronautics Workshop to take place in Beijing
    Published on: 08/04/2005
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    The EU-China Workshop on Aeronautics Research and Technological Development will take place in Beijing on Friday, 15 April 2005. The aim is to discuss possibilities for co-operation with Chinese aeronautics researchers under European RTD programmes and to identify wider possibilities for collaboration.
  • Aerodays 2005 – Strategic Research Agenda reaches new heights
    Published on: 06/04/2005
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    The Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) presented the second edition of its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA-2) in Brussels on 30-31 March 2005. Two years after the launch of this R&D plan for the aeronautics sector, its scope and ambition has now been refined and expanded to address different future air transport scenarios.
  • ‘WATERBORNE’ technology platform launched in Bremen
    Published on: 08/02/2005
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    On 25 January 2005, waterborne transport stakeholders joined researchers and government representatives at the Maritime Industries Forum in Bremen, for the launch of ‘WATERBORNE’. This new EU-supported Technology Platform aims to show the way to more effective waterborne transport research. The Commission confirmed its intention to increase support for transport research as a whole.
  • ACARE ‘Aerodays’ set for March 2005
    Published on: 28/01/2005
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    High-level personalities from the aeronautics industry will meet researchers and European policy-makers in Brussels on 30 and 31 March 2005. The ‘Aerodays’ event is being organised by ACARE, the ‘Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe’. On the agenda: the new and expanded edition of ACARE’s Strategic Research Agenda.
  • Europe launches Airbus A380
    Published on: 19/01/2005
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    The new Airbus A380 super jumbo jet, the world's biggest-ever passenger plane, was unveiled in Toulouse on 18 January 2005, in the presence of some of Europe’s most prominent leaders and more than 5 000 invited guests.
  • Success for low-weight auto parts project
    Published on: 17/09/2004
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    TECABS, a leading EU project on advanced composite materials for cars, has produced a carbon fibre floorpan that is 50% lighter than its steel equivalent, using 70% fewer parts.
  • European Railway Agency launched
    Published on: 27/08/2004
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    On 15 July 2004, the first meeting of the Administrative Board of the European Railway Agency took place in Valenciennes. The new EU body aims to improve the safety and interoperability of Europe’s railway networks.
  • Diesel Engines conference set for Valencia
    Published on: 26/08/2004
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    On 7-10 September 2004, the third edition of the THIESEL Conference on ‘Thermo- and fluid dynamic processes in diesel engines’ will take place in Valencia, Spain. Specialists from the research and academic worlds will meet with policy-makers to discuss and exchange ideas on diesel engine operation. Specific sessions will focus on the European Network of Excellence in ‘Energy conversion in engines” (ECO-ENGINES).
  • Academic vision under discussion during Berlin Air Show
    Published on: 28/05/2004
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    On 12-13 May 2004 in Berlin, university scientists and industrial representatives gathered to exchange views and plot the way forward in aeronautical research. The workshop, entitled ‘Academic vision for aeronautical research for tomorrow’, was the fifth in a series organised by EASN, the European Aeronautics Science Network.
  • Berlin Air Show and ‘Merging efforts’ - Russian participation in European research
    Published on: 28/05/2004
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    In conjunction with the Berlin Air Show (ILA 2004), Russians and Europeans gathered at a major conference aimed at increasing collaboration in aeronautics research.
  • Drive an Mg and lose weight – it’s better for the environment
    Published on: 07/05/2004
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    The automotive industry is contributing to reducing carbon dioxide emissions through voluntary commitments that are spurring intensive R&D efforts across Europe. A weight loss program for cars is one major component of this effort – and magnesium is a material of choice.
  • Hydrogen economy: new EU ‘Quick Start’ initiative
    Published on: 07/05/2004
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    On 18 March 2004, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented current and future EU initiatives for the transition from a fossil fuel-based to a hydrogen-based economy.
  • Workshop focuses on Robotics and Pollution in relation to oil spills
    Published on: 18/03/2004
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    Two maritime Thematic Networks have hosted a ‘Workshop on Robotics and Pollution’ in the wake of the Prestige oil spill. Topics included new technologies for clearing spills from the surface of the sea and robotic systems for pumping oil out of wrecked vessels.
  • MARSTRUCT Network launched in Lisbon
    Published on: 09/03/2004
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    A new Network of Excellence (NoE) on Marine Structures (MARSTRUCT) was launched in Lisbon on 4 and 5 March 2004. The network, including collaborators from 17 countries, will work for five years to improve comfort, effectiveness, safety, reliability and environmental performance of ship structures.
  • ONERA, DLR and Airbus sign RTD co-operation agreement
    Published on: 23/07/2003
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    Three of Europe’s largest aerospace organisations signed, at this year’s Paris Air Show, an agreement to strengthen their co-operative efforts in Research and Technological Development (RTD).
  • Strong showing for Europe at 2003 Paris Air Show
    Published on: 09/07/2003
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    Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin attended the Paris Air Show on 20 June 2003, meeting prominent members of the European aerospace industry and pledging continued support for their efforts. The event comes in the wake of a difficult year for world aviation, but Busquin sees the tide turning.
  • Huge delays in Europe’s airports
    Published on: 25/06/2003
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    The total number of flights handled by European carriers has flattened out, but delays in Europe’s airports continue to rise, according to Eurocontrol.
  • Concorde killed by mounting competition and costs
    Published on: 25/06/2003
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    After almost 34 years of putting chic in the air, Concorde can no longer compete in an era where first class travel is a luxury businesses can’t afford any more.