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  • 'Transport Information Day' – Presentations and live discussions now available
    Published on: 11/12/2015
  • Final report of the Transport Advisory Group (TAG) on decarbonisation and dissemination
    Published on: 11/12/2015
  • 'Transport SME Innovation Day' – Presentations and live discussions now available
    Published on: 24/11/2015
    Presentations and live discussions held on 23 November 2015 at the 'Transport SME Innovation Day' are now available.
  • City Logistics Research, a Transatlantic Perspective
    Published on: 28/01/2014
    A report of the first EU-U.S. Transportation Research Symposium on city logistics research held in May 30-31, 2013 in Washington D.C is now available online.
  • Transport Safety: Societal challenges, research solutions
    Published on: 28/01/2014
    AN EVENT OF THE ITALIAN EU PRESIDENCY Palazzo Ducale – Genoa, Italy 4-5 December 2014
  • Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Information Day, save the date!
    Published on: 28/01/2014
    Charlemagne building – Brussels 2 February 2015
  • 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.
  • TRA 2014 calls for competitions
    Published on: 10/10/2013
    The 5th edition of the conference "Transport Research Arena" will be hosted in France on April 14-17, 2014, in the CNIT (Paris la Défense).
  • New era of cooperation in Transport Research between the EU and the USA
    Published on: 21/06/2013
  • US (DoT) – EC cooperation agreement in transport research
    Published on: 05/03/2013
    On February 12, the United States and the European Union met in Washington to discuss ways to enhance their science, technology and innovation cooperation.
  • Report on clustering event (11/12 July 2012)
    Published on: 17/10/2012
    European Green Cars Initiative: build critical mass and identify synergies to improve performance Report now available
  • 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.
  • Annual Activity Report 2010
    Published on: 16/11/2011
    The annual Activity Report of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation shows how our work drives forward an integrated and world-class research and innovation system in Europe. You can now find it online.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • Multi-annual roadmap EGCI online
    Published on: 23/08/2011
    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.
  • New calls for transport research launched
    Published on: 20/07/2011
    Today, the European Commission launched a new round of FP7 calls for transport research. Researchers and scientists interested in submitting a proposal can do so
  • Launch of the new Transport Research website
    Published on: 08/07/2011
    The new website of the European Commission's transport directorate of DG Research and Innovation was launched today.
  • Lisbon accessibility plan opening doors
    Published on: 20/12/2010
    Participants at the recent Mediate and Access2All joint conference heard what a number of cities are doing to improve access to public transport, including the city of Lisbon.
  • Electromobility+ transnational call open
    Published on: 15/12/2010
    'Electromobility+' is a joint initiative involving 13 European countries and regions under the European Green Cars programme. Its aim is to create sustainable conditions for the development of electric mobility in Europe by 2025.
  • 'Implementation' is key for EUCAR
    Published on: 22/11/2010
    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.
  • Successful public transport demonstration at India Commonwealth Games
    Published on: 29/10/2010
    The EU-funded 'Stadium' project has carried out a successful demonstration of new Intelligent Transport Systems, helping to get spectators and athletes to and from sports venues at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
  • 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
    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
    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.
  • 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
    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.
  • EU projects say transport networks vulnerable to climate change
    Published on: 28/06/2010
    Every year, severe weather events wreak havoc on roads, railways and waterways across Europe. A number of EU-funded researcher projects are trying to understand how climate change could affect transport, and looking for ways to prepare for and mitigate the effects.
  • Encouraging innovative transport research
    Published on: 18/06/2010
    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
    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
    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.
  • 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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Exchange of views on transport and environment
    Published on: 02/03/2010
    Coordinators from five new EU-funded projects presented their ideas and responded to questions at a meeting on transport and climate change in Brussels.
  • 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.
  • Citizens have their say at 'Move Together' final meeting
    Published on: 11/12/2009
    The groundbreaking Move Together project gathered average citizens from all EU Member States to assess the current state of urban transport research. Partners, participants and mobility stakeholders discussed the results of their work at a final meeting in Brussels on 7 December 2009.
  • EU and industry come together at EARPA conference
    Published on: 20/11/2009
    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.
  • Transport 'Info Day' goes green
    Published on: 22/10/2009
    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
    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
    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.
  • EU launches major series of calls for transport research proposals
    Published on: 01/09/2009
    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
    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.
  • Key urban transport project delivers results
    Published on: 03/08/2009
    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.
  • TYROSAFE tyres, roads and safety video competition launched
    Published on: 07/07/2009
    The EU-funded TYROSAFE project is sponsoring an online video competition to raise awareness and highlight the importance of tyre/road interaction and safety. Participants in the ‘TyroSafe Video Competition’ will create a short video, maximum five minutes duration.
  • HyTRAN project shines at Montecarlo Alternative Energy Rally
    Published on: 11/06/2009
    The EU-funded HyTRAN project participated in the recent Third Monte Carlo Rally for Alternative Energy. Organisers say the event was a great opportunity for this crucial green road transport initiative to make a mark.
  • Economic crisis: European Commission pledges swift implementation of ‘Green Cars’ initiative
    Published on: 08/06/2009
    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.
  • An effective response to road safety
    Published on: 19/03/2009
    The APROSYS project held its final conference and exhibition on 17 and 18 February in Amsterdam. The project’s major achievements include the creation of a new dummy prototype designed for testing injuries to small females in side-impact crashes. The new design will feed into the worldwide harmonised standards for side-impact crash dummies.
  • Improving public understanding of EU transport research
    Published on: 16/02/2009
    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
    Speaking at the ERTRAC event in Brussels on 26 January 2009, European Research Commissioner Janez Poto─Źnik called on road transport stakeholders to come up with a clear vision for the next generation of transport solutions by the middle of 2010.
  • A European vision for sustainable transport
    Published on: 29/01/2009
    Researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders assembled in Lyon to hammer out a vision for sustainable transport in the context of the 2020 vision for the European Research Area.
  • Transport Research on the move – An animated and interactive overview
    Published on: 08/01/2009
    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.
  • Main players on board at EARPA conference
    Published on: 25/11/2008
    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.
  • EU launches major bus project in Rome
    Published on: 12/09/2008
    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.
  • EU citizens and decision makers 'MOVE TOGETHER' on urban mobility
    Published on: 08/07/2008
    Improving public transport in the Union's major cities means satisfying a complex range of economic, environmental and social demands. The groundbreaking MOVE TOGETHER project includes average citizens from all EU Member States, working to ensure that people in high places get the message from down in the streets.
  • Vacancy notice: Executive Director
    Published on: 03/07/2008
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  • New project to assess transport research priorities in Maghreb countries
    Published on: 19/06/2008
    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.
  • Commission takes on climate change and road transport
    Published on: 04/06/2008
    The European Commission has made the 'greening' of transport a major priority and that focus was clear when EC representatives addressed participants at this year's TRA conference in Ljubljana.
  • 'YEAR 2008' winners named in Ljubljana
    Published on: 20/05/2008
    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
    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
    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.
  • TRA 2008 to feature a wealth of in-depth conference sessions
    Published on: 08/04/2008
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • TRA 2008 road safety and security focus
    Published on: 12/02/2008
    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.
  • TRA 2008 to highlight accomplishments of young researchers
    Published on: 05/02/2008
    The Young European Arena of Research is an FP7-funded competition for early-stage researchers in the area of road transport. It will give students an opportunity to showcase their work, both on the internet and, for the finalists, at the Transport Research Arena (TRA 2008) conference in Slovenia in April 2008.
  • ‘EURFORUM’ unveils urban mobility SRA
    Published on: 29/11/2007
    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
    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.
  • EU transport research goes to China
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    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.
  • Successful ‘SIMBA’ event in São Paulo
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    On 4 October 2007, the EU-funded SIMBA project held its Brazil National Event in conjunction with the SIMEA International Symposium on Automotive Engineering.
  • Road transport Technology Platform ERTRAC lays down gauntlet on climate change
    Published on: 04/10/2007
    Transport already accounts for a large proportion of greenhouse emissions, and the number of kilometres travelled by road continues to increase, leading some to call for a radical rethink of current road transport research strategies. At a major ERTRAC conference in Brussels on 26 September 2007, road transport stakeholders discussed the way forward.
  • EU and South Africa to co-operate on surface transport research
    Published on: 20/09/2007
    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
    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.
  • Road transport stakeholders invited to Ljubljana for TRA 2008
    Published on: 18/06/2007
    The Second European Road Transport Research Arena will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 21 to 25 April 2008. TRA 2008 will highlight sustainable, safer and more efficient road transport, providing a meeting place for all stakeholder communities, including policy-makers, industry and research.
  • ‘NICHES’ a highlight at POLIS 2007
    Published on: 10/05/2007
    The EU-funded NICHES initiative held its final event in Toulouse on 16 March 2007, as part of the POLIS 2007 conference on ‘Innovation in local transport for attractive cities and regions’. The occasion was attended by more than 300 participants from across Europe and featured the presentation of the ‘OSMOSE’ Awards by EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot.
  • ‘EUROFORUM’ sets priorities for urban mobility
    Published on: 30/03/2007
    The EU-funded EURFORUM initiative held its first plenary session in Brussels on 28 February 2007. Over 60 participants from across Europe came together to discuss the current state of the art in city transport.
  • Transport Research Information Day draws full house
    Published on: 20/02/2007
    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
    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.
  • Action on CO2
    Published on: 19/01/2007
    Growth in emissions from the transport sector may mean that Europe misses its Kyoto targets on climate change. Research initiatives are already underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all segments of the transport sector and other actions to reduce or eliminate carbon dioxide pollution are envisaged.
  • ‘SIMBA’ draws international participants to South Africa
    Published on: 21/12/2006
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • New Member States impress workshop participants
    Published on: 05/10/2006
    The CALM workshop in Budapest on 13 September 2006 gathered a range of participants working to reduce transport-related noise. Among those attending were researchers from the EU’s New Member States (NMSs), all of whom confirmed a growing determination to become full partners in the European Research Area (ERA).
  • CALM network brings groundbreaking workshop to Hungary
    Published on: 29/09/2006
    Over 80 participants, representing EU Member States, the Commission, and academic, research and business institutions, met to discuss noise research on 13 September 2006 in Budapest. The CALM initiative is the result of close collaborative efforts between EU Research and Environment Directorates.
  • Safety remains top priority for auto industry
    Published on: 23/08/2006
    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.
  • APROSYS and APSN hold major road safety conference
    Published on: 03/08/2006
    Jointly organised by the APSN Network and the APROSYS Integrated Project, the Sixth European Vehicle Passive Safety Conference in Vienna in May 2006 featured major presentations by leading European road transport players.
  • Eurostat publishes key road transport statistics
    Published on: 03/08/2006
    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
    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
    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.
  • ‘TRA 2006’ major road transport conference marks new era
    Published on: 27/06/2006
    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.
  • Role for transport research in fighting social exclusion
    Published on: 19/06/2006
    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.
  • EU moving forward on road research
    Published on: 23/06/2005
    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.
  • EU and India – strategic research partners
    Published on: 14/03/2005
    The European land transport industries have many of the technologies India needs as it faces growing transport challenges, while Indian scientists have considerable technological expertise to share with European transport researchers. At the ‘EU-India Workshop on Co-operation in Road Transport R&D’, the two sides came together to pursue new industrial and research partnerships.
  • ERTRAC delivers Strategic Research Agenda for road transport
    Published on: 22/02/2005
    On 2 February 2005, in front of members of the press, the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) delivered its comprehensive Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to the European Commission in Sterrebeek, Belgium. The SRA identifies key scientific and technological priorities for road transport until 2020.
  • Success for low-weight auto parts project
    Published on: 17/09/2004
    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.
  • Diesel Engines conference set for Valencia
    Published on: 26/08/2004
    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).
  • Road transport leaders present vision for 2020
    Published on: 23/07/2004
    On 12 July 2004, ERTRAC, the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council, published a report entitled 'Vision 2020 and challenges'. The eagerly anticipated document, which presents future trends and obstacles to be overcome in the road transport sector, has been called a milestone by industrial, research and government stakeholders.
  • Drive an Mg and lose weight – it’s better for the environment
    Published on: 07/05/2004
    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.
  • Torino Light Car Workshop
    Published on: 04/03/2004
    In order to meet European commitments under the Kyoto protocol, the European Commission and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) have developed a research strategy for reducing CO2 emissions. The agreement also aims to increase passenger safety.
  • Major network targets road safety
    Published on: 20/11/2003
    The Fourth European Vehicle Passive Safety Network (EVPSN) Conference took place in Paris on 6 November 2003. Over one hundred representatives from both European and non-European countries exchanged views on strategy and policy and discussed the latest results of work in areas ranging from virtual testing to new restraint systems to the latest developments in crash-test dummy technologies.