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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.
  • 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.
  • Innovative flight simulator can make air travel safer
    Published on: 29/06/2012
    27 JUNE 2012 — From now on, it will be easier for pilots to practice flying safely, even in rare but difficult conditions of upset and recovery. The EU-funded SUPRA project developed a new kind of flight simulator that is unique in that it enables pilots to practice potentially dangerous situations that have so far been impossible to simulate. The new flight simulator spins wildly, using advanced algorithms that for the first time are able to give a realistic imitation of the feeling of loss of ...
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 'CooperatEUS' – EU-US co-operation in aeronautics research
    Published on: 20/01/2011
    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.
  • Support for international research in aeronautics
    Published on: 15/11/2010
    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
    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.
  • Commission presents 'Info Day' on Aeronautics call for proposals
    Published on: 29/07/2010
    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.
  • 'Clean Sky' tackles environmental issues in the air and on the ground
    Published on: 06/07/2010
    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'.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
    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
    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.
  • New milestone for ‘Clean Sky’
    Published on: 20/11/2009
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Aero 'Info Day' focuses on next generation of air travel
    Published on: 07/10/2009
    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.
  • AMT '09 conference draws hydrodynamics community
    Published on: 24/09/2009
    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
    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
    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.
  • Major scientific publication for ‘DESider’ project
    Published on: 06/08/2009
    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.
  • Aero-researchers flock to Clean Sky JTI Information Day
    Published on: 14/07/2009
    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.
  • 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.
  • ‘DRESS’ project presented at Paris Air Show
    Published on: 23/06/2009
    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.
  • ‘VITAL’ workshop promotes cleaner air transport
    Published on: 25/03/2009
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 'Clean Sky' seeks partners for 93 technical projects
    Published on: 12/12/2008
    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
    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.
  • New round of funding announced for EU aeronautics and surface transport research
    Published on: 09/10/2008
    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.
  • 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.
  • '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.
  • ‘SILENCE’ reigns at urban rail transport seminar
    Published on: 30/01/2008
    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.
  • ‘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.
  • Major EU conference pushes co-operation on the seas
    Published on: 22/11/2007
    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.
  • Commission names new projects for greener and more competitive air transport
    Published on: 04/10/2007
    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
    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.
  • ‘OCEANS 2007’ Aberdeen highlights EU maritime research
    Published on: 25/07/2007
    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.
  • Important role for Russian partners in aeronautics research
    Published on: 16/07/2007
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Commission launches first FP7 calls for proposals
    Published on: 22/12/2006
    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
    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.
  • Berlin INNOTRANS 2006 conference looks forward
    Published on: 18/12/2006
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • ‘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.
  • Safety and security key aeronautics priorities
    Published on: 12/07/2006
    The ‘Aeronautics Days 2006’ conference in Vienna featured press briefings and thematic sessions on air transport safety and security, key issues as the aeronautics sector looks to further safeguard passengers, planes and ground facilities.
  • Swedish road transport takes centre stage
    Published on: 12/07/2006
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • EU welcomes expanded Toyota technical centre in Belgium
    Published on: 04/04/2006
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    ‘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.
  • Technology Platform targets more efficient ship-to-shore transport
    Published on: 13/07/2005
    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.
  • 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-China Aeronautics Workshop to take place in Beijing
    Published on: 08/04/2005
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • European Railway Agency launched
    Published on: 27/08/2004
    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.
  • EU researchers focus on transport's security role
    Published on: 03/06/2004
    Advanced communications and surveillance technologies for the transport sector will play a critical role in European security as seen in the strong turnout of transport researchers and company representatives at the European Commission's Security Research Information Day in Brussels on 25 March 2004.
  • EU Security Research initiative grabs aeronautics sector's attention
    Published on: 07/05/2004
    Representatives from large and small aeronautics companies across Europe flocked to the Commission's Security Research Information Day in Brussels on 25 March to learn about this unprecedented initiative in European homeland security.
  • Workshop focuses on Robotics and Pollution in relation to oil spills
    Published on: 18/03/2004
    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
    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.
  • New agreement boosts aviation safety in the Balkans
    Published on: 25/06/2003
    An agreement reached between the European Union and Eurocontrol grants €5 million to strengthen aviation and air traffic management in south-eastern Europe.