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‘TransSLO’ brings New Member States into ERA fold

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.

Ljubljana, Slovenia © Peter Gutierrez
Ljubljana to host TransSLO workshops
© Peter Gutierrez

TransSLO is a ‘Targeted Specific Support Action’ that will assess Slovenia’s transport research capability and facilitate the involvement of Slovenian organisations in European projects. It will identify key individuals and organisations and promote collaboration among the 25 EU Member States and associated countries.

“This is a unique project,” says European Commission project officer Susana Martins, “as it is being led by a New Member State [NMS] and is for New EU Member States.”

Important contribution

The general objective is the to strengthen the integration of the NMS research communities, policy makers and industry. This, say organisers, will lead to the development of links, common information channels and more contacts between professional, academic, research and industrial communities in the area of sustainable transport.

More specifically, and with the support of Slovenian State Secretary Peter Verlic, TransSLO will work to increase knowledge transfer and exchange of experience by encouraging the mobility of NMS post-graduate researchers among European Universities.

Workshops to target Ph.D. candidates

TransSLO will organise two workshops for EU-12 Ph.D. students. The first, on 9 May 2007, will take place in conjunction with the 15th International Symposium on Electronics in Traffic (ISEP 2007) in Ljubljana. The second will be held on 12 October 2007, also in Ljubljana.

Partners will also deliver a report on Slovenia’s capabilities in the area of surface transport research. This will be presented at the Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA) in April 2008.

“With this project the Commission is sending a clear and simple message,” says Martins. “We fully support the drive to increase participation by New Member States in the Union’s Research Framework Programme.”

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