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FP7 final call round-up

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.

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Report on Synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 issued by the FP7 Transport Research Programme Committee

The report explains and provides recommendations on the need for a pro-active approach linking both policies to maximise their impacts.

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European Technology Platform on Logistics ALICE launched

European Technology Platform on Logistics ALICE is launched with support of major European industry

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Infodays 2012 - proceedings online

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.

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New call, new roadmap, new project synopsis

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.

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Driving innovations - a short movie

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Draft Work Programme 2013 online now

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Registration Transport Information Days 2012 open

The registration for the Transport Information Days 2012 is open as of today, 7 May 2012.

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Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn will attend Transport Research Arena

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Results evaluations horizontal activities transport call 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.

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Call for proposals closed

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.

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'Horizon 2020' focuses on smart, green and integrated transport research

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.

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Annual NCP meeting in Brussels, 15 September 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.

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"Cold-calling": warning to project participants

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.

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Multi-annual roadmap EGCI online

The 2011 publication of the multiannual roadmap for the European Green Car Initiative can be downloaded and ordered online as of now.

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Infodays 2011 - slides and speeches

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 webstreamexternal link of all the presentations given is available online, as are slides of presentations (after the break) and a list of participants.

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Lisbon accessibility plan opening doors

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.

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'Implementation' is key for EUCAR

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.

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Successful public transport demonstration at India Commonwealth Games

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.

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Innovation Union – turning ideas into green growth, jobs and social progress

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.

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Surface Transport research gets new boost

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.

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EU launches new calls for transport research proposals

The European Commission is making new funding available for key transport research initiatives.

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Transport services for all Europeans

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.

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Encouraging innovative transport research

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).

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EU innovation on Facebook taps into social networking trend

The European Commission's 'Innovation Union' page on Facebook gives web surfers a chance to learn about and discuss EU research and innovation activities.

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Brussels hosts major transport conference ‘TRA 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.

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Sectors pull together at ETP Conference 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.

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Major focus on transport research at ETP conference

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.

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EU and European Technology Platforms lead Green Cars discussion

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.

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Citizens have their say at 'Move Together' final meeting

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.

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EU and industry come together at EARPA conference

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.

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Transport 'Info Day' goes green

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.

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EU launches major series of calls for transport research proposals

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.

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Key urban transport project delivers results

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.

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Economic crisis: European Commission pledges swift implementation of ‘Green Cars’ initiative

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.

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An effective response to road safety

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.

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Improving public understanding of EU transport research

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.

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Commission challenges road industry to ‘get green’

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.

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Transport Research on the move – An animated and interactive overview

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.

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Main players on board at EARPA conference

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.

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EU launches major bus project in Rome

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.

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EU citizens and decision makers 'MOVE TOGETHER' on urban mobility

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.

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New project to assess transport research priorities in Maghreb countries

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.

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Commission takes on climate change and road transport

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.

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'YEAR 2008' winners named in Ljubljana

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.

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Safety makes headlines at major road transport research conference

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.

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Slovenia hosts major road transport conference ‘TRA 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.

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‘MODTRAIN’ delivers final results

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.

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Displaying the latest road transport solutions

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.

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Promoting young researchers

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.

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TRA 2008 to feature a wealth of in-depth conference sessions

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.

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TRA 2008 set to tackle urban mobility challenges

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.

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Researchers flock to Surface Transport Information Day

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.

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TRA 2008 road safety and security focus

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.

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TRA 2008 to highlight accomplishments of young researchers

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.

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‘SILENCE’ reigns at urban rail transport seminar

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.

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‘EURFORUM’ unveils urban mobility SRA

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.

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Gender issues in transport: work in progress

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.

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Successful ‘SIMBA’ event in São Paulo

On 4 October 2007, the EU-funded SIMBA project held its Brazil National Event in conjunction with the SIMEA International Symposium on Automotive Engineering.

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EU transport research goes to China

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.

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EU and South Africa to co-operate on surface transport research

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.

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‘SURFACE NET’ opens EU transport research to New Member State SMEs

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.

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Road transport stakeholders invited to Ljubljana for TRA 2008

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.

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‘NICHES’ a highlight at POLIS 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.

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‘EUROFORUM’ sets priorities for urban mobility

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.

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Transport Research Information Day draws full house

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).

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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.

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‘SIMBA’ draws international participants to South Africa

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.

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High-level input at ‘NICHES’ seminar

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.

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FP7 Energy and Transport ‘Information Days’

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.

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Berlin INNOTRANS 2006 conference looks forward

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.

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MODTRAIN demonstrator wows crowds at INNOTRANS

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.

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ERRAC Plenary revisits railway vision

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.

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New Member States impress workshop participants

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).

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CALM network brings groundbreaking workshop to Hungary

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.

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EU launches ‘MODBRAKE’ for rail interoperability

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.

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World Congress on Railway Research emphasises sustainability

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.

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Role for transport research in fighting social exclusion

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.

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ERTRAC delivers Strategic Research Agenda for road transport

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.

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