FIRM15 focuses on Innovative Maintenance of Transport Infrastructure 
On 22nd-23rd April 2015, some 110 transport infrastructure research experts from Europe and beyond met for the 2015 FEHRL Infrastructure Research Meeting (FIRM15) at the Diamant Centre in Brussels, Belgium to discuss key research programmes and projects. The meeting, which featured the overall theme of “Innovative maintenance of transport infrastructure: Faster, cheaper, more reliable, safer, greener”, proved to be a big success and major opportunity to learn about the latest happenings and network with like-minded colleagues. Held every two years in Brussels, Belgium and now in the third edition of its current format, FIRM15 for the first time opened up to all transport modes with speakers and participants from the rail sector.

FIRM15 aimed to (a) map the problems and challenges regarding the innovative maintenance of transport infrastructure, (b) share different visions of the future of infrastructure and (c) gain a common understanding on roles of R&D&I in infrastructure, as well as describe emerging R&D&I solutions and their corresponding drivers and challenges. The programme was organised into five sessions - one engaging  plenary, three technical sessions including a strategy view point introduction from transport infrastructure owners, and one dynamic round table discussion on "Investing in innovative transport infrastructure, a critical matter at stake for European competitiveness and social cohesion", as well as a mini-expo of key partners and projects. Click here for more information about the event. Copies of presentations can be found here and photos here.

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