Transport Research Arena 2012


This project has given support for organising and promoting the Transport Research Arena 2012 (TRA2012) in Athens.  It has reinforced the scientific excellence of the conference and cement its position as the main transport research event in Europe.  The fourth TRA has been organised in Athens, Greece, in April 2012 and was supported by five stakeholder organisations; the Conference of European Directors for Roads (CEDR), the European Commission (EC), the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) and the European Technology Platform Waterborne (Waterborne TP).

The project was a coordinated commitment of partners from all of the relevant stakeholder organisations plus the 2012 and 2014 TRA organisers.  This conference bringed together representatives of the surface transport modes from industry, public authorities (national and local) and research providers.  The main objective of TRA2012 was to contribute to innovation in sustainable mobility for Europe, by bringing together all the stakeholders of the transport system.  In pursuing its objective of sustainable mobility for Europe, TRA enhances the global competitiveness of the European Union, by promoting the three aspects of the knowledge triangle: Research -Education - Innovation (Source - TRA2012 Terms of Reference).

The objective of this proposal was to provide additional support to TRA in 2012 so that it could be effectively considered as the first European Sustainable Surface Transport research Conference and to strengthen the scientific quality and impact of the event This has involved a balanced representation between the three transport modes, with proper involvement of ETPs and the involvement of the major transport research stakeholders (academics, suppliers, operators, infrastructure managers, transport authorities at EU, National and local level). The partners of this proposal come from the stakeholder bodies of TRA.

The TRA 2012 programme has been organised into six pillars built around the European research and innovation strategies while emphasising on the issues of climate change, CO2 reduction, fuel efficiency and supply. These pillars were:

  1. Surface transport research and education (needs and agendas).
  2. Transport, mobility and infrastructure.
  3. Safety and security.
  4. Energy, environment and resources.
  5. Design and production (vehicles, vessels and infrastructure)
  6. Complementarities of transport modes.  
project status finished
budget 830.000 €
duration from 01.01.2011 to 31.05.2012
contact to: Michel Egger
address: CEDR
   Università degli Studi di Firenze UNIFI
   Center for Research & Technology Hellas, Greece CERTH
   EUropean rail Research Network of EXcellence EURNEX
   UCD, Ireland
   IFSTTAR - French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks, France
   Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories FEHRL
   Conference of European Directors of Road CEDR
   International Union of Railways UIC
participating countries
   Other Country