Message from the FEHRL Research Coordinators (RC) Chairman
First of all I would like to thank the FEHRL Directors for electing me at their 25th FEHRL General Assembly (FGA) meeting on 27-28th October in Paris as the new Research Coordinator (RC) Chairman for the next three years. In this role, I see two important issues upcoming in the near future. We will focus on creating the best possible links between the FEHRL institutes, the RCs and FEHRLs' flagship programme, Forever Open Road. Furthermore, we will focus on creating and effectively seizing project opportunities to take road research and innovation another step forward. The Research Area Leaders (RAL) will play a significant role in achieving these objectives.
On behalf of the FEHRL Directors and RCs, I would also like to express my sincerest thanks to my predecessor, Jon Krokeborg of NPRA, on his excellent job as RC Chairman over the past three years. At the same time, FEHRL bid farewell to BASt Director Peter Reichelt, one of the founders of Forever Open Road, both at the FGA and at an official ceremony at BASt. Peter retired from BASt at the end of October and we wish him all the best in his retirement.
The FEHRL Road Research Meeting 2011 (FeRRM11) was held on 18-19th October here in Brussels with more than 180 road researchers attending. The conference successfully disseminated results and demonstrated outcomes of more than 25 recent road research projects and their benefits for society and the environment. If you have missed this interesting event, you can read more about FeRRM11 here. Numerous meetings and workshops were held around FeRRM11, including our own RC meeting where we discussed current and future project opportunities.
On the project side, October and November have been busy with kick-off meetings for SMARTRAIL, OPTIMISM, EUTRAIN, MIRAVEC, POTHOLE and RAIDER. These are six of the new FP7 and ERANET-ROAD projects with FEHRL involvment. Pilot4Safety participated in a European Parliament seminar, and consortium representatives attended a training workshop organised by the BALTRIS project consortium promoting regional development through transnational cooperation. You can read more on these events and other interesting information in the recently published Pilot4Safety newsletter.
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