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    SAVE THE DATE! Enhancing Research and Innovation in Europe: the road sector experience

    August 21st, 2017

    The conference is organized on 12 September 2017 in Madrid in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Spain and the DURABROADS EU Project. 

    An important goal for the European Union is to accelerate the shift towards a low carbon economy and promote innovation in transport. The deployment of EU Programmes on Research & Innovation is providing new solutions towards a system that is more environmentally-friendly, resource efficient, safer and adapted to current challenges (i.e. climate change, increase of freight transport, oil dependence, etc). The Madrid Conference will also present the final results of the DURABROADS EU Project which has focussed its research on how nanomaterials can improve road pavements in terms of durability, resilience and sustainability. In addition, the event will display different examples of collaborative research projects that focus on:Latest trends and challenges in road research

    • • Latest trends and challenges in road research
    • • Use of nanotechnology-based elements in road pavements
    • • Adaptation of asphalt pavements to the Circular Economy approach
    • • Green Public Procurement for road pavements
    • • Partnership between Europe and US in road infrastructure research
    • • Sustainable performance assessment software and certificates

    More information and registration here.

     


    TRA2018: 2nd Call for Interactive Zone Demonstrations & Showcases open until 15 September 2017!

    July 6th, 2017

    Under the heading of “A digital Era for Transport”, the Transport Research Arena 2018 will be held on 16-19 April in Vienna, Austria.

    The TRA 2018 conference and exhibition will be enhanced by an interactive zone, a room for showcases, technical demonstrations, Start-Ups and presentations. It will provide a unique experience in different dimensions (speech, visual, hands-on, interactive) for attendees and make TRA 2018 attractive to the technical press and wider public. This zone aims to present complex subjects, in particular research projects, in an interactive and comprehensive way.

    The 2nd Call for the Interactive Zone is open until 15 September 2017 – a chance for Demonstrations & Showcases to be shown at TRA2018.

    You can download the the booklet for more information here.


    2017 Impact Workshop on the cPPPs in Horizon 2020

    May 20th, 2017

    The yearly Impact Workshop for the three contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) took place in Brussels on 16-17 May 2017. It was the occasion for the cPPPs projects to present their successful outcomes, advancement and more generally share their experience and good practices of project-building.

    As regards the Energy efficient Buildings (EeB) cPPP, the first day of the Impact Workshop was organized by the ECTP E2B Committee. The workshop began with two addresses by the European Commission on the topics of energy efficiency in buildings through Horizon 2020, cPPP achievements and challenges followed by an introduction to the proposal amending the Energy Performance of Building Directive. It was then divided into four sessions, with EeB cPPP projects “success stories”:

    • Advanced Materials and nanotechnology
    • Design, Construction Process, end of life, cross cutting information
    • Technology Building blocks, Energy Performance monitoring and management,
    • ICT, BIM/Data and Interoperability.

    A zip file with the EeB cPPP project presentations is available here.

    The second day was organized by the European Commission and focused on success stories from the EeB, Factories of the Future and Sustainable Process Industry cPPPs. Discussions focused on lessons learnt from the cPPPs, difficulties encountered, as well as the “after end-of-project” impact. A replay is available at the following link: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/ppps-impact-workshop#

    A report of the workshop will be published soon by the EC on the event dedicated webpage.


    Transport Research Arena 2018. Newsletter n°4 now available

    May 10th, 2017

    ENCORD and ECTP are supporting the Transport Research Arena 2018 organised on 16-19 April 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

    Digitisation, Automatisation and Decarbonisation are major trends that will drastically change the way we live, work and use mobility and transport in the future. Under the heading of “A digital Era for Transport”, TRA 2018 will explore, discuss and demonstrate these major paradigm shifts specifically directed at important areas of our life, such as transport, mobility, logistics and industrial production.

    TRA2018 will feature additional highlights to the conference programme such as the Exhibition and the Interactive Zone. This gives companies various possibilities to present themselves and their solutions and research results.

    Download the 4th issue of TRA newsletter here.

    More information and registration on the event website.


    The promising growth prospects – The EU construction industry in 2015 and 2016

    April 20th, 2017

    The EU construction industry returned to growth and it seems that this positive signal is not temporary. Increasing values of production in construction sector were already observed in 2015, but the next year was even better. The reason for this trend is significant growth in activity aimed at construction of buildings.

    Access more information and the the full publication from ASM website here.


    Publication of last REFINET Newsletter (N° 5 – April 2017)

    April 20th, 2017

    Besides the contributions from several REFINET partners, this Newsletter includes contributions from 5 experts that have attended Bucharest workshop, covering all transport modes:

    •    Airports from Bucharest and from Milano
    •    Roads from Romania
    •    Railways from Slovenia
    •    Waterways from Romania.

    It is also mentioned that the ECTP Infrastructure & Mobility committee will continue the work started in REFINET.

    Download the newsletter here.


    Launch of the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

    March 28th, 2017

    The European Commission has recently launched the European investment Project Portal (EIPP), as part of the Investment Plan for Europe Initiative to mobilize investment, promote economic growth and create more jobs across the EU.

    This online platform offers to gather investment projects in one centralized web portal, building a bridge between promoters and investors.

    Research, development & innovation as well as energy efficiency are among the sectors covered by the platform.

    Thanks to this portal, potential investors have a clear access to the projects information, and can easily find projects according to their own preferences thanks to the advanced search and filtering criteria. At the same time, project promoters can boost the visibility of their EU-based projects by submitting them to a large and diversified network of international investors. You can submit or find new investments projects at EIPP Portal.


    Invitation to become Reviewer for TRA 2018!

    March 28th, 2017

    High expertise in the different areas of transport research is very welcome to review scientific and technical papers being submitted for the Transport Research Arena TRA 2018  – THE European research and technology biennial conference on transport and mobility which will take place in Vienna, Austria on April 16-19, 2018. The event organisers would highly appreciate your support!

    Review of abstracts/papers will be carried out in the following topics:

    1. Environment and Energy Efficiency
    2. Vehicles & Vessels – Design, Development and Production
    3. Advanced Propulsion Systems
    4. Smart Urban Mobility & Logistics
    5. People Mobility – Systems and Services
    6. Freight Transport and Logistics
    7. Transport Infrastructure
    8. Connected and Automated Transport
    9. Digital Technologies for Transport
    10. Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems
    11. Human Dimension in Transport
    12. Socio-Economics, Innovation and Policy

    Two types of reviews will be needed: Read the rest of this entry »


    SAVE THE DATE: 17 May cPPP Impact Workshop – Brussels

    March 3rd, 2017

    The yearly Impact Workshop for the three contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) organised by the EC will take place on 17 May 2017 in Albert Borschette Congress Center (Brussels). The first draft agenda is available here.

    The results of EU funded research & innovation projects in the field of the Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB cPPP) will be presented on 16  May in a session organised by the ECTP E2B Committee at Bedford Hotel (Brussels).

    This event will be attended by the project coordinators / partners selected for each cPPP.

    Further information will follow.


    €1 billion to boost investment in European transport infrastructure

    February 10th, 2017

    The European Commission is launching a new and innovative way to finance transport infrastructure projects in Europe. The call for proposals will seek to combine €1 billion of grants (Connecting Europe Facility – Transport) with financing from public financial institutions, the private sector or, for the first time, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe and a top priority for the Juncker Commission.

    This first ever combination of funds will help to achieve the twin objectives of boosting investment to fund innovative, sustainable transport infrastructure upgrades while supporting jobs needed to put that infrastructure in place. The call contributes to the implementation of the Commission’s Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility under the Energy Union, and also supports investments in “sustainable transport” in view of the upcoming road mobility initiatives to be launched later in the year.

    Access the full press release with background and more information here.


    Transport Research Innovation Portal publishes insight to enhance EU transport infrastructure

    February 10th, 2017

    A new report from the European Commission funded Transport Research Innovation Portal (TRIP) provides unique insight into transport infrastructure research in Europe – identifying areas where further innovation, research and funding could improve economic and social cohesion.

    The new Research Theme Analysis Report from TRIP provides a comprehensive review of multimodal transport infrastructure research performed by European businesses, public organisations and academic institutions. It offers a rare snapshot of the current infrastructure research and innovation landscape to help focus policy makers, stakeholders and researchers on areas to improve the accessibility and performance of transport systems across Europe.

    Research projects included in the report are drawn from the online Transport Research Innovation Portal (TRIP) – a free to access, European Commission funded portal for EU professionals to share and discuss innovations in transport mobility. Previous outcomes of TRIP’s research include comprehensive reports on Urban Mobility and on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) research. Both can be downloaded for free at http://www.transport-research.info/theme-analysis-reports?s=HP-TAR

    Reach academics, local authority transport departments, central transport policy makers and businesses throughout the transport sector across Europe by submitting your transport project at http://www.transport-research.info/

    Access more information from TRIP website here.


    €1 billion to boost investment in European transport infrastructure

    February 10th, 2017

    The European Commission is launching a new and innovative way to finance transport infrastructure projects in Europe. The call for proposals will seek to combine €1 billion of grants (Connecting Europe Facility – Transport) with financing from public financial institutions, the private sector or, for the first time, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe and a top priority for the Juncker Commission.

    This first ever combination of funds will help to achieve the twin objectives of boosting investment to fund innovative, sustainable transport infrastructure upgrades while supporting jobs needed to put that infrastructure in place. The call contributes to the implementation of the Commission’s Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility under the Energy Union, and also supports investments in “sustainable transport” in view of the upcoming road mobility initiatives to be launched later in the year.

    Access the full press release with background and more information here.


    Shift2Rail Open Calls for Proposals 2017. Submit your proposal by 30 March!

    January 12th, 2017

    The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking Call for Proposals H2020-S2RJU-2017 is now open.

    Proposals for the Call can be submitted from 10 January until 30 March 2017 (17:00 Brussels time).

    Full details are available through the S2R website or the H2020 portal.

    The mission of the S2R JU is to coordinate and manage the Union research and innovation investments in the European rail sector.

    Its main objective is to implement the S2R Programme, research and innovation activities in the railway sector in Europe, through the collaboration between stakeholders in the entire railway value chain, also outside the traditional rail sector, with particular attention to SMEs, research and technology centres and universities.


    TRA 2018 Conference. Call for Abstracts is open!

    January 10th, 2017

    Digitisation, Automatisation and Decarbonisation are major trends that will drastically change the way we live, work and use mobility and transport in the future. Under the heading of “A digital Era for Transport”, the Transport Research Arena 2018 (TRA 2018) to be held on 16-19 April in Vienna, Austria, will explore, discuss and demonstrate these major paradigm shifts specifically directed at important areas of our life, such as transport, mobility, logistics and industrial production.

    The call for abstracts is open. Submit your contribution by 21 March 2017 at: https://www.conftool.pro/traconference2018/

    Important Dates:
    21 December 2016: Call for abstracts opens
    21 March 2017: Abstracts due
    31 May 2017: Abstracts review decision sent to authors
    15 September 2017: Full paper due
    25 November 2017: Full paper review decision sent to authors
    16-19 April 2018: 7th European Transport Research Arena, Reed Messe Wien, Vienna/Austria


    INFRARISK Project Final Conference (Madrid, 29 September 2016)

    June 15th, 2016

    INFRARISK, an EU-funded project (2013-2016), brings together 11 members to develop a strategy to ensure that levels of infrastructure related risk due to natural hazards are acceptable.

    The final conference organized on 29 September 2016 at Dragados venue in Madrid aims to communicate the results and outputs of the project. New research will be presented regarding the development of optimal stress testing techniques for European Critical Infrastructure, which focuses on potential impacts to the European TEN-T (road and rail) network due to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides.

    The event is free but registration is needed and limited to the capacity of the conference hall.
    To register, send your full name along with the name of your institution/company/project and your contact
    details via E-mail to info@infrarisk-fp7.eu

    Access more information and the programme from INFRARISK website here.