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News from the TRKC
We are happy to greet you and share news for March. It has been an eventful month for TRKC, which has officially changed its name to TRIP, Transport Research & Innovation Portal. Together with its new name, a new version of TRIP will be released online next month. The new site will have an improved look, and the following new features:
Thank you for reading this month and we look forward to seeing you on our new site in April. Warm regards, The TRKC Team
The TRKC team
News from the EU Institutions
Evaluation Results for 2012 Transport Call on Horizontal Activities
The European Commission, with the aid of experts, has determined that eleven projects out of the 29 submitted under the 2012 transport call on horizontal activities, have received a score above the required threshold making them eligible for funding. The number of projects that will ultimately be funded and their respective grants is yet to be determined and will be based on budget availability and forthcoming negotiations. The first grant agreements are expected to be in place by June 2012.
See the full anouncement here
Information on the horizontal activities and aims can be found in the project synopses
Winning Ideas in the 1st Smart Mobility Challenge
Vice-President Kallas introduced the Smart Mobility Challenge to stimulate innovation and integration of multimodal European journey planners, which is part of the European Commission's strategy for the future of transport. The challenge was concluded 12 March, when two winners were selected in each of two categories.
Read more about the 1st Smart Mobility Challenge.
Recommended Tips for Communicating EU Transport Research
From the perspective of the European Commission, communication about research projects is not just an additional contracting requirement. A central goal of communication is to account for EU spending on research funding by showing the added value of European collaboration, the relevance of the project outcomes in everyday lives and the uptake of results by decision makers.
In order to help research project teams to improve the communication, dissemination and promotion of transport research, the European Commission has released a set of recommendations and tips. The publication includes good practices and examples from project coordinators and a checklist for improving communication activities from the start of the project.
The publication also provides a list of freely accessible tools that the European Commission is providing for use to raise project profiles. The TRIP portal is mentioned as a tool offering an overview of all European transport research, where project members can submit up-to-date information and summaries of project results.
Download the publication free from the EU Bookshop.
Assessing the Internal Market for Road Haulage
Vice-President Kallas has called for academic experts to provide an assessment of the internal market for road haulage by May 2012. The Commission will consider their assessment as it drafts its report on the situation of the EU road haulage market, to be released in 2013. The Commission met with stakeholders involved in a public hearing held on 29 February.
Find more information
News from the Transport and Research Community
ERA Issues Two Reports –Railway Interoperability in the EU and Railway Safety
Reducing Risks of Human Error and its Impact at Sea
The European Commission is supporting research to help minimise both the risk of human error and its impact at sea, which can be tragic, as witnessed by the accident of the Costa Concordia in January.
Over the last decade, € 77 million have been invested by the European Commission in research on maritime safety. Research activities in the field cover different aspects, such as emergency management, evacuation models, environmental damages caused by accidents as well as human factors as a risk to safety.
A number of projects specifically address innovative tools and methods to minimise the risks of human error. For instance, the scientists working on the FP7 Flagship project, have designed both communication and decision support tools to help address this challenge, enhancing decision making in emergency situations. The emphasis of Flagship is on on-board systems and procedures, ship management systems on shore as well as impact of new technology on present ship-owners and operators.
Read more about the Flagship project
Peer-reviewed Literature on the Benefits of Walking and Cycling
Bristol City council in the UK have collected and aggregated research and evidence from peer-reviewed literature on the benefits of walking and cycling and made it available as a tool on Eltis. The resource contains 80 articles on the topic, and can be found here
Bologna - Winner of European Mobility Week Award 2011
Bologna, Italy, was the winning entry in Mobility Week 2011, themed, ‘Alternative Mobility’, followed by runners-up Larnaka, Cyprus, and Zagreb, Croatia. The award was presented by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport at a ceremony in Brussels on 5 March.
Highlights of Bologna’s activities include a car-free weekend, construction of charging points for electric cars, a citizen-informed plan to extend the city's cycling paths, and a large car-free zone for the week open to street performers, retailers and sports associations and attracting over 60 000 people. Full details on mobility week 2011 can be found online and a video of Bologna’s contribution can be found here
THE TRKC CONSORTIUM
New project profiles
See the latest project profiles available in our searchable database. There are about 425 projects from FP6 available, over 200 from FP7, and more than 6500 European and national projects in total. New descriptions and result summaries are being added continually.
New transport events
Find out what is going on in the world of transport research through the TRKC events calendar. New event announcements are published regularly.
Submit your project
Whether you coordinate an EU-funded project or undertake national research in your own country – share your success and good practice by posting your project's profile on the TRKC website!
Add your events
Aware of a relevant transport research information source online? Share it with us and other TRKC users!
Ask the helpdesk
Any questions? Write to the TRKC Helpdesk!
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