March 2012

Latest News from the Transport Research & Innovation Knowledge Centre


In this Issue:

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:

  • Improved search and navigation capabilities
  • Inclusion of all FP7 transport projects
  • Addition of more project deliverables

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.

  • Operational Journey Planners. Winners of this category were chosen by public vote on a pre-selected set of planners. DOS (from the Czech Republic) and TRENITALIA (from Italy) received the largest number of votes.
  • Innovative ideas. Chosen by a jury of EU officials and major ITS stakeholder representatives, winners in this category include Penelope Ventures GmbH (Germany) and SNCF (France).

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