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June 2012

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Dear Readers,

The TRIP team welcomes you this month with more online reading to help you stay on top of the many research activities happening in the community.

If you haven’t visited the newly updated TRIP website since its launch last April, please do and let us know any remarks, comments or feedback you might have. We’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy reading,

The TRIP Team

More updates

New project profiles

See the latest project profiles available in our searchable database, containing 7 247 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 TRIP 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 TRIP website! You can submit your project on the TRIP site.

Add your events

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News from TRIP


DG ENER DG MOVE Lunchtime Conference

TRIP at Transport Research Infodays

News from the EU Institutions


Transport Research Infodays on 19-20 July

Marco Polo European Infoday and Upcoming Call for Proposals

Open Days Mobility and Transport Quiz

EU Research Results Magazine

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community


40th European Transport Conference

New Global Database on Bus Rapid Transit

Transport Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting – Call for Papers

TRB Special Report on the Safety of Automotive Electronics

Ecologically Aware Travel

AERA-Pro Project – Communicating EU Aeronautics Research

News from TRIP

DG ENER DG MOVE Lunchtime Conference

On 12 June, the TRIP portal was presented at the DG ENER DG MOVE Lunchtime Conference. The Conference provided an opportunity for EC officers from various General Directorates to learn how to make the best use of TRIP, and create new synergies among different departments towards advancing transport research in the EU.

We are confident that this will further improve the TRIP services offered to you in the future.

TRIP at Transport Research Infodays

TRIP will be present with a stand at the Transport Research Infodays on 18-19 July in Brussels. The communication and information material produced so far will be offered to participants, including the recently published Policy Brochures and a series of agreeable TRIP gadgets.

Come and visit us, we will be happy to respond to all your questions about TRIP!

For more information on the Infodays, please check the next news item.

News from the European Institutions

Transport Research Infodays on 19-20 July

Potential participants in the transport theme under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development are invited to attend the Transport Research Infodays which will take place on 19-20 July in Brussels.

The event will provide:
  • Information on the new Transport Calls for Proposals under the ‘Co-operation’ Programme

  • Information on the main legal and procedural conditions of participating in the Programme including opportunities to ask questions

  • An opportunity to network with potential project partners

Find out more about Transport Research Infodays 2012.

Marco Polo European Infoday and Upcoming Call for Proposals

The goal of the Marco Polo Programme is to decrease road congestion and air pollution by promoting more sustainable transport solutions for European freight traffic, including the creation and upgrade of freight transport services. The current Programme has an annual budget of about €60 million and runs until 2013. The sixth call for proposals will be published soon, and interested candidates are invited to attend the European Infoday in Brussels on 28 June.

Additional information can be found on the Marco Polo Programme Website.

Open Days Mobility and Transport Quiz

Looking to test your general transport knowledge? DG MOVE launched the 2012 Open Days Quiz, a short 12 questions quiz to learn convincing facts about the importance of sustainable transport in the EU.

How much does the transport sector depend on oil for its energy needs?

  1. 72%

  2. 80%

  3. 96%

The answer to the following question and more can be found by visiting the quiz online.

EU Research Results Magazine

The EU Magazine "Research*Eu Results" highlights results from EU-funded research and development projects. The magazine is released 10 times each year and covers a broad range of areas, including Energy and Transport, amongst others.

You can subscribe to receive every issue or order a single issue at the EU Bookshop.

The magazine is published by the Publications Office of the European Union and its content is gathered from the Technology Marketplace on CORDIS, the Research Information Center, as well as original material created for its production.

News from the Transport Research Community

40th European Transport Conference

The 2012 edition of the European Transport Conference, which celebrates its 40th year of existence, will be held from 8 to 10 October in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. The conference includes presentations on policy issues, best practice and research findings across a broad number of transport modes and themes.

The Conference themes, as listed on the Conference website include:

  • Low emission vehicles – providing infrastructure and achieving higher levels of usage

  • Issues in the challenge of the movement of goods and people across long distances

  • Changes in travel behaviour and demand patterns during changing economic times

  • Climate change and extreme weather conditions – lessons to be learned and how to plan for an uncertain future

  • How to minimise social exclusion in times of economic hardship

  • The response of transport planning to the rise of social media

  • Bus Rapid Transit and Personal Rapid Transit – the future of public transport?

  • New approaches and applications in modelling

  • City logistics – what difference does e-shopping make?

  • How can reduced transport infrastructure funding provide an opportunity to shift attention to lower-cost but more environmentally friendly projects?

  • Challenges faced in providing for leisure and tourism in an economic downturn

  • Achieving the goals of the Decade of Action for Road Safety

Find more information about ETC 2012.

New Global Database on Bus Rapid Transit

A new online database of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems worldwide has been recently released on the site

The database was created to improve access to reliable and current data about the BRT and bus corridors in operation as a growing number of cities seek to develop high-quality bus systems as sustainable mobility solutions. The database hopes to promote the quality and impact of the BRT industry by freely providing easy access to data about the design, operations and cost of these systems.

The platform provides a convenient repository of data from a variety of sources including researchers, transit agencies, municipalities and NGOs.

For more information about the project, visit the BRT website.

Transport Research Board Annual Meeting – Call for Papers

TRB is accepting paper submissions to be part of the TRB 92nd Annual Meeting on 13-17 January, 2013 in Washington, D.C., USA. Accepted papers will be included in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR).

The theme of the 92nd Annual Meeting is ‘Transportation: Deploying Transportation Research--Doing Things Smarter, Better, Faster’. Under this theme, the role of transport research and its deployment will be discussed, with focus on how it helps the industry plan, design, build, operate, and maintain systems in smarter, better, and faster ways.

The deadline for paper submission is 1 August 2012.

Visit the TRB Paper Submission website for more information.

TRB Special Report on the Safety of Automotive Electronics

TRB has recently released the TRB Special Report 308: The Safety Promise and Challenge of Automotive Electronics: Insights from Unintended Acceleration. The report examines the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) research, evaluation, and regulatory programmes, with the aim of addressing the safety challenges arising from the expanding functionality and use of automotive electronics.

Consumer complaints of vehicles accelerating unintentionally have captured widespread media attention in recent years. The report pays particular attention to this important topic, and describes the increased demand for ensuring safe performance which results from increasingly complex electronics in cars.

Both the summary and a full version of the TRB Special Report 308 are available online.

Ecologically Aware Travel

The ECONAV project (''Ecological Aware Navigation: Usable Persuasive Trip Advisor for Reducing CO2 Consumption'), funded by the 7th Framework programme, under the 'Information and Communication Technologies' (ICT) Theme , has developed a new mobile phone application to help travelers choose the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective mode of transport.

The new "app" is being created to motivate eco-friendly travels and will provide users with information about their driving practices.

The ECONAV partners include researchers and business professionals from Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland, and the project is supported by over €2.3 million from the European Commission.

For more information visit the ECONAV project website.

AERA-Pro Project – Communicating EU Aeronautics Research

The European project AERA-Pro, financed by the 7th Framework Programme is organising nine dissemination events throughout Europe to promote the new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). The project aims to increase the role and impact of EU Aeronautics research on a global scale.

The nine upcoming events (with some details still to be determined) include:

  • Farnborough International Airshow 2012, Farnborough UK, 10 July

  • ILA Berlin, Berlin, Germany, September

  • Brussels Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 2 October

  • AEROSPATIAL 2012, Bucharest, Romania, 11-12 October

  • SRIA Conference, Capua, Italy, 24 October

  • AEROMART, Toulouse, France, 4-6 December

  • AERONET, Rzesow, Poland, December

  • Madrid, Spain, January 2013

  • Sweden, February 2013

For more information visit the AERA-Pro website.

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