24 JAN 2017

Ninth issue of FIRM magazine focuses on launch of TRA Visions competitions

Cover of magazine features new Strategic European Road Research and Implementation Programme to be launched at FIRM17

Click here to take a look at the ninth issue of the FEHRL Infrastructure Research magazine (FIRM), which is in the process of being printed and will shortly be distributed in hard copy to FEHRL members and key transport infrastructure stakeholders. This ninth issue gives an overview of the new Strategic European Road Research and Implementation Programme to be launched at the FEHRL Infrastructure Research Meeting 2017 (FIRM17) to be held on 5-7th April 2017.

This issue also has a particular focus on the following selected key projects:

Contact Catherine Birkner, FEHRL Communications Officer, at with any feedback on FIRM and if you would like to request a printed copy of the FIRM magazine.

12 JAN 2017

New flyer now finalised and downloadable for TRA Visions 2018 competitions

Click here to take a look at the new flyer just published for the two TRA Visions 2018 competitions – the first for Young Researchers and the second for Senior Researchers. For more information contact

21 DEC 2016

Two TRA Visions 2018 competitions launch today 21st December 2016

TRA VISIONS 2018 invites Young and Senior researchers from all over Europe to submit innovative transport concepts to, which has just launched today 21st December 2016.

The European-funded competition TRA VISIONS 2018 has just started its ideation phase. Young and senior researchers throughout Europe are invited to submit innovative concepts on future transport matters in order to enhance efficient and sustainable transport and mobility of people and goods.

Ever more people and goods are moving around the world in constantly shorter timeframes. This makes innovative transport solutions an important necessity. What could future transport look like? How can existing systems and infrastructure cope with the rising strain, be it road, rail, waterborne or cross-modal transport systems? Which are efficient and sustainable solutions to the arising questions on mobility issues?

The European project TRA VISIONS 2018 invites young and senior researchers from all over Europe to enter their ideas of all kind concerning these and other questions to the competitions.

For the young researcher competition the deadline for a first short abstract for students is 30th June 2017. Following this, participants are requested to develop and submit their full idea by 30th October 2017 where they need to provide a report, a short presentation and a project poster accompanied by an optional short video.

Senior researchers can enter the competition either by submission of a technical paper/abstract to the TRA 2018 conference website ( or direct submission of a recently published technical paper to the TRA VISIONS 2018 website ( To be eligible a paper must be technical in nature and relate to EU funded transport research.

The submission phase will be followed by an Evaluation of Ideas period during which a judging panel comprising experts from universities, research institutes and industry will determine which are the top three ideas per transport mode (road, rail, waterborne and cross-modality).

The final winners of the competitions will be announced during a prestigious award ceremony at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference 2018 in Vienna on 16-19th April 2018 (see for more details).

The concepts must be submitted under one of the conference topics, which cover the general areas of:

  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

TRA VISIONS takes place every two years and awards both a prize for innovative concepts for transport solutions for young researchers and senior researchers in European funded projects throughout Europe. The project consortium members responsible for organising the competition are the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University, Foundation WEGEMT - A European Association of Universities in Marine Technology and Related Sciences (WEGEMT), BALance Technology Consulting GmbH, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Newcastle University (UNEW), FEHRL, Austria Institute of Technology (AIT) and University College London (UCL).

The award ceremony takes place during the TRA conference, which is held every two years and aims at getting science, research and industry closer together and pointing out challenges and opportunities they can efficiently face together in order to create an efficient and sustainable mobility of people and goods.

A series of pictures from the 2016 TRA VISIONS Award ceremony can be accessed from the TRA Visions Facebook page. See also the Linked In group and Twitter feed. For more information, contact George Smyrnakis at