The concept of TRA VISIONS project is to organize two competitions for transport research awards to be announced at the TRA conference in 2018:
The TRA VISIONS 2018 YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION ,
an academic student competition with the goal of stimulating the interest among young researchers and students in the field of sustainable surface transport.
The TRA VISIONS 2018 SENIOR RESEARCHER COMPETITION ,
a competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport concepts based on results only from EU-funded projects.
Both competitions cover all surface transport modes (road, rail, waterborne and cross modality) in line with the EC policy objectives for smart, green and integrated transport. The S&T objectives are to nurture the best transport researchers in Europe, promote the alignment of their interests with those of transport stakeholders, encourage them to participate in the conference and celebrate their achievements. The process is two-way: students are inspired by the presentations at the main conference and mature researchers are inspired by the research and vision of the young.
The objectives of the TRA VISIONS 2018 project are:
TRA VISIONS 2018 project is to continue and build on the success of the H2020 funded TRAVISIONS 2016, the FP7 funded TRAVISIONS 2014, FP7 funded Young European Arena of Research (YEAR) competitions that took place at TRA in 2008, 2010 and 2012, as well as the VISIONS (FP6) and VISIONS OLYMPICS (FP7) competitions. Together those competitions captured the imaginations of more than 1.500 students around Europe. TRAVISIONS 2014 and 2016 aimed to develop this impact even further by extending the awards to include a new competition for senior researchers to acknowledge excellence in transport research projects.
The expected strategic impact of TRAVISIONS 2016 includes: