18 APR 2018

TRA VISIONS 2018 awarded prizes to senior researchers at TRA 2018

The EU-funded competition TRA VISIONS 2018 has just awarded prizes to its senior researcher winners at the beginning of the Gala Dinner on Tuesday 16th April (8.00pm) of the 2018 Transport Research Arena (TRA 2018). Senior researchers from all over Europe submitted innovative concepts in order to enhance smart, sustainable and integrated transport and mobility of people and goods.

The main activity of TRA VISIONS 2018, a project funded by the European Commission (EC), is the development and implementation of two competitions. One is directed towards young researchers and the second towards senior researchers involved in EU projects. They take place every two years together with the TRA, the most important European conference on transport.

The TRAVISIONS 2018 Senior Researcher Competition received 121 entries from researchers based at 91 institutions, universities or companies. Entries were submitted for the four transport modes road, rail, waterborne and cross-modality.

In the road sector, the winner is Ludwig Buergler from AVL LIST GmbH based in Graz for his work on diesel engine combustion. The rail winner is Ken Gavin from Ireland but he is currently working at the Delft University of Technology and has a sustained track record of railway infrastructure research. Osman Turan from Strathclyde University in Scotland is the winner in the waterborne sector and he is recognised for his research on ship safety and human factors. The fourth winner is Verena Ehrler from the DLR Institute of Transport Research in Berlin and she is acknowledged for her continued and outstanding contribution to EU funded transport research related to cross modality.

TRAVISIONS 2018 is a project funded under the EC’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project consortium members are the Institute for Automotive Engineering of RWTH Aachen University, Foundation WEGEMT – A European Association of Universities in Marine Technology and Related Sciences, BALance Technology Consulting GmbH, Politecnico di Torino, Newcastle University, Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL), Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and University College London (UCL).

Further details on the competitions, the winners and the participants may be found at or visit us at the TRA VISIONS booth next to the Press Centre in the Congress Center, Level 0.