The competition

The TRA VISIONS 2024 YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION is aimed at University and Research Institutes young researchers pursuing bachelor's degrees and higher (Master's and PhD) in all scientific domains involving transport, sustainability, mobility, energy, engineering and related areas. The competition presents an opportunity for young researchers to showcase their work on an international stage at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2024 Conference scheduled for April 2024 in Dublin.

Initially, participants will be invited to submit an abstract (Call for Ideas) under one of the following TRA 2024 Conference Topics / Overarching themes:

RA1 Safe & Inclusive Transport

RA2 Sustainable Mobility of People and Goods

RA3 Collaborative Digitalisation

RA4 Efficient & Resilient Systems

The registration period will be open until 30/06/2023, during which all the participants are invited to register their ideas through the submisson of a title and a short abstract. Participants will then have a four-month period (until 31/10/2023) to further develop their proposal into a final project.

The Submission should include a report based on the Final Project Template (available for download from the TRA VISIONS website), a short presentation and a project poster accompanied by an optional short video (mandatory for all shortlisted).

The submission phase will end with the submission of the aforementioned documentation (a final report, a short presentation, a project poster and an optional video) followed by an Evaluation of Ideas period during which a judging panel will determine which are the top 3 ideas per mode (road, rail, waterborne, air and cross-modality). The evaluation of ideas will be divided into three steps: an eligibility assessment, an online evaluation, and a judging panel.

The winning certificates and prizes will be presented in a prestigious Award Ceremony during the TRA 2024 event.

Registration

Join the TRA VISIONS Young Researcher Competition

Register now and share your visionary ideas and get the chance to receive in return the TRA VISIONS Award for the best idea.

13. The competition is open to young researchers registered in a College, University or Research Institute from across the European Union, EU Candidate Countries, Potential EU Candidate Countries and European Economic Area1. Eligibility will be checked before full access to the TRA VISIONS YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION is granted (a process that usually takes 2 to 7 days).

For more information regarding the Young Researcher Competition, download the “YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION GUIDELINES 2024” or write an email to info@travisions.eu.

Pillars / transport modes

  • Highways
  • Urban and inter-urban roads
  • Pedestrian and cycling infrastructures
  • High-speed rail
  • Passenger and freight railways
  • Urban and light rail systems
  • Long distance shipping
  • Inland shipping
  • Cruise & Ferries
  • Short-sea shipping
  • Offshore, floating infrastructure and support vessels
  • Maritime transport
  • Dredging
  • ATM & UTM
  • Drones, automation and autonomy concepts
  • Aerodynamics
  • Acoustic and aero elasticity
  • Aircraft avionics and systems
  • Cabin design and passenger comfort
  • Future challenges in aviation
  • Emerging aviation risks
  • Material research
  • Multimodality
  • Combined transport
  • Intermodality
  • Integrated infrastructures
  • Public transport
  • Logistics
  • Interfaces
  • Ports
  • ITS
  • Aviation infrastructures
  • Airports

Research topics / Areas

RA 1

Safe & Inclusive Transport

RA 2

Sustainable Mobility of People & Goods

RA 3

Collaborative Digitalisation

RA 4

Efficient & Resilient Systems

More information

For more information about the competition download
the "Young Researcher Competition Guidelines 2024"
(Size: 288 kByte)

Award - TRA VISIONS 2022

The top three winners for each mode (road, rail, waterborne, airborne and cross-modality) have been announced during the TRA VISIONS 2022 award ceremony during the TRA 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. TRA VISIONS 2022 awarded prize money sponsored by industry (ERTRAC, Europe's Rail, Waterborne TP, Damen, Collins Aerospace, alice, UITP) to the winners.

RA 1 - Safe & Inclusive Transport
  • Transport safety
  • Future workforce & skills
  • People-centred & inclusive transport
  • Transport policy & planning
RA 2 - Sustainable Mobility of People & Goods
  • Urban, regional & rural transport
  • Zero emissions transport
  • Impact on health & the environment
  • Logistics and sustainable transport
RA 3 - Collaborative Digitalisation
  • Digital transition
  • Transport data sharing
  • Cooperative and Connected Automated Mobility
  • Digital transport infrastructure
RA 4 - Efficient & Resilient Systems
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Circular economy & life cycle assessments
  • Resilient networks & operations
  • Energy & fuel transition
RA 5 - User-focused mobility services, servitisation
  • User needs
  • Servitisation
  • Consumerisation
  • Mobility-as-a-Service
  • Car-as-a-Service
  • Product-service combinations
  • Sharing economy
  • Shared assets
  • New services
  • Prosumerism
  • User behaviour
  • User-centricity
RA 6 - Social change and quality of life
  • Urban planning
  • Urban mobility
  • Urban environment
  • Habitat
  • Public transport
  • Urban logistics
  • Rural mobility
  • Ageing
  • Children
  • Impaired
  • Special groups
  • Disabled
  • Cultural diversity
  • Societal impacts
  • Equity
  • Gender issues
  • Transport poverty
  • Affordability
  • Externalties
  • Social issues
  • Environment
  • Emissions
  • Noise
  • Air quality
  • Conservation
  • Green zones
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Non-motorised mobility
  • Active modes
  • Quality of life
  • Health
  • EIA
RA 7 - Technology and engineering
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Product design
  • Material’s engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport equipment and vehicle industry
  • Ship building
  • Logistics
  • Supply chains
  • Recycling
  • Circular economy
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction technology
  • Terminals
  • Hubs
  • Nodes
  • Ports
  • Inland waterways
  • Railway yards
  • Airports
  • Asset management
  • Road engineering
  • Railway engineering
  • Waterways and ports engineering
RA 8 - Planning, modelling and system design
  • Transport planning
  • Transport engineering
  • Traffic modelling
  • Transport modelling
  • 3-D modelling
  • Simulation
  • Algorithms
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Land use planning
  • Regional planning
  • Urban planning
RA 9 - Policy and regulation, market efficiency, competitiveness
  • Regulation
  • Policy
  • Market efficiency
  • Consumer benefit
  • Competition
  • Externalities
  • Taxation
  • Pricing
  • Transport economics
  • Industrial relations
RA 10 - Transport safety and security
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Incidents
  • Injuries
  • Fatalities
  • Impact assessments
  • Emergency management
  • Risk management
  • Illegal transports
  • Policing
  • Customs operations
  • Industrial relations
RA 11 - Investments, finance and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Financing
  • Funding
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Procurement
  • Asset management
  • Value
  • Infrastructure
  • Investments
  • Regional economics
  • Employment
  • Growth
  • Contract management
  • Trans-European networks
RA 12 - Innovation and human capital
  • Education
  • Training
  • Human capital
  • Education policy
  • Capacity building
  • Workforce
  • Innovation
  • Pre-commerce procurement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation ecosystems