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ECTRI releases position paper on FP8

The European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI) would like to contribute to the emerging discussion on the future of the European Research Area in transport linked to the follow-up of FP7.

On the structure and configuration of a transport research programme, ECTRI is developing ideas that it is willing to share and discuss with other stakeholders.

This report recommends that FP8 include a Transport and Mobility research sub-programme built around 5 themes:

ECTRI proposes 5 research themes:

  1. System operation (emphasis on multimodality, with sections on: planning, operation, management of transport systems and networks and mobility management, as well as issues such as international cooperation and globalisation, modelling and statistics, business models, etc. All sections should refer to: passenger and user as well as to freight and logistics, and be multimodal in nature).
  2. Vehicles and energy sources (with sections on: aircraft, trains, ships, and road vehicles, new energy sources and their delivery systems. A special section on the continuation of electrification and the “Green Cars initiative” of the FP7 is well justified here).
  3. Transport networks - maintenance and resilience.
  4. Demand management and traveller information issues (with sections on: sustainable mobility, behavioural and socioeconomic issues, individual traveller information systems, integrated transport data collection, analysis, and dissemination, relevant policies and actions, etc).
  5. Environmental and societal impacts and challenges of the transport system.

These themes are further developed in the paper, and delved into more in chapter 3, but are mainly meant as an initial “bid” for a discussion on an integrative approach to transport research.

View the ECTRI postion paper: “Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Transport Research and Innovation Funding”



1 person has had something to say so far

This document follows on from a similar paper "Mobility and Transport in FP8" published by EUCAR [European Council for R&D] in November 2010. A significant level of work is now being undertaken by the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council in developing an updated Strategic Research Agenda for the European road transport sector.

Specific information on the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, in relation to Surface Transport, can be found on the FP7 Surface Transport sub-group at https://ktn.innovateuk.org/web/surface-transport.
Posted on 25/02/11 11:56.

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