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Interested in potential EU FP7 rail research and projects? Seminar - presentations and event material now available

The Transport KTN broadcast yesterday's AGRRI rail seminar live via simultaneous interactive webinar, enabling delegates to participate without having to travel to the DfT in London on a very hot and sunny day (though it was cool and air-conditioned in conference room LG1!).

The full webinar is available to review here (note this is available to logged in members of the Transport KTN)

The presentations are available (currently as one 14Mb file, we have split them up into the individual presentations as shown below - please log in to view them) from the document library here (note this is available to logged in members of the Transport KTN).


There were networking areas around each of the four FP7 expected rail-specific projects for 2013 (listed below), where attendees at the DfT event were encouraged to post their contact details and areas of capability in order to asssit with the inital stages of building collaborations around these.  The Rail Industries Association is currently transcribing these and we will make this information available as soon as we receive it.

The four expected areas are:

  1. SST.2013.1-1. Railway infrastructure optimisation and monitoring for further noise reduction (UIC) 
  2. SST.2013.2-1. Next generation of train control systems in the domain of urban and main line European railway systems (UIC & UITP)
  3. SST.2013.2-2. New concepts for railway infrastructure and operation: adaptable, automated, resilient and high-capacity (Network Rail) 
  4. SST.2013.5-1. Technical requirements for the certification of new materials for railway rolling stock (UNIFE & CER) 

Online networking

Our online delegates also took advantage of the coffee break to use the online networking walls to introduce themselves, outline their interests in forming collaborations, and give an indication of their capabilities.  These are available to view here (note, you need to log in to view these).


If you would like to view the webinar recording, which has audio, video and the relevant presentations, you can download the access information via the document in the document library, and jump to the times as shown below.

00:00:00 – 00:04:15 Online networking

00:04:16 – 00:09:43 Introduction to the day (Chris Brown, DfT)

00:09:44 – 00:33:01 Vision for ERRAC (Andy Doherty, Network Rail)

00:37:56 – 01:11:49 Horizon 2020 (Liam Breslin, EU Commission)

01:12:40 – 01:26:50 Composite materials for rolling stock (Conor O'Neil, NewRail, Newcastle University)

01:27:52 – 01:42:12 New concepts for railway infrastructure (John Amoore, Network Rail)

01:43:10 – 02:10:55 Networking

02:12:35 – 02:42:13 JTI “Shift2Rail” (Eric Fontanel, UNIFE)

02:43:04 – 03:05:06 Transport Catapult (Neil Ridley, Transport KTN)

03:05:35 – 03:14:55 UK programme - Accelerating innovation in Rail (Richard Kemp-Harper, Technology Strategy Board)

03:14:56 – 03:37:22 Questions and Answers Session – from delegates and online delegates, by proxy

03:37:23 – 03:49:37 feedback, close and further networking

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