TRA 2018: the major meeting for the transport community

The 7th Transport Research Arena (TRA) is to be held in Vienna, from 16 to 19 April 2018. This international conference brings together the major players in transport and mobility for discussions on innovations in the field and is an essential event for IFSTTAR.

Connected and autonomous vehicles, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, decarbonisation of the transport sector… These are just a few of the topics on the programme of the 7th Transport Research Arena (TRA) whose theme is “A Digital Era for Transport”. This major European event takes place every two years in different EU countries. This year it is to be held in Vienna (Austria) from 16 to 19 April, and organised by the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and AustriaTech. It is expected to attract two to three thousand participants, including scientists and representatives of industry from the roads, rail, inland waterways, maritime and air transport sectors as well as network operators, policy makers and managers from the engineering departments of metropolitan areas. “These decision-makers come in order to find out about technology and discuss their transport policies”, IFSTTAR’s Deputy Scientific Director, Bernard Jacob, explains. “Seventy-five percent of the participants are from Europe, but there are also some representatives of other continents, in particular North America and Asia. The TRA has become an essential global event”.

An essential global event

 On each of the four days, the discussions will begin each morning with a plenary session led by leading politicians or the CEOs of major industrial groups from, for example, the motor vehicle, construction and energy sectors. During the rest of the day, the participants will be able to attend Strategic sessions and Scientific/Technical sessions which will address major present-day themes such as connected and autonomous vehicles, resilient infrastructure, decarbonised transport and urban logistics. The TRA will also offer interactive invited sessions which will consist of discussions prepared by project consortiums or scientific and professional communities. The roads sector will account for more than half the papers, outstripping the rail, waterborne and air (particularly airport) sectors, with topics relating to more than one modes accounting over 20% of the papers on topics ranging from “transport safety to freight transport, not forgetting urban passenger and freight transport, energy and the environment”.

The Transport Research Arena also provides industry and research centres with more than 7,000m² of exhibition space in which to present their innovations ─ solar roads, automated shuttles, new materials and sensors…  IFSTTAR will be represented by about fifteen researchers, at the stand of the FEHRL (to which IFSTTAR belongs) in the CEDR area. The Institute will present the research of four of its departments on infrastructure, safety and health in transport, systems and components, and regional and urban planning.