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Managing Europe’s Transport Research and Innovation Portal

Managing Europe’s Transport Research and Innovation Portal

4 Mar 2015: 

Ricardo-AEA has been awarded a major three-year contract to run the European Commission’s Transport Research and Innovation Portal (TRIP) – a public, online platform that shares up-to-date information on transport research projects and activities across Europe

Over the next three years, Ricardo-AEA, together with its partners TRT Trasporti e Territorio, the Czech Transport Research Centre (CDV), Fraunhofer ISI, the University of the Aegean and TEPR, will update and verify TRIP’s existing content, adding in new findings from the latest transport research programmes. The work will ensure TRIP continues in its role as Europe’s ‘one-stop shop’ for comprehensive and reliable information on a wide range of resources related to transport research.

Significant amounts of transport research is funded both at the national and EU levels. By collating this information within an easily accessible portal, TRIP provides policymakers and researchers with easy access to the findings from transport research programmes, enabling them to apply the results of research in real-world applications and helping them identify gaps in Europe’s knowledge base, and avoid duplication in future research plans.

In addition to collating results, Ricardo-AEA’s experts will conduct robust analyses and reviews of the findings included within the portal to ensure TRIP provides high quality information and data. The company will also be responsible for disseminating the latest research findings to the European transport research and policy communities through regular and engaging updates.

Ricardo-AEA practice director for sustainable transport Sujith Kollamthodi said: “TRIP plays an important role in supporting European transport research. By making the latest results easily accessible and disseminating updates to researchers and policy makers, it can support Europe’s progress towards safer, more sustainable, competitive and less congested transport.

“Our team is very much looking forward to working on this project. We are confident we can make a number of improvements to TRIP that will help make its information portal even more accessible and reach the wider research community”.

The work builds on Ricardo-AEA’s track record of delivering similar knowledge sharing and awareness raising projects such as the European Commission’s Online Resource Efficiency Portal and the United Kingdom’s Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre.


Compendium of Transport Research Funding

Compendium of Transport Research Funding

2 Dec 2014: 

The compendium to the Transport Research & Innovation Portal (TRIP) presents an overview of transport research and funding organisations in the European Research Area. The hardcopy version that was published in 2013 is now updated and available in an digitial mapping environment. Relevant organisations involved in transport research and funding are presented on the map of Europe. You are kindly invited to use the tool to see who is where!

European Research Area Chair in Intelligent Transport Systems

European Research Area Chair in Intelligent Transport Systems

23 Oct 2014: 

Excellent scientists are invited to apply for the ERA Chair position established at the University Science Parkof the University of Zilina within the prestigious European grant awarded to only 11 European research institutions within the Seventh Framework Programme. The project aims to enhance research and innovation aspects of theUniversityScienceParkand theUniversityofZilinain the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

The ERA Chair holder is expected to represent research excellence in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems, specifically in the area of Information and Communication Technologies in connection with transport and services development towards advanced ITS. He/She should be “Leading Researcher” (R4) according to the European Framework for Research Careers. Previous experiences with development and implementation of ITS will be evaluated during the selection process. Additionally, the ERA Chair holder will have an opportunity to influence the scientific development as the scientific advisor to the rector of the University of Zilina.

Applications should include Curriculum Vitae with a special focus on high-impact publications, research funding management and soft skills, a statement of research interest, three professional references and motivation letter.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to before 15th November, 2014.

Information and updates regarding the ERA Chair Holder position are available at:

METPEX project Surveys in eight European Countries

METPEX project Surveys in eight European Countries

22 Oct 2014: 

The METPEX project ( aims to develop a standard way of evaluating passenger experience to improve quality of service for European transport providers, passenger groups and municipalities, validated through use across 8 cities(Bucharest, Coventry, Dublin, Grevena, Rome, Stockholm, Valencia, Vilnius) of varying transport complexity.

This survey ( is a part of METPEX project; it is a trial of a set of travellers’ travel experience measurement tools that have been developed based on earlier experiment in autumn 2013 in 8 different cities in Europe. The results of this trial will be used to improve the tool design further for possible EU-wide benchmarking exercise.

The travel satisfaction measurement tools that will be tested consist of: two different types of smartphone application (with satellite navigation and game apps), on-line and off-line (semi-) structured questionnaire and focus groups. All of these measurement tools consists of the same set of questions, with different formats to explore the pros and cons of each measurement among different group of travellers. The main purpose of these tools is to measure passenger experience across whole journeys that take into account wider human socio-economic, cultural, geographic and environmental factors. Further, it will enable us to understand the variability of users’ travel patterns and experiences across different travel mode chain and different socio-demographic groups of travellers, including ageing travellers and those with special needs. The results from the tools will also be used to provide feedback to municipalities and service providers in order to address the unique problems of each transport system.

EC Conference - Transport Safety: Societal Challenges, Research Solutions. Programme and registration now available

EC Conference - Transport Safety: Societal Challenges, Research Solutions. Programme and registration now available

21 Oct 2014: 

On 4-5 December 2014, the Italian EU Presidency and the European Commission organise a major conference on transport safety to be held in Genova. The event is expecting the participation of around 300 stakeholders, transport professionals and policy makers from the different transport modes, to assess the future needs for transport safety, and identify priorities for activities in Horizon 2020 and beyond.
The conference will address both the safety challenges specific to each mode, common issues and concerns that cut across them - notably human factors, automation and data management - taking into account societal challenges, policy requirements, technological developments and economic benefits.

The programme and online registration are now available.

To keep up to date with the conference preparation, visit the EC website.

Smart Traffic App

22 Sep 2014: 

San Francisco,CA– For people with flexible work schedules, commuting just got a lot easier. Time2Gohome has just released a new app that radically reduces your time sitting in traffic.

Time2GoHome works by monitoring a person’s exact commute traffic and then alerting them with it's time to go home. It works regardless of traffic conditions.

“If you have the ability to work a little later or leave a little earlier, then Time2GoHome was invented for you.” explains Dave Ryan, Time2GoHome’s founder. “For many of us, we just want to know when traffic has died down enough so that we can drive home without a lot of hassle.”

The app does not try to find alternative routes or send notices of traffic accidents. Instead, it monitors your drive specific time and sends an alert when your commute traffic has subsided and you can drive home without too much delay. If you have alternative ways home, it shows you those alternatives.

If there is a traffic accident, you’ll get the notification later, if the road opens early, you’ll get a notification early. “One of the best feelings is when you are surprised that you can leave work a half –hour earlier than you expected.” explains Ryan.

The app is in the Google Store and will soon be in the Apple store. Alternatively you can use it as a web app from the company website.

It's called Time2GoHome and there is a video explaining how it works at

Register Now - LO-PINOD Final Conference

Register Now - LO-PINOD Final Conference

10 Sep 2014: 

"The role of regional ports: transforming sustainable freight movement"

Representatives from the shipping, transport and logistics industries, policy makers and funding organisations, as well as other interested parties, are invited to find out how regional ports have been optimising their operations and establishing shortsea shipping and local links to deliver environmental and economic benefits to communities and businesses.

Lali Virdee, Head of Programmes at lead partner organisation the Institute for Sustainability, said: “Regional ports are often overlooked as a sustainable option in the movement of goods across short distances. By enhancing port operations, we have the opportunity to take cargo off congested roads and re-balance Europe’s freight transport network.

“This conference will set out and explore how transforming regional ports into more efficient and robust transport hubs can boost local economies and employment.”

LO-PINOD project partners will present on three key themes:

  • optimising port connections – how regional ports can establish local rail and inland shipping links to increase sustainable landside connections;
  • port diversification – opportunities to service the growing offshore wind market, cruise industry and new short-sea shipping routes, and the materials, training and port collaborations required;
  • regional integration – how ports can fulfil their potential and regain a more prominent and sustainable place in their local economy through master planning and actively involving local communities.

The conference will also explore how partners are promoting policy change nationally and at EU level to encourage greater use of regional ports, short sea shipping and multi-modal transport chains to ensure regional ports become a key element in Europe’s comprehensive transport network.

The plenary panel discussion will invite policy makers, funders and industry representatives to explore the barriers and future opportunities for regional ports in discussion with conference attendees.

Register here:

Places are limited, therefore attendance at the conference is not guaranteed.

Please visit our website to find out about the conference agenda, list of speakers and general information on travel and accomodation. (

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