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INTEGRITY wins TRA Visions Senior Researcher Award
18 May 2016:

INTEGRITY is the winner of this year’s TRA Visions Senior Researcher Award in the category Cross-modality. On occasion of the TRA2016 conference in Warsaw, Poland, the price was presented by Director DG Mobility and Transport Magda Kopczynska during a ceremony and gained much interest among the TRA audience. INTEGRITY was a project on Supply Chain Visibility running in FP7, coordinated by ISL Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics, Bremen, Germany. It laid the foundations for important follow-up projects like CASSANDRA and currently CORE. Especially, the Customs Data Pipeline concept which is currently implemented in several CORE global demonstrators was developed during INTEGRITY by Dutch and UK Customs. ISL Project Manager Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen, who was the coordinator of INTEGRITY, proudly accepted the trophy on behalf of the INTEGRITY Consortium.

May newsletter
18 May 2016:

The May newsletter is out and available here: it features project updates, upcoming events, and transport research and innovation news.

TRIP is attending TEN-T Days 2016
16 May 2016:

TRIP is attending the Trans-European Transport Network conference, TEN-T Days 2016. Members of the team will be at the conference from 20-22 June. Make sure you stop by the TRIP stand and pick up a copy of our latest thematic research theme analysis report. For more information, visit the TEN-T Days website:


German Minister for Transport funds another 96 research and demonstration projects for electro-mobility in cities
13 May 2016:

On May 10, 2016 Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructures (BMVI) gave green light to the funding of 96 additional projects to test and demonstrate electro-mobility in cities, communities and counties. The activities are supported by the Funding Programme for Battery-Electric Electro-Mobility (2015-2019). The projects cover a wide range from purchasing electric articulated buses, the establishment of a car sharing service with e-cars, an e-taxi action plan, towards mobility plans for an entire rural district. The total volume of the public funding is7.1 million euros, enabling investments of 17 million euros.

General inforamtion of BMVI on electro-mobility in English:

Further informaiton on the funding programme electro-mobility (German only):   

Federal Report on Research and Innovation in Germany 2016 released
13 May 2016:

The "Federal Report Research and Innovation“ (BuFI) of the Federal Ministry for Science and Education (BMBF) is the benchmark for science and innovation policy in Germany. Issued every other year it assesses the various elements of the German research and innovation system.

The issue 2016 of the BuFI was published on May 11, 2016. It copes with the consequences of digitalisation and automation in a society subject to rapid demographic change. Expenses of 84 billion euros, of which 2/3 are invested by companies, and 600 thousand employees make the research sector larger than ever. This is 30% of research and innovation activities in Europe.

Despite these numbers, a high level of competition in particular from Asia, and declining patenting activities in Germany are constituted by the report. Key technologies for future activities are the digitalisation of economy and society, dealing with big data, secure and powerful communication systems, micro electronics, energy systems and mobility.

BuFI 2016 (German only):

BuFI 2014: Contents and data tables in English:  

Solar Impulse aeroplane reaches Arizona
10 May 2016:

Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered aeroplane, has landed in Arizona after completing its first leg across the United States as part of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

The aeroplane took off from Mountain View, California, on Monday morning and landed 16 hours later in Phoenix, after the tenth leg of its round the world expedition.

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg was flying the plane for the 1,113 km flight, having taken over from Bertrand Piccard who flew from Hawaii to California last week.

The Solar impulse team is aiming to arrive in New York in early June, before starting its attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Solar Impulse 2 began the circumnavigation in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi before flying over Oman, India, Myanmar, China and Japan, from where it made a 8,924km journey to Hawaii.

The plane is fully powered by the sun and has 17,000 photovoltaic cells on the top surface of the wings.

TRIP Survey - we need your views
04 May 2016:

TRIP has launched its third user survey. These are held at regular intervals and help to identify how the portal can be improved in order to best meet your needs. Please take some time to let us know your thoughts. It only takes 5 minutes to complete!