THE OBJECTIVE OF TRA 2008
The objective of TRA 2008 is to forge new, productive partnerships across all transport sectors. The road transport industry is an innovative force in Europe and one of its largest R&D investors. Climate change, urban congestion, traffic safety and the increasing demand for people and freight transport require adequate and innovative solutions. TRA 2008 will respond to this need, by gathering an expected 1,500 industry and research managers, senior researchers, engineers and scientists, as well as representatives of local, regional and national public authorities across Europe and around the world.
TRA 2008 SUPPORT ACTIONS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS TO ATTEND CONFERENCE
YEAR– Young European Arena o Research – is a competition for early stage researchers who are exploring the area of road transport within their research. It will give the students an opportunity to showcase their work to experts within the field, both on the web and, for the 50 finalists, at the Transport Research Arena conference. Students are asked to submit an abstract on-line under one of six pillars, which will then go on public display on the website.
The goal is to showcase 1,000 abstracts on the website. The organisers are now seeking coaches to encourage young people to participate in the competition. Coaches will receive briefing documentation and promotional materials to advertise the competition. Further details can be found on the website. http://year.fehrl.org
If you are interested in registering as a YEAR coach and/or judge, please download the Coach Registration Form from the website and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with YEAR Coach as the subject.
EU NEW MEMBER STATES AND NON-EU COUNTRIES FORUM
TRA 2008 will offer an excellent opportunity for participants from the EU Member States that have joined the European Union in 2004 and 2007, as well as from other European non-EU countries, to find new partners and to meet the EC officials who will assist them in their future research efforts.
Through its Seventh Framework Programme, the European Commission supports this initiative by providing grants for registration fees and some travel expenses for 100 delegates from these countries. Exact rules for qualifying and receiving the grant are available on http://tra2008.fehrl.org. The competition, which will be primarily based on first come first serve, with some bonuses for authors of papers for TRA 2008, will be launched on the http://tra2008.fehrl.org website on 15 January 2008.