Conference Programme at-a-glance
The programme will be focused around the following six pillars:
I. European Road Research Needs and Agendas
II. Mobility of People & Transport of Goods
III. Safety & Security
IV. Energy, Environment & Resources
V. Design & Production of Vehicles and Infrastructure
VI. Integrated Approaches
The conference slogan "Greener, safer and smarter road transport for Europe" clearly places the most critical concerns of the day – climate change, urban and long distance transport, and traffic safety – as the over-arching themes of TRA 2008. These themes are integrated into the entire programme, and they will receive special attention during the plenary sessions, where they will be challenged by established speakers from all areas of society: citizens, users, industry, politicians and researchers.
Furthermore, dedicated activities will focus on two particular groups of delegates: from the EU new member states and other non-EU countries, who in the past have not contributed to European research activities in the area of road transport to their full potential, and the early-stage researchers who are exploring the area of road transport within their research. A competition is being organised to give the students an opportunity to showcase their work to experts within the field, both on the web and, for the best applicants, in Ljubljana in April 2008.