6th European Transport Research Conference

Effective European transport is a factor of economic growth and provides social benefits. It is necessary to consider transport from the economic perspective, in view of environmental and societal challenges, and with regard to the global competitiveness of Europe. Research and implementation challenges that will be addressed at the TRA should take into account the needs of modern European society and create partnerships to promote innovation in transport.

As the resources and funds available for research are limited, it is necessary to define the most significant research areas in transport at the global, European and national levels. The development of common schemes and standards for the interoperability of transport systems is also a huge challenge for policy makers as well as researchers. It is essential to develop mechanisms to encourage cooperation and competitiveness between transport systems in Europe and in the world, as well as to address the evolving needs in the education system to better tackle future industrial and societal needs. It is crucial to answer a question how to conduct research in transport in order to meet these challenges and to ensure the mobility of people and goods, and thus freedom in the political and economic sense. There is a need to assess the allocation of resources and funding schemes to the transport system towards increased efficiency and seamless multimodality, and to enable a better spatial planning so that transport systems provide mobility for people and goods at the highest level of energy efficiency, reliability, and safety.

TRA 2016 is an exceptional event for researchers, industry representatives and policy-makers to meet and discuss these issues, identifying the innovative solutions that can drive a better future transport system for Europe.




HoD Trailer awarded [SCB]
TRANSFORMERS Final Conference


Facts & Figures

  • Full name: Configurable and Adaptable Trucks and Trailers for Optimal Transport Efficiency
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: 1 September 2013
  • Total budget: 7.9 M€
  • EC Funding: 5.2 M€


  • Develop and demonstrate Hybrid-on-Demand Driveline for Truck-trailer Combination
  • Develop innovative complete vehicle aerodynamic measures
  • Develop innovative loading efficiency measures