ERTRAC Newsletter

Successfull TRA 2012 Conference


The TRA Conference held this year in Athens has been a great success, with more than 1.600 participants. Supported by the European Commission, and jointly organized by Greece together with CEDR and the three technology platforms ERTRAC, ERRAC and Waterborne, this 2012 edition has seen an unprecedented participation mixing researchers and students, industry delegates, public authorities and EU officials. The future of Transport Research has been addressed, with both strategic sessions on main societal challenges, and thematic sessions where results of projects have been presented and discussed. Presentations will be made available on

PPP European Green Vehicles Initiative


At the occasion of the visit of Research and Innovation Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn to the TRA 2012 Conference, ERTRAC delegates have expressed the wish for a continuation of the European Green Cars Initiative in Horizon 2020. The change of name of the initiative is to reflect better the coverage, which already today includes not only cars but also trucks and buses. The instrument to be used is a contractual Public-Private Partnership, to build on the current experience of a fast and lean process, which is highly welcomed by the industry.

TAP2012 Conference Thessaloniki


The 19th International Transport and Air Pollution Conference 2012 will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece from 26 to 27 November. Organized by LAT, Aristotle University, in collaboration with the EC Joint Research Center, the main theme of TAP 2012 will be energy efficient transport and its implications for air quality. More information on the conference website

Industrial Technologies Conference


Taking place from 19 to 21 June in Aarhus under the auspices of the Danish EU Presidency, the Industrial Technologies 2012 Conference will address Research and Innovation in materials and manufacturing. The ERTRAC Chairman Prof. Steiger will speak in the Transport session. More information on the conference website:

Next ERTRAC meeting dates


2nd ERTRAC Steering Group: 15 May

2nd ERTRAC Plenary: 5 June

ERTRAC Member States Representatives meeting: 14-15 June, Vienna

EC Info Days on PPPs: 9-10 July

PPP EGCI clustering event: 11-12 July


EC Info Days on Transport Programme: 18-19 July

3rd ERTRAC Steering Group: 26 September

3rd ERTRAC Plenary: 18 October