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DETRA workshop to discuss future challenges

The project DETRA is organising a workshop on priorities for road research. The main topic of the workshop is to discuss with the stakeholders the future challenges that need to be addressed to develop the Surface transport ERA. The afternoon sessions will focus on the needs and gaps that must be handeled within the areas of Research infrastructure and research Institutes. The event will take place on 18th March 2011 from 9.30am at the BRRC premises - 21 Fokkersdreed - 1933 Sterrebeek. (see draft agenda below)

If you are interested, please register to the FEHRL website or send an e-mail to 


Draft agenda

Plenary session
09:30 Welcome and scope of the workshop                                            S. Phillips-FEHRL
09:40 Future challenges from the Commission’s point of view           Frank Smit - DG RTD (tbc)
10:00 The future challenges that need to be addressed to develop the Surface Transport ERA
     . Mobility for researchers                                                                          C. Almeras-ECTRI
    .  World-class transport research infrastructures                                 S. Phillips-FEHRL
    . Strengthening research institutions                                                      W. Steinicke-EURNEX
    . Sharing knowledge                                                                                   tbc
    . Optimising research programmes and identifying priorities            A. Bekiaris-HIT
    . International cooperation                                                                         W. Steinicke-EURNEX
Preview of afternoon sessions
    . Research infrastructure                                                                           H. Péro - EC DG RTD
    . Strengthening Research Institutions                                                           

12:30 Lunch

Parallel session 1 – Research Infrastructure (WP2)
This workshop considers the opportunities that exist to develop the research infrastructures needed for strengthening the ERA of today and the challenges and opportunities faced by transport for the future. This includes the future demands and missing gaps and the opportunities that exist.  It will consider Hard (physical) RIs and Soft RIs consisting of databases, libraries etc.  Consideration will also be given to the international dimension and the needs of the industrial, academic and public sectors.

Parallel session 2 – Strengthening Research Institutions (WP3)
This second parallel workshop will focus on how research organization have already adapted to the ERA objectives and the actions still to be taken to become mid-21st century excellent research organisations (scientific excellence, relevance excellence, governance excellence) providing high quality services for the Knowledge Triangle. 

Closing session 

Future needs and gaps RI
Summary                                                                                       Gunilla Franzèn-VTI & Stefan Deix-AIT
Future needs and gaps Strengthening Research Institute
Summary                                                                                        Wolfgang Steinicke-EURNEX
Closing words                                                                               Steve Phillips - FEHRL 

Hotels next to the venue

*Hotel La Vignette- Leuvensesteenweg 12-3080 Tervuren- 5 minutes from the venue by taxi Phone:+32 2 767 83 56 –
*Hotel Sodehotel-Avenue E. Mounier 5-1200 Brussels- 20 minutes from the venue by taxi Phone:+32 2 775 21 11-fax:+32 2 770 47 80 
For other recommended hotels in Brussels, click on the pdf document

 How to reach to venue Click on the map



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