Information published on 21 March 2017 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 540.

Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 in Vienna, 16 – 19 April 2018: Call for Papers still open!

Deadline extended to 24 April 2017!

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The Transport Research Arena TRA is THE European research and technology biennial conference on transport and mobility. After a decade of successful editions around Europe the 7th TRA will take place in Vienna, Austria from 16 – 19 April 2018.
TRA 2018 will be run under the theme “A Digital Era for Transport – Solutions for Society, Economy and Environment” and will look at all modes of transport including rail, as well as with their interaction in an intermodal European Transport System. For the railway aspects being addressed at TRA 2018, the Austrian organisational team is supported by UIC, UNIFE and UITP on behalf of ERRAC – the European Rail Research Advisory Council. UIC is a member of the TRA 2018 Management and Programme Committees.

Conference Structure

TRA 2018 will include:

  • Plenary sessions dedicated to important policy challenges addressed by invited keynote speakers
  • Strategic sessions fostering exchange between industry and policy makers and addressing major innovation fields
  • A large number of scientific and technical sessions in which reviewed papers will be presented either orally or as posters to the audience
  • Poster presentations for Outreach Marketplace

Who should attend?

TRA 2018 is open to:

  • Researchers, academics, students and young researchers, engineers,
  • Transport infrastructure managers and owners
  • Traffic operation managers, transport operators
  • SMEs and Start-Ups
  • Industry, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, ship builders
  • Public authorities, governmental bodies
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Other transport stakeholders and decision makers

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the 2018 TRA edition is presently open and will close on 24 April 2017. Scientists, researchers and engineers are invited to submit their abstracts online. We also particularly encourage members of the Rail Operating Community involved in research, development and innovation to respond to this call so that rail transport innovations will be well featured in the 2018 programme!

Abstracts of up to 500 words in English are now invited for online submission. They are expected to report on original, recent and substantive achievements related to one or more of the 12 TRA 2018 topics. After successfully passing the abstract review, authors will be invited to submit full papers which – if successfully reviewed – will be presented in oral or poster format at the conference.

The abstracts can be submitted for 12 research topics. These are:

Environment and Energy Efficiency; Vehicles (rolling stock) – Design, Development and Production; Advanced Propulsion Systems; Smart Urban Mobility & Logistics; People Mobility – Systems and Services; Freight Transport and Logistics; Transport Infrastructure; Connected and Automated Transport; Digital Technologies for Transport; Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems; Human Dimension in Transport; Socio-Economics, Innovation and Policy

Two types of abstract/paper are welcome:

  • Scientific papers, which will undergo a scientifically-oriented review process
  • Technical papers, which are reviewed based on the quality of technology, relevance for implementation and case studies

Authors are invited to submit abstracts by 24 April 2017 at, where full details on the selection criteria and decisions are provided. A selection of the best scientific papers will be invited for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and made electronically accessible. Scientists who submit papers presenting results from EU-funded projects are additionally invited to take part in the TRA Visions 2018 competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport.

TRA Visions 2018 competitions

Closely linked to the TRA event is the TRA Visions project. It aims to bring the science, research and industry closer together and point out challenges and opportunities they can efficiently face together in order to create an efficient and sustainable mobility of people and goods.

This European project invites young and senior researchers from all over Europe to enter their ideas of all kind concerning these and other questions to the competition. TRA Visions takes place every two years and awards both a prize for innovative concepts for transport solutions for students and for senior researchers in European funded projects throughout Europe.

The winners of the competition will be presented an award during a prestigious award ceremony at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference 2018 in Vienna on 16 – 19 April 2018. The award ceremony will take place during the TRA conference.

Call for Abstracts for the TRA Visions competition

At present, a Call for Abstracts for the TRA Visions competition for students is open until 30 June 2017. Following this, participants are requested to develop and submit their full idea by 30 October 2017 where they need to provide a report, a short presentation and a project poster accompanied by an optional short video.

The submission phase will be followed by an Evaluation of Ideas period during which a judging panel comprising experts from universities, research institutes and industry will determine which are the top three ideas per transport mode (Rail, road, waterborne and cross-modality).

The concepts must be submitted related to one of the 12 conference topics which have been mentioned above.

Find more information online: and

You can also contact Dennis Schut – member of the TRA 2018 Programme Committee – for more information about the TRA 2018 in Vienna as well as on the TRA Visions 2018 project at: