Information published on 21 January 2014 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 382.

Announcement of the 5th TRA – Transport Research Arena 2014

  • Research

The CNIT Conference Centre in Paris-La Défense will be the stage of the major European Conference on surface transport research, the 5th TRA – Transport Research Arena 2014.

The TRA is supported by the European Commission, the Conference of European Road Directors, and the three European Transport Technology Platforms including ERRAC – the European Rail Research Advisory Council – and is hosted by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and IFSTTAR. UIC is involved in the organisation of the TRA and will be present with its own exhibition stand, displaying its work in the field of rail research. It will also be represented at the ERRAC exhibition stand.

The conference will take place from 14 – 17 April 2014, hosted together with other transport events. There will also be a unique exhibition common to all joint transport conferences being held. The theme of the 5th TRA will be Transport Solutions: from Research to Deployment – Innovate Mobility, Mobilise Innovation!

The conference topics address the main challenges in transport and mobility of people and goods, with respect to energy, environment, safety and security and economy issues. TRA aims to explore the most advanced research work and innovations, the latest technological and industrial developments and implementations, and innovative policies in Europe and worldwide. As a wide and open forum open to all interested parties, it is a unique occasion to promote and improve European competitiveness and efficiency in transportation. There are many presentations as well as dedicated sessions on rail and rail research and innovation.

TRA 2014 will be the first major event where the European Commission’s “Horizon 2020” research and innovation programme will be discussed in depth, as the programme is due to be launched at the beginning of 2014. The TRA is the place to be for all colleagues interested in rail research, development and innovation and the role of rail within the European surface transport system.

NB: the Early Bird rate expires on 1 February 2014.

Registration for the conference is open:

For the conference programme please consult


During the TRA, there will be awards for the best papers and posters presented at the conference.

In addition, there will be two competitions for transport research awards to be presented during the conference:

  • a competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative surface transport concepts based on results from EU-funded projects (submission is closed).
  • a research student competition to stimulate interest among young researchers/students in the field of sustainable surface transport; (submission still open until 31 January 2014!)
    Student competition to stimulate the attraction of rail and rail research:

The TRA VISIONS Student Competition is aimed at university and technical institute students pursuing bachelor degrees and higher. The competition presents an opportunity for students to showcase their work on an international stage at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Conference between 14 and 17 April 2014 in Paris. The participants are invited to submit an abstract under one of the TRA-2014 conference topics (Call for Ideas) which covers the general areas of:

  • Environment and Energy
  • Industry Competitiveness
  • Safety and Security
  • Logistics and Mobility Systems and Services
  • Transport Policy Research/Socio-Economic/Human Sciences
  • Transport Infrastructures
  • Vehicles & Vessels Technologies

The registration period is still open until 31 January 2014.

For more information and registration please visit:

During the Evaluation of Ideas period a judging panel will determine the top three ideas per mode of transport. The winner certificates and their prizes will be presented at a prestigious award ceremony during the TRA 2014 event.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut: or email