8 October 2013

Tonight the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a special event organized in Brussels, Belgium. 

ECTRI was officially founded in April 2003 in Lyon, France, as an international non-profit Association. Since September 2010, it is registered under Belgian law and based in Brussels. Today, it includes as Members 25 major transport research Institutes or University from 19 European countries, employing collectively some 4000 European scientists. ECTRI’s vision for the future is for:  “an efficient and integrated European transport system that provides green, safe, efficient and inclusive transport for people and goods and utilising effectively all modes of transport”.

In the 10 years of its existence, ECTRI has proved its commitment to promoting a multimodal and integrative approach to the transport system operation and planning through – the promotion of scientific excellence and improved competence, – the dissemination of knowledge and know-how (especially through a on-line Journal (ETRR)), – the fostering of education and training (by organising a bi-annual ‘Young Researchers Seminar’), – the formulation of expert advice and common positions on important transport policy and research issues, and the development of international cooperation and partnerships, notably in signing a Memorandum of Understanding with US-TRB.

Speakers at the event include:

Prof. George A. Giannopoulos, President of ECTRI
Ariane Dupont-Kieffer, IFSTTAR
Fotis Karamitsos, Acting Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG MOVE
Manuela Soares, Director for Transport, European Commission, DG RDI
Robert E. Skinner Jr., Executive Director, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, United-States
Stephen Perkins, Head of Research, International Transport Forum, OECD
Prof. Neil Paulley, Vice-President of ECTRI