The SIMBA II project aims to increase RTD cooperation between the EU and its international cooperation partners: Brazil China India Russia and South Africa. In order to realise this objective SIMBA II organises a number of expert working group meetings the latest two of which were held on 18 November 2009 in Moscow Russia and 25 November in São Paulo Brazil.

The workshop in Brazil was organised in conjunction with AEA (Brazilian Association for Automotive Engineering) attended by ERTICO Partners Egis Mobilité Thales and Toyota as well as Frederic Sgarbi Head of the “Surface Transport Unit” DG Research European Commission who opened the event. The objectives were to discuss Brazil’s ITS research needs and identify and prioritise cooperation areas between Brazil and the EU in the context of the Seventh Framework Programme.

After introductory presentations on the SIMBA II project and objectives by Irina Silva (Project Support Manager ERTICO) and ITS standardisation by Vincent Blervaque (Director of Development and Deployment ERTICO) the workshop explored the topics of urban mobility fleet management tracking and improving ITS education before moving on to a public session on future cooperation between the EU and Brazil and supply chain security. 

The workshop was well timed as it took place two days before the meeting of the Committee for the Science and Technologic Cooperation between Brazil and the EU which included transport among its topics. The discussions of the SIMBA II workshop were highly relevant and helped to shape the research agenda in the ITS arena.


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Original Publication Date: Tue 27 Jul 2010