Tuesday 16th July, 2013, 17.20-19.00 hrs
Session Organiser: ECTRI, the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes
The purpose of this Session was to raise awareness among WCTR Rio 2013 participants about international transport research cooperation opportunities in two areas: funding of cooperative research projects, and data sharing. The basic ingredients for the Session were a short but concise presentation of the recommendations of the EUTRAIN project in these two areas (i.e. funding and data sharing) as well as presentations by a small number of presenters of best practices in this field. The EUTRAIN (European Transport Research Area International Cooperation Activities) is a project, sponsored by the EU’s FP7 programme, whose main objectives are (among others) to:
Contribute towards the establishment of a framework for international transport research cooperation
Consider, discuss and provide a common understanding of current practices for research governance and management as well as barriers, gaps, and diversions for international transport research cooperation
Investigate a number of specific “Themes” that have been found by previous work as of primary importance for the further promotion and proliferation of international cooperation in the future. These “Themes” include:
- Research infrastructures and their networking possibilities
- Information and data sharing issues
- Research training and human resource issues – mobility of researchers and networking
- Institutional cultures and research governance regimes
- Pre-standardization activities and interoperability (of research results) – Harmonizing approaches and practices for the take up of research results
- Intellectual Property regimes and follow-up actions.
The session concentrated in 2 of these “themes” and aimed at drawing some conclusions as to best practice examples and lessons for the future.
Session Chair: Prof. G. A. Giannopoulos, Hellenic Institute of Transport, Greece - Chairman European Conference of Transport Research Institutes.
17.20 – 17.40: “Towards a framework for international transport research cooperation - The recommendations of the EUTRAIN project for funding and data sharing issues”, Prof. G. A. Giannopoulos, Hellenic Institute of Transport, Greece - chairman of ECTRI the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes – project coordinator of project EUTRAIN.
17.40-18.00: “Transport research funding and data sharing experiences of the US/TRB”, Mrs. Martine Micozzi, Senior Program Officer, US/TRB .
18.00 – 18.20: “Data sharing best practices, the South African experience”, Mr. Benoit Verhaeghe, Competence Area Manager, Infrastructure Engineering, CSIR Built Environment, South Africa.
18.20-18.35: “Data sharing in transport research, the HERMES project proposals”, Dr Marin Marinov, School of Mechanical & Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, UK.
18.35 – 19.00: Discussion - interventions from participants.