Thank you to all of the 4000+attendees, 150+ exhibitors and many more for making TRA 2024 Dublin, a record-breaking success!

Transport Transitions: Advancing Sustainable and Inclusive Mobility

Confirmed Speakers

Ministerial Welcome

Eamon Ryan T.D.

Minister for Transport
President of TRA 2024

Jack Chambers T.D.

Minister of State
Vice-President of TRA 2024

Transport connects people and places across Europe and the wider world. Here in Ireland our Departmental mission is to deliver an accessible, efficient, safe and sustainable transport system that supports communities, households and businesses. In order to deliver that system we need to tap into the best research available and that is why we are delighted to welcome the Transport Research Arena (TRA) to Ireland in April 2024. The research presented at TRA 2024 has the potential to reshape the future of transport. It can serve as a catalyst, influencing policy decisions, supporting economic growth, shaping social development and showcasing technological advancements. TRA 2024 will bring experts from around the world to Ireland to discuss the newest innovations and the future of transport and mobility. Through the development of innovative solutions, we will be aiming for more efficient, safer, carbon-free, accessible, and sustainable transport across all modes.

As the President and Vice-President of TRA 2024 we look forward to an interesting and stimulating four days of discussions. We’d encourage all participants to take this opportunity to help shape the future of transport for generations to come. Welcome to Dublin!

Commissioners’ Welcome

Commissioner Iliana Ivanova

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Faced with decarbonisation, digitalisation and automation, our transport systems are at the brink of a transformative era. The Transport Research Arena (TRA) conference has been a beacon of innovation, showcasing how the EU, through programmes such as Horizon Europe, is leading the way towards a more connected, efficient, safe and environmentally friendly world. This is why the European Commission is proud to co-organise the TRA2024 event. I look forward to seeing how this year’s edition will envision and shape a future of transport that is sustainable and inclusive.

Commissioner Adina Vălean

Commissioner for Transport

Innovation is driving competitiveness in Europe, transforming our economies, helping to keep us healthy and identifying solutions to the major societal challenges of our time. Innovation is also at the heart of our transition towards a more sustainable, affordable, accessible, safe and just transport system that prioritises the mobility needs of its users. The Transportation Research Arena – TRA 2024, in Dublin, will put the challenges, and potential innovative solutions, centre-stage. I am honoured that the European Commission is co-organising TRA 2024, together with the Irish Transport Ministry and many other stakeholders.

TRA Committee Welcome

On behalf of the Management, Programme, Organising and CSA committees, it is our pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all TRA2024 Dublin attendees, distinguished guests, and esteemed researchers.

As members of the committees, we are thrilled to witness and support a four-day discussion that will define the future of transport. Our theme, “Advancing Sustainable and Inclusive Mobility,” reflects our commitment to addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

This event gathers individuals and organisations in the shared pursuit of knowledge and innovation in the field of transportation and mobility. We aim to foster an environment where ideas flourish, discussions thrive, and connections are forged, solutions emerge, and the seeds of future breakthroughs are planted. TRA2024 will provide a shared opportunity to push the boundaries of what we know and to chart new territories in transport research.

The vast array of presentations, workshops and discussions curated for this conference demonstrates the value and impact of the research being conducted globally. From sustainable urban and rural mobility to cutting-edge technological advancements, we will explore the full spectrum of issues that define the transport landscape across the road, rail, aviation, water and cross-logistics industries.

We encourage you to partake in the debate, absorb the knowledge shared, and actively engage with your peers. The exchange of perspectives, experiences and insights is at the heart of what makes TRA2024 impactful.

Thank you, and we wish you all an inspiring and productive visit to TRA2024 in Dublin.

John McCarthy – Chair of Management Committee
Ciaran McNally – Chair of Programme Committee
Celine Crawford – Chair of Organising Committee
Beatriz Martinez-Pastor – Coordinator of TRA2024 CSA.

Conference Director Welcome

Safe, inclusive, sustainable resilient, collaborative

It is with great pleasure and a sense of anticipation that I, as the TRA2024 Director, and my team welcome you all to this gathering of brilliant minds and innovators in the field of transportation.

In collaboration with an exceptional team of dedicated individuals, we have worked tirelessly to bring together a conference that not only highlights the current state of transport research but also propels us into an exciting future of possibilities. Our themes for each day, reflecting our need to be safe, inclusive, sustainable, resilient, collaborative, signify our collective commitment to pushing the boundaries and redefining the trajectory of mobility research. Our distinguished guests, researchers and participants are the heart and soul of this conference.

Our team has meticulously formulated a programme that spans a wide spectrum of topics, from sustainable mobility solutions to cutting-edge technological innovations. We have gathered leaders and experts from around the world to share their insights, experiences and ground-breaking research and innovation. It is our hope that the exchange of ideas throughout the event will not only enrich your understanding but also inspire new avenues of exploration.

Members of all the Committees and the dedicated team behind the scenes have shown a great passion and commitment to TRA2024 and their tireless efforts have been instrumental in bringing this conference to fruition. Together, we have created a platform for intellectual exchange that has the potential to leave a lasting impact on the future of transport and mobility.

As we navigate through the sessions, workshops and networking opportunities, we hope that this event will stimulate fruitful collaborations that help us transition to a more sustainable and efficient mobility landscape.

Thank you all for being part of this journey, and I wish you a rewarding and enriching experience at the Transport Research Arena 2024.

Dr Albert Daly – Director, TRA2024

TRA2024 Themes

Safe & Inclusive Transport

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  • Transport safety
  • Future workforce & skills
  • People-centred & inclusive transport
  • Transport policy
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Sustainable Mobility of People & Goods

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  • Urban, regional & rural transport
  • Zero emissions transport
  • Impact on health & the environment
  • Logistics and sustainable transport
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Efficient & Resilient Systems

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  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Resilient networks & operations
  • Circular economy & life cycle assessments
  • Transport energy transition
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Collaborative Digitalisation

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  • Digital transition
  • Transport data sharing
  • Connected, cooperative & automated mobility
  • Digital transport infrastructure
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Transport Modes


Urban and inter-urban roads
Pedestrian and cycling infrastructures


High-speed rail
Passenger and freight railways
Urban and light rail systems


Long distance shipping
Inland shipping
Cruise & Ferries
Short-sea shipping
Offshore, floating infrastructure and support vessels
Maritime transport


Drones, automation and autonomy concepts
Acoustic and aero elasticity
Aircraft avionics and systems
Cabin design and passenger comfort
Future challenges in aviation
Emerging aviation risks
Material research

Cross Modality

Combined transport
Integrated infrastructures
Public transport
Aviation infrastructures


Fri 15 December 2023
Notification of Review Outcome

7 – 11 January 2024
TRA attends TRB in Washington DC

Mon 15 January 2024
Deadline for accepted authors to register to confirm attendance

Mon 16 February 2024
Early Bird Rates End

Mon 15 to Thurs 18 April 2024
TRA2024 takes place in Dublin

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