About TRA

TRA2020 – Rethinking transport

TRA, the Transport Research Arena, is the largest European research and technology conference on transport and mobility.

TRA is the foremost European transport event that covers all transport modes and all aspects of mobility. In 2020, TRA takes place in Helsinki, Finland. Themed Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility, TRA2020 brings together experts from around the world to discuss the newest innovations and future of mobility and transport.

TRA offers a great venue for researchers, policy makers and industry representatives to get together and contribute to the discussion on how research and innovation can reshape the transport and mobility system. The conference provides a unique opportunity to hear about mobility trends in different parts of Europe, learn from achievements in industry as well as share best practices of policies and deployments.

Rethinking transport together

Transport as we know it is undergoing an imperative transformation. Under the theme Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility, the TRA2020 will concentrate on this transformation that concerns every single aspect of the mobility of passengers and goods. It starts from the way we book our journeys and goes all the way to the value proposition of transport infrastructures. The transformation is enabled and fuelled by digital and automation technologies, helping us to forge measures to mitigate climate change and to safeguard European jobs and know-how.

TRA2020 offers an excellent opportunity to rethink, together, how to navigate amidst technological disruptions, making the best use of them, and respond to the increasingly diverse and challenging demands. Some of the prime questions specifically addressed are the following:

  • We all want to mitigate the climate change. The transport sector has a paramount role to play in ensuring the most effective responses both in the short and long term.
  • Users of mobility systems need to be put at the core. We also need to offer more flexible, inclusive and innovative mobility solutions.
  • We want to see physical infrastructure from a new angle – as an asset topped up with usable data and providing a platform for new services and applications. We also must redefine lifecycle management as more sustainable asset management.
  • Last but not least, as transport research contributes to the policy making at national and European levels, we need to grasp the moment to carry forward the achievements from research and innovation to informed and sustainable decisions, and investments in better services and products.

TRA attendees will also get to know about Finland’s silo-breaking re-regulation of the entire transport sector that enables trials, pilots and innovation actions. TRA2020 is organised and hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency and co-organised with the European Commission.

The permanent committees of TRA

Three permanent committees of TRA – Management Committee, Programme Committee and Organising Committee – ensure the success of Transport Research Arena conferences.

The Management Committee (MC) takes the overall responsibility of the TRA as a body of representative organisations that include: the European Technology Platforms, the European Commission, the research community and the authorities, and the current, previous and future host countries. Ms. Alina Koskela from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom chairs the TRA MC 6/2018 – 6/2020. The full list of MC members can be found here.  See the full list of Management Committee members

The Programme Committee (PC) is responsible for the TRA’s program and its scientific and technical content and quality. Its composition reflects the multi-modal approach of the TRA, with a fair representation of the sectors and modes of transport. Dr. Pekka Leviäkangas from the VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd chairs the TRA PC 6/2018 – 6/2020. The full list of PC members can be found here. See the full list of Programme Committee members

The Organising Committee (OC) is responsible for the daily operation and communication of the TRA and all practical arrangements, including the commercial exhibition. Dr. Heidi Korhonen from the VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd chairs the TRA OC 6/2018 – 6/2020. The full list of OC members can be found here. See the full list of Organising Committee members

Check out the previous TRA conferences

Alina Koskela

Ms. Alina Koskela

TRA Management Committee, Chair

Pekka Leviakangas

Dr. Pekka Leviäkangas

TRA Programme Committee, Chair

Heidi Korhonen

Dr. Heidi Korhonen

TRA Organising Committee, Chair