Side events

The side events of TRA2020 are organised by stakeholders of the European transport community. The application period for side events has closed. If you have any questions concerning side event applications, please contact

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Enjoy the EUCAD Symposium with your TRA2020 ticket!

The EUCAD Symposium 2020 addressing research and innovation in connected and automated driving takes place at the TRA2020 conference. Please note that the symposium is only open to registered TRA participants.

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HLM CAD Expert Meeting

Date and time: Monday 27 April 2020, 15.00–19.00
Organiser: Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland

Ministerial High Level Meeting on Connected and Automated Driving will be held in Helsinki, Finland in October 2020. This is the 3rd preparatory meeting on the path towards the High Level Meeting. The preparatory meeting will focus on regulation of transport automation – what kind of regulation is needed for the future of mobility? What are the concrete steps needed in near future? We will work in an interactive manner aiming to gain deeper insight, bringing together a broad range of stakeholders and aspects.

The preparatory meeting is open to all interested experts taking part in the TRA2020 Conference. The registration will open in early April.

RAAS – Strengths of an ecosystem for developing autonomous systems

Date and time: Monday 27 April 2020, 17.00–19.00
Organiser: RAAS – Rethinking Autonomy and Safety

In this session, we will 1) present the RAAS innovation ecosystem and communicate how it is leveraged for achieving ambitious goals, 2) discuss the most important research topics related to RAAS’s four verticals (road transport, maritime, UAVs, and machinery), and 3) have a panel discussing how to design ethical and safe autonomous transportation.

First half, 5 presentations:

  1. RAAS Ecosystem (Hannu Karvonen, VTT)
  2. Autonomous Road Transport (Laura Ruotsalainen, University of Helsinki)
  3. Marine transport and port operations (Osiris Valdez Banda, Aalto University)
  4. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Timo Lind, VTT)
  5. Mobile machinery (Reza Ghabcheloo, Tampere University)

Second half, a panel about “Designing ethical and safe autonomous transportation”
The panel addresses the organizational and safety culture challenges that arise in complex, multi-professional environments where multiple domain experts need to cooperate.

The panellists with backgrounds in ethics, safety, and regulation will be announced later.

Visit the RAAS – Rethinking Autonomy and Safety website

Transport Research Finland 2020

Date and time: Tuesday 28 April 2020, 8.00–17.00
Organiser: Väylä, Suomen Tieyhdistys, Suomen Rakennusinsinöörien Liitto RIL ry

Transport Research Finland 2020 will bring together the leading Finnish researchers in the fields of transport infrastructure and transportation. In one day, the leading research results are presented to the sector stakeholders, including funding agencies as well as decision- and policy-makers.

Visit the Transport Research Finland 2020 website

Towards the Future of Transport R&I:
Funding Opportunities, Policies and Actors

Date and time: Tuesday 28 April 2020, 9.00–10.30
Organiser: ETNA2020, C-Energy + – Access2EIC

The Horizon 2020 ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’ National Contact Points (NCPs), jointly with the European Innovation Council and ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ NCPs, invite you to attend the information and networking morning event during TRA2020 to discover the remaining funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 and the new transport R&I trends of Horizon Europe.

The event is addressed to all types of organisations, businesses, research institutes, universities, public authorities and European institutions, in particular those established in countries with minimal experience in Horizon 2020. SMEs are particularly welcome.

Sailing to the future with Ellen, the 100% electrically powered ferry

Date and time: Tuesday 28 April 2020, 10.00–17.00
Organiser: The E-Ferry Project Consortium, the Municipality of Ærø and the Hellenic Institute of Transport

The E-Ferry Project, funded by the EU under the H2020 Programme, is celebrating its completion with a wide conference aiming to present the outstanding achievements and the newly developed 100% electrically powered ferry Ellen.

During this one-day event, participants will have the opportunity to

  • learn all about challenges met and lessons learned while building the first all-electric ferry
  • increase understanding on electric vehicles’ impact on the environment and learn about the EU’s priorities on the issue
  • participate in a panel discussion aiming to enhance further penetration of electric ferries in the market.

The conference aims to attract authorities and policy-makers, technology provides dealing with vessel design, materials’ providers, battery providers, research and academia, ferry operators and ship owners, relevant regulatory or standardisation bodies, and relevant networks dealing with electric marine technology, ferry and short sea shipping transportation, etc.

Visit the E-Ferry Project website

BONUS BALTIMARI: Review, Evaluation and Future of Baltic Maritime Risk Management

Date and time: Wednesday 29 April 2020, 15.00–18.00
Organiser: Aalto University

The Baltic Sea is an area of intense human activities for transportation, food and offshore energy production. While these activities are important for the livelihood of the region, they also exert pressure on the sensitive sea. There is high risk to humans, wildlife, vessels and the ecosystem as a whole. The environmental impacts of shipping are significant and include, for example, air pollution, sewage discharges from passenger ships, invasive species transported in ballast water or on hulls, and the risk of large-scale accidents, like oil spills. The shipping industry is also responsible for approximately two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The EU BONUS BALTIMARI project (2019-2020) provides comprehensive reviews of the state-of-the-art risk management strategies and decision support systems for maritime activities, including shipping, in the Baltic Sea with target areas targeted of Maritime transportation systems (MTS) and offshore energy production systems (OEPS). The project also identifies several priorities for future research in risk management based on inputs from various stakeholders.

Smart logistics towards zero emissions

Date and time: Wednesday 29 April 2020, 15.00–17.00
Organiser: Rocla Solutions, Limowa and Kouvola Innovation

Data and IT technologies are a key enabler in achieving sustainable logistics, in offering efficient logistics for the circular economy, and finally in enabling supply chain disruption towards a greener world. What kind of models have the Finnish forerunner logistics companies and cities implemented in last mile, warehousing and transportation? How can IoT, AI and blockchain be utilised for sustainability purposes in the supply chain? What are the impacts to the environment and society?

Come to hear cases from Finnish companies and cities, for example:

  • Vaisala: Using artificial intelligence to observe road condition and improve safety
  • Rocla Solutions: How can IoT info boost sustainability in intralogistics?
  • Kouvola Innovation: Distributed data management in supply chains

Research Priorities and Accelerators for Electric, Connected and Automated Mobility

Date and time: Thursday 30 April 2020, 8.00–10.30
Organiser: Mobility.E Lighthouse, supported by the COSMOS project (Coord.: VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH)

Increasing levels of vehicle electrification and automation engender fundamental changes along the entire automotive value chain that require both a continuous prioritization of technical research topics and extensive networking between a progressively diverse stakeholder group. Thus the Mobility.E Lighthouse, a networking and collaboration platform of the ECSEL JU serves to connect stakeholders along and beyond the automotive value chain, bringing together the Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) and application side as well as non-technical experts to ensure European competitiveness for ECA mobility and to meet the demands of the 2030 customer.

The COSMOS project supports the Mobility.E Lighthouse with the continuous identification and prioritisation of technical and non-technical research topics within a strategy development process. Within a first step, research activities and strategies have been mapped to define the ECA mobility ecosystem and the corresponding R&D&I gaps have been analysed. Building upon these results, research priorities have been discussed and need to be further interactively validated and revised with experts of the field to finally derive an implementation plan, containing concrete actions to accelerate the implementation of ECA mobility solutions and to provide input to (updates of) European ECA strategies.

For this purpose, we would like to organise a side event to bring together all technical and non-technical ECA stakeholders to actively participate in the strategy development by prioritizing and validating highlighted R&D&I gaps in the ECAD field and to shape the successful implementation of ECAD in Europe.

Therefore, the event will cover the following agenda items:

  1. Mobility.E Lighthouse: Introduction, activities and results
  2. Validation of R&D&I topics and derivation of necessary actions within an interactive session
  3. Next steps, events and discussion

State-of-the-art Technology Infrastructures

Date and time: Thursday 30 April 2020, 8.00–10.30
Organiser: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Achieving carbon neutral transport requires also development of novel technologies and scaling new solutions to enter the market. Technology infrastructures refer to the facilities, equipment, capabilities and support services for developing, testing and upscaling technology for competitive market entry. Examples of such infrastructures could include facilities for development of batteries, fuel cells, drivetrains, as well as performance validation of various vehicle types. In addition to electrification and hybridization solutions, hydrogen, biofuels and other renewable fuels require R&D infrastructure. Hardware-in-the-loop and validation of digital models are among the modern development tools.

Parallel to the technological transition, new operational models and public-private partnerships are emerging for sharing the benefits, including national testbeds, de-centralized infrastructures and other co-operation models. Presentations on the topic will share insights from different stakeholders. We welcome you to network, and encourage discussion on the coordination of the technology development facilities for transport sector.

Invitation-only side events

Trilateral ART EU-US-Japan Working Group
Date and time: Sunday 26 April, 10.00–17.00
Organiser: ERTICO

Working groups joint meeting
Date and time: Tuesday 28 April, 9.30-17.00
Organiser: SEA Europe

Intelligent Access Infrastructure framework: Access Policies
Date and time: Tuesday 28 April, 10.00-14.00
Organiser: AEROFLEX project

Mid-Year Meeting of TRB Standing Committee
Date and time: Tuesday 28 April
Organiser: EC DG Move TRB

CSA FUTURE-RADAR project meeting
Date and time: Tuesday 28 April
Organiser: AVL List GmbH, 15.00-18-00

General Assembly Meeting
Date and time: Wednesday 29 April, 8.30–12.00
Organiser: EGVIA

ECTRI Assembly of Members
Date and time: Wednesday 29 April, 13.00–17.00
Organiser: ECTRI

Scientific Committee Meeting
Date and time: Wednesday 29 April, 14.30–18.30
Organiser: Shift2Rail

Directors Committee Meeting
Date and time: Thursday 30 April, 9.00–13.30
Organiser: SEA Europe

ETRR Editorial Board Meeting
Date and time: Thursday 30 April, 13.00–18.00
Organiser: ECTRI