Transport is one of the largest economic sectors and one of the biggest employers in the EU. The transport industry is also the biggest investor, by sector, in research and innovation in Europe.
The European Commission places a high value on and supports transport research with the dual rationale of developing a mobility system that works for the citizens and for the planet. This is why we have created the only European event that is fully dedicated to transport research and innovation.
Held for the first time in 2006, the Transport Research Arena is now a fixture in the agenda of the transport research community in Europe, attracting thousands of participants every other year. Stakeholders from the research community, the business and public sectors gather in one place to shape together the future of transport and mobility in Europe and beyond.
TRA2020, to be held in Helsinki from 27-30 April 2020, offers a rich conference programme with an emphasis on discussing challenges and opportunities, best practices, latest trends and ground-breaking advances in transport research.
But the TRA is more than just a conference. Dozens of exhibitors will be showcasing and demonstrating their latest innovations. If you want to glimpse the future of mobility – whether on land, across oceans and inland waterways or in the sky – this is the place to be.
The EU research and innovation framework programme for the 2014-2020 period, Horizon 2020, has allocated over €6 billion to transport research and innovation. The forthcoming Horizon Europe programme is designed to boost Europe’s innovation capacity and competitiveness in order to achieve a greener, smarter, safer and more inclusive mobility sector.
The world around us is changing fast and that brings new challenges, many of which impact the transport system. It is time to rethink transport and accelerate the transition towards clean and inclusive mobility in Europe.
TRA2020 will contribute to shaping the future of mobility and transport by assessing research and innovation needs, and piloting the way forward. We are pleased to be supporting the conference.
Director, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission