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ZAG hosts kick-off meeting for the YEAR 2010 project

Ljubljana, 16.3.2009 – A kick-off meeting at the start of the next generation of the YEAR projects was held at and organized by the Slovenian Building and Civil Engineering Institute.
The January ERTRAC conference in Brussels, which, among others, welcomed the European Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potoènik, ended with an agreement to mark the launch of the YEAR 2010 project with a special event featuring the project objectives. One of the new YEAR project’s goals is to encourage more and more students from the EU territory to compete with their research projects in the field of road transport at the TRA 2010 conference.   Both projects are again supported by the European Commission, ERTRAC and CEDR, and several organizing members, employed at ZAG, of the recent 2008 TRA conference are actively involved.
The kick-off meeting was held at the Slovenian Building and Civil Engineering Institute in Ljubljana on the 18th February 2009. All the relevant steps, necessary for the kick-off of the student competitive project, were made.  The students will be asked to submit on-line the abstracts of their work, related to the content pillars of the TRA 2010 and cover the areas of surface transport.
The project leader is the University College Dublin, other partners come from Germany, Italy and Belgium. Belgium is the host country of the forthcoming TRA 2010 conference where the final event of the YEAR 2010 project will be held and the best competitors in 6 research areas will be awarded.
The Young European Arena of Research 2010 is a competition for early-stage researchers who are exploring the area of surface transport within their research.  The competition will give the students an opportunity to showcase their work to experts within the field. The student research works will be hosted online on the YEAR2010 website and will represent a showcase of European research. From these submissions, 50 finalists will be invited to attend the TRA2010 Conference in Brussels to display their work. More information about the project is available on the project’s official website: http://year2010.fehrl.org

The main objectives of the project are as follows:
  •  to have a strong participation of young transportation researchers in the TRA2010 Conference,
  • to identify the top performing young researchers and acknowledge their achievement,
  • to build a vibrant community of young transport researchers in Europe and neighbouring states,
  • to provide students with the opportunity to view their abstract in the context of what others are doing, to compare their work to the work of others and to make contact with others working in similar fields,
  • to create an important opportunity for early-stage researchers to meet each other and to discuss their work with researchers from all over Europe,
  • to stimulate the imagination of delegates at the TRA2010 conference and provoke discussion on the future of surface transport
The project is funded from the 7th FP.

Prof. Eugene O'Brien, project manager for YEAR 2010 (left), with commissioner Janez Potoènik (right) at the presentation of the project at the ERTRAC conference end of January this year in Brussels, joined by the YEAR 2008 gold-medalists in three areas of research (from the left): Kristoffer Lidström - Centre for Research on Embedded Systems, Halmstad University, Sweden; Caroline Marchal - Energy Systems Research, University of Orléans (CNRS), France; Tommy Hinks - Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin, Ireland.