Special Sessions

MONDAY – 18.04.2016, 16.45 – 18.00

International cooperation: experiences and open opportunities

This workshop will present an overview of international cooperation experiences in FP7 and open opportunities in Horizon 2020, involving major international partner countries and reinforcing the joint approach to themes of common concern.

Special attention will be given to the relations between EU and US, whose collaboration is now consolidated through the series of joint EU-US symposia, launched in 2013 on R&I themes of common interest and the twinning of projects associated to the initiative.

Further opportunities of cooperation through Framework Programme activities between the EU and other parts of the World will also be covered, in particular the cooperation with Brazil and China.

Moderator: Prof. George Giannopoulos, Academy of Athens, Director of the Hellenic Institute of Transport and Chairman of the European Transport Research Alliance (ETRA)

Planned speakers/panellists (to be confirmed):

  • Clara de la Torre, Transport Research Director at the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation
    The EU framework and possibilities for international cooperation within H2020, experiences from previous projects, possibilities for future EU-US cooperation.
  • Gregory G. Nadeau, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), USA
    The US approach to international cooperation: example of EU-US cooperation.
  • Peter Wilbers, Senior Programme Advisor at Rijkswaterstaat, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment
    Experience gained in using the ERA-NET instrument for EU-US international cooperation.
  • Mats Rosenquist, Director External Research Collaboration at Volvo Group Trucks Technology
    Experience of an industrial group in international collaboration with China in EU R&I Framework Programmes.
  • Oliver Lah, Project Coordinator at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
    EU-Brazil and EU-China cooperation and experience in twinning between cities.


TUESDAY – 19.04.2016, 8.30 – 9.45

Toward Road Transport Automation: Opportunities in Public–Private Collaboration

This session is the 2nd follow-up event to the EU –U.S. Symposium on Automated Vehicles held in Washington, D.C., in April 2015. The objective of the Symposium was to foster transatlantic partnerships on research needed to drive the evolution of the automated vehicles towards a 21st century mobility system. A similar workshop has already taken place earlier this year at the TRB in Washington D.C.

This session will review the outcomes of that Symposium, what new developments have taken place in Europe and the US since the April 2015 event, and what the opportunities are for future transatlantic research collaboration. Potential applications at different levels of automation that serve different market segments and user groups will be discussed for the following three use case scenarios: highway platooning, automated city center and urban chauffeur.

ModeratorLiam Breslin, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Planned speakers (to be confirmed):

  • Peter Sweatman, Former Director, Mobility Transformation Center, University of Michigan / Maxime Flament, Head of Department: Connected & Automated Mobility,ERTICO
    Main Outcomes from the April 2015 Symposium
  • Arjan van Vliet, RDW, The Netherlands
    Use Case 1 – Moderately Automated Highway Operation: Freeway Platooning
  • Jan Hellåker, Program Director, Drive Sweden, Lindholmen Science Park, Sweden
    Use Case 2 – Highly Automated Urban Operation, Low-Speed, No Dedicated Space: Automated City Center
  • Adriano Alessandrini, Professor atUniversity of Florence, Italy
    Use Case 3 – Highly Automated Urban Mobility Service Low-Speed, Dedicated or Shared Space: Urban Chauffeur
  • Jane Lappin, Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. Department of Transportation / Keir Fitch, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
    Conclusions and final thoughts 

WEDNESDAY – 20.04.2016, 8.30 – 9.45

Transport R&I – a vision for 2050

The Energy Union strategy set out by the Commission in February 2015 provides a framework to achieve our energy and climate goals based on five interlocking dimensions. Research and innovation cut across all elements of the Energy Union strategy. New technology and innovation entering quickly into the market through new business models are key to achieving the transformation of the EU’s energy system and broader competitiveness and growth objectives. With the right overall strategy it will be possible to support EU leadership in competitive low-emissions solutions, improve our quality of life and create jobs and growth.

The Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda – STRIA – intends to support the development and deployment of innovative low-carbon technologies and solutions for transport and mobility. It will address, at the same time, vehicle-related technologies and energy efficiency as well as broader aspects relating to transport as a system (e.g. traffic management, infrastructure, mobility services).

Breakthrough R&I activities with decisive implications for the competitiveness of the European industry and clear impact on the Energy Union goals will be supported.Non-technical challenges relating to legislation/regulatory aspects, public acceptance, infrastructure, testing conditions and other socio-economic issues need to be addressed to ensure a swift deployment of alternative solutions.

The session will present an up-dated state of the consultation progress intended to get input from both experts in the fields and the wide public in order to complete the outline of the strategy towards 2050 and related roadmaps.

Sufficient time will be left to the audience for Q&A


  • Magda Kopczynska, Director, European Commission, DG MOVE (scope and objectives of STRIA)
  • Clara de la Torre, Director, European Commission, DG RTD (state of public consultation and expert groups)

WEDNESDAY – 20.04.2016, 17.00 – 18.00

Horizon Prizes for the Cleanest Car Engine

European citizens in many urban areas suffer from serious health impacts due to poor air quality. Although current engines are carefully tested and certified, the emissions are significantly higher while driving than under test conditions. Both short and long term solutions have to be found to reduce car emission impacts on air quality.

Prizes are an effective way to create interest and spur investments beyond the value of the prize itself. Consequently the Commission is now launching two prizes on clean engines to address this subject:

  1. Horizon prize for engine retrofit for clean air (€1.5M)
  2. Horizon prize for the cleanest engine of the future (€3.5M)

This special session brings together all stakeholders that could have a potential interest in the competition. The detailed Rules of Contest will be presented, explaining conditions for participation, evaluation and award procedure.

Speakers will assess possible automotive engine solutions to improve air quality in cities. This will be debated with representatives of public administration and civil society users in order to highlight environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the initiative.


Maurizio Maggiore, European Commission, DG RTD


  • Maurizio Maggiore, European Commission, DG RTD
  • Neville Jackson, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Ricardo
  • Oliver Lord, Air Quality Manager (interim), Greater London Authority
  • NGO representing end user/society (tbc)