The transport sector plays a growing and catalytic role in a rapidly changing world where economic, political, social, and environmental objectives have to be met in order to ensure a consistently high level of welfare for society.
There are many different aspects to the complex world of transport: transport infrastructure, vehicles and vessels, and the environment, to name but a few.
The Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2012, which is due to be held in Athens in 2012, will enable the exchange of knowledge among those who play an active role in the transport sector and to promote the dissemination of research findings, best practices and application techniques that have been successfully implemented in some parts of the world.
At the same time, it provides experts from different disciplines with a forum for creative discussions about the future of transport.
TRA 2012 will focus on all aspects of all surface transport modes with the exception of overseas shipping.
TRA 2012 seeks to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the transport sector and, for this reason, addresses all stakeholders in both the public and private sectors.
The main theme of TRA 2012 is "Sustainable mobility through innovation".
The EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Mrs Maire Geoghegan Quinn, will participate.