REACT Conference in Belgrade, May 16-17,2011
The REACT FP7 Conference that took place in Serbia, Belgrade the 16th and 17th of May, confirmed the increased interest of the European and international research community on the need to shape future direction of research in climate friendly transport. The 2 days conference that was hosted at the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce with the support of the University of Belgrade was welcomed by the Serbian national and local authorities and media, members of the European parliament and important academic and industry stakeholders.
The Conference attracted a wide audience of more than 150 participants who had the opportunity to attend scientific and informative presentations and participate to open discussions and round tables on emerging issues of research in climate friendly transport. During the conference participants got informed on the latest developments of some of the most important research trends in Europe as well as EU’s future funding priorities and vision towards a common European transport policy.
The REACT conference focused on and analysed mainly three thematic fields that integrated the need for further promotion of research and the importance of successful policy implementation. During the plenary and 6 parallel sessions experts and participants confirmed the belief that research in new technologies combined with an integrated adoption of best case policy interventions can lead to substantial cuts in green house gases emissions in Europe. Dave Wright of Coventry University underlines that “It becomes more and more evident that today progress in climate friendly technology should go hand in hand with changes in public attitudes and modal swift, integrating notions that have multiple social effects such as transport safety”.
The REACT international conference on climate friendly transport will publish the 2 days proceedings in an official publication containing all abstracts and scientific papers of the participants.
The REACT last consortium meeting took place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 21 & 22 June 2011 and was hosted by GeoImaging Ltd. During the 2-day meeting all partners had the opportunity to review all project pending deliverables and performed the last updates to the project work plan as REACT project will end on 31 July 2011. According to REACT project managing party, Eleni Anoyrkati "the Cyprus meeting was an excellent opportunity to define all remaining tasks and refine ongoing work in deliverables in order to deliver a successful project by all means". More on the Cyprus meeting will be available in REACT next e-Newsletter.
REACT project was invited and attended on May 30 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Seminar on Transport Policy in the EU and Greece, organized by the Department of Transport Engineering Department of Civil Engineering. REACT project was represented by Mr. Kostas Smagas of GEO.
The conference was organized in honor of Professor Emeritus and Director for 20 years of the Laboratory, Prof. George Giannopoulos. The program of the conference included a speech on the new White Paper on EU policy on Transportation and a number of other speeches and presentations that elaborated the issue of funding priorities and opportunities in Europe. The conference was organized to honor Prof. Giannopoulos for his pioneer work in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as his laboratory became one of the most popular and successful educational and research groups in Transport in Greece and Europe. The event was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Transport Spiros Vougias, the Rector of the Aristotle University Prof. J. Mylopoulos, the Vice Rector of International University of Greece Prof. N. Mousiopoulos, chairman of the Organization of Thessaloniki Mr. P. Stathakopoulos, many professors from all departments of the Faculty AUTH, and other universities in the country, two FP7 projects and many undergraduate and graduate students.
REACT representative distributed project leaflets at the welcoming desk and informed attendees on the project objectives and current activities.
More information on the event can be found (in Greek)