Dublin has been selected as the location for the biennial Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference next April.
It is estimated that TRA2024 will attract approximately 4,000 delegates and be worth €7 million to the Irish economy.
The event takes place every two years, and it is the largest European event to address all aspects of transport and mobility.
Thousands of researchers, policymakers, academics and industry representatives are expected to attend the week-long event in the RDS from 15 to 18 April.
Amongst the themes to be discussed are safe and inclusive transport, the sustainable mobility of people and goods, efficient and resilient infrastructure, and collaborative digitalisation.
In advance of the European event, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Jack Chambers, is leading an Irish delegation to Washington, to join over 10,000 delegates at the 103rd Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting this week.
The Minister, who is also the vice-president of the upcoming TRA2024 event, plans to use the opportunity to extend an invitation to delegates in Washington to visit Dublin later this year.
‘Significant Turning Point’
“The world needs to change how it moves goods and people, and, as host of TRA2024, we believe that Dublin can become a significant turning point in how these modes of transport are designed for both this and future generations,” said Chambers.
“I look forward to engaging with US and European policymakers to help frame the debate for the European event in April.”
Attendees at the event in the RDS will include two European Commissioners and three director generals, government representatives from the EU, UK and US, and officials from leading global businesses, including Google, Collins Aerospace, BMW, SNCF and Stena.
Over 1,200 submissions from researchers around the globe have already been received, and the majority will be presented throughout the week in Dublin, as researchers plot a way to a more sustainable transport future for the planet.