The Plenary comprises of the ERRAC stakeholders (including all member companies of ERRAC stakeholder associations) and other interested stakeholders including members of Academia, research institutions, Member States and the European Commission.
The ERRAC Plenary:
The Steering Committee comprises:
The Steering Committee may also, when and where relevant, include a number of observers who are invited to attend by the Chairperson:
The Steering Committee:
ERRAC has 2 Permanent Advisory Groups (PAGs):
Both are largely autonomous but report all their activities and decisions to the Steering Committee. Both appoint their own chairperson, which benefit from the ERRAC Secretariat support for administrative issues.
They establish their own agenda that is communicated to the Steering Committee.
The PAGs ensure coordination and foster harmonisation between the objectives proposed and the work carried out by ERRAC, with strategies or programmes planned at the national level or within universities or research centres.
Working Group 1- Strategic Programme Group
The Working Group 1- Strategic Programme Group is tasked to:
• Develop the ERRAC R+I agenda and define strategic research areas for action at EU and national level, setting priorities and merging stakeholder strategies to a common Rail Sector routemap – the current ERRAC Rail 2050 Vision
• Develop technology routemaps and implementation plans, initiating ERRAC sub-working groups for the key topic (e.g. automation, e-mobility, urban mobility, digitalisation) if, when and where necessary
• Provide technical advices for the various rail R+I Initiatives around Europe (e.g. STRIA)
• Provide inputs for strategic funding development (e.g. FP9)
• Represent the Rail sector in strategic working groups of the European Commission and Shift2Rail
• Initiate political actions to promote future rail innovations (e.g. Autonomous train operation)
• Initiate political actions for market up take and implementation of innovations
Working Group 2 – ERRAC Projects Group
The Working Group 2 – Projects Group is tasked to:
• Follow-up of the various projects/events ERRAC is asked to provide a contribution in – like the current SETRIS project and the upcoming Transport Research Arena 2018
• Initiate and support R+I co-operations/joint activities of ERRAC stakeholders, fostering communication and collaboration between all ERRAC stakeholders, coordinating initiatives and helping to leverage investment
• Provide a platform for knowledge exchange and co-operation for ERRAC stakeholders at national and European levels
• Initiate and foster new collaboration relationships with the other ETPs (e.g. ERTRAC, ALICE, WATERBORNE, …), national research clusters and economic sectors for non-rail specific R+I activities (e.g. Industry 4.0, 5G, Cyber Security, IoT, Automation (Robotics)).
• Provide networking opportunities with other economic sectors.
Working Group 3 – ERRAC Communication Group
The ERRAC Communication Group is tasked to
• Establish the ERRAC communication strategy
• Align Rail sector communication to the R+I initiatives, providing a communication platform about the political awareness activities of ERRAC stakeholders for R+I initiatives with the highest priority
• Lead and manage all communication/dissemination activities to promote ERRAC Activities in conjunction with the ERRAC Secretariat.
The appointment of the Chair and the 2 Vice-Chairs is endorsed by the Plenary based upon a proposal of the Steering Committee.
The Chair, playing a neutral and supervisory role, is held by a senior person from amongst the ERRAC stakeholders and alternate on a rotational basis between the rail operating community (ROC) and the manufacturing industry.
He/she interacts at senior level with other sector and research players, representing ERRAC and promoting its activities towards external parties and high-level representatives, supported by the Vice-Chairs and the Secretariat as necessary. The Chair presides the Plenary meetings and meetings of the Steering Committee.
There are 2 Vice-Chairs: one is appointed from either the rail operating community or the manufacturing industry such that there is a balance of sector representation between the chair and this vice chair. A second vice chair is appointed from the academic community. The Vice-Chairs deputise for the Chair for all aspects of the role as required.
The Chair and Vice-Chairs serve for a 3-year period at the end of which the rotational process means a change.
The secretariat is composed of:
The Secretariat provides the working structure for ERRAC.
The role of the Secretariat includes also:
The Secretariat assists and works in close relation with the ERRAC Chair and Vice-Chairs. The Secretariat can represent ERRAC when appropriate and agreed by the Chair and Vice-Chairs.