Welcome to ERRAC

The European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) was established in 2001 to serve as a much-needed single European body with both the competence and capability to help revitalise the EU’s rail sector and make it more competitive by fostering increased innovation and guiding research efforts at European level. Since its conception, ERRAC has managed to gather all major rail stakeholders in its ranks. The council brings together representatives from the sector such as manufacturers, operators and infrastructure managers as well as the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Railways, Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking, EU Member States, academics and users’ groups. ERRAC covers all forms of rail transport, ranging from conventional, high speed and freight applications to urban and regional services.

Organisation

“ERRAC sets out a progressive view and agenda for how a fully technically transformed railway could become the backbone of mobility and play a much wider role in meeting the needs of European citizens and business as well as protect natural resources and the environment.”

Roland Moser, chairman ERRAC

Mission

The European Rail Research Advisory Council’s (ERRAC) primary objective is to communicate the railway sector’s common Research & Innovation vision to the European institutions and other important stakeholders. By doing so, the council aims to help shape a favourable funding landscape for railway research initiatives that drive innovation via calls for projects and joint undertakings like the influential Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking and its successor programme Europe’s Rail.

Publications

ERRAC News

ERRAC has a new look!

ERRAC is happy to announce that after 20 years, it has renewed its look and launched a brand new logo. ERRAC was launched in 2001 to help revitalise Europe’s rail sector and make it more competitive by fostering and guiding research and innovation efforts. Now, after...

A younger generation advancing railways: meet the winners of the TRA VISIONS Young Researcher Competition 2022

The EU-funded TRA VISIONS Young Researcher Competition (YRC) is an academic contest showcasing the ground-breaking and novel developments of undergraduates and post-graduates, alongside early-stage professional researchers across the transport sector. Following...

Let’s make Multi-Modal transport easy for everyone!

ERRAC is launching its Ambassadors programme for steering rail research in Europe Interview with the new Ambassador and Technical Expert on Multi-Modality, Alessandra Berto   In 2022 ERRAC, the European Rail Research Advisory Council, has launched its Manifesto...

ERRAC highlights the essence of rail research at TRA Conference with Plenary meeting and booth

On 15 November 2022, the ERRAC Plenary Meeting brought together high-level representatives from the European Commission, Europe’s Rail and the railway and public transport sector. They discussed rail research priorities, sector developments and challenges to be...

Innovation in energy management: Contribution of railways to sustainable mobility

The Spanish Railways Technology Platform (PTFE) just published a position paper entitled: “Innovation in energy management: Contribution of railways to sustainable mobility”. The document analyses the role of innovation in energy management in infrastructure, rolling...

Phase One of the Spanish Railway Foundation’s ’conCiencia de Tren’ project comes to an end

The Spanish Railway Foundation (Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles - FFE) has completed the first phase of its project ’conCiencia de Tren: Acercando la ciencia y la tecnología del ferrocarril a la ciudadanía’, which aims to inform citizens about the railways’...

Railways are the first choice! ERRAC launches Manifesto of Future Mobility

Railways play a vital role in keeping our cities and regions moving. They enable economic development, create employment, and connect places and people. Besides providing a safe and sustainable mode of transport, rail can tackle some of the most pressing challenges of...

ERRAC Plenary meeting highlights essence of collaboration to advance rail sector

On 24 May 2022, the ERRAC Plenary Meeting brought together high-level representatives from the European Commission, Europe’s Rail and the railway and public transport sector to discuss rail research priorities, sector developments and challenges to be tackled. It was...

Meet the winners: ERRAC Student Awards

In December last year, ERRAC was proud to hold the first edition of its Student Competition, with the goal of facilitating the access of young practitioners and scholars to railway industry and to advance the triple helix in the transport domain. Both Masters’ and PhD...

ERRAC celebrates 20 years of steering rail research in Europe

Interview with new Chair Roland Moser In 2001 ERRAC, the European Rail Research Advisory Council, was founded to help revitalise Europe’s rail sector and make it more competitive by fostering and guiding research and innovation efforts. Since then, ERRAC has welcomed...

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