EraNet Roads ENR SR01 Programme Executive Board (PEB) Meeting
4 March 2010, Budapest

The first joint meeting of the PEB of EraNet Roads ENRSRO1 and the Road Safety Working Group of Conference of European Director of Roads (CEDR) was held on 4 March 2010 in Budapest. Apart from members of the PEB and the CEDR WG, the meeting was also attended by the coordinators of the five projects awarded by EraNet Roads under the ‘Safety at the heart of road design’ programme. The purpose of the meeting was to inform especially CEDR of these projects and to stimulate information exchange. Ultimately CEDR members are the end users of the products produced by the EraNet programme and their participation from an early stage is vitally important.
Christian Pecharda of the FFG led the meeting and invited each of the Project Coordinators to present their project, its status quo and to discuss it with the audience. Following presentations on IRDES (Improving Roadside Design to Forgive Human Errors, led by Francesca La Torre of the University of Florence); EuRSI (European Road Safety Inspection, led by Tim McCarthy of the National Centre for Geocomputation), RISMET (led by Govert Schermers of the Institute for Road Safety Research SWOV) and ERASER (Evaluations to Realise a common Approach to Self-Explaining European Roads, also led by Govert Schermers). This was followed by the last presentation on SPACE (Speed Adaptation Control by Self Explaining Roads, led by Leif Sjögren, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)). The presentations were followed by extended discussions regarding the projects, their output and the role of CEDR in this.
A general remark (Harry Cullen, chairman of the CEDR WG) was that there was a lot of overlap between the projects (ERASER/SPACE and IRDES/EuRSI). The PEB would have to co-ordinate activities carefully to avoid duplication of effort. Another issue that came to light was that for almost all projects it was planned to have road authorities (e.g. CEDR) fill in questionnaires/surveys and that these would need to be co-ordinated to avoid burdening the road authorities with similar surveys in a relatively short space of time.

Following the joint morning session the meeting split into two separate meetings, a CEDR WG meeting and a PEB/project co-ordinator meeting. In the PEB meeting, also chaired by Christian Pecharda, issues arising from the morning session were discussed. In order to avoid duplication it was agreed that the project co-ordinators liaise on questionnaires and where these overlap in content and/or time, they be consolidated accordingly. Furthermore it was agreed that a glossary will be drawn up in order to be consistent with the terminology that will be used throughout the reports of all five ERA NET projects.
Two comments were made about the reports to be delivered. Firstly, it was reminded that ‘monitoring progress reports’ have to be submitted every six months. Secondly, it was notified that Deliverables must be submitted in a certain format according to a template.

The next joint meeting will be held between March and April 2011, the place and exact date still has to be decided.



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