The 3rd Stakeholder Conference of the i4Df initiative took place at the Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in Bonn on the 12th of December 2019. This was the third in a series of four i4Df Stakeholder Conferences that will culminate in the launch of the coordination mechanism at the TRA 2020 Conference in Helsinki on 26th -30th of April 2020. Attended by about 50 strategic stakeholder representatives from National Transport Infrastructure Authorities (NTIAs), industrial lead suppliers, research providers and public-sector innovation programme owners, the 3rd i4Df Stakeholder Conference gave the opportunity to develop an effective and structured dialogue on the needs, priorities and challenges of the forthcoming coordination mechanism for the modernization of transport infrastructure.
On the 9th of December 2019, a mid-term review meeting of the i4Df initiative took place at the RWS Brussels Office. The meeting aimed to assess the achievement of the first year’s objectives as described in the project’s Description of Action. The i4Df Work Package leaders presented the work carried out and progress made in the 1st year of the initiative to both, INEA project officer Mr. Sergio Escriba and DG MOVE policy officer Mr. Rafal Stanecki.
On 13 and 14 November 2019, the 4th i4Df Governance Board (GB)(consortium members) meeting took place in Vienna (Austria). The noon-to-noon meeting was kindly hosted by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT).
The i4Df Outreach Southern Event, the last of a series of four Regional Outreach Events, was successfully held in Thessaloniki, Greece at the CERTH/HIT premises on 5 and 6 November 2019.
High level experts from Greece, Italy, Israel, Romania, Serbia, Kosovo along with i4Df initiative partners attended the event and presented their (national) vision for 2040 infrastructure development and operation.
The i4Df Eastern Outreach event, the third of a series of four Regional Outreach events, was successfully held in Warsaw, Poland on the 15th of October 2019. The event was organized by the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure together with the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation. High level experts from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia attended the full day event.
Τhe i4Df Western Outreach Event took place in Paris, France, on 30 September to 01 October 2019. The infra4Dfuture event was preceded by a workshop of the H2020 AEROFLEX initiative, which took place in the morning of 30 September. A plenary meeting of both events was hosted in the afternoon of the same day by the Routes de France.
Many high level representatives of the French public and private Transport research and deployment scene attended the plenary meeting and highlighted the French approach as well as the many successful accomplishments created by cooperation. One of the examples mentioned was the Infravation programme, with active French partnership, which is leading to fruitful and promising follow up. The day closed with a joint networking dinner.