PhD and postdoc symposium

How can Europe safeguard its transport infrastructure capabilities while fostering economic growth and an inclusive society? Various universities, PhD students, and postdocs are working on finding solutions for the challenges the owners of the critical nodes in our infrastructure are faced with. Are u one of them? The PhD and postdoc symposium during Technology and Research Arena (TRA) in Dublin is your chance to share your research findings, discuss them, and receive feedback from peers, senior researchers, and professionals! 

To strengthen collaboration between all involved parties and to get the chance to learn from each other, CEDR, NGInfra, and COB have organized a European PhD and postdoc symposium on next-generation infrastructure management, which will be held within the TRA in Dublin, on the 15th – 18th of April 2024.


The mission is to unite visionaries, early career researchers, asset owners, and experts in the field of transportation, to shape the future of infrastructure management in Europe (road, rail, energy, data, etc.). Through collaboration and fundamental research, we aim to create a sustainable, efficient, and connected transportation system.

Some relevant questions to be answered during the symposium are:

  • How can we predict the remaining life expectancy of our assets and installations?
  • How can we keep our tunnels safe and futureproof with challenges such as cyberattacks, new energy carriers, and climate change?
  • How to keep our assets reliable and safe with limited time, people, and skills?

Twenty students showcase their work 

Event host CEDR allows universities, PhD students, and postdocs to showcase their research work in tunneling to Europe’s major decision-makers. Twenty students applied for this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity.  
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During this event, these early career researchers will have the opportunity to share their research findings, receive feedback from peers and professionals and engage with problem owners from the public, industry, and services on the TRA-trading floor. They can also build a strong cross-disciplinary network and explore and co-create solutions and initiatives to address current strategic infrastructure challenges. 

This symposium aspires to be the first in a series of events that bring together relevant postdoc and PhD researchers. Be there and be part of the transformation toward a modern transportation ecosystem.

Practical information

Travel and accommodation

We are in the process of assessing the potential to offer cost coverings on a case-by-case basis, which will be contingent on the number of attendees. Arrangements will be made for the participants to attend the CEDR welcoming reception on Monday, April 15th, and to the TRA conference on Wednesday, April 17th
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Further information will be shared in due course.

Draft program

Date   Event
Monday, 15 April Morning
Afternoon Plenary introduction to the symposium
Evening Welcome reception hosted by CEDR
Tuesday, 16 April Morning Symposium Sessions
Afternoon Symposium Roundtable Sessions
Wednesday, 17 April Morning Opportunity to attend TRA day 3 plenary and strategic sessions
Afternoon Roundtable Wrap-up session with supervisors and problem owners