TRAIL Dutch national (university) research school

TRAIL Dutch national (university) research school

TRAIL Dutch national (university) research school Trains PhD candidates and performs scientific and applied scientific research (mobility, transport, logistics, traffic, infrastructure and transport systems). TRAIL presents project information on aspects such as the goals and aims, approach, societal and scientific relevance, running time, budget, involved researchers and contact information. The research school concentrates on socially relevant themes such as traffic and transport policy, logistical organisation of goods transport, traffic management and the development of infrastructure. TRAIL is interdisciplinary in character, works in partnership with public and private parties and is actively involved in Dutch and European research programmes.

TRAIL has three core activities

1. providing education at Ph.D. level,
2. initiating and conducting scientific and applied scientific research,
3. engaging in the transfer and exchange of knowledge.

The mission statement of TRAIL is:

First, to educate high-level scientific researchers and research-leaders with a broad background and of high standing who will contribute scientific innovations to the solution of scientific, business and societal problems in the field of transport, infrastructure and logistics.
Second, to build up and transfer new, ground-breaking interdisciplinary knowledge and insights at the highest international level in the fields of transport, logistics and associated infrastructures, by adopting an integrated and solution oriented approach aimed at supporting an economically viable, sustainable and accessible society.

Within TRAIL, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Twente and Radboud University Nijmegen collaborate.Twelve faculties and institutes (spanning the fields of economics, technology, policy and management, and the social and behavioral sciences) form a strong concentration of scientific experts in the fields of traffic and transport. Over 200 researchers, of whom 75 are PhD candidates, are active in TRAIL.

TRAIL stands for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics, at least that’s the meaning of TRAIL in the connotation of the Research School TRAIL. The first ideas to establish a research community in this area were born around the early nineties in the former century. Eventually the TRAIL research school was founded in 1992, meaning that this year we will be celebrating our 18th anniversary. TRAIL initiates and participates in research programs, collaborative arrangements with public and private parties, and other collaborative initatives that aim to connect scientific research and its applications in practice. Since 1997, TRAIL has been officially accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) as a formal Research School.

Location and Contact:
TRAIL Research School
Visiting Address: Kluyverweg 4, 2629 HT Delft
Postal address: PO Box 5017, 2600 GA Delft
Phone: (+31)015-2786046
General e-mail:

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