The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is one of the seven institutes making up the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC). The mission of JRC-IPTS is to provide techno-economic analyses in support of the European policymaking process. The prime objectives of JRC-IPTS are to monitor and analyse science and technology developments, their cross-sectoral impact and their inter-relationship with the socio-economic context, and their implications for future policy development. JRC has access to a wide international network of experts and stakeholders in transport and related fields that can be readily utilised for the needs of the project. In addition, being a European Commission service, JRC can ensure the relevance of the representation of the stakeholders and the focus of the research questions for the requirements of research and transport policy at European Union level. The JRC-IPTS combines expertise in all three of the main research areas relevant to METRIC, having a long track record through research projects and direct support to other EC DGs:

  • transport technology: techno-economic assessment, impact assessment, technology watch
  • regional aspects: transport accessibility and regional issues, smart specialisation
  • innovation: Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP), EU Innovation Scoreboard


Key Personnel

+Panayotis Christidis

Panayotis Christidis is a scientific officer at JRC-IPTS since 2000 (civil engineer and PhD from the University of Thessaloniki). His research interests include transport economics and transport policy issues, focusing on the interaction between transport infrastructure, technology and economic development. He is one of the main developers of the IPTS POLES transport technologies model and the TRANSTOOLS model and he has co-ordinated several JRC- IPTS projects: Quantification of technological scenarios for long-term trends in transport, Trends in transport technologies, Strategic Transport Technology Plan, Transport projections for the White paper on Transport, and has participated in a large number of FP projects (PREMIA, STEPS, TRANSTOOLS, HOP, EVATREN, LOGMAN, TRIAS, iTREN2030, GhG-TransporD, OPTIMISM, FUTRE, etc.)

+Tobias Wiesenthal

Tobias Wiesenthal is a scientific officer at the Competitiveness and Sustainability Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre IPTS in Seville. He provides scientific-based policy advice in the areas of future energy, environment and transport policies, evaluating the results generated by different energy and transport models such as POLES. He has contributed to several studies on post-2012 climate scenarios (‘Global Climate Policy Scenarios for 2030 and Beyond’), the assessment of biofuel support policies (PREMIA project) and the ‘Capacity Map of the Energy Research Capacity in EU Member States’ and the Capacity Map of the Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP).

+Ana Condeço Melhorado

Ana Condeço Melhorado is a postdoctoral fellow in JRC/IPTS. She is a geographer and has a PhD on regional development issues from the University of Alcalá. Her research activities address the regional impacts of transport and the regional dimension of transport innovation and new technology. She is a main participant in the FUTRE FP7 project (FUture prospects on TRansport evolution and innovation challenges for the competitiveness of Europe).

+Aris Christodoulou

Aris Christodoulou is a researcher (post-doc) at JRC-IPTS. He holds a PhD on transport and urban development from University College London, UK. His research interests include transport policy analysis, issues relevant to the wider impacts of transport infrastructure, land use and transport planning and modelling, and urban sustainability.


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