SRF Introductory Workshop


On Tuesday 14th January 2013 a workshop will be held at Cambridge University Engineering Department for senior technical and logistics personnel from some of the UK’s major commercial freight transport organisations.

The main aim of the workshop is to present the new Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF), which is collaboration between Cambridge and Heriot Watt Universities and a number of companies that work in road freight transport sector.

What you will learn

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about the large portfolio of research activities in the Centre, concerned with minimizing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from road freight.  You will also hear about how you can get involved in setting the research agenda and take advantage of the results.

If you have heard about the activities of the Centre in the past, this event will provide you with a lot more information about the way that the Centre has grown during the first year of its operation and the new research activities.

How to register and join the workshop

To register for the workshop please RSVP to Virginia Longhi vl270@cam.ac.uk by Monday 16th December. For further information about the Centre contact David Cebon dc@eng.cam.ac.uk .

Preliminary Agenda

9.30am Registration and Coffee
10.00am Welcome and introductions(David Rowlands: Technical Services Director of Wincanton; Chairman SRF)
10.30am Introduction to the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight
(Prof David Cebon: Director of SRF)
11.00am Research on road freight operations at Heriot Watt University
(Prof Alan McKinnon)
11.30am ‘An Operator’s Perspective’(David Rowlands, Technical Services Director Wincanton)
12.00noon Lunch and Poster Session
1.00pm Issues in Urban Freight
(Ian Wainwright: Interim Head of Freight and Fleet, Transport for London)
1.30pm Research on heavy vehicle engineering in Cambridge (Prof David Cebon)
2.00pm Getting involved in the SRF
3.00pm Meeting Close
3:00pm Tour of the Research Labs in the Engineering Department

Background to the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight

The Centre is a collaboration between Cambridge and Heriot-Watt Universities and organizations in the freight and logistics sectors. Its purpose is to research engineering and organizational solutions to make road freight economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. This will be the first time that a team of international standing has fully addressed the complete ‘triple bottom line’ of sustainability in this sector.  The team, led by Professors Alan McKinnon of Heriot Watt and David Cebon of Cambridge, combines expertise in logistics, road freight vehicle engineering, human factors and sustainability.  It works in partnership with key industry players, who help set the research agenda and drive the adoption of results by the road freight industry.