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International Aspects

High-level scientific research requires international networking. The regular exchange of information ensures the dissemination of European standards and global harmonisation. The BASt is represented in the committees of over 100 international organisations.

One of the focuses is on technical standardisation in the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN).

At the scientific level, the BASt is active on a worldwide basis in the committees of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Road Association (PIARC) and the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

In Europe, the BASt is represented in diverse organisations, including: the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), the European Enhanced Vehicle-Safety Committee (EEVC), the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR), the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI), the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL), the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) as well as European Union research committees/networks. The coordination of relations to the European Union Commission is also gaining in importance.

 BAST's worldwide networkingBASt has a cooperation agreement with 13 partner institutions from 9 countries

Our collaboration with worldwide sister institutions enables an intensive exchange of scientific experience. The oldest cooperation agreement was concluded in 1978 with TECHNION, the Israel Institute of Technology, with the aim of increasing road safety in both countries. Overall, cooperation agreements exist with 13 partner institutes in nine countries: Australia, China, Israel, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic and the USA. Furthermore, the BASt works together with other road research institutes in Europe both on a bilateral and multilateral basis.

Each year, several hundred guests from abroad come to Germany to visit the BASt for the purpose of gaining information on the results of research as well as on ongoing and planned research projects. These guests include a large number of delegations with experts in the field of public administration, industry as well as university representatives. Guest researchers and university interns come to the BASt for study trips lasting several weeks.

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