Sustainable, Accessible, Safe, Resilient and Smart Urban Pavements


Urban pavements comprise almost 40% of European cities and are the main means by which people travel every day. Urban pavements must accommodate all users in the most efficient, safe, sustainable and smart way. A key factor to increase the liveability of tomorrow’s Smart cities will be transforming the way urban pavements are perceived, designed, built, maintained and function. SAFERUP! aims to provide cities with innovative solutions that will form the future urban paved environment, by training talented researchers in the fields of: smart, recycled and durable paving materials; provision for vulnerable users (e.g. elderly & disabled) accessibility and protection; studying user behaviour; life cycle analysis; wash-off water management and bioremediation; tempered and acoustic pavements; energy harvesting and self-sensing technologies. The SAFERUP! Consortium believes in this future and has created a unique team of world leading commercial and academic research engineers and scientists, with the diverse range of expertise needed to develop the novel solutions required to deliver this future and its anticipated benefits. Fifteen ESRs will undertake their PhDs in a research and training programme designed to optimise their multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral experience through secondments and a variety of SAFERUP!-wide fora. All ESRs’ projects are interrelated and considerable synergies, trans-project contributions and collaborations will occur. A key focus of the training will be career planning, entrepreneurship and skills development in particular communication. SAFERUP! participants with communication expertise will develop the communication and dissemination strategy to maximise the exploitation of the developed solutions. SAFERUP! will create a new generation of professionals with multidisciplinary expertise in urban pavements and allied fields appealing to employers, who will expand the social benefits of the new urban pavements well beyond the end of SAFERUP!  

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Cesare Sangiorgi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Universidad De Cantabria (Spain)
Technische Universität Wien (Austria)
Ifsttar Institut Francais Des Sciences Et Technologies Des Transports, De L'Amenagement Et Des Reseaux (France)
Celu Eksperts (Latvia)
Coventry University (United Kingdom)
Durth Roos Consulting Gmbh - Drc (Germany)
Universitat Innsbruck Bk - Ibk 1 (Austria)
Università  degli Studi di PERUGIA (Italy)
S.A.P.A.B.A. spa (Italy)
The University Of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Lancaster University - Ulanc (United Kingdom)
Ucl University College London (United Kingdom)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 3.878.868,96
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/03/2018
End Date: 28/02/2022

Cordis webpage
Project website

Industry, innovation and infrastructure This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 765057 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 765057