Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL)



Based in Brussels, FEHRL-the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories- is an international association comprising more than 40 national research/technical centres. Associates from non-European countries provide FEHRL with strong links to the considerable research capacity available globally FEHRL’s mission is to promote and facilitate collaboration on road research and provide high-quality information and advice on technologies and policies related to roads. Staff from the national institutes provide the technical input for all projects. Through the specification and delivery of research, FEHRL’s main objectives are to:

  • Provide scientific input to European and national government policy on road engineering and road transport matters.
  • Create and maintain an efficient and safe road network in Europe.
  • Increase innovation in European road construction and road-using industries.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of road engineering and operations..
  • Protect the environment and improve the quality of life.

FEHRL is directly governed by the General Directors of the national road research institutes and laboratories. Together they set the strategy of the Association. The Research Coordinator from each institute is responsible for developing collaborative research activities.

Research capacity is provided by the national institutes and makes use of the wide range of test facilities available to them .FEHRL Groups have been formed to improve the sharing of knowledge and increase access to research, thus supporting the national road institutes in their role. The Groups are open to research organisations, contractors and road authorities and provide FEHRL with national views on relevant issues, as well as serving as a tool to communicate FEHRL’s views to the road engineering community. FEHRL is an active member of ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council), ECTP (European Construction Technology Platform) and ECCREDI (European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation) and has close relationships with many other organisations.


Key Personnel


  • Steve Phillips

    Steve Phillips has been the Secretary-General of FEHRL since 2002. He works closely with the European Commission and other organisations in the road sector as well as for coordinating operations between the different national FEHRL institutes. He is an active member of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC). As a member of the European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation (ECCREDI), he was also one of the instigators of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP).

  • Dr. Adewole Adesiyun

    Dr. Adewole Adesiyun, is the Deputy Secretary General of FEHRL. Prior to his appointment he was a Senior Researcher at the Road and Bridge Research Institute in Poland. He was the Head of the Bridge Section at one of the branch offices of the institute.
    He is responsible for the management of FEHRL research and project activities as well as monitoring the financial aspects of such projects. He provides support to FEHRL member institutes wishing to participate in cooperative research.

  • Catherine Birkner

    Catherine Birkner is British and joined FEHRL as Communications Officer in April 2011. Catherine has many years of communications experience gained both in the private sector (in Unilever and SCA Packaging Europe) and the non-profit sector (in the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition and the Pro-Cathedral of Holy Trinity). She has also worked as a journalist for a weekly trade publication called Pulp and Paper International This Week and as an editor of the European Public Affairs Directory. She will develop and execute strategic communications initiatives in support of FEHRL’s work. She speaks English, French and German.