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Conference themes and venue

Transport planners and decision-makers are facing increasingly difficult challenges due to the climate emergency and the ongoing effects of the COVID pandemic. These challenges have been compounded by rising energy prices as a result of supply chain disruptions, trade tensions and conflicts between nations.

The repercussions of these issues extend to the global cost of living and the financial sustainability of public transport services, emphasising the importance of developing sustainable travel models both for daily commuting and tourism while promoting human well-being and inclusivity. To achieve these goals, it is essential to have a policy intervention and regulatory framework for the transport sector that is driven by data and research evidence.

The 51st European Transport Conference (ETC) will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners around ideas and visions of transport at European, national, regional and local level on the following key conference themes:

ETC 2023 will take place from 6 to 8 September 2023 and, like last year, will be held at the Politecnico di Milano, Campus Bovisa, in Milan (Italy). A special academic venue, with large spaces to host plenary sessions, delegate presentations and project results disseminations, just three stops away from the Duomo and the historic city centre.


Young Researchers & Practitioners Forum

It is worth mentioning that while Conference sessions can be challenging in discussing policy issues at the highest level, they can also provide good opportunities for basic education and training: with the well-established format of the Young Researchers' and Practitioners' Forum (YRPF), ETC is truly for all ages and all levels of experience. Early career researchers and practitioners will present their research ideas and experimental projects in a forum that enables constructive and comprehensive feedback, as well as more time for discussion than usual.

The YRPF is a Programme Committee that compiles sessions annually for the ETC, which are aimed specifically at early career researchers and practitioners. Besides the ETC sessions, the YRPF organises regular online sessions – YRPF Coffee Break Sessions  – where, in an informal way, a range of transport related topics are discussed. At this years’ conference, the YRPF sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Reshaping cities
  • Cities and modelling
  • Rail services and stations
  • Data analysis
  • Sustainable travel
  • Boosting public transport
  • Transport planning
  • Transport equity
  • Human wellbeing

Still not convinced of why to attend ETC 2023?

Visit the dedicated ETC webpage to discover a multitude of other reasons and the stats for the most awaited annual event in Europe.