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AET COVID-19 Conversations

How is COVID-19 affecting daily life, travel and mobility patterns and how will these be impacted in the future in a post COVID-19 world?

The Association for European Transport’s (AET) COVID-19 Conversations is a series of webinars, interviews and online resources dedicated to discussing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the transportation industry. As Europe’s leading transport organisation for professionals and academics, AET is dedicated to supporting members and the wider transport industry during the pandemic. AET COVID-19 Conversations offers a unique and comprehensive European perspective of the pandemic through discussions with transport professionals across Europe. 

COVID-19 Transport Resources

AET provides updated resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic including: general information and mobility measurements resources, publications from countries across Europe and abroadand numerous academic articles. AET also welcomes evidence and experiences related to COVID-19, mobility and transport sector impacts, current responses, and plans and proposals for future recovery. 

COVID-19 Interviews

AET provides current members with interviews with transport professionals and academics. These interviews with fellow AET members offer discussions on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the transport industry throughout Europe. 

Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars

Transport planning: is it the same after the pandemic? - Previewing the 2021 European Transport Conference
Thursday 1 July 2021
11.00 - 12.00 CEST (10.00 - 11.00 BST/WEST)
Upcoming webinars are open to both the general public and AET members.

This webinar aims to discuss new approaches, methods and resources, as well as emerging modes and services that shape transport and mobility after, or in light of, COVID-19. Special attention is paid to one of the key themes of this year’s European Transport Conference: making transport more inclusive and taking into account diverse needs and trends.

This webinar is organised in the form of an online panel with the participation of leading European experts, introducing the following aspects of transport planning and providing insights into the upcoming ETC 2021 conference programme:

  • Transport data by Olga Feldman, Arcadis, UK – Chair of the AET Council
  • Passenger mobility by Niels van Oort, TU Delft, NL – Chair of the AET Local Public Transport Programme Committee
  • Goods transport by Thierry Vanelslander, University of Antwerp, BE – Chair of the AET Freight and Logistics Programme Committee
  • Drivers and trends shaping transport systems by Vladimir Momčilović, University of Belgrade, RS – Chair of the AET Global Trends Impacting Transport Programme Committee

The discussion will be moderated by Gisela Gräfin von Schlieffen, RMV, DE (Director of the AET Board) and the webinar will be chaired by András Munkácsy, KTI, HU, from the AET COVID-19 Working Group.

The webinar will be hosted on the WebEx platform. Please click on the registration link below to register for the webinar. Pre-registered participants will receive additional information by email, containing instructions on how to use WebEx and a calendar item with the link. Please note that there is no deadline for signing up. Last minute registrants can access the webinar via the registration link.

By attending the AET webinars, participants consent to the use of their details for the organisation of future online AET events and the European Transport Conference.

Please register via this link to let us know you will attend, by clicking the Register button. 

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The AET COVID-19 Working Group continues to encourage AET members and others to submit papers and reports describing their work on the pandemic response. These articles will be published at the AET website and will be used in planning the programme of webinars in 2021.

Previous COVID-19 Conversations Webinars and Interviews

Currently Available Online (Member Login Required)

  • Interview: Gisela Gräfin von Schlieffen (7 May 2020)
  • Interview: Conall Mac Aongusa (7 May 2020)
  • Interview: Pierluigi Coppola (19 May 2020)
  • Webinar: Mobility and the Coronavirus crisis in the Netherlands (16 July 2020)
  • Webinar: COVID-19 impact on transportation (16 July 2020)
  • Webinar: Changing activity spaces and mobility patterns amongst Swiss population segments (30 July 2020)
  • Webinar: Social distancing during COVID-19 and its implications for transport planning (30 July 2020)
  • Webinar: Planning for post COVID-19 with an intelligent Mobility Hat (1 October 2020)
  • Webinar: Mobility management after COVID-19 (1 October 2020)
  • Webinar: How do Dutch train passengers (expect to) travel during and after COVID: Insights from a longitudinal panel of over 20,000 train passengers (5 November 2020)
  • Webinar: Public transport during and after COVID-19 (5 November 2020)

Coming Soon (Member Login Required)

  • Webinar: Issues and policy reactions in maritime transport chains under COVID-19 (3 December 2020)
  • Webinar: European Container Trade Developments – First three quarters of 2020 (3 December 2020)
  • Webinar: Freight transport developments in The Netherlands under COVID-19 (3 December 2020)
  • Webinar: Evidence, Power and Money in Transport’s Pandemic Response (7 January 2021)
  • Webinar: COVID-19 and Public Transport in Europe: Moving Forward (4 February 2021)
  • Webinar: Is the Pandemic Increasing the Gender Mobility Gap (4 March 2021)

Covid-19 Conversations Workgroup Members

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Derek Halden

DHC Loop Connections

Engineering, planning, data, technology, research and analysis

United Kingdom

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Derek Halden (UK) specialises in planning accessibility and connections to enable joint planning of the factors that drive travel demand together with transport supply. The global pandemic has changed people, places and transport making accessibility planning even more important than prior to the pandemic. I am working with AET to help develop the debate about these new challenges and responses, taking transport planning beyond traditional boundaries to further develop accessibility and connectivity planning. Jeffrey Howard
Jeffrey Howard

University of Westminster 

Doctoral Researcher

United Kingdom

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Jeffrey Howard (UK) is a doctoral researcher and research assistant at the University of Westminster, and joined the AET Council in 2019. His research involves the use of Twitter by train operating companies in the United Kingdom. He is currently conducting  research of the effects of Covid-19 on train operator Twitter messaging, as well as it's effects on travel behaviour. Jeffrey is pleased to join the Covid-19 workgroup to continue this work and support transport's navigation of the pandemic. He is excited to launch this webinar as a new platform to support AET's leadership of transport debates in Europe. 
Nadia Lyubimova
Nadia Lyubimova


Technical Director

United Kingdom

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Nadia Lyubimova (UK) is a chartered transport planning professional specialising in multi-modal transport modelling and transport business case development. Covid-19 will likely have permanent effects on the way we socialise, live and travel. I’m delighted to be part of the Covid-19 workgroup, which brings together transport professionals across Europe and provides an opportunity to discuss ‘What is next for Transport?” by sharing ongoing developments, emerging trends and possile long term impacts. Conall Mac Aongusa
Conall Mac Aongusa

Mobimetrix – Ireland

Independent Transport Planner


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Conall Mac Aongusa (IE) is Chair of the AET Webinars Group and is an Independent Transport Engineer and Planner from Ireland. He is a member of the Board of Directors of AET and a former Chair of AET Council from 2012-2016. I want to support the development of our new online webinar initiatives and resources so that AET has the potential to become the preferred platform for debate on transport in Europe.  
James Odeck
James Odeck

Norwegian University of Science and Technology


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  Jonathan Spear
Jonathan Spear

Transport Policy and Strategy Advisor  

United Arab Emirates 

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Jonathan Spear (UAE) is a Transport Policy and Strategy Advisor with 26 years’ experience in public policy, strategy, governance and regulatory studies, capacity and skills analysis and building. Much of this has specialized in national, regional and local transport policy frameworks, institutional structures and processes. A Fellow of CIHT and a Chartered Transport Planning Professional, he has worked extensively in the international arena, including the UK and Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and been based in London, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. As well as the AET Covid-19 Working Group, he is closely engaged in the activities of the World Road Association, PIARC, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

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