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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

Upcoming webinars are open to both the general public and AET members.
  • Thursday 4th March from 1100-1200 CET (1000-1100 GMT)

"Is the pandemic increasing the gender mobility gap?"

This interactive webinar will feature a discussion of the impact of the pandemic on the mobility of women and the increasing gender mobility gap. Speakers for this webinar include:

    • Ines Kawgan-Kagan, Managing Director, AEM Institute (Accessible and Equitable Mobility), Germany. Ines is a mobility expert focusing on gender differences in sustainable urban mobility. She founded the AEM Institute in November 2020 to push the topic of accessible and equitable mobility.
    • Dr Bhuvanachithra Chidambaram, Research Associate at the Department of Transport Planning, Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund, Germany. Bhuvana’s research interests include travel behaviour, traffic policy, urban mobility, gender dimensions. She is the author of many publications and conference papers, notably on the subject of travel behaviour and commuting patterns.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Enrica Papa, Reader in Transport Planning, University of Westminster, UK. Enrica’s research is positioned at the intersection of urban, transport and economic geography.
The webinar will be chaired by Conall Mac Aongusa, Chair of AET COVID-19 Working Group and a Board member of AET.

  • The webinar will be hosted on the Webex platform, used during ETC 2020. Pre-registered participants will receive additional information the day before the webinar 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 further webinars.

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

 AET webinar meeting password

  • 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)

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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