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Programme committees

The Programme Committees are appointed annually from Association Members who are interested in contributing to the European Transport Conference.

Their main task is to select papers for the conference, ensuring that they meet the high professional standards for which the Conference is known. In order to provide a continuous flow of fresh ideas, committee members can only be appointed for a maximum continuous period of three years.

The Programme Committees perform a functional role for the Association, assisting with the assessment of papers for the Conference and development of the Conference Programme. The Committees consist of AET members from a broad range of specialities and professional sectors, providing a forum for networking and knowledge-sharing.

The structure of the Programme Committees is reviewed every year together with the committee chairs and council. The current Programme Committees that are in place for ETC, and their mission statements, are:

Committee Description

Planning for Sustainable Land Use and Transport

Chair: Danielle Snellen, PBL, NL

This Programme Committee provides a home for issues at the “leading edge” of policy development at the interface between land use and transport planning. Its focus is on sustainable solutions to land use and transport problems and how to measure and evaluate their effectiveness and impacts. The committee encourages the debate on the integration of transport and land use planning through interesting research results and examples of good practice. In its call for papers, the committee emphasises the need to draw out the policy implications of research.
For the 2022 ETC,  Goudappel will sponsor an award for the best paper written for and presented in the PSLUT seminar.

Freight and Logistics

Chair: Thierry Vanelslander,
University of Antwerp, BE

The Programme Committee is interested in receiving papers concerning actual issues such as freight and the environment, impact of strategic logistics on freight systems, freight policy development, city logistics, trans-national networks, air cargo transport, ports and maritime policy. The Freight and Logistics committee of the European Transport Conference is in particular inviting transport and logistics researchers to submit high-level contributions that will be submitted to a set of special issues of selected academic journals with Web of Science ranking. A dedicated review procedure is set up so as to make sure that top quality papers can feature in the journals.

Intelligent Mobility - Management and Operation

Chair: Gav Jackman, Aimsun, ES and UK

The aim of this committee is to attract a strong representation of papers from both researchers and practitioners with subjects encompassing: highway design and traffic management; safety research, policy and implementation; incident management; risk and liability; signals, signing and telematics; public transport priority systems; traffic engineering, network management; urban design in the street scene. The Programme Committee wants to focus on good, practical experience of scheme planning, design and management. In recent years a strong trend has been papers on Autonomous Vehicles, MaaS and electric vehicle related projects and research and we expect to see that trend continue and to expand into other future mobility systems/subsystems.

Local Public Transport

Chair: Niels van Oort, TU Delft, NL

This Programme Committee seeks to encourage excellence in urban and rural public transport and enhancing the understanding of the key issues that affect the provision of good public transport services.

Rail Policy and Planning

Chair: Mark van Hagen, NS, NL

The Rail Policy and Planning Committee seeks to encourage debate on the planning and economics of heavy rail passenger transport. It has a particular interest in topics such as: reform in East Europe; sustainability, the environment and transport; quality aspects of transport, customer experience and their effect on demand; effectiveness of implementation of EC policy; passenger information and ticketing; devolution in decision making - the relationship between central, regional and local government.

Transport Economics, Finance and Appraisal

Chair: John Siraut, Jacobs, UK

The application and understanding of the principles of Transport Economics, Finance and Appraisal are key to sustainability. Transport Economics is a wide field which at its heart is concerned with human behaviour and the effective allocation of scare resources. This requires an understanding of the factors that drive the demand and supply of all modes of transport for people (and how this varies by peoples’ characteristics, circumstances and location) and goods; the linkages between transport, economics and land use; the pricing of benefits such as time savings and externalities such as greenhouse gas emissions; and the role of economic incentives to change behaviour. Given that much of the supply of transport infrastructure is in the hands of governments or private monopolies how the sector is regulated is also important. This Committee's remit covers all these issues and how they relate to the appraisal of publicly funded transport provision, the regulation of transport provision and the financing of transport infrastructure, in general.

Transport Models

Chair: David Christie, Transport for London, UK

Innovative and applied methods in transport planning have long been a mainstay of the programme of the European Transport Conference. Submissions are sought from authors who have completed or are in the process of completing research or projects which move forward the theory and practice of modelling in transport policy and planning. This "super-committee" seeks abstracts from both researchers and practitioners who are at the forefront of methodological innovations; developing models and applying them in practical situations; developing models for policy and decision-making; using "big data"; developing systems for transport simulation. The quality of papers in the seminars will be high but committee members are keen to encourage the younger members of the profession as well as those well-known names who are regular presenters at the conference.

Young Researchers' and Practitioners' Forum

Chair: Andre Goncalves, Sweco, UK

The Young Researchers’ and Practitioners’ Forum (YRPF) is a special format for young professionals. Early career researchers and practitioners are invited to present their work to the participants of the European Transport Conference. The Young Researchers’ and Practitioners’ Forum is also organized by young professionals. Early-stage and experimental projects and research ideas are explicitly welcome. The forum is intended to provide a format which enables constructive and comprehensive feedback as well as more time for discussion than usual.

The Forum also administers the Neil Mansfield Award to the best paper presented at the conference by an author aged 35 or under.

Global Trends Impacting Transport

Chair: Vladimir Momčilović, University of Belgrade, RS

The transport system is influenced by key drivers such as demography, economy, society, technology, environment and politics. Different trends in these areas such as individualization, urbanization or climate change may change the functioning of the transport system profoundly. The Programme Committee on Global Trends Impacting Transport (GTIT) covers the broad area of key drivers and trends. The committee seeks discussion with policy makers, academics and practitioners to understand these impacts and their consequences for the transport system. The committee is interested in attracting papers that comprise a broad range of topics that include scenarios, good practice, policy responses, research and specific trends impacting transport such as climate change, migration, personalisation, sustainability, globalization, terrorism, debts, new technologies, ageing and many more.


Chair: Johnny Ojeil, Arup, UK

The Association for European Transport set up a new Programme Committee to focus on Transport Data for ETC 2018. The Programme Committee is interested in attracting abstracts which will examine the use of data in modelling, in how businesses operate, how data can be used to advance technological solutions, how data can promote inclusive and sustainable travel.  In fact, what is new and how can the capture of data help to improve policy making?
For the 2022 ETC Jacobs will sponsor an award for the most innovative use of data written for and presented in the Data seminar.

At present, committee members meet their own costs in attending committee meetings and the European Transport Conference. 

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