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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.

Freight and Logistics

Chair: Thierry Vanelslander,
University of Antwerp, BE

This Programme Committee is interested in 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 committee welcomes 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

This Programme Committee aims to attract a strong representation of both researchers and practitioners in 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 which underpin the newer area of interest such as cooperative, connected and autonomous vehicles, and Mobility as a Service. The Programme Committee wants to focus on good, practical experience of scheme planning, design and management.

Local Public Transport

Chair: Iain Macbriar,
QV Associates, UK

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 and their effect on customer experience and 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: David Simmonds,
David Simmonds Consultancy, UK

This Programme Committee covers the range of issues raised in the appraisal and finance of transport schemes and policies, including: (a) appraisal methods themselves (e.g. the role and scope of cost-benefit analysis) (b) the additional analysis and modelling, beyond conventional transport planning, needed to support appraisal (eg modelling of economic and land-use impacts) (c) the valuation of impacts (e.g. the values to be put on time savings, reductions in environmental damage, prevention of accidents, etc) (d) the funding and finance of transport investments and other expenditures.

Transport Models

Chair: Peter Davidson, Peter Davidson Consultancy, UK

Innovative and applied methods in transport planning have long been a mainstay of the programme of the European Transport Conference. This Programme Committee is interested to discuss areas where research or projects are being completed to help move forward the theory and practice of modelling in transport policy and planning. This committee seeks input 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. We aim for high quality of papers in the seminars 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: Ines Kawgan-Kagan,

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.

Global Trends Impacting Transport

Chair: Jan Kiel,
Panteia, NL

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

For 2018, the Association for European Transport is proposing to set up a new Programme Committee to focus on Transport Data. We welcome to hear from interested members who would like to join the committee which will then define its scope and highlighted interests.

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


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