Where research, policy and practice in transport intersect

Where research, policy and practice in transport intersect

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The Association for European Transport is pleased to announce the 45th European Transport Conference, to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

Date and venue

4 - 6 October 2017

Casa Convalescencia, Barcelona, Spain

The programme for the conference is now available for download

The submitted abstracts have been reviewed by the Programme Committees during March and April 2017.

Format of the European Transport Conference

The Conference will be held over three days from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 October 2017. Working hours will be from 0900 to 1900. In the evenings, optional social events and networking opportunities will be offered.

Each day will have 3 sessions of up to 2 hours with up to 4 papers presented in each session (minimum of 10 minutes discussion on each). With invited key speakers giving plenary speeches on a number of the conference days.

An attractive package is available to encourage attendance for the full three days of the Conference. To maximise networking opportunities offered by the event, it is hoped that delegates will attend for the whole Conference; however, attendance on single days is also possible. The conference “Rover” ticket also allows organisations to book for the full three days and send a different delegate on separate days

Conference language

The language of the Conference is English and all presentations will be made in English. Speakers and delegates are advised that it is necessary to have a good standard of spoken English to take full advantage of the Conference.

Establishing a virtuous circle

The European Transport Conference (ETC) connects the worlds of research, consultancy, policy and practice. Attendance at ETC allows different groups to pose questions to fellow professionals and to assess what is possible in terms of delivery. Researchers are challenged by policy-makers; practitioners need to deliver on the ground what the policy-makers want.

The Conference’s reputation has been built on the interface between research, policy and practice. Speakers are asked to draw out the policy implications of research – not to only concentrate on the design and operation of a model, for example. Equally, practitioners and policy makers are encouraged to relate their presentations to the research behind the implementation of schemes and policies.

The range of topics and the multi-seminar approach makes ETC unique among transport conferences held in Europe. The Conference programme covers supra-national issues, national and local policy, and the implementation of projects at a local level. Issues of key importance are picked out each year for special examination and will be introduced in daily plenary sessions.