Programme Committees


The European Transport Conference encourages delegates to participate in the Association for European Transport's Programme Committees. Many of AET's members see the Programme Committess as offering important networking and professional development opportunities.

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.


Committee Description
Pan-European Transport Policy The Pan-European Transport Policy and Research committee seeks papers that are concerned with European policy and its application at both European and national levels. We are interested in papers that address different types of research and its application on issues that have a trans-national context. Areas of special interest are: EU-funded research , such as FP7, Interreg and Horizon 2020; Building on EU infrastructure for the next decades; TEN-T corridors; Impacts of the new White Paper on Transport; Models and data supporting European transport policy; Mode specific research for logistics, road, rail, inland waterways and air transport at a European level
Planning for Sustainable Land Use and Transport This stream 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. The committee also emphasises the need for papers to draw out the policy implications of research.
Freight and Logistics 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 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.
Local Public Transport The Local Public Transport 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 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 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 This Committee's remit 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 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 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.
Sustainable Transport and Climate Change This committee covers an area of increasing world importance, namely sustainable transport and climate change. The committee seeks to further the debate through the submission of innovative research findings, case studies and examples of good practice which will appeal to both academics and practitioners throughout the European transport community.