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ETC 2020 Call for Papers


The Association of European Transport is delighted to kick off the preparations for the ETC 2020 at its new venue - Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy - with the Conference’s Call for Papers.


The European Transport Conference (ETC) attracts papers that address themes of relevance to the transport agenda in Europe and worldwide. The Conference provides a great opportunity for all delegates to network and form career-spanning professional relationships.

Conference Themes for 2020


We now invite Abstract Submissions for the 2020 European Transport Conference. The following major themes will be addressed at the Conference in 2020 and contributors are particularly encouraged to offer abstracts under these headings:


- Climate change: focusing on the immediate response required from the transport community. Some countries have already passed legislation to reduce the impact of the transport sector on climate change but there is a need for these to be implemented and for more creative policies to be put in place.


- Autonomous Vehicles: the technology is being refined but ETC is the place for the wider societal impacts to be considered. How will schemes be incorporated into urban areas?


- Large infrastructure projects: new high-speed rail, particularly cross-border – looking at project appraisal, methodology, cost-benefit analysis, equity assessment and the value of time.


- The future of transport: competition and how it will be delivered in the future.


- Gender balance and diversity in transport: how and why are particular population groups discriminated against through government policy, medical research, technology, workplace cultures and urban planning in the delivery of transport?


- Car-free cities: throughout the world, city planners and politicians are taking initiatives to reduce pollution by banning diesel vehicles and restricting traffic either on a permanent basis or on specific days.


- System Dynamics – representation of complex systems in modelling.


- How are sustainable urban plans being implemented in cities?


- How are professional qualifications for transport planners obtained in different countries? How are young people encouraged to take up a career in transport? What are the study paths in different countries?


- The importance of communication between professionals and decision-makers in terms of policy implementation: what common language and understanding is needed to make progress?


- The language of mobility: how can we send a positive message about transport?

These are just a few of the highlighted areas in which we are interested. In addition to these themes, papers that fit within Programme Committees’ areas of interest are also very welcome.

In addition, we would like to hear from anyone who is interested in utilising ETC 2020 as a platform to hold their final project dissemination event in a parallel co-located stream.

Keep up to date with more news on the conference and the 2020 themes by following us on Twitter: @EuTransportConf using #etcmilan2020


Your opportunity to present at the most established transport conference in Europe!


You are invited to submit an abstract based on one of the above themes or on one of those suggested by the Programme Committees. The deadline for abstract submission is 04 February 2020.

Submissions may be made via the Association's website. You will need to register once as an author and then you can submit as many abstracts as you wish. Authors can request a peer review of their papers and a selection of reviewed papers is published online or in special issues of journals.


Register and Submit Your Abstract


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