Young Researchers’ and Practitioners’ Forum
The 43rd European Transport Conference (ETC) is taking place from 04-06 October 2017 at
Casa Convalescencia, Barcelona (Spain), hosted by the Association for European Transport
(AET) and local partners. After the successful implementation of the Young Researchers’ and
Practitioners’ Forum (YRPF) in 2013, ETC 2017 will again include 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
The Call for Papers
Recent socio-economic trends such as the growing internationalization and pluralisation of governance and
lifestyle patterns are leading to remarkable consequences in the field of transportation. Travel patterns are
becoming much more complex and individualized. Furthermore, technological innovations extend the
possibilities of transport planning and travel mode choice. The fast rise of the availability of mobile digital
devices has encouraged the emergence of new and more flexible forms of transport supply and demand.
These developments raise exciting questions, such as: what are the social and economic drivers of these new
configurations? Which theories and models are adequate to explain them? How can case studies exemplify
these general developments for specific contexts? Which methods and empirical designs provide insights into
these new patterns of transport and mobility? How stable are these trends and will they lead to a
transformation of whole transport systems? What are the possible social, political and spatial outcomes of
these developments? How should transport policy and city planning react to these trends?
We are looking forward to receiving contributions from multiple perspectives such as all
disciplines involved in transport research (e.g. planning, economics, social science, and
engineering), transport planning and consulting. We welcome presentations ranging from
early stage researchers with project proposals and “work in progress”, up to final reports. In any
case we want to provide a constructive atmosphere, allowing valuable input for young
researchers and practitioners in the audience as well as for those “on stage”.
We invite contributions from young professionals (PhD candidates, postdocs ≤ 3 years after PhD,
practitioners ≤ 6 years of work experience). Please submit your abstract (250 to 500 words) for a 15min
presentation, including your name and affiliation, by February 27th, 2017 to the ETC website.
You will receive the decision upon your abstract until May 2017. After acceptance the optional submission of a
full paper is welcome with the possibility of publication in reputable journals. Full papers are due at the 30th
of August. More details on this will be provided after acceptance. AET offers very attractive attendance
options to participants accepted to YRPF, such as reduced rover tickets and a steward option. Further details
will be provided after acceptance.
For further information, please contact Sally Scarlett: firstname.lastname@example.org