Pre-Summit Research Day

Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development



26 May


09:30 to 18:00


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The International Transport Forum (ITF), together with the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI), the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), are pleased to announce a Research Day on “Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development”. This Research Day will be held in Leipzig, Germany on Tuesday, 26 May, 2020, in conjunction with the International Transport Forum’s 2020 Annual Summit (27- 29 May 2020).



The objective of the Pre-Summit Research Day is to bring together top academics researchers and practitioners to present and discuss topics relevant to the Summit’s theme, providing highly-valued input to the Summit’s core programme.

It is critically important that research results are brought into practice, especially considering the pace with which our transport system is currently evolving. The Research Day offers a great opportunity to exchange ideas not only between researchers, but also with representatives from governments, cities, and other decision makers. 


Submission of abstracts 

While the 2020 ITF Summit on “Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development” will discuss linkages between innovation in the transport sector in all of its dimensions (regulation; infrastructure design, MaaS, drones, air connectivity, IOT, algorithms etc.) and will cut across individual/passenger travel and freight logistics and supply chains, the Research Day will limit its scope to three specific topics. In particular, in order to plan their actions and investments for the coming years, policy makers need the input from researchers to provide knowledge and solutions on how to:

  • Seize the opportunities offered by micromobility and active transport.
  • Connect remote and rural areas with innovative sustainable transport solutions.
  • Stimulate adoption of low-carbon vehicle technologies.

We therefore invite the submission of extended abstracts of up to 1000 words that address Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development on one of the above three topics.

Further background on those topics can be found here: 

Abstracts shall be submitted by Monday 16 March 2020 23:00 (GMT) on https://trb.secure-platform.com/a/page/2020_ITF_Pre-summit_Research_Day 

The work can be quantitative or qualitative and can come from any of the academic fields linked to transport. Abstracts shall include a title, as well as the presenter’s name, affiliation and contact details. Please also include details of any project websites and a mention to one (or more) of the three above topics connected to the research outlined in the abstract. 

Given the overall goal of fostering research-to-policy linkages, abstracts should clearly reflect how the presented research can be used to inform policy development and implementation. 

Selected authors will be invited to present their research at the Pre-Summit Research Day. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process on 31 March 2020.


ITF Young Research Award

Anyone submitting an abstract who is under 35 years of age is also encouraged to enter the ITF Young Researcher Award. This award, which ITF presents each year during its Annual Summit and carries a prize of 5000 Euros, aims to highlight the crucial importance of transport research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation, and to foster closer links between transport policy and research. The deadline for submission for the award is 21 February 2020. More details are available on the website.


Practical Information

Date: The Research Day will take place on Tuesday, 26 May, one day prior to the official opening of the ITF Summit on Wednesday, 27 May.

Where: The venue for the Research Day is Leipziger Messe, Leipzig.

Who can attend: The event is aimed at researchers and policy makers involved in transport connectivity for regional integration questions.

All participants must be registered to the ITF Summit. Practical considerations depend on your current situation, as detailed below.

  • If you are registered to the ITF Summit, you can attend the Research Day at no extra cost, up to the capacity of the venue. Please email Ioanna Kourounioti at I.Kourounioti-1@tudelft.nl . 
  • If you are not registered to the ITF Summit, a special registration fee of € 450 will apply. This will cover attendance at both the Research Day as well as the subsequent three Summit days. The fee covers meals (lunches and dinners, except the evening of 21 May) and transport during the Summit days (22, 23 & 24 May and airport transfer). To register, please email Ioanna Kourounioti at I.Kourounioti-1@tudelft.nl . If space is available, you will receive in return a registration code to use on the ITF Summit registration portal: http://2020.itf-oecd.org/.
  • if you are accepted as speaker or if you are a moderator/organizer of the Research Day, you will receive a complementary pass for the Research Day and Summit. If not received yet, please request the complementary pass to Ms. Assia Djahafi at assia.djahafi@itf-oecd.org and register then on the ITF Summit registration portal http://2020.itf-oecd.org/registration with the given code. 

Please note that there will not be a shuttle service to the venue, Leipziger Messe. The Leipziger Messe is easily accessible by public transport from the city centre and official hotels. More information here .

ITF Summit badges will be ready for collection at CCL Registration Desk.



• ECTRI: Caroline Alméras, caroline.almeras@ectri.org

• ITF: Tatiana Samsonova, tatiana.samsonova@itf-oecd.org

• TRB: William Anderson, WBAnderson@nas.edu

• WCTRS: Lóri Tavasszy L.A.Tavasszy@tudelft.nl