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[WCTRS] Faire suivre : CASPT12 - Call for Extended Abstracts Closing Date: 6/11/2011


This conference is the 12th in the series that serves as a forum for the international community of researchers, practitioners and vendors on all aspects of public transport planning and operations. CASPT covers significant contributions to the theory and application of systems and methodologies for advancing public transport planning and operations. CASPT encourages not only the generation and presentation of new ideas, but also hopes to instigate productive collaborations between participants from academia, industry, and government.

To reflect the expanded scope of this conference series, in 2009 took its new title “Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport” from its previous title of “Computer-Aided Scheduling of Public Transport”.

The themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:

·          Public transport network and route planning.

·          Timetables planning and generation.

·          Vehicle (bus, train, tram, ferry, etc.) scheduling.

·          Driver and crew scheduling.

·          Operations monitoring, control and management.

·          Information management.

·          Passenger information, trip planning, route guidance.

·          Public transport regulations and competition.

·          Financial sustainability.

·          Public private partnership.

·          Practical experience with scheduling and planning methods.

·          Other areas related to passenger transport (large-scale optimization, etc).

Previous CASPT conferences took place in: Hong Kong, 2009; Leeds, 2006; San Diego, 2004; Berlin, 2000; Boston, 1997; Lisbon, 1993; Montreal, 1990; Hamburg, 1987; Montreal, 1983; Leeds, 1980 and Chicago, 1975.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Extended abstracts (about 1000 words + figures and references) must be received electronically (in PDF) not later than 11 June 2011.

Papers will be selected for presentation based on extended abstracts, with notification by 16 September 2011. Selected contributors should submit a full version of the paper (up to 30 pages including figures and tables) electronically not later than 28 January 2012.

Both submissions (extended abstracts and papers) should be done via the web-based submission system Easy Chair, following these Instructions for Authors.

Selected refereed papers will be considered for publication in the Public Transportation journal.

More Information

CASPT 12 Conference Organizing Committee

Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Juan Carlos Muñoz: jcm@ing.puc.cl

Ignacia Torres: ignacia.torres@ing.puc.cl 



Call for papers for HSR rail conference in Paris - Dec 2011 Closing Date: 5/15/2011

> International Conference
> Railways and Speed
> Two centuries of speed on the railways, thirty years of high-speed trains
> 14 -16 December 2011
> International Union of Railways
> 16, rue Jean-Rey
> 75015 Paris
> The conference is supported by:
> SNCF, International Union of Railways, AFFI
> Chair
> Etienne Auphan, emeritus Professor of Geography, Paris-Sorbonne University,
> Fran?ois Caron, emeritus Professor of  History, Paris-Sorbonne University,
> Chair of the AHICF Scientific Board of Advisers, Pierre Zembri, Professor of
> Geography, Cergy-Pontoise University.
> Steering committee
> Etienne Auphan, emeritus Professor of Geography, Paris-Sorbonne University,
> Pierre Zembri, Professor of Geography, Cergy-Pontoise University, Michel
> Leboeuf, SNCF, Thomas R?mond, RFF, Marie-No?lle Polino, AHICF.

> Scientific committee
> Etienne Auphan, g?ographe, professeur ?m?rite ? l'universit? de
> Paris-Sorbonne Francis Beaucire, g?ographe, professeur ? l'universit? Paris
> I - Panth?on-Sorbonne Andr? Blanc, directeur honoraire de la SNCF Christophe
> Bouneau, historien, professeur ? l'universit? Michel-de-Montaigne - Bordeaux
> III Karen Bowie, historienne de l'art, professeur, ?cole nationale
> sup?rieure d'architecture de Paris-La Villette Fran?ois Caron, historien,
> professeur ?m?rite ? l'universit? de Paris-Sorbonne (pr?sident du comit?)
> Christian Chevandier, historien, professeur ? l'universit? du Havre
> Pierre-Etienne Gautier, directeur scientifique, SNCF (sous r?serve de son
> accord) Fran?ois Lac?te, Senior Vice President, Technical Advisor, ALSTOM
> TRANSPORT (sous r?serve de son accord) Michel Leboeuf, directeur, direction
> des Grands Projets et Prospectives, SNCF Voyages (sous r?serve de son
> accord) Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, directeur g?n?ral de l?Union internationale
> des chemins de fer, pr?sident de l?AFFI Mich?le Merger, historienne, charg?e
> de recherche au C.N.R.S. (Institut d'histoire moderne et contemporaine)
> Emile Quinet, ?conomiste, professeur ?m?rite ? l'?cole nationale des Ponts
> et Chauss?es Thomas R?mond, chef de l?unit? plan strat?gique, recherche et
> innovation, RFF, direction Strat?gie et Gouvernance Georges Ribeill,
> sociologue, directeur de recherche ? l'?cole nationale des Ponts et
> Chauss?es (LATTS) Paul Smith, historien, direction g?n?rale des Patrimoines,
> minist?re de la Culture et de la Communication Laurent Tissot, historien,
> professeur ? l?universit? de Neuch?tel V?ronique Wallon, directeur g?n?ral
> adjoint de R?seau Ferr? de France Pierre Vignes, directeur honoraire de la
> SNCF Jean-Pierre Williot, historien, professeur ? l'universit?
> Fran?ois-Rabelais (Tours) Pierre Zembri, g?ographe, professeur ?
> l'universit? de Cergy Henri Zuber, conservateur en chef du patrimoine,
> directeur du Service des archives et de la documentation de la SNCF
> Conference secretary and local venue
> AHICF - Association pour l?histoire des chemins de fer 9, rue du
> Ch?teau-Landon, F-75010 PARIS Phone : +33(0)1 5820 5101 or 51 02, fax:
> +33(0)1 5820 0286 contact@ahicf.com - www.ahicf.com
> Calendar of events:

>Call for papers: 7 February 2011
>Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2011
>Speakers will be notified by June 1st, 2011.
>Deadline for submission of a paper to the Revue d?histoire des chemins
> de fer, which will publish the conference proceedings after a peer review
> process : March 1st, 2012
> ------------------------------
> International Conference
> Railways and Speed
> Two centuries of speed on the railways, thirty years of high-speed trains
> 14 -16 December 2011
> International Union of Railways
> 16, rue Jean-Rey
> 75015 Paris
> Call for Papers
> Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2011
> Please send to the conference secretary, by May 15, 2011:
> - a one-page abstract of the proposed paper,
> - mention of current position, institution (as they will appear in the
> conference program), full address
> - a brief CV, current research and recent publications, (link to personal
> webpage where appropriate).
> Speed on the railways is characterized by distinctive features, relating to
> techniques and associated organizational models implemented both on
> conventional lines and high-speed networks. Three lines of enquiry may be
> suggested here to analyze concepts and practices.
> ?As fast as possible?: The continuous quest for speed in the railway world
> Speed is a major component of the operation of lines and networks. In this
> respect, it offers a response to the intensification of traffic. We would
> like to consider the following points (but the list remains open). 
> In their perception of speed on the railways, historians have underlined
> traction techniques and devices used to ensure the stability of the trains,
> but these are only part of the techniques which railway speed requires. The
> history of land speed records for rail vehicles illustrates this approach.
> Increasing speed is a major means for ensuring the smooth flow of traffic
> and improving line capacity. It is closely dependent on the design of routes
> (e.g. the problem of curves) and the infrastructural technology of tracks
> and fixed equipment.
> Speed on the railways has always been perceived as a source of insecurity
> (perhaps through the kinetic energy). But it is, at the same time, a safety
> factor, as suggested by numerous debates between engineers.
> Traction techniques have privileged speed in all forms of rail transport,
> but this effort should be studied in close relation to the load of rolling
> stock and the nature of the freight or service provided (postal services for
> example).
> The following topics will therefore be given special attention:
> - Science and the culture of railway engineers: the definition of the offer
> of speed.
> - Overall innovation throughout the whole rail system: traction, tracks,
> operation, tariffs, logistics, passenger comfort. Which aspects of
> innovation are permanent, which are in renewal?
> - International competition, the battle for speed records, industrial and
> commercial issues between 1930 and 1960 and between 1980 and the present day
> (chronology and comparisons).
> The French high-speed system: change or continuity?
> The history of the dialogue between the offer of speed and the demand for it
> opens the way for a history of speed considered as a product. Both freight
> and passenger transport are concerned.
> The first ? freight transport ? has been less studied than the latter. Yet
> the subject is a very rich one: transport of fresh food products, live
> animals, the problem of punctual delivery, or ?just-in-time?, which was a
> preoccupation form the beginnings of railway transport for all kinds of
> goods and routes. It is worth noting that the history of tariff policies
> linked to speed is indicative of market requirements.
> The traveller in a hurry (more frequent than the traveller who enjoys the
> somnolence caused by the train?s movement) deserves our special attention.
> We might think of the figure of the ?businessman?, who appeared in the early
> years of railway travel. To ensure the possibility of a round trip, within
> one day, to Paris, to the provincial capital or to the main town of the
> department, was one of the main concerns of railway operators. These
> mythical businessmen were the clients targeted by the fastest trains put
> into operation in the 1950s and 1960s, as advertisements of the time clearly
> show. But the desire for speed could also affect other, longer-term
> travellers such as tourists, journalists or university teachers (think of
> the widespread phenomenon in France of ?turboprofs?, living in Paris but
> teaching in a provincial university). This question should be examined
> through real situations and case studies, such as night trains, connections
> from one Paris station to another, time spent waiting at stations or car
> parks.
> First-class passengers are not the only ones to be considered. We should
> also look at overall ?speed policies? and their implementation, which depend
> on the nature of the journey and the traveller?s class in terms of pricing,
> timetables and connections. The ?right to speed? for all passengers, which
> the promoters of the French TGV put forward,  is the result of a long
> process of transformation of railway operators? views and social practices.
> Other questions can be raised where the TGV is concerned:
> - Historiography, in particular the work done under the aegis of the AHICF
> between 1990 and 1994. What interpretations can we offer of the history of
> high speeds in France, and elsewhere, from 1964 to the present day?
> - What further developments of the TGV system are to be expected in France
> and abroad?
> ?As fast as necessary?, or speed in perspective
> The question of the relationships between speed, social behaviour and
> territorial planning comes naturally to mind. Such an analysis could call on
> a comparison between conventional and high-speed trains. It could cover the
> following areas:
> - The perception of speed by the passenger and by the transporter: the
> nature of the demand for speed?
> - The transformation of social practices in relation to speed (see, in
> particular, the surveys undertaken by the SNCF) in all fields of activity,
> whether professional or private. The experience of the suburbs should be
> addressed as well as longer train journeys, on the basis of a comparison
> with other means of transport and intermodal travel combining several types
> of transport.
> - The role of speed in territorial planning has already been extensively
> studied. Nevertheless, the confrontation of the views of the railway
> operators and their achievements, the accurate analysis of actual facts,
> such as the effect of travel time reduction or basic interval timetables on
> the location of activities and urbanization processes, are still to be
> examined. Do the qualities of urban development and travel speeds turn out
> to be antagonistic? Can speed and service (frequency of direct links) act in
> synergy or are they mutually exclusive? What is the role of specialization
> in traffic (lines used by one type of traffic) in this dialogue? What are
> the different models of service including speed or high speed that can be
> compared around the world?
> What was the effect of express trains on the distribution of population
> throughout the country? What is the effect today of the TGV? Can we take
> stock of these developments? Has the centralized high-speed network marked
> the end of a densely connected network of routes? The transformation of the
> national network into a network which might be compared to that of the Paris
> Metropolitan is indeed a major change in the history of planning and
> development policies.
> Finally, the relationships between railway speed and the issue of
> sustainable development should be studied in their evolution over time,
> particularly in view of the comparison of travel by rail, air and motorway.
> It raises the question of the cost of speed, beyond that of dedicated
> high-speed infrastructures and the history of how they

Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge Closing Date: 5/01/2011

One idea will change the future of transportation – is it yours?


The Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge is calling on problem solvers to share their ideas about innovative uses of dedicated short range communications (DSRC), an advanced wireless technology that enables vehicles to communicate.


This technology could be used to:

  • Tell you where to find available parking spaces
  • Help you make your bus or train connection on time
  • Notify you when an available cab is nearby
  • Cut pollution by reducing emissions as your car approaches a red light

How would you use it?


Submissions can be short and need not be technical. Finalists will receive a free trip to the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress in Florida this October to share their concepts and network with leading transportation researchers and investors.


Everyone has ideas. Share yours today.


Post a Submission




America’s transportation system is among the best in the world, but Americans face crash risks, congestion, environmental impacts, and other detriments that erode our quality of life. Smart ideas on how to apply advanced wireless technology can make the transportation system safer, more efficient and even “greener.”


An advanced open source wireless technology called Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) allows vehicles of all kinds, whether traveling slowly or even over 60 mph, to communicate with each other, stationary roadside equipment, and mobile devices.  Thus far, the majority of applications have been aimed toward crash avoidance.


The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is undertaking a new program to develop new applications, devices, products, business solutions, and a range of services that improve transportation’s role in safety and quality of life.  The DOT believes that there are new approaches, partnerships and devices for using DSRC that innovators among the broader public can and will devise, if they are called to participate.  This is that invitation.


When vehicles talk to each other, what should they say?


The Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge (the “Challenge”) is soliciting short descriptions of novel, implementable ideas for products or approaches that utilize DSRC to offer benefits to travelers or society at large.  The six best submissions will be awarded a trip to the premier global conference on advanced transportation technology, the 2011 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress, to be held in Orlando in October 2011.  Awardees will be the guests of honor at a special session of the ITS World Congress.  In the session, they will present their winning idea to an audience of ITS experts, business professionals, and potential investors in the development of their concepts.


The role of this Challenge

Working with our many stakeholders, the DOT aims to improve safety, mobility, and the environmental impacts of transportation.  DSRC has the potential to provide dramatic benefits in these goal areas, but only when it is widely implemented in vehicles and roadside equipment.  To accelerate DSRC’s adoption, the DOT is seeking feasible ideas for valuable new ways to utilize DSRC.


This Challenge is seeking all sorts of ideas, from anyone.  Winning submissions will be short—20 double-spaced pages or less— and need not be technical.  The barriers to entry are intentionally low.


The submissions must describe an idea for a novel use, application, device, product, service or solution that relies on DSRC.  The technical, engineering details that would enable the idea do not need to be fully spelled out, although technical feasibility is an important factor in judging the submissions.  Similarly, while a full business plan is not a necessary part of a winning submission, the potential for widespread adoption is also an important criterion in judging.


Through this Challenge, the DOT aims to develop new, actionable ideas, and to connect inventors with potential partners—businesses and investors—that might help bring the ideas to life.

The 16th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies Closing Date: 4/15/2011

The 16th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies

Hong Kong, 17-20 December, 2011

Jointly organized by Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS) Department of Civil Engineering and Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Established in February 1996, the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS) aims to foster excellence in transportation research and practice, stimulate professional interchange in transportation, and provide a forum for exchanging ideas on transportation developments. Hong Kong is a major transportation and logistics hub of the Asia-Pacific region. With the increasing integration of the economies of the Pearl River Delta and Southeast Asia, and increasing global market competition, advanced methods in operations research, management science, economics and statistics are needed for modeling the dynamics of complex large-scale multimodal transportation systems. Practitioners and academics are cordially invited to share their knowledge, experience and insights on the design, analysis, planning, operation, engineering, co-ordination and management of transportation systems and their impacts. The technical program may include plenary sessions, paper presentations and poster sessions. Please visit the conference website for more details at: http://home.netvigator.com/~hksts/conf.htm.

Abstracts (300-500 words) must be received not later than 15 April 2011. Authors are invited to submit abstracts to:

Dr. W.Y. Szeto
Chair of the 16th HKSTS International Conference
Department of Civil Engineering
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Fax: (852) 2559-5337
E-mail: ceszeto@hku.hk

Making Transit Work in Suburbia - symposium in Orange County, CA - 4/8/11 (Abstracts due 3/10/11) Closing Date: 3/11/2011

"Making Transit Work in Suburbia," symposium in Orange County, CA, to be held on April 8, 2011. Call for Abstracts. Deadline March 10.

Transit Advocates of UC Irvine and the UC Irvine Department of Planning, Policy and Design are pleased to announce that we will be holding a symposium, "Making Transit Work in Suburbia." This will be an opportunity for both students and faculty to present their latest research directly to policy makers in Orange County. OCTA is currently undergoing a top to bottom analysis of its system--following a year of severe service cuts. Can transit work in a suburban environment such as Orange County? This is an ideal moment to both present ideas and hold a discussion on what can be done to improve the effectiveness of transit in America's ubiquitous low density, polycentric environments. We will select approximately ten papers that hold the most promise for a vibrant discussion.

Submit: 250 word abstract; full paper not required for submission, but preferable.

Send to: David Weinreich: dweinrei@uci.edu

Deadline: March 10, 10pm.

Call for abstracts of the Kuhmo-Nectar Conference and Summer school on Transportation Economics 2011 Closing Date: 3/01/2011

Dear Sir/Madam,
This is the second announcement and Call for abstracts of the Kuhmo-Nectar Conference and Summer school on Transportation Economics 2011, which will take place June 27- June 29 (summer school) and June 30-July 1, 2011 (Conference) in Stockholm, Sweden. We hereby invite researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for papers.
The Conference and the Summer School are hosted by the Centre for Transport Studies (CTS), and held at the Royal Institute of Technology in beautiful central Stockholm, at a time of year associated with warm weather and lots of sun.
Conference The aim of the two-day conference, held June 30-July 1, 2011, is to promote scientific excellence in the field of transportation economics and to provide a forum for stimulating scientific exchange.
Summer School The conference is accompanied by a summer school, held on June 27-29, just before the conference, with a faculty comprising a range of the most prominent researchers in transportation economics. The summer school provides a condensed program giving an introduction to academic research in transportation economics including recent advances. The faculty in 2011 includes: Richard Arnott, Jan Brueckner, André de Palma, Mogens Fosgerau, Robin Lindsey, Kenneth Small, Jos van Ommeren, Erik Verhoef and Clifford Winston.
Participants can choose to follow the summer school, the conference, or both. More details are uploaded on the conference website: (http://www.kth.se/abe/centra/cts/kn2011?l=en_UK)
You are invited to submit an extended abstract (2-4 pages or 400-800 words) that contains title, author(s), research question, methodology, results and references.
Abstract due: March 1
Notification of acceptance: April 1
Full Paper due: May 20
The website for submission of abstracts (Jan. 25 – March 1, 2010) is: http://conferences.dtu.dk/conferenceCFA.py?confId=75
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: kuhmonectar2011@vti.se
With kind regards, The Kuhmo-Nectar Conference and Summer School on Transportation Economics
Maria Börjesson, chair of the Local Organizing Committee Erik Verhoef, chair of the Summer School Steering Committee Kenneth Small, President of International Transportation Economics Association
and the Conference Scientific Committee:
Pedro Cantos-Sánchez, Universitat de Valéncia, Spain
André de Palma, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France
Mogens Fosgerau, Technical University, Denmark
Lars Hultkrantz, Swedish Business School at Örebro University, Sweden
Robin Lindsey, University of Alberta, Canada
Esko Niskanen, STAResearch, Finland
Stef Proost (chair), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Kenneth Small, University of California, USA

The Conference of Minority Transporation Officials: National Conference Call for Papers: Closing Date: 2/14/2011

The Conference of Minority Transporation Officials seeks submission of papers
for presentation at the 2011 National Meeting.  Training, Education and
Workforce Development, Economics and Finance, New Technologies, Inter-mobility, Operations and Maintenance.

For more information
please contact The Tramar Group at 202.530.0551, ext. 303. To submit an
abstract, complete the Abstract Submission Form and return via
email to conference@comto.org [3].


FEBRUARY 14, 2011

Call for Papers Deadline

MARCH 1, 2011

Notification of accepted

APRIL 30, 2011

Final papers due to COMTO

JULY 16, 2011

2011 APA TPD Student Paper Competition Call for Papers Closing Date: 2/04/2011

The 2011 American Planning Association (APA) Transportation Planning Division (TPD) Student Paper Competition is now accepting paper submission.  Please check the announcement and guidelines for more detail. 


XXIInd International Cycling History Conference (ICHC) Closing Date: 2/01/2011

The bicycle is an outstanding work of simplicity. This individual mode of transportation has the key aspects of being also friendly, economical, ecological, and in use through the whole society. Launched in the early 1860s, it quickly expands throughout the world. The bicycle gets villages closer to each other, suburbs closer to downtowns, cities closer to nature. It promotes the portable camera, leisure activities, sport and competition, and popular tourism...
Paris pays homage to the bicycle by hosting the XXIInd International Cycling History Conference (ICHC), from 25 to 28 May 2011 at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM). For this event, the Centre d’histoire des techniques et de l’environnement (CDHTE) invites you to prepare a paper about cycle history. Various issues may be cover: technology, industry, social interactions and patterns, economic model, representations.

Communication projects should be sent before February 1st, 2011 to Samaher Wannous (s_wannous80@yahoo.com). They may be either in French or English language. They must include the name of the author, the title, and a 300 words summary. They will be reviewed and selected by the Scientific Board. The selected speakers will be informed around February 21st, 2011.

XXIInd International Cycling History Conference (ICHC) Closing Date: 2/01/2011

The bicycle is an outstanding work of simplicity. This individual mode of transportation has the key aspects of being also friendly, economical, ecological, and in use through the whole society. Launched in the early 1860s, it quickly expands throughout the world. The bicycle gets villages closer to each other, suburbs closer to downtowns, cities closer to nature. It promotes the portable camera, leisure activities, sport and competition, and popular tourism...
Paris pays homage to the bicycle by hosting the XXIInd International Cycling History Conference (ICHC), from 25 to 28 May 2011 at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM). For this event, the Centre d’histoire des techniques et de l’environnement (CDHTE) invites you to prepare a paper about cycle history. Various issues may be cover: technology, industry, social interactions and patterns, economic model, representations.

Communication projects should be sent before February 1st, 2011 to Samaher Wannous (s_wannous80@yahoo.com). They may be either in French or English language. They must include the name of the author, the title, and a 300 words summary. They will be reviewed and selected by the Scientific Board. The selected speakers will be informed around February 21st, 2011.

24th ICTPA Transportation Conference Closing Date: 1/15/2011

The 24th ICTPA Annual Transportation Conference will be held on May 27-29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine Hotel, California, USA. 

Many of ICTPA and NACGEA members are professors, researchers, government officials and private consultants in the United States and Asia. In the conference, you will see sessions focusing on various aspects of the transportation fields, including planning and system development, infrastructure design and construction, project management and facility maintenance. Invited speakers will address mega bridge and high speed rail projects in Asia, particularly in China, research achievements from academia, design issues and solutions, construction methods and management by experts from North America and Asia. Accepted technical papers will be published in the conference proceedings, ISBN 978-0-615-42857-4.

Oral presentation of transportation projects without a paper will also be welcomed for various sessions to exchange design practices in various areas. If you do not want your presentation/project information to be released due to project sensitivity, please indicate so in your abstract submittal. One-day registration is available. Student registration is also available with discounted rate. 


Abstract Due: January 15, 2011 (submit online at the Conference Website: www.ictpa.org).
Early Bird Registration Due: March 20, 2011

The 9th International Conference on Urban Health Closing Date: 5/31/2010

This year’s theme, Good Governance for Healthy Cities, was chosen to showcase the importance of governance in creating healthy cities and improving the health of urban populations, as well as the social and public health policies that are required to address these issues. Cities are becoming larger, more diverse and complex and involve multiple sectors that advance their views and contest space.  Healthy urban governance involves transparent, inclusive and accountable approaches to address common concerns and pressing problems.  The conference will address governance in a number of ways:  how governments can develop and implement policy that improves the health of all urban residents and reduces urban inequities; how non-health sectors that determine urban social environments might come together to impact and improve health; and how government, civil society and business can combine to conduct health impact assessments and promote health in all policies.  The conference invites presentations of original studies, analyses, evaluations and best practices in a multitude of sectors: health services, violence and security, transportation and injuries, housing and infrastructure, urban planning, neighborhoods and the urban environment, reproductive and maternal child health, the social determinants of health, substance use and homeless populations, and still others.

 By holding this conference in New York, NY, one of the leading cities in the world, we intend to foster  international research and policy exchanges to collectively improve the understanding of the common health and social risks faced by urban residents and communities and to influence the development of effective public health interventions across the globe. Perspectives and lessons from different countries can be valuable to share, and New York City’s experience shows that North-South exchanges can lead to effective, inclusive, and comprehensive policies to improve urban health. 

Therefore we encourage academics, professionals, members of non-profit organizations, policymakers, community members, and individuals from the private sector of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to submit an abstract for the conference.

Submit to: http://www.abstractserver.com/icuh2010/

Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision Making: A Workshop Closing Date: 5/13/2010

The Transportation Research Board, with support from the Federal Highway Administration, will host a workshop focusing on the use of National Household Travel Survey data for transportation decision making. Individuals are encouraged to submit brief presentation proposals to be considered for presentation. Presentation proposals are due May 13, 2010.

The workshop objectives are to bring together data producers, analysts, policy makers, and other interested stakeholders to:
 • Share the results of NHTS-based investigations and innovative applications of other data sources to provide a more complete picture of travel behavior in the United States;
• Identify emerging trends and issues in travel behavior that are now or should be illustrated by NHTS;
• Illustrate the use of NHTS and other travel data sources to support transportation decision making in key issue areas;
• Share case studies of strategies and methods for enhancing the effectiveness of NHTS and other travel databases to inform decisions.

It is expected that the workshop will enhance knowledge and appreciation of the ways in which NHTS informs policy decisions; broaden the constituency for planning future NHTS surveys; and provide guidance for developing improved travel data collection, analysis and dissemination programs.

The planning committee will evaluate presentation proposals and determine program tracks based on conference objectives and submitted presentation proposals.

There are two separate categories for presentation proposals: Lectern Presentation Proposals and Poster Session Proposals. All presentation proposals should be submitted by May 13, 2010, for timely consideration. Presentation proposals should be no longer than 400 words and should clearly convey the material that will be presented. If the presentation proposal is accepted, you will be informed in June 2010. All presenters are expected to register for and attend the conference.

The following should be included in the presentation proposals:
1. Topic categories addressed;
2. Proposed title;
3. Background of the research or project;
4. Methodology or approach; and
5. Findings, lessons learned, and observations.

Further details will be provided if your proposal is accepted.

Presentation proposals must be submitted electronically at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AFEHA88C7

16th annual University of California Transportation Center Student Conference Closing Date: 3/01/2010

The 16th annual University of California Transportation Center Student
Conference (UCTC) will be held at University of California, Irvine, on
April 1st through 2nd, 2010. The Poster and Oral Presentation Selection
Committee is seeking abstracts for student posters and oral presentations
to be held during the conference. We are seeking submissions from masters
and doctoral students engaged in transportation-related research. In
addition, this year we would like to invite undergraduate students from
participating campuses to submit abstracts for poster and presentation
sessions. Abstracts are due by Monday, March 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm. Details
are attached (Attachment: UCTC2010_Call_For_Papers.pdf). Please visit UCTC
2010 Student Conference website for other details:

16th UCTC 2010 student conference Closing Date: 3/01/2010

Call for Papers:

In addition to gaining valuable presentation experience and sharing your research with your UCTC colleagues, as a poster presenter, you are eligible to win the grand prize, an Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device!

Posters will be judged by a faculty panel and the winner will receive this
grand prize. Submit abstracts at

Transportation and Traffic Theory Closing Date: 1/30/2010

The next International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT) will take place in Berkeley, California, USA, from July 18 to 20, 2011.

Call for papers: Extended abstracts (1000 words) will be accepted 30 August 2009 through 30 January 2010.

For further details, go to www.isttt19.org.


Michael Cassidy (TEL: +1 510.642.7702)

Alexander Skabardonis (TEL: +1 510.642.9166)

Email: secretary@isttt19.org

National Evacuation Conference Closing Date: 12/31/2009

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for presenting at the conference. Abstracts will be due September 30, 2009 and should indicate if the author plans to submit a full paper, which will be due by December 31, 2009. Full papers will be made available as part of a conference compendium and will be considered for publication in one of two special journal issues:
• Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy
• Journal of Transportation Safety and Security

Please submit your abstract online at: www.NationalEvacuationConference.org

For further inquiries, feel free to contact:
John L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP

Brian Wolshon, Ph.D., P.E., P.T.O.E.

Brian Gerber, Ph.D.

Active Living Research (ALR) Conference Seeks Abstracts Closing Date: 7/29/2009

ALR invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2010 Annual Conference on February 9-11, 2010 in San Diego, CA.  The theme of the 2010 conference is “Engaging Communities to Create Active Living Environments.”  A secondary theme of the conference will be “Accelerating Progress in Reversing Childhood Obesity.”  Abstracts describing research results on all topics related to active living policies and environments are welcome and abstracts related to the conference theme are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts are invited for both posters and oral presentations. All abstracts should describe research that is related to policy and environmental aspects of active living. Methodological, correlational, intervention, economic and policy studies are encouraged. Abstracts presenting innovative conceptual papers and reviews will also be considered, including those with a focus on translating research into practice and policy to promote active living.  Preference will be given to abstracts that report complete results.
We are working on an agreement with the Journal of Physical Activity and Health (JPAH) to produce a supplemental issue devoted to research on active living presented at the ALR conference.  Approximately 10 of the abstracts selected for presentation at the conference also will be invited to submit papers for consideration for inclusion in the special issue. Both theme and non-theme abstracts are eligible for consideration for the supplemental issue.
The abstract submission deadline is July 29, 2009, 1:00 pm PT.  There will be no extension of this deadline.  You will be notified of your abstract's status in October 2009.

The Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN online:

2nd International Symposium on Freeway and Tollway Operations Closing Date: 2/01/2009

The student paper competition papers
and the abstracts for proposed presentations for the the 2nd
International Symposium on Freeway and Tollway Operations are due
February 1, 2009.  No further extensions will be made and the
technical program will be completed and posted by the end of March 2009.

The 2ISFO is conducted under the aegis of the Transportation Research
Board, the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. DOT,  the
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, the
Rijkswaterstaat of the Dutch Ministry of Transportation, and the
College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii in close
cooperation with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation.

The website of the symposium is at http://2isfo.eng.hawaii.edu/  Note
that  we secured an additional discount from the Hyatt Regency
Waikiki: the room rate dropped from $190 to $170 per day and it is
valid for up to ten days including the four days of the conference.

2ISFO also announced a special $1,000 for the best presentation on
freeway, corridor or managed lane simulation.  If you feel that your
abstract qualifies for this, please indicate so in your submission.

For information please contact Panos Prevedouros at pdp@hawaii.edy or

ICOET 2009 Call for Abstracts Closing Date: 1/31/2009

Now that we’ve all settled back into work from the holidays, and the TRB Annual Meeting has concluded this week, YES, there’s still time to submit your abstract for ICOET 2009!  Abstracts for technical papers and poster presentations are still being accepted electronically via the conference website until January 31, 2009.
The 2009 conference theme is ’Adapting to Change’ and focuses on the challenges ahead as we adapt for global climate changes, shifts in transportation demand and patterns, and evolving environmental and transportation policy.  Abstracts submitted for consideration should address current planning and project activities, research applications, and best practices in one or more topic areas selected for the conference.
Choose this link to view the Call for Abstracts PDF flyer, or visit www.icoet.net for a complete listing of ICOET 2009 program topic areas and additional conference information.
The ICOET Steering Committee anticipates that a limited amount of travel funds may be available for authors to present their accepted papers in Duluth, MN.  The committee encourages authors to submit abstracts for ICOET 2009 even if your organization’s travel funding for this year may be uncertain at this time.
Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE)
James Martin, jbm@ncsu.edu, 919-515-8620
Eugene Murray, eugene_murray@ncsu.edu, 919-515-8037
We look forward to your participation at ICOET 2009!

ITS America's 2009 Annual Meeting & Exposition Closing Date: 1/23/2009

"Moving America Forward"

June 1-3, 2009
National Harbor, Maryland
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center


Here is your opportunity to participate in the leading industry conference focused on Intelligent Transportation Systems.  Papers must be original and should report on recent significant and substantial achievements and results, reflecting the theme, “Moving America Forward.”  The deadline to submit a paper is January 23, 2009.
  • Call for Papers - PDF 
  • Formatting Instructions - DOC

For more info: http://www.itsa.org/amcfp.html

WTS 2009 Conference - Call for Abstracts Closing Date: 10/31/2008

The 2009 WTS Annual Conference will be held May 20-23 in Seattle, Washington. The conference theme is "Transportation . . . Bringing Cities to Life." WTS seeks presentation abstracts that showcase leadership, sustainability and the future of urban communities. No papers are required – the abstracts are for conference presentations only.

The 2009 Conference program will include the following session tracks: Legislation and Policy; Engineering and Planning; Professional Development.  The conference committee is particularly interested in sessions on green projects, congestion pricing, social justice, vehicle technology and impacts of a global economy on transportation planning and infrastructure. If interested, click Call for Abstracts.

Abstracts are due October 31, 2008 to Marj Press. The conference planning committee will make a decision regarding abstract acceptance by November 30, 2008. Applicants will be notified via email no later than December 15, 2008.

Please direct all questions to the conference co-chairs:  Marj Press; Kirsten Pennington; or Linda Amato.

2008 International Forum on Metropolitan Regions Closing Date: 9/25/2008

2008 International Forum on Metropolitan Regions Development (IFMRD2008) will be held on September 25-26,2008 in Changsha of Hunan Province, China. IFMRD2008 is sponsored by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and co-sponsored by some famous international universities and organizations. The forum is financially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). It’s organized by Hunan Academy of Social Sciences and Research Center on Metropolitan Regions of China(RCMRC), SJTU.

The theme of IFMRD2008 is the development of Metropolitan Regions and the Construction of Two-oriented Societies (Resource-saving Society and Environment-friendly Society). The aim of the forum is to establish the platform of International Forum on Metropolitan Regions Development, to track the progress of international metropolitan regions development and management research, to strengthen the academic exchange and cooperation of international metropolitan regions development and management, to promote the development of Chinese metropolitan regions and the improvement of national competitiveness. The leaders of related national ministries and commissions, and lots of well-known professors and scholars at home and abroad will attend this forum, and deliver special speeches.

According to your contribution to the research of metropolitan regions, it’s our great honor to invite you to participate in this forum.

Conference On Housing And Mortgage Markets Closing Date: 9/19/2008



December 4 - 5, 2008
Washington, D.C.

In the past fifteen years, there have been dramatic changes in housing and mortgage markets, including broader access to credit, increased homeownership, high house price appreciation, and the recent large increase in mortgage foreclosures. As part of its Homeownership and Mortgage Initiatives, the Federal Reserve System is sponsoring a research conference to advance our understanding of the causes and consequences of these developments as well as potential policy responses.

The program will include presentations of research papers with discussants and a policy panel that will include Governor Randall S. Kroszner. Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will deliver the keynote speech.


The program committee will consider both theoretical and empirical submissions and is especially interested in papers dealing with:
1.  Household homeownership choices and household mortgage and other credit decisions;
2.  Causes of foreclosures, their implications, and policy responses;
3.  House prices and housing market dynamics;
4.  Mortgage financing: originate to distribute and securitization, successes, failures and solutions.


The submission deadline is September 19, 2008.
Papers should be submitted electronically to:
Email: HMconference@rich.frb.org
along with your affiliation and email address.
Acceptance decisions will be made by October 3, 2008. Lodging and economy class travel expenses will be covered for presenters and discussants.


Frederick T. Furlong (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
J. Nellie Liang (Federal Reserve Board)
Christopher J. Mayer (Columbia University)
Edward S. Prescott (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)
Paul S. Willen (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston)



Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements Closing Date: 7/01/2008



The Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements invites submission of papers focused on the design of international climate policy architectures. Papers should propose a complete policy framework to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in the post-2012 period.

The Harvard Project will select one or more submitted papers and award winning authors an honorarium of US$3,000 per paper. The Harvard Project will publish the winning paper through the Project's Working Paper Series and website: www.belfercenter.org/climate .

Papers should be submitted as a PDF file attachment by email to climate@harvard.edu by July 1, 2008. Include "HARVARD PROJECT PAPER" on the subject line of the email. The paper should include the following: the title of the paper, name and institutional affiliation of author(s) and their disciplines on the title page; a one-page abstract; and text not too exceed 10,000 words. Only English-language papers will be considered in the competition. Email submissions should also include a PDF file attachment of the lead author's curriculum vitae.

The Harvard Project will acknowledge receipt of all submissions by email. Notification of acceptance will be made by September 1, 2008.

This call for papers is open to policy practitioners, scholars, students, and others in all fields from developed and developing countries. Professors, researchers, students, and others affiliated with Harvard University or Resources for the Future are not eligible to participate in this competition.

Criteria for Evaluating Papers

The Harvard Project will evaluate the submitted papers based on how effectively they address the following questions:

(1) What incentives does the policy framework provide for participation and compliance?

(2) Is the policy approach robust to various economic, political, and environmental shocks as well as the resolution of uncertainty over time?

(3) Is it politically feasible to transition from the Kyoto Protocol to the proposed policy architecture? How does the proposed approach address major issues raised in the Bali Action Plan, including mitigation, adaptation, technology, and financial mechanisms?

(4) What are the equity implications of the proposal?

(5) How does the proposal pursue cost-effective mitigation of climate change risks?

(6) How does the proposed framework provide the basis for satisfying the ultimate objective of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (Article 2)?

(7) What are the costs and benefits of the proposed policy architecture, to the extent these can be identified?

For examples of climate policy architectures, please refer to the proposals described in:

Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World, Joseph E. Aldy and Robert N. Stavins, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Summaries of these proposals can also be found on the Harvard Project website: www.belfercenter.org/climate.

About the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements

The goal of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements is to help identify key design elements of a scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically pragmatic post-2012 international policy architecture for global climate change. We are drawing upon leading thinkers from academia, private industry, government, and non-governmental organizations from around the world to construct a small set of promising policy frameworks, and then disseminate and discuss the design elements and frameworks with decision makers. The Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements is co-directed by Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, and Joseph E. Aldy, Fellow at Resources for the Future, a non-partisan, non-advocacy research institute in Washington, DC. For news, research results, and more information, see the Project's website at www.belfercenter.org/climate . To sign up for email alerts, please go to http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/subscribe.html and click on the "Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements" box.

Major funding for the project has been provided by the Climate Change Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation ( www.ddcf.org ). Additional funding has been provided by Christopher P. Kaneb, AB 1990, Harvard College and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation.

Best regards,

Joe Aldy and Rob Stavins

Joseph E. Aldy
Co-Director, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements
Fellow, Resources for the Future
(202) 328-5091

Robert N. Stavins
Co-Director, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School
(617) 495-1820

Robert C. Stowe
Project Manager, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements
(617) 496-4265

Sasha Talcott
Communications Director, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements
(617) 495-7831

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