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The Universities’ Transport Study Group Executive Committee met on 31st March 2020 to discuss the prospective UTSG conference at Loughborough University on the 6th to 8th July 2020. We reached the probably inevitable conclusion that we are not going to be able to stage a face-to-face conference at this time due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

We thank those who submitted abstracts to the conference.

We also reached a number of other decisions which are summarised below

  • The Smeed competition will still take place with presentations being made in a virtual environment on Monday 6th July 2020, with full details to be developed in due course. The web link for the event will be made available to the UTSG community nearer the time.
  • Other than for the Smeed prize, we will not be pursuing a mechanism for allowing authors to present their papers during 2020.
  • We will be in conversation about the potential to move forward with the special issue of Transport Planning and Technology. More information about that will follow.
  • We will still hold an Annual Business Meeting of UTSG on Tuesday 7th July 2020 between 10am and 12 noon via the virtual conferencing facility webex. Further details will be issued in due course.
  • We are hoping to arrange for the annual funders’ meeting (with DfT, UKRI and others) to be held virtually on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th July 2020. This is not yet confirmed, but more information will be circulated when available.

We recognise that this will be a significant disappointment to many, but appreciate your understanding.