54th Annual UTSG Conference, 4-6 July 2022, Edinburgh Napier University

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 6 March 2022
  • Final paper/extended abstract submission deadline: 19 June 2022
  • Conference begins: 4 July 2022

Universities’ Transport Study Group Conference

The Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG), initiated by the late Professor R.J. Smeed of University College London in 1967, aims to promote transport teaching and research and to act as a focus for those involved in these activities in universities and institutions of higher education in the UK and Ireland. Member institutions (of which there are over 50) are expected to be conducting a substantial amount of postgraduate research in the field of transport. Because such activities are often spread over several departments, each institution appoints a correspondent to disseminate and collate information: in this way over 100 departments are involved in UTSG’s activities. One key UTSG activity is an annual conference for staff, research students and other relative newcomers to transport research of member institutions and overseas universities, which is designed to discuss research needs, research in progress, and to give research students the opportunity to present papers on their work.

This conference will be the 54th annual meeting of the UTSG. It is open to transport scholars from universities all over thThe 54th annual Universities’ Transport Study Group Conference will be hosted by Edinburgh Napier University at its Craiglockhart Campus between 4 and 6 July 2022. The conference is open to transport scholars from universities all over the world. The conference website is at http://utsg.net/annual-conference.

Submission Guidelines

To present at the conference, interested authors must submit a 300-word abstract by 6 March 2022 (Stage 1). The abstracts will be considered for acceptance by the UTSG Executive Committee and corresponding authors will be informed of the decision by mid April 2022. Presenters will be required to submit either a full paper or an extended abstract of 1,500 words by 19 June 2022 (Stage 2).

Stage 1 – Abstract submission: Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. They should clearly identify: objectives, background, methods, main findings, conclusions. The abstracts must be submitted at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=utsg2022. The deadline for Stage 1 submissions is 6 March 2022.

Stage 2 – Paper and Extended abstract submissions: Presenters will have two options for submitting their research work:

i.  A full paper. Full papers will need to adopt the UTSG template and will be a maximum of 12 pages long. Please note, Smeed Prize entrants will need to submit a full paper to be eligible (see below).

ii. An extended abstract (short paper) of up to 1500 words.

The deadline for Stage 2 submissions is 19 June 2022.

Smeed Prize Submission

Papers can be submitted for the Smeed Prize competition if they are prepared and presented entirely by an author who a) has carried out the work described in the paper while registered as a postgraduate student at a UTSG member institution, and b) is either still registered as a student at such an institution or has had a viva since the previous UTSG conference. The best paper will be awarded £500, the runner-up £250. Prospective entrants should consult the Smeed Prize regulations on the conference website for further details.

Anyone wishing to enter the Smeed Prize should make this clear in a statement immediately following the abstract. Entrants must be supported by a confirmation message from the candidate’s supervisor to the UTSG2022@napier.ac.uk. A full paper submission after the abstract acceptance is compulsory for the Smeed entrants.


Please email UTSG2022@napier.ac.uk with any queries.