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UTSG2024 Conference – Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to announce that the 56th Universities’ Transport Studies Group (UTSG) Annual Conference will take place at Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield between 1 and 3 July 2024. Colleagues are reminded that the UTSG conference is a doctoral-student-friendly conference and as always, we are particularly encouraging research students to submit their work. Also, we will be holding a mentoring-surgery scheme to support colleagues across different career stages and doctoral students and a legacy scheme. The UTSG conference at Huddersfield will operate a collaboration initiative for special issues with top-tier journals including Travel Behaviour and Society (Elsevier), Transportation Planning and Technology (Taylor & Francis), and IET Intelligent Transport Systems (Institution of Engineering and Technology).

To present your work at the UTSG Conference involves two stages:

1. Abstract Submission Guideline:

Authors must submit a 300-word abstract and six keywords that should clearly identify the objectives, background, methods, main findings, and conclusions of your work. The abstracts will be reviewed by the UTSG Executive Committee and corresponding authors will be informed of the decision by mid-April 2024. Only authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit either a ‘full paper’ or an ‘extended abstract’ using the appropriate templates available on the UTSG and Conference websites.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday 11 March 2024. To submit an abstract, please click HERE .

Note: There is no need to attach a file at this stage but simply paste your abstract in the corresponding field. Authors submitting abstracts for the Smeed Prize (see, eligibility criteria below) must indicate that in the corresponding ‘Topic’ of the submission form.

2. Paper Submission Guidelines

Open: late April; Deadline: Monday 10 June 2024

Authors of accepted abstracts will have two options for submitting their research work:

  *   A full paper (max. 12 pages long); this is the recommended option for authors considering the special-issue initiative.

  *   An extended abstract of max. 1500 words

Full papers and extended abstracts will need to use the corresponding UTSG templates. Please also note that Smeed Prize entrants must submit a full paper to be eligible (see, criteria below). Templates and further information can be found on the UTSG website.

Smeed Prize Submissions

[Open to UTSG member institutions in the UK and Ireland, only] Papers can be submitted for the Smeed Prize competition if they are prepared and presented entirely by an author who:

  *   Has carried out the work described in the paper while registered as a postgraduate student at a UTSG member institution, and

  *   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 and the runner-up £250. 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 utsg2024@hud.ac.uk. A full paper submission after the abstract acceptance is compulsory for the Smeed entrants.

FURTHER INFORMATION

More details about the conference, including delegate fees and registration will be announced in due course via email and on the Conference website. Please, feel free to email utsg2024@hud.ac.uk for any queries.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Huddersfield!

On behalf the organising committee with my best wishes,

Prof. Alexandros Nikitas

Chair of the Local Organising Committee

UTSG Executive Committee Chair

Pre-Call UTSG 2024: 56th Annual UTSG Conference in Huddersfield 1-3 July 2024

Dear Colleagues, 

The 56th Universities’ Transport Studies Group (UTSG) Annual Conference will take place at the University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK between 1 and 3 July 2024

The Conference will have an international scope, so contributions from colleagues outside the UK and Ireland are very much welcome! 

Colleagues are reminded that the UTSG conference is a doctoral-student-friendly conference and as always, we are particularly encouraging research students to submit their work. Also, we will run a mentoring-surgery scheme to support colleagues across different career stages and doctoral students. 

The UTSG conference at Huddersfield will operate a collaboration initiative for special issues with top-tier journals including Travel Behaviour and Society (Elsevier), Transportation Planning and Technology (Taylor & Francis), and IET Intelligent Transport Systems (Institution of Engineering and Technology). 

The call for papers and more details about the conference organisation and initiatives will be circulated in January 2024. 

* Indicative submission dates: 

Abstract (300 words) submission deadline: Monday 11 March 2024 

Final paper/extended abstract submission deadline: Monday 10 June 2024 

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Huddersfield! 

On behalf the organising committee, with my best wishes, 

Prof. Alexandros Nikitas 

*Contact for UTSG related matters: utsg2024@hud.ac.uk 

EDI@UTSG present in-person workshop in Newcastle University

Dear Colleagues and PhD students,

You are cordially invited to the UTSG Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) present in-person workshop. The details of the event are as follows:

Venue: Courtyard, Newcastle University, Room 2:21 Old Library Building

Date: 1st February 2024, 13:00 to 17:00

If you are interested in attending, please, let us know by filling in the registration form HERE.

About the EDI@UTSG workshop:

Following on from the November EDI@UTSG webinar, this present in person event will provide an opportunity start putting EDI into practice and acting not just talking. The UTSG Transport Community will learn from those who have experience with EDI issues and the challenges faced in the workplace. Professor Glenn Lyons of the University of West of England will give an opening address followed by Jennie Martin MBE who will share her experience working in the transport technology environment. Dr Vi Parker will describe the EDI Toolkit recently launched at Newcastle University. This will be followed by an opportunity of delegates to put EDI into practice through discussion and engagement.

This workshop will be of interest to the UTSG research community at all stages of their career, from PhD students through to Professors. Also, the workshop may be of interest to those who offer advice to research staff within universities.

By attending the workshop delegates will have a richer understanding of EDI issues that have been faced by others and how they were resolved. Thus, through this raised awareness of experiences that those with specific characteristics can face in academia and research they will be better able to step into the shoes of people who are different. Delegates will learn how to better manage and embed EDI in their lives and equipped with the understanding of the EDI Toolkit will help the UTSG to work as a team to cultivate a more inclusive environment. In this way we will learn why EDI is important in the UTSG community and how to make EDI our business.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 1st of February.

UTSG EDI Committee