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NECTAR Special Session in North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International RSAI 2020

As part of the Annual Meetings of 2020 North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) in San Diego, CA from November 11 to 14, 2020, we would like to invite you to special session(s) for “Tourism and Regional Science in the Era of Global Uncertainty” that Nectar clusters 5 and 6 are organizing jointly with the NARSC and RSAI. The Call for Papers can be found here.

Special issue “Mobility, housing and labour markets in times of economic crises”

The papers that make up this special issue on “Mobility, housing and labour markets in times of economic crises” published in “Regional studies” originate from a NECTAR1 Cluster 4 meeting (devoted to travel, migration, housing and labour market issues) held in Toledo, Spain, in October 2016. These empirically based contributions cover various different European studies for different regional contexts. The special issue can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00343404.2020.1711879

Nectar workshops reschedule

The Corona crisis is also affecting the organization of NECTAR workshops.

The NECTAR cluster workshop “Social and Health Implications of Active Travel Policies”, hosted by University of Venice, Italy, originally planned for 26-27 March, has already been rescheduled to October 15-16, 2020.

NECTAR Cluster 3 workshop on “Intermodality and synchromodality in the European Modular System”, organized by University of Zaragoza and planned for June 4-5, will be postponed to fall 2020. A new date will be announced soon.

NECTAR Cluster 5 workshop “Policies and Strategies in Sustainable Tourism”, hosted by BBW University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, planned for 18th & 19th of June, will be postponed too. A new date will be announced soon.

Special issue ”Advances in Spatial and Transport Network Analysis”

A special issue ”Advances in Spatial and Transport Network Analysis” in MDPI International Journal of Geo-Information is being edited by Henrikki Tenkanen (UCL), Elsa Arcaute (CASA), Rafael Pereira (Ipea, Brazil) and Marta Gonzalez (UC Berkley). The deadline for papers is 31st December 2020. The call (see here) is dedicated to advances related to accessibility / spatial network analysis that deal with issues such as climate change and sustainability.

Special Issue: Active Travel and Mobility Management.

Silvio Nocera (Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy) and Maria Attard (University of Malta, Malta) are launching a Call for Papers for the Special Issue: Active Travel and Mobility Management. This is linked to the NECTAR Joint Meeting of Cluster 2: Policy and Environment and Cluster 7: Social and Health Issues, to be held in Venice, Italy, 26-27 March 2020. However, Guests Editors welcome papers not necessarily presented at the Meeting.

Cluster 4 & 6 & JCR Workshop on “Challenges for Transport and Accessibility Policy: New Data Sources and Mobility Options”

NECTAR Cluster 6 (Accessibility) and Cluster 4 (Travel, Migration, Housing and Labour Markets), together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission are organizing a joint workshop. The meeting will take place in Seville, Spain (1- 2 October 2020) and will be dealing with the topic of “Challenges for Transport and Accessibility Policy: New Data Sources and Mobility Options”. More information can be found here.

Update: the workshop has been postponed to the beginning of October 2021. 

New International Master School on Urban Mobility, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The EIT Urban Mobility Master School is opening its doors for the first time, offering a unique master degree experience to students with an enthusiasm for transport studies, an interest in creating livable urban spaces, and a drive to apply entrepreneurial and innovation skills to achieve that. If you know of any students that fit that description, then please forward the information below to them.

Briefly, here are a few details. In this first year for Autumn 2020, we are offering two thematic programmes with the following participating universities:
Future Mobility Markets and Services: UPC Barcelona, BME Budapest
Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions: TU Eindhoven, Aalto University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and UPC Barcelona

Some other features of both programmes are:
Fully 25% of the programme content is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship skills, which we plan to be certified with the EIT Label from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Mobility between two universities in two different European countries, leading to two master degrees
A summer school with a comparative examination of an urban mobility challenge in two nearby cities
A one-month embedded internship at a company or organization
A generous scholarship package for highly-qualified applicants

We are taking applications in two rounds: first round by 3rd February 2020, and second round by 17th April 2020. Students coming from outside of Europe are strongly encouraged to apply by the first date, otherwise there may be too little time to obtain the required visa. Details on how to apply can be found here.

If you or your students have any questions or would like more information, please visit the web site here: https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/masterschool/

Cluster 3 meeting: “Intermodality and synchromodality in the European Modular System”

NECTAR Cluster 3 organizes a cluster meeting in Zaragoza (Spain) on the 4th and 5th of June 2020. The topic chosen is “European Modular System”. The European Modular System (EMS) is a concept applied in road transport allowing combinations of existing load units (modules) to be used in longer and sometimes heavier vehicle assemblies on certain roads. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 9/3/2020. More information can be found here.

The future of European communication and transportation research: a research agenda

NECTAR celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 14th biennial conference in 2017 in Madrid. This anniversary was a good moment to reflect on what changed and what should be the research priorities for the next 25 years. Over 60 NECTAR members from a variety of disciplines have contributed to the drafting of a research agenda for the future of transportation research published as a paper in REGION. The paper is structured along the eight NECTAR cluster topics: ‘Transport Infrastructure Impacts and Evaluation’ (Cluster 1), ‘Policy and Environment’ (Cluster 2), ‘Logistics and Freight’ (Cluster 3), ‘Commuting, Migration, Housing and Labour Markets’ (Cluster 4), ‘Leisure, Recreation and Tourism’ (Cluster 5), ‘Accessibility’ (Cluster 6), ‘Social issues and Health’ (Cluster 7) and ‘ICT’ (Cluster 8). The research agenda firstly highlights the growing complexity and need for multi- and interdisciplinary transportation research. Secondly, sustainability needs to be addressed in transportation research in its full meaning, including relationships between policy-making investigations and environmental and equity effects. Thirdly, ICTs and digitalisation, the development of (shared) autonomous vehicles and shared mobility will have profound impacts on economies and spatial interactions all-around the world, and availability of high resolution spatial and transportation data. Digitalisation generates many new research opportunities but also give rise to new concerns about privacy, safety, equity and public health.

Link: https://doi.org/10.18335/region.v6i3.281