2017 NECTAR Conference


Transport in a networked society

Transport research is evolving due to the spread of information and communication technologies that can be applied to increase interaction between individuals. The emergence of shared vehicles schemes, bottom-up community-based forms of transport (e.g. ridesharing platforms), Uber taxis etc., will have implications on transport and land use systems. The huge amount of data generated by the widespread use of sensors such as GPS, smartphones, tablets, credit cards and smart cards, also provides opportunities to monitor the movement of population across space and time.

In this conference we intend to contribute to the debate on aspects such as the consequences of ICTs on transport, their potential to be disruptive to existing public transport services, their implications for spatial and economic developments, equity issues such as the digital divide, modelling these new forms of interaction and its related uncertainty. This debate should contribute to draw policy recommendations on how ICT’s can be applied to transport and spatial planning.

The conference will be organized by three institutions: Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC), University Complutense of Madrid (UCM) and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). As the Spanish capital city, Madrid is a center of many national traditions but it also capitalizes several good examples in the use of ICT’s and transport, especially applied to public transport services.

Papers are welcome from the fields of transport, communications and accessibility at large.

Thematic Sessions

Besides the general call for papers, each cluster organizes a special thematic session. Please find the calls from the clusters below:

Further Details

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 January 2017. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the form available on the conference website: http://eventos.ucm.es/go/nectar2017conference

Criteria for acceptance: submission order, the scientific quality of the abstract and NECTAR membership. The number of participants will be limited to 100.

Notification of acceptance: 26 February 2017.

Venue: Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

Dates: 31 May – 2 June 2017

Registration, meals and accommodation for two nights (May 31, June 1) will be offered to NECTAR members, for only one author per paper. All practical details will be communicated through the conference website. In order to participate in the Conference, a consecutive and current two-year NECTAR membership is necessary. Non-members can find details of how to join the association on the “Membership” page of NECTAR’s website: http://www.nectar-eu.eu/membership/

2nd NECTAR PhD Award

In addition, during the conference the 2nd NECTAR PhD Award will be awarded for the best recent PhD thesis work in the NECTAR field. The award is established in memory of Professor Piet Rietveld, who chaired NECTAR in the years 2002-2007 and who with his exceptional academic abilities inspired and stimulated many young researchers, PhD students and the NECTAR community in general. More information on the award can be found here.

PhD supervisors who wish to submit their PhD thesis work for consideration should send (a) an electronic copy of the summary of the thesis and (b) the PhD thesis (or collection of papers) in PDF format before January 16, 2017 to the NECTAR secretariat (Ana Condeço-Melhorado) at nectar.secretariat@gmail.com. More information concerning submission can be found here.


Looking forward to meeting you in the spring of 2017 in Madrid!

Karst Geurs, NECTAR Chair

Andrés Monzón, Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)

Javier Gutiérrez, University Complutense of Madrid (UCM)

Ana Condeço Melhorado, University Complutense of Madrid (UCM)

Panayotis Christidis, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC),