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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

Job vacancy: Assistant Professor in Smart Mobility (University of Twente, the Netherlands)

The University of Twente is recruiting an Assistant Professor in Smart Mobility at the Department of Civil Engineering. Please apply if your research expertise comprises geospatial analysis, data science, travel behaviour research, choice modelling and traffic safety research. We expect you to have a strong interest in operating at the crossroads of different disciplines and to have a passion for teaching. You will dedicate 50% of your time to research and 50% to teaching.

You are welcome to contact Prof. Karst Geurs (at k.t.geurs@utwente.nl) for any questions you might have.

Workshop on “Transport policies and strategies in sustainable tourism”

It is our pleasure to invite you to a workshop of NECTAR Cluster 5 (Leisure, Recreation and Tourism) on “Transport policies and strategies in sustainable tourism”. The workshop will be held at bbw University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany, during the International Conference “Policies and Strategies in Sustainable Tourism” (June 18th-19th 2020). Abstracts can be submitted until 31 March 2020.

The call can be found here.

15th INFORMS Telecommunications and Network Analytics Conference

The conference takes place March 29 to April 1 2020 in Berlin, and is going to be focused on the theory and application of operations research and management science to problems in telecommunications and network analytics, with particular emphasis on new and emerging technologies. More information can be found here and on the conference website: http://informs_tnac2020.zib.de/submissions.html

In memoriam Moshe Givoni

We are saddened with receiving the news that Moshe Givoni has passed away November 22, 2019. Moshe was the Head of the Transport Research Unit and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel- Aviv University. Moshe has been an active and much appreciated member of NECTAR since 2003. He joined the cluster leadership of the Networks Cluster (Cluster 1) in 2005 and has shaping the cluster as it changed its focus to “Transport Infrastructure Impacts and Evaluation” in 2017.

Moshe had a wide research interest reflected by many publications on integrated and sustainable transport policy development, competition, integration and substitution between aviation and high speed rail transport, active travel, road pricing and smart mobility. In many publications Moshe examined the environmental and social benefits of transport policies, where he also explored modern ways of gathering bigger data. His range of research interests were reflected by the variety of several cluster meetings that Moshe organized and co-organised. Events that Moshe helped organizing were, amongst others, cluster workshops in Leeds (UK, 2012), Liege (Belgium, 2014), Cranfield (UK, 2015), Molde (Norway, 2016), Warsaw (Poland, 2016) and cluster meetings at ERSA conferences and several biannual NECTAR conferences. Moshe has guest edited NECTAR special issues (e.g., in Research in Transport Economics) and co-edited two books in the NECTAR series published by Edward Elgar. With Nicolas Thomopoulos and Piet Rietveld he edited the book “ICT for Transport” in 2015 and just a couple of weeks ago the new NECTAR book “Transport, Space and Equity” was published, edited with Robin Hickman, Beatriz Mella Lira and Karst Geurs.

Moshe was an inspiration for many of us by pushing high-quality research and promoting better transport policies. At the same time Moshe was always kind, generous and humble – he was an incredibly positive person, always interested in other peoples’ research and lives, encouraging publications and meetings. Many of us remember dinners full of laughter – across the continents from Oxford to California – he was always so warm, welcoming and generous with his smile. Many of us have fond memories talking with Moshe during NECTAR meetings and its conference dinners and social events. We remember his warm welcome and proud tour around his Department and the city of Tel Aviv when visiting him. He was a wonderful colleague and NECTAR friend.

We will all miss him deeply. His smile will forever be in our hearts.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go to his wife Helena, his three children and the rest of the family, as well to his colleagues at his Department in Tel-Aviv.