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Call for papers “Transport Infrastructures: Investments, Evaluation and Regional Economic Growth”

Cluster 2 and Cluster 1 of NECTAR (Network of European Communications and Transport Activities Research) together with TRELAB (Transport Research Lab, Roma Tre University) are organizing a workshop in Rome (Italy) on the 22 of March 2019. More information can be found on the workshop website. The call for papers can be found here.

Special issue: “Big Data: A New Opportunity for Transport Geography?”

This Special Issue published by the Journal of Transport Geography and edited by Emmanouil Tranos and Elizabeth Mack aims to critically assess and demonstrate how new sources of big data and the related methodological developments have influenced transport geography research. Specifically, the special issue demonstrates the value of such data sources by presenting a collection of cutting edge geographical empirical studies, which take advantage of the ‘three Vs’ that characterize these data (variety, volume, and velocity). In these pieces, a variety of data sources are utilized, which range from train timetables and flows to bike sharing data, to Tweets and to data about individual mobility trajectories from wearable global positioning system (GPS) devices. Transport geography has always been a cross-disciplinary community, but it seems that the availability of new sources of big data has drastically enhanced this characteristic of the field. The special issue can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.08.003

This special issue is the output of an international workshop, which was co-organized by the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and NECTAR Cluster 8 in March 2016 in Seville, Spain. The success of the event, in terms of the large number of participants (around 40 presentations), and also the cross-disciplinary nature of the participants, which included engineers, transportation geographers, urban planners, physicists and cultures geographers initiated this special issue.


Mobile Tartu 2018

International Conference on 27-29th of June 2018 in Tartu, Estonia


The aim of the event is to discuss theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of research using mobility data – derived from mobile phone or crowd-sourced social media – and explore practical applications of this data in scientific research, planning, governance and location based services.

In addition, Mobile Tartu 2018 proposes special events:

1) PhD course “Mobile phone based data collection field experiment” on 27th of June

2) “Mobile phones, travel and transportation” organised by NECTAR (http://www.nectar-eu.eu/).

3) “Sensor Data for Smart City” organized by SmartEnCity project of EU H2020 (http://smartencity.eu/)

4) BIG mobile data in official statistics


Key dates

1 December 2017 Registration and abstract submission opens
31 January 2018 Deadline of abstract (max 200 words) submission
15 February 2018 Notification of abstract acceptance
31 March 2018 Early Bird registration deadline
13 June 2018 Late registration deadline
20 June 2018 Deadline for submitting a full paper


Cluster 6 Workshop: Accessibility in urban modelling: from measurement to policy instruction

It is our pleasure to invite you to the accessibility workshop of NECTAR Cluster 6 which will be held in Lyon, France, the 18 and 19th of June 2018. This workshop welcomes all works dealing with accessibility. If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send an abstract of your presentation (about 500 words) including author names and affiliations and keywords, to Ouassim Manout  and Ioannis Baraklianos, before February 15th. The call for abstracts can be found here. Note that the workshop will be followed by a meeting of the Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA) (June 20th).

Cluster 7 Workshop: Social and Health Issues in Transportation

It is our pleasure to invite you to a workshop of NECTAR Cluster 7 (Social and Health Issues) which will be held at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 6-8, 2018. If you are interested to participate in this workshop, please send an abstract of your presentation (about 500 words) including author names and affiliations and keywords in PDF format to d.f.ettema@uu.nl before January 31, 2018. The call can be found here.