2024 NECTAR Conference

The 17th NECTAR Conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium, 3 – 5 July 2024. The NECTAR conference will be organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and hosted on its campus. The focus of the conference is on how transport and communications research can support the different roles stakeholders take in transport planning: Stakeholder involvement in transport: Who, why, how and with what impact? We invite papers discussing the following specific topics of interest:

  • advancements in the fields of transport and communication in the context of stakeholder involvement,
  • development of regulatory approaches and policies,
  • stakeholder-based decision support,
  • citizen engagement,
  • quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the impact of transport on different stakeholder groups.

General Call for Papers

We welcome papers on topics in the fields of transport, communications, and mobility at large. General topics of interest include transport and infrastructure evaluation, transport policy and environment, logistics and freight, tourism, recreation and leisure, housing and labour markets, accessibility analysis, social and health issues, and ICT.

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2024. Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be submitted electronically, using the form available on the conference website and following the instructions found there:


A more detailed version of the general call can also be found here.

Important dates:

Abstract submission: Jan 31, 2024

Notification of acceptance: Feb 29, 2024

Confirmation of attendance: April 30, 2024

Cluster-specific Calls for Papers

All NECTAR clusters will organize specific thematic sessions at the conference. The calls for papers for these sessions can be found below:

Cluster 1 (Transport Infrastructure Impacts and Evaluation): Understanding subjectivity and contestation in transport

Cluster 2 (Policy and Environment): Transport Policy and decarbonisation: the role of participation and stakeholder involvement

Cluster 3 (Logistics & Freight): Towards resilient, disturbance-free and equitable freight transport

Cluster 4 (Urban Mobility Transitions): The role of urban mobility transitions in sustainable futures

Cluster 5 (Leisure, Recreation and Tourism): Stakeholder involvement in tourism transport: roles, needs and participation of residents and visitors

Cluster 6 (Accessibility): Perceived accessibility and ease of travel

Cluster 7 (Social and Health Issues in Transportation): Community engagement in transport decision-making

Cluster 8 (ICT): Mobilizing Stakeholders through Transport Digitization


To recognize the high quality of the research conducted by the best of the PhD students supervised by NECTAR members, NECTAR awards a PhD award at its international Conference. The 5th NECTAR PhD award will consider PhD theses written in English which have been or will be defended between July 2022 and June 2024. We will also consider submissions consisting of sets of journal papers which are to be included in a future thesis, and which are representative for its quality. PhD thesis work can be submitted only by a supervisor who should be a NECTAR member. More information on the award and eligibility criteria can be found here.