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The 16th Annual Transport Practitioners' Meeting Call for Papers

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About the Transport Practitioners’ Meeting

Now in its 16th year, The Transport Practitioners’ Meeting (TPM) is the annual meeting place for all transport planners, placemakers, highway engineers and urban transport designers. TPM brings the wider transport and built environment community together, for two days of world class networking, idea sharing and lively debate.

Why submit an abstract?

Regardless of your career level, presenting at TPM offers numerous invaluable opportunities. More experienced practitioners will benefit from the unique opportunity to present to a diverse and knowledgeable community of peers, offering plenty of opportunity to debate and disseminate information presented. Young practitioners will gain confidence and enthusiasm for presenting to the friendly and knowledgeable audience of fellow professionals.

All delegates benefit from a range of networking opportunities. Graduates will rub shoulders with CEOs who in turn will be able to chat to the decision makers at Local Authorities. Most importantly, TPM is a fun and relaxed environment where practitioners can discuss latest trends, disseminate ideas and develop new projects.

Additionally, each day of attendance at TPM counts towards Continuing Professional Development Hours.

What topics are people interested in?

Recognising that something you have worked on is of interest to fellow practitioners is the first step; be it delivery of a tricky project, development of new best practice, a piece of research or even a critique of the status quo, TPM is all about sharing knowledge and ideas. With an audience that works across the full spectrum of transport activities, a vast array of topics will be of interest to other delegates.

Below is a list of hot topics we’d encourage people to consider when thinking about developing papers.

Smart Cities

Urban liveability

Planning the Future

Changing Travel Behaviour

Marketing and Communications

The new world of Modelling

The future of the Automobile

Transport Economics

Sustainable Land Use Planning

Local Public Transport

Freight and Logistics


But these are by no means exclusive, we are happy to accept papers on the latest developments in all areas of transport! More ideas can be found on the TPM Website www.transportconference.co.uk

How are papers presented?

The conference, which runs over two days from 05 – 06 July 2018, is split into a series of parallel streams, and further divided into a number of sessions. Each session lasts between 90 – 120 minutes and features three or four papers.

Speakers are advised to allow 20 minutes to present their paper and 10 minutes for discussion with the audience; a chairperson ensures that speakers remain within their allotted 30 minutes. This format allows delegates the freedom to explore a wide range of topics and papers that are of direct relevance to their own work areas.


Want to present a workshop?

Workshop sessions will be arranged to allow delegates to explore particular issues in more depth, lasting 45 minutes. We encourage presenters to view workshops as interactive sessions, not simply a longer paper presentation.

How are papers selected?

The TPM Committee considers all submitted abstracts and discuss which ones should be presented at the conference. The intention is to select interesting papers that will inspire lively and fruitful debates. As papers are selected on the basis of the abstracts received, it’s important that abstracts contain sufficient information to demonstrate the value of the paper to transport practitioners. If selected, the abstract title and summary will be used in delegate packs – think about the audience you would like to attract to your presentation when you write this!

Please make sure that you provide enough information about the proposed content of your paper, and any expected conclusions and results, when you prepare your abstract.

What are the timescales?

Thursday 25 January 2018 – Deadline for submission of abstracts is twelve noon

Thursday 1 March 2018 – Authors will be notified whether their abstract has been selected

Friday 1 June 2018 – Deadline for submission of papers and presentations

Young Practitioners

We love to see papers from those under the age of 28, particularly those working in the public sector. Each year PTRC offers a bursary award to a young professional working in Local Government. This provides free attendance to the conference and applies to sole authors only. There is also a prize up for grabs by young practitioners…

How do I submit?

In order to allow fair evaluation by the TPM Committee, abstracts should be submitted through the website

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