WCTRS Young Researchers’ Conference

WCTRS Young Researchers’ Conference

WCTRS Young Researcher’ Conference is a one-day conference which will be held on the first day of the World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR), at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, on May 26th, 2019. Dedicated to the next generation of professionals and experts, the WCTR-Y aims to bring together PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and young researchers, in order to highlight their work and achievements, giving them the opportunity to play a part in the scientific progress, to discuss new research developments and foster the exchange of ideas in the field of transportation studies.

In addition to the presentation of conference articles, the 2019 Edition of the WCTRS-Y will include special sessions targeted towards the academic and professional development of young researchers during which they will be able to interact and learn from their seniors.


The theme of WCTR-Y 2019 is “The Future of Transportation”. Sample topics welcomed by the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Smart Cities and Future Mobility
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
  • Green Transport
  • Active Transportation
  • Integrated Planning for Transportation (Including Freight Transportation) and Resilient Transport Systems
  • Advanced Traffic Management, Operations, and Safety

Eligibility conditions

  • Papers should be exclusively authored and presented by young members.
  • Young members are under 35 years before 26th May 2019, or have completed their PhD no more than four years prior to this date.
  • WCTRS-Y participants have to register to the main WCTR by 14th December 2018. No extra fee is required. There is no day delegate registration.

Publications and awards

Papers will be peer-reviewed using the same criteria as the ones used in the WCTR conference. The best papers will automatically qualify for the nominations to the WCTR prizes such as the Young Author Best Paper prize, and for special issues of academic journals from the WCTR conference.

Important dates 

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 31th August 2018

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 14th September 2018

Deadline for submission of full-length papers: 30th November 2018

Notification of acceptance of papers: 4th January 2019

Author registration deadline: 25th January 2019

Submission of final papers: 15th February 2019


The WCTRS Young Researchers’ Conference will be held at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay).

IIT Bombay is one of the premier research institute in India and is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education.  You can view the campus’ location by clicking on the following link:


The IIT Bombay is located in Powai, in the suburb of Mumbai, and is flanked by the Powai and Vihar lakes. Conference attendees will be able to benefit from the close proximity of the financial capital of India, while enjoying the rich flora and fauna of a campus known for its natural beauty.

You can view the campus’ map by clicking on the following link:


The Institute is about an hour by public transport from the city centre. One can travel using either the BEST Bus Network or the Mumbai Local Train System.

You can view the directions to the campus by clicking on the following link:



Extended abstracts should summarise the research study in no more than 1,500 words, state clearly its objectives, methodology and present and discuss the results. There is no template for extended abstracts. The first page should inform only title and author details, while the abstract itself should start from the second page. Abstracts should be submitted in Word format.

Extended abstracts should be sent to the email dspawar@iith.ac.in with copies to mjanjevi@mit.edu and tstger@leeds.ac.uk


Check the WCTR conference website for more information on registration.

 Organisation team

Name Organisation Email
Digvijay S Pawar, PhD         Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad dspawar@iith.ac.in
Milena Janjevic, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mjanjevi@mit.edu
Thiago Guimarães Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds tstger@leeds.ac.uk
Sara Abd Alla PhD candidate Energy & Transport Studies, University of Genoa.  Research Group: DIME-TEC
Adrien Beziat, PhD Postdoctoral associate, Transport Urban Planning Economics Laboratory (LAET), Lyon, France


For any questions, do not hesitate to contact the WCTR-Y 2019 organisers.

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