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Call for Posters: Transportation for Sustainability – An International Conference

UPDATED Call for Student Posters


Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St., N.W. Washington, D.C, USA

May 6 – May 8, 2015


About the Conference:

Sustainability has emerged as an overarching concern for the transportation sector around the world. This international conference, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, will present thought-provoking examples of sustainability thinking, analysis and practice in the transportation field. The conference will especially promote approaches that adopt a holistic view on sustainability, combining the key dimensions of sustainability (economic, social, and environmental) and addressing present and future needs. It will aim to stimulate debate on how such a view can be consolidated into practice and research. A central aim is to explore ways toward institutionalizing sustainable practices globally.

The Conference Planning Committee is now re-opening the call for Student Posters. The 15 best poster proposals will be accepted for display and discussion at the poster session.

Students who have submitted to the first round DO NOT NEED to resubmit their poster but can choose to do so.

The poster abstracts need to reflect excellence of research as well as relevance for one or more of the following conference topics:

1.  Global Initiatives on Sustainability in Transportation

International frameworks for incorporating sustainability into transportation; impacts of sustainable—or unsustainable—transportation on the global economy, sustainability issues in air travel, marine travel, and at border crossings.

2.  Policies, Programs, Projects, and Institutional Approaches

Case studies; national, state, or local sustainability strategies or policies; institutional arrangements for adopting sustainability approaches.

3.  Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation

Metrics needs and existing tools to measure sustainability in transportation; data resources; applications of sustainability measurement.

Examples of student poster topics might include: How to measure and account for sustainability in transportation; Institutional arrangements to promote sustainability; Integrating sustainability in transportation industry and business; Workforce development for sustainability in transportation ; Considerations in for applying sustainability criteria in specific settings (e.g. culture, geography); The use of social media to promote and support sustainable transportation behavior; Engaging citizens, stakeholders and generation X/Y in sustainable transportation practice.

Format of Abstracts:

Abstracts must be in English and include name, affiliation, and contact information (email) for the corresponding poster author. Information about all co-authors must also be provided.

To be considered for participation at the poster session, poster abstracts must account for how a holistic approach to sustainability is adopted in the analysis or practice to be presented; as a minimum how the three pillars of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) and the needs of future generations need to be taken into account.

Abstracts should be limited to 500 words. Final posters selected for submission need to adhere to certain size and design criteria to be announced.

Review of Abstracts:

The posters will be reviewed by an editorial panel and the best poster will receive an award.

Deadlines and Dates:

Submission of proposed poster abstracts:                     January 30, 2015
Notice of acceptance of poster presentations:              February 13, 2015
Commitment by author to present:                                  February 27, 2015

Final acceptance of poster is conditional upon the registration to the conference.


Contact information for abstract submission and call-for-posters queries:  

Please submit your abstract via email to Brittney Gick at


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