The call for abstracts will close on 29 February 2024.
The conference will review the latest international developments in competition and ownership in land passenger transport, with reference to key political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental trends - including the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary focus is on public transport, however, the conference also looks at important linkages between public transport and other sectors in areas such as planning, policy, contracting, financing and funding. This includes the role of reforms in the broader transport sector that have an impact on public transport and of other policy instruments that are part of an integrated package to grow demand for public transport. The conference series is intended to be inclusive with coverage of both developed and developing markets and of both formal and informal transport. A mark of its successful continuity as a series over the years has been the mix of key stakeholders sharing their experience, especially operators, regulators and government officials, as well as academics. The conference will feature plenary sessions, roundtables and a series of intensive workshops based around keynote papers and a series of resource papers providing a range of international perspectives on each issue.
Papers are invited that address one of the following seven workshop themes of the conference. Further details for each workshop can be found on the Thredbo 18 Workshop Themes page.
You will be asked to select a workshop when you submit your abstract. The conference will feature one and a half days of plenary sessions and roundtables and two days of interactive workshops. Delegates remain with their workshop throughout the workshop sessions in order to contribute to the evolving debate and discussion.
Early career professionals (less than ten years active in the field of transport as an academic or practitioner) may nominate in the abstract submission process to have a paper, for which they are a primary author, considered for the Michael Beesley Award. This award was established in honour of Professor Michael Beesley, CBE who was one of the most influential transport economists of his time and was co-founder (with Professor David Hensher, AM) of the Thredbo conference series. In addition, all papers will be considered for the Kelsian Award (established in 2022) which is presented to the best conference paper with a sustainability focus.
A selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be published in peer reviewed conference proceedings.
Please note the following rules for abstract submission:
Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference proceedings committee and authors notified of the outcome by the end of March 2024. Authors who submit an abstract with particular merit and fit to broad conference themes may be invited to prepare a paper for a plenary session.
Full papers will need to be submitted by 1 July 2024. Late papers will not be considered.
Each paper must be prepared in Word using the template and guidelines provided and written in good English. Papers that fail to follow these instructions will not be included in the conference program. Ten minutes will be allowed for presentation of each paper, with a maximum of ten PowerPoint slides. During the workshop you will have extra time to debate the theme of your paper which is in addition to your allocated presentation slot.
All abstracts are to be submitted via the online submission process hosted by EasyChair. To submit your abstract you will need to have a (free) account with EasyChair.
Go to the Thredbo 18 submission page on Easychair and sign into your account. Click on the New Submission tab and then carefully follow the steps on that page to submit your abstract following all instructions provided and clicking on Submit at the bottom of the page once you are sure all the information provided is correct. Once you submit your abstract you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the abstract, as will any co-authors indicated as corresponding authors. Abstracts cannot be modified once submitted.
Go to Create an EasyChair Account and follow the steps indicated. An email will be sent to your registered email address that includes a link to activate your account. You will then need to complete a few more details online and your account will be created. You will then be provided with this option: “To log in for Thredbo 18 click here”. Please login and then click on the New Submission tab (top left of the page), review and agree to the Terms of Service, click on the New Submission tab again and then carefully follow the steps on that page to submit your abstract following all instructions provided. Click on Submit at the bottom of the page once you are sure all the information provided is correct. Once you submit your abstract you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the abstract, as will any co-authors indicated as corresponding authors. Abstracts cannot be modified once submitted. Abstracts cannot be modified once submitted.
If you have any technical difficulties during the submission process there is a Help option in every EasyChair screen (top right of the page).
For any further questions about the Call for Abstracts, please email the Conference Secretariat.