The call for abstracts will close on 31 January 2021.
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. 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 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:
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 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 primary author, considered for the Michael Beesley Award. This award was established in honour of Professor Michael Beesley who was one of the most influential transport economists of his time and was co-founder (with Professor David Hensher) of the Thredbo conference series.
A selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of Elsevier’s Research in Transportation Economics (RETREC).
Please note the following rules for abstact submission:
Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference program committee and authors notified of the outcome by the end of March 2021. Authors who submit an abstract with particular merit and fit to broad conference themes may be invited to prepare a paper for a plenary presentation.
Full papers will need to be submitted by the 31 July 2021. 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. Presentations of papers will be a maximum of 10 minutes; standard audio visual equipment will be available for PowerPoint slides.
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 Log in to EasyChair for Thredbo17 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. You will receive an email to the email address you have registered with a link to activate your account. You will then need to complete a few more details online and your account will then be created. You will then be provided with this option: “To log in for Thredbo 17 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.
If you have technical difficulties during the submission process there is a Help option in every EasyChair screen (top right of the page).
We fully intend to commit to having the conference on the promoted dates in Japan.
If there is still a concern regarding COVID-19 by late January 2021, we will reconsider the date of the conference and will honour abstracts submitted that have been accepted. Abstract revision will be permitted.
In submitting an abstract we recognise that there may be constraints in September that might prevent attendance such as lack of flights at an affordable price. This will be reviewed in January taking into consideration the various locations participants will be travelling from.
If the conference is postponed, we will be arranging a series of webinars featuring Workshop Chairs presenting on relevant Thredbo themes.