|Newsletter May 2011||Summit News: Finalists Announced for International Transport Forum Awards 2011
|With only three weeks to go until
the International Transport Forum’s 2011 summit in
Leipzig, Germany, shortlists have been announced for
two prestigious awards that will be presented in
Leipzig for outstanding contributions to transport.
The 2011 Young Researcher of the Year Award highlights outstanding transport-related work by young researchers under 35 years of age. From 40 entries representing 22 nationalities and research institutions from 16 countries, the jury selected four candidates as potential winners: Dr. Jonn Axsen, Canada (Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, United States); Dr. Daniel Albalate, Spain (Research Group on Government and Markets, University of Barcelona, Spain); Ms. Eda Beyazit, Turkey (Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom) and Dr. Nuno Quental, Portugal (Instituto Superior Técnico - CESUR, Lisbon, Portugal).
For the 2011 Transport Achievement Award, which honours transport projects that have demonstrated excellence in meeting the transport needs of their clients and “put people first”, projects from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Turkey and the United Kingdom were pre-selected for their very high quality and as potentially worthy of the Transport Achievement Award
The Young Researcher of the Year Awards will be presented at a ceremony on 25 May in Leipzig. The Transport Achievement Award, which is offered in conjunction with the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT), the International Federation of Freight Forwarding Associations (FIATA) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), will be presented also during the 2011 summit, on 26 May.
Short descriptions of the shortlisted projects for both Awards can be found by clicking on “Awards” on the Summit 2011 website. A new prize, the Leadership in Transport Award, will honour a public figure that has made a profound and lasting impact on transport. The winner will be announced soon.
|Why you should be at the International Transport Forum’s 2011 summit:|
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|Opinions and Positions: Your Input for the 2011 summit|
|Do you want to be on the record in the debate on “Transport for Society”? The International Transport Forum invites interested parties to provide contributions for the “Opinions and Positions” section of the summit 2011 website. This section contains reports and statements from stakeholders and member countries as well as discussion papers commissioned by the International Transport Forum for the 2011 summit. If you would like to be represented, please send us an email.|
|Kick-off event: Berlin Press Luncheon|
The Berlin press corps was introduced to the theme and programme of the 2011 summit at a press lunch hosted by Jack Short, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, in the German capital on 14 April. As a special guest, Parliamentary State Secretary Andreas Scheuer of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Urban Development contributed the perspective of the summit’s host country. About two dozen media representatives, including correspondents from France, Bulgaria and Norway, attended.
|Supporters of the International Transport Forum 2011:|
We are proud to count some of the most illustrious names in the world of transport among the sponsors and supporters of the International Transport Forum’s 2011 summit:
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer whose customer focus, commercial know-how, technological leadership and manufacturing efficiency have propelled it to the forefront of the industry. Airbus today consistently captures about half of all commercial airliner orders. As the International Transport Forum’s Platinum Sponsor in 2011, Airbus is providing crucial support that enables us to offer you a truly unique global transport event.
Airbus CEO, Thomas Enders will be one of the prominent panellists at the summit.
|Toll Collect is a renowned transport innovator, driving the development of satellite-based tolling systems for tomorrow’s mobility needs. As a Gold Sponsor this year, Toll Collect is supporting the International Transport Forum’s annual summit for the second year running, recognising it as “one of the most important international platforms for the transport sector”.|
|Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology, offering the broadest portfolio in the rail industry with innovative products that set new standards in sustainable mobility. Bombardier is a Sponsor of the International Transport Forum for the second year running.|
|DEKRA has eighty years experience in ensuring that the daily life and work of people and companies is just that little bit safer – in the automotive sector and beyond. As sponsor of the International Transport Forum’s 2011 Children’s University, Dekra is making a strong statement for safety in transport.|
|Other Sponsors and Partners of the International Transport Forum 2011:|
|New Publication: Improving the Practice of Transport Project Appraisal|
Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is indispensable for making good decisions on what transport projects to fund, by making transparent which projects offer best value for money. But the practical relevance of CBA does not always live up to its appeal in principle. This report examines the extent to which shortcomings of CBA in practice can be addressed by drawing on examples from three countries – France , Mexico and the United Kingdom – and how it is evolving in response to changing policy priorities.
|Cycling Safety: Seminar and Working Group Meeting in Korea|
A presentation by the City of Changwon, known as the cycling capitol of Korea, on their cycling infrastructure and cycling promotion policies was one of the highlights of an international seminar on cycling safety held in Seoul, Korea on 7th of April. A guest lecture by Dr. Bernhard Ensink, Secretary-General of European Cyclists Federation was also well received. In all, ten papers were presented and actively discussed by about 60 transport professionals from government, academia and research institutions at this event, jointly organised by the Korean Transport Institute (KOTI) and the International Transport Forum. Back-to-back with the seminar, the Third Meeting of the International Transport Forum’s Cycling Safety Working Group met and made significant progress towards completion of the working group’s objectives. A last meeting will likely be held on 16-17 June in Paris, France.
|New Search Engine|
|The International Transport Forum website now features a new search engine, powered by Google, that enables users to better find the content they look for, and faster: www.internationaltransportforum.org.|
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