Introduction

The International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment has successfully been reconvened for 25 years, always attracting a wide international spread of delegates. It is well-established as the premier event of its type.

The continuing requirement for better urban transport systems and the need for a healthier environment has added to the increasing success of this annual meeting which attracts international delegates from many different countries. Innovative systems, new approaches and original ideas need to be thoroughly tested and critically evaluated before they can be implemented in practice, which highlights the importance of the meeting. Moreover, there is a growing need for integration with telecommunications systems and IT applications in order to improve safety, security and efficiency. The Meeting also addresses the need to solve important pollution problems associated with urban transport in order to achieve a healthier environment.

The variety of topics covered by the conference reflects the complex interaction of the urban transport systems with their environment and the need to establish integrated strategies. The aim is to arrive at optimal socio-economic solutions while reducing the negative environmental impacts of current transportation systems.

The conference started in Southampton in 1995; continuing in Barcelona (1996); Acquasparta, Italy (1997); Lisbon (1998); Rhodes (1999); Cambridge, UK (2000); Lemnos, Greece (2001); Seville (2002); Crete (2003); Dresden (2004); Algarve (2005); WIT Campus in the New Forest (2006); Coimbra (2007); Malta (2008); Bologna (2009); Limassol (2010); Pisa (2011), A Coruña (2012), Kos (2013), Algarve (2014), Valencia (2015), Crete (2016) and Rome (2017). All papers are included in the WIT Transactions and archived in the Wessex Institute’s eLibrary at www.witpress.com/elibrary, where they are permanently and easily available to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Urban Transport 2019. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Urban transport planning and management
  • Urban strategies
  • Mobility and public space
  • Smart city transport
  • Urban impacts of public transport
  • City logistics
  • Public transport systems including public policies and governance
  • Environmental impact
  • Economic and social impact
  • Safety and security
  • Dangerous goods transport
  • Travel behaviour studies
  • Traffic control
  • Traffic accidents
  • Transportation modelling and simulation
  • Infrastructure development
  • Intelligent and advanced transport systems
  • Mass transport strategies
  • Freight transport
  • Railway systems
  • Port and city
  • Innovative electric transportation
  • Eco-mobility transport systems
  • Integrated network systems including inter-modal transport systems
  • Traditional and alternative fuels and energy

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Urban Transport 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration (ISSN: 2058-8305; Digital ISSN: 2058-8313).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Urban Transport 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration (ISSN: 2058-8305; Digital ISSN: 2058-8313).

Location Information

Ria de AveiroThe charming Portuguese city of Aveiro is situated on the saltwater lagoon of the Rio de Aveiro and is characterised by its sandy coast, scenic estuary, gardens and parks. Occasionally referred to as “Portugal’s Venice”, you can often see colourful gondolas travelling along the three canals that wind their way through the city. The city has an urban sophistication that combines with its modern style. This, merged with Aveiro’s historical marine environment, makes the city unique.

One of the top attractions in Aveiro is the Reserva Natural das Dunas de São Jacinto, a 6.7 sq/km wooded nature reserve equipped with trails and birdwatching hides. A meandering 7km loop trail runs through the pines and dunes and can be walked at any time.

The Museu de Aveiro is fine museum in a beautiful space, the former Mosteiro de Jesus, owes its finest treasures to Princesa Joana (later canonised), daughter of Afonso V. In 1472, 11 years after the convent was founded; Joana ‘retired’ here and, though forbidden to take full vows, she stayed until her death in 1490. The extraordinary painting collection spans the 10th to 15th centuries. Her tomb, a 17th-century masterpiece of inlaid marble mosaic, takes centre stage in an equally lavish room.

Situated on the coast, Aveiro also boasts a range of beaches popular with families and surfers. The pretty Costa Nova beach is one of the highlights as it is lined with beachside cafes, gift shops and picturesque candy-striped cottages. Buses (one way/return €2.50/4, hourly) go from Aveiro's Rua Clube dos Galitos.

Travel

Address of Conference venue:

University of Aveiro
Campus Universitario
Aveiro
3810-193


Traveling to Portugal by Air:

To travel to Aveiro you should fly either to Lisbon or to Oporto

  • Lisbon Airport (LIS), situated 250 Km to the conference venue: Lisbon airport is the main international gateway to Portugal with connections to major cities including Madrid, Barcelona, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Rome, Boston, Tangiers, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, Rio de Janiero and many others. For more information, please visit https://www.aeroportoporto.pt/pt/lis/home
  • Oporto Airport (OPO), situated 70 Km to the conference venue: Although slightly smaller than Lisbon Airport, it still connects with major cities including Brussels, Dublin, Zurich, Valencia, Amsterdam, Newark, Basel, Milan, Krakow, Geneva and others. For more information, please visit https://www.aeroportoporto.pt/pt/opo/home

From Lisbon Airport to Aveiro

By train: The train journey from Lisbon to Aveiro will take between 2h-2.30h and cost around €20-25.

At the airport, the take a taxi (5-10 minutes) or the metro red line (three stops/€1.60) to Lisboa Oriente station, from this station you can take the train to Aveiro. There are ticket offices at the airport.

For train times and fares, you can visit Portugal railway service website: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

From Oporto Airport to Aveiro

By train: The train journey from Oporto to Aveiro takes around 40 min to 1 hour and costs around 3.5 – 14.50 Euro depending on the service.

At the airport, take the metro purple line to Porto-Campanha station (40 minutes/€2.00). There are ticket offices at the airport. From Porto-Campanha station you can take the train to Aveiro.
For train times and fares, you can visit Portugal railway service website https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

By bus: You can also get to Aveiro by bus although the journey is much longer than by train. The journey can take between 1.15 – 2.5 hours depending on the time of the day and costs around €9.

From the airport, take the metro purple line to 24 de Agosto Station, from there walk 200m to Rede Expressos bus station from where you can take the bus to Aveiro.
For bus fares and timetables see http://www.rede-expressos.pt/


Travelling to Aveiro by car

From the north using the A1 motorway or from the east using the A25. Take the A1 motorway headed to Lisbon. Exit the A1 in the direction of Aveiro and take the A25. There are two exits to the city from the A25, first “Aveiro-Norte" and some kilometers further on, the "Aveiro" exit. This second exit is the best for reaching the University of Aveiro.

From the south using the A1 motorway. Take the A1 motorway in the direction of Porto. Exit the motorway at "Aveiro-Sul/Águeda" (exit 15) and follow the EN235 road directly to the University Campus. From the south, using the A8 and A17 motorways. Exit the motorway at "Aveiro-Sul” and follow the EN235 road directly to the University campus.


From Aveiro city centre to the University:

Aveiro railway and bus station are located at about 20 minutes walking distance or 5 minutes taxi ride from the University Campus. Bus number 11, runs from the station to the university.


This information was last updated 23/10/2018

Venue InformationUniversity of Aveiro

The conference will take place at the University of Aveiro. The University of Aveiro was founded in 1973; this innovative and dynamic University has a student population of approximately 15,000. This research-led institution provides both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and include mathematics, industrial engineering, design, materials, physics and chemistry within its fields of study. There are a total 18 research units, of which 15 are renowned for their excellence internationally.

Conference Venue Address:

University of Aveiro
Campus Universitario
Aveiro
3810-193

Accommodation

Hotels listed below offer special rates for our delegates. The hotels are all within walking distance to the University and close to bus line 11 which takes you from the centre to the university campus if you rather use public transport.
Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation and settling your own account.

In order benefit from the discounted rated, you need to make your booking emailing your selected hotel quoting “WIT Conference” and follow their booking procedure.

Prices given below are per room per night including breakfast.


Hotel As Americas **** (25 min. walk to the university campus/ close to Bus 11 stop)
Single room €85 / Double room €111
Rua Eng. Von Hafe nº 20, 3800-176 Aveiro
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http://www.hotelasamericas.com/


Hotel das Salinas ** (15 min. walk to the university campus/ close to Bus 11 stop)
Single room 50€ / Double room 65€ / Single Studio 55€ / Twin Studio 75€
Street freedom # 10, 3810-126 AVEIRO
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https://www.hoteldassalinas.com/hotel/index.php/en


Hotel Aveiro Center *** (14 min. walk to the university campus/ close to Bus 11 stop)
Single room €55 / Double room €70
Rua da Arrochela nº 6, 3810-052 AVEIRO
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https://www.hotelaveirocenter.com/hotel/index.php/en


Hotel Aveiro Palace **** (15 min. walk to the university campus/ close to Bus 11 stop)
Single room €61 (interior view) - €69 (exterior) / Double room €69 (interior) - €79 (exterior)
* The hotel has a policy of no children under the age 4
Rua Viana do Castelo, nº 4 (Ponte square), 3800-275 Aveiro
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http://www.hotelaveiropalace.com/en/hotel-overview.html


This information was last updated 23/10/2018

Additional Information

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