Today saw the first WCTR-Y. This was a day conference organised and attended entirely by WCTR young members (aged under 35). This was the brainchild of steering committee member Ali Huzzayin, who recognises the value in giving early stage researchers a presence and ownership of WCTR. The day was attended by around thirty people and had 9 presentations in the theme ‘transport policy and research’. The presentations came from across the world (Hungary, Canada, Iran, Netherlands, to name a few) and covered a variety of relevant topics from road network planning, mode sharing, and of course my own contribution on ethics of low carbon cars that ended the day.
I thought this was a fantastic initiative, and am surprised it is only the first one. It gave us that are unaccustomed to the global conference set-up a welcome embrace, meeting a few equally wary individuals to look out for in the coming days. It sits well with the other youth initiatives: setting up a communication network (https://www.facebook.com/wctrsy?ref=ts&fref=ts) and the grant provision, which I have also benefited from and look forward to presenting on Wednesday morning.
Sadly, I will be too old to attend WCTR-Y 2016 (only just!) but would urge anyone to consider involvement, as it provides the opportunity to build conference organisation skills, paper refereeing, session chairing or just an extra forum to present your work.