Monday night saw some familiar faces from days-gone-by as well as some new potential student recruits who had heard of our fine reputation. The evening commenced with a short history of ITS from Tony May, followed by a brief talk from Helena Cybis who graduated from ITS with a masters in Transport Planning in 1989 and a PhD in 1993. Since graduating Helena has since gone on to become Director and President of ANPET, which is the Brazilian equivalent of UTSG. Greg Marsden concluded the short presentations with his own comments on research highlights, current initiatives, scholarship opportunities through Science without Borders as well as an update on the latest movers and shakers within ITS.
Despite an event hosted by Elsevier at the same time we still found that our strong security (me) was having to turn people away at the door as we had reached full capacity. Many friends of ITS spanning years of partnership, with guests from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Greece, Delhi, China, Germany, Chile, USA and Vienna gathered to join us for canapés and cocktails (well we are not far from the Copacabana). It was a delight for me personally to meet some of the faces who are known from their ITS alumni website profiles, even if Fumio Kurosaki’s colleague did punch me in the face! (Whilst I fully accept it was an accident after 2 years training at the dojo I should have seen it coming and swiftly diffused the situation, however I was slow on my game and walked straight into a very animated conversation with enthusiastic arm swinging and misguided fist punching).
Other alumni present were Leksmono Suryo Puytranto from the Tarumanagara University Jakarta, John Preston from the University of Southampton, Jonathan Gomez-Vilchez from KIT, Germany, John Dinwoodie from the University of Plymouth, as well as Fumio Kurosaki from the Institute of Transportation Economics, Tokyo.
The evening went well and we are looking forward to seeing more of our worldwide alumni at the next destination, wherever that may be.