Pre-Summit Research Day

Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration



21 May


09:30 to 18:00


Messehaus – M3


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The International Transport Forum (ITF), together with European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI), the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), are pleased to announce the holding of a Research Day on “Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration”. This Research Day will be held in Leipzig, Germany on Tuesday 21 May 2019, in conjunction with the International Transport Forum’s 2019 Annual Summit (22- 24 May 2019).



The objective of the Pre-Summit Research Day is to bring together top academics researchers and practitioners to present and discuss topics relevant to the Summit’s theme, providing highly valued input to the Summit’s core programme.

It is critically important that research results are brought into practice, especially considering the pace with which our transport system is currently evolving. The Research Day offers a great opportunity to exchange ideas not only between researchers, but also with representatives from governments, cities, and other decision makers.



While the 2019 ITF Summit on “Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration” will discuss connectivity in all of its dimensions (physical, institutional, digital, modal, operational) and will cut across individual/passenger travel and freight logistics and supply chains, the Research Day will limit its scope to specific topics. In particular, in order to plan their actions and investments for the coming years, policy makers need the input from researchers to provide knowledge and solutions on how to:

  • Harness the potential of transport innovation for better connectivity;
  • Ensure that connectivity solutions are sustainable and equitable;
  • Improve freight and logistics management;
  • Enhance regional integration through better air connectivity.


Draft Programme


Moderation of the Day: Tatiana Samsonova (International Transport Forum, OECD, France)


9h30-9h45: Welcome and Introduction of the Research Day

Young Tae Kim (International Transport Forum, OECD, France)


9h45-10:00: Connectivity for regional integration – challenges, opportunities, perspectives

Dr. Jaehak OH President, National Transport Strategy Planning – The Korea Transport Institute, KOTI on behalf of ITF 2019 Presidency Country


10h00-11h20: Innovation and New Mobility Services

Moderator: Clara de la Torre (European Commission, DG RTD) 


  • Strategies to better link rural areas to European and national transport networks by innovative public transport services

Alexander Nitschke (Ministry for Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)

  • Automated, electric, connected and shared urban mobility: New business roles for service provision and workforce training

Evangelos Bekiaris (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute of Transport, Greece)

  • Development and demonstration of a block chain-based MaaS platform for smart mobility service implementation

Youlim Jang (Korean Transport Safety Authority, Korea)


11h20-11h40: Coffee Break


11h40-13h00: Sustainable Transport Solutions

Moderator: Karen Vancluysen (POLIS Network, Belgium)

  • National Transport Policy and Cities: Policy instruments and governance reforms for compact and connected urban growth

Catarina Heeckt (London School of Economics, LSE Cities, United Kingdom)

  • Economic viability for an innovative sustainable transport solution – used diesel bus conversion into electric bus

Kristīne Malnača (Transport and Telecommunication Institute, JSC Ferrus, Latvia)

  • Mobility budgets as a sufficiency approach in transport policy

Florian Lorenz (Lorenz Consult, Mobalance Research Consortium, Austria)


13h00-14h00: Lunch break


14h00-15h20: Freight and Logistics Management

Moderator: Robert Missen (European Commission, DG MOVE)

  • Transport connectivity barriers to regional integration: a complex network perspective

Agustina Calatayud (Inter-American Development Bank) and and John Mangan (Newcastle University)

  • Missing links for real world truck platooning

Wolfgang Schildorfer (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Department for Logistics, Austria)

  • Problems and solutions when establishing an urban multi-use transshipment terminal

Tale Ørving and Olav Eidhammer (Institute of Transport Economics, Norway)


15h20-15h40: Coffee Break


15h40-17h00: Air Connectivity

Moderator: Jagoda Egeland (International Transport Forum, OECD, France)

  • A Global Air Cargo Network Model for Connectivity Analysis

Alessandro Bombelli (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)

  • Prospects of China' Aviation Liberalization and Impacts on Connectivity/Integration in East Asia and World

Tae Hoon Oum (WCTR Society, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada)

  • Measuring Air Connectivity: A Global model for policy-makers

James Wiltshire (International Air Transport Association, Switzerland)


17h00-17h30: Key points and conclusions of the Research Day

Tatiana Samsonova (International Transport Forum, OECD, France) with Sessions Chairs

Download the full agenda and background information:  

Participants are welcome to attend a reception organised by Leipzig Halle Airport starting at 18:00. Additional information on the program of the event, transport and registration can be found here: http://2019.itf-oecd.org/innovation-effectiveness-and-efficiency-humanitarian-air-cargo


Practical Information


Date: The Research Day will take place on Tuesday, 21 May, one day prior to the official opening of the ITF Summit on Wednesday, 22 May.

Where: The venue for the Research Day is Leipziger Messe, Leipzig.

Who can attend: The event is aimed at researchers and policy makers involved in transport connectivity for regional integration questions.

All participants must be registered to the ITF Summit. Practical considerations depend on your current situation, as detailed below.

  • If you are registered to the ITF Summit, you can attend the Research Day at no extra cost, up to the capacity of the venue. Please email Caroline Alméras at itf2019researchday@gmail.com
  • If you are not registered to the ITF Summit, a special registration fee of € 450 will apply. This will cover attendance at both the Research Day as well as the subsequent three Summit days. The fee covers meals (lunches and dinners, except the evening of 21 May) and transport during the Summit days (22, 23 & 24 May and airport transfer). To register, please email Caroline Alméras at itf2019researchday@gmail.com. If space is available, you will receive in return a registration code to use on the ITF Summit registration portal: http://2019.itf-oecd.org/.
  • if you are accepted as speaker or if you are a moderator/organizer of the Research Day, you will receive a complementary pass for the Research Day and Summit. If not received yet, please request the complementary pass to Ms. Assia Djahafi at assia.djahafi@itf-oecd.org and register then on the ITF Summit registration portal http://2019.itf-oecd.org/registration with the given code. 

Please note that there will not be a shuttle service to the venue, Leipziger Messe. The Leipziger Messe is easily accessible by public transport from the city centre and official hotels. More information here .

ITF Summit badges will be ready for collection at CCL Registration Desk.