It has been a trying year so far. The close of the call for papers and the abstract committee meeting we held for #2020TPM in February seems like a lifetime ago. A lot has changed and we have all had to adjust to the ‘new normal’.
Our industry came sharply into focus over lockdown. We were asked to avoid public transport, leaving space for those who needed it. London’s LEZ timing extended and the prices increased. Walking and cycling initiatives were encouraged through the early summer after local authorities had to bid and promise to create significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians to receive funding. Roads were closed to aid in social distancing.
This year’s Transport Practitioners’ Meeting is going to be a special one and not just because we’re delivering it online. We need to debrief, and think about what lies ahead.
For 18 years, TPM has brought transport practitioners together to debate, share and engage. To think critically and be empowered to make transport a force for good. This year more than ever, TPM will provide a home for the profession, an arena to find common solutions, to ensure that we can emerge from this crisis primed as a profession of ‘superheroes’
to build a world that is better than the one we had before.
I’d love for you to join us on September 2nd and 3rd, using an exciting online platform which we have tailored to ensure that #2020TPM will be the best one yet. Participants will be able to engage with 130 dynamic speakers over 2 days, debate will be facilitated in dedicated break out rooms, there will be a virtual exhibition area, Keynotes delivered ‘on stage’ and of course the annual awards. What’s more, you no longer have to juggle sessions, as all presentations will be recorded and available following the event.
It's my favourite time of the year, as many of you know, and although it may be happening in autumn and it may be virtual, this still rings true. I hope to see you there!
Visit www.transportconference.co.uk to learn more information on the 18th Annual Transport Practitioners' Meeting 2 - 3 September 2020.