Call for Abstracts, METRANS International Urban Freight Conference 2017

The purpose of I-NUF is to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research on all aspects of urban freight and to raise the visibility of urban freight research. I-NUF draws participants from around the world representing the research community, the private sector, and government. Abstracts for conference presentations as well as papers are now sollicited.


Abstracts for both conference presentations and papers on the following topics are sollicited:

1. Local/last mile pickup and delivery

2. Trade nodes and hubs - ports, airports, distribution hubs

3. Freight modes - trucking, rail, water

4. Urban modeling and planning

5. New technology

6. Changing consumption, production and spatial organization

7. Best practices

Sustainability is a cross-cutting theme. Papers on environmental impacts or mitigation strategies in all thematic areas are most welcome as well as proposals for special sessions.

Abstract Submission Requirements

Abstracts must be submitted by May 15, 2017. Find more details about the submission in the leafletPDF (pdf, 160.1 kB).

Important dates:

  • May 15, 2017 -- deadline for abstract submissions
  • July 15, 2017 -- abstracts reviewed and authors notified of results

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