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12th WCTR - Lisbon 2010

July 11-15, 2010
Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal

Welcoming message

Prof. José VIEGAS

Director of the conference

The 12th World Conference on Transport Research was held in Lisbon, Portugal...

This conference was hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), a prestigious school of Engineering, Science and Technology. IST, created in 1911, is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal, with two conveniently located campuses (Alameda in Lisbon and Taguspark in Oeiras). IST has already adapted its offer to the new European “post-Bologna” standards, offering more than 20 integrated masters programs of 5 years duration, plus a few independent 3-year graduation programs and master programs, along with 21 PhD programs. These include a Master and a PhD program in Transportation, offered in association with the Universities of Porto and Coimbra, in the framework of the MIT-Portugal program. R&D in IST is performed in institutes, research centres and research groups, among which CESUR, Centre for Urban and Regional Systems, at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, where the Transport Infrastructure Systems and Policy research area is located.

The welcoming team is an emerging young group of great potential, innovation driven, strongly committed to Transport Research, with internationally recognised Transport researchers and wide and multidisciplinary research spectrum. Its 10 permanent members in charge of research and teaching, plus 15 students with scholarships for Master and PhD courses, usually cover 4 to 5 nationalities. The strong involvement in WCTRS activities of that group was accomplished through active membership and participation in all conferences of the two most senior members since 1998, and also having the Head of our research team as Vice-Chair of the Scientific Committee (SCC) since 1998. Making the 12th WCTR Conference in Lisbon will be of great importance for the networking and boost of the younger generation.

The XII World Conference on Transport Research 2010 in Lisbon has received the formal endorsement of representatives of all stakeholders, namely: Government, Public Administration, Foundation for Science and Technology, Universities, and Transport and Infrastructure Operators.

The conference facilities was located by the Tagus River, near one of the best known monuments of Lisbon, the Belém Tower, and a few minutes away from the city centre, in an area served by many alternative modes of transportation. With functional buildings allowing to hold a maximum of 4,000 people in diversified sets of configuration, enabling flexibility of the rooms, all of which offering sophisticated technical equipment for projection, sound and lighting systems.

To know us better, please visit our site: (web page of the welcoming team).

Innovation in Transport Research

During the last decades Portugal has been in the leading edge of excellence and innovation in Transport Research and developed considerable infrastructures for research and education in this area. The innovation in hardware & software is exemplified by Via Verde (world first closed toll collection system in motorways, operation at normal driving speed), a demonstration project on Intermittent Bus Lanes (ITS for public transport) which produced significant gains of commercial speed for buses, pioneering experience in Public-Private Partnerships, innovative contracts for shadow toll motorways, and crash tests in railway vehicles.

The infrastructure for transport research in Portugal comprises Instituto Superior Técnico (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, IST), Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, ISEG), Faculdade de Engenharia do Porto (FEUP), Faculdade de Engenharia do Minho (FEUM), Faculdade de Ciência e Tecnologia de Coimbra (FCTUC), National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC), and a few private companies with R&D activity.

About Lisbon

Lisbon is built on hills looking over the River Tagus. Modern and cosmopolitan, it is a great centre of culture and tourism, and a pleasure to discover on foot. Add to that its cultural diversity, laid-back feel and architectural time warp, and you have one of the most enjoyable cities in Europe. Clean skies and the softness of its light are an integral part of the charm of this city. Seen from the river - one of the city's many great viewpoints - Lisbon is an impressionist picture of low-rise ochre and pastel, punctuated by church towers and domes.

Lisbon is a melting pot of cultures, flavours and spices. Quality of food in general, and of fish in particular, are always referred as special. Several neighbourhoods offer interesting shopping areas of local flavour. Large, modern shopping malls with wide opening hours and easy access by public transport are also very popular. One of the traditional centres of Lisbon's nightlife is Bairro Alto, with its fado houses, restaurants and dozens of bars and clubs. After the riverside area was remodelled for Expo98, night life in Lisbon gained a new dimension both on east and west fronts.

People who want to get away from the city centre, however, can go with modern railways to Sintra or to Estoril and Cascais, about 30km away, with beautiful landscapes, urban settings and nice restaurants and bars. Lisbon is a city that receives yearly a large number of visitors, both in business and leisure. Its offer of hotels is very strong, in all price categories, including some charming traditional units as well as large ones from most international chains.

Public Transport in Lisbon has recently undergone great improvements and includes underground, suburban trains and ferries, low floor buses and light rail, while maintaining in operation a small set of old tramway lines, among which the famous line 28, one of the icons of the city. Day and Multi-day passes are available to enjoy the full public transport network without hassle.