TRA2024 Programme Overview

Our transport systems continue to undergo significant change. As we continue to respond to the demands of climate change and rapid digital transitions, there is a growing need for transport systems that meet our social requirements and support businesses in an efficient and reliable manner.

TRA2024 will support the transport transition by offering participants the opportunity to engage with the latest advances arising from transport research internationally. TRA2024 will cover all transport modes and showcase research and innovation that ranges from basic research to application-oriented.

TRA2024 is a multidisciplinary conference that will address social, technical and economic aspects, as well as policies and standards.

The TRA2024 conference will take place from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April 2024, at the RDS, Dublin, Ireland.  

A number of session types are planned for TRA2024. These include:

Plenary Sessions

These will address the primary themes of the conference, with a different focus on each day. Plenary Sessions will feature high-level speakers that will give their insights and debate the issues in an open forum. More information on these sessions will be available in Autumn 2023.

Strategic Sessions

The Strategic Sessions are designed to support the plenary sessions, and each day 3 strategic sessions will be delivered in parallel. These sessions will address major innovation fields and convey policy messages and key industrial issues.

Scientific and Technical Sessions

On each day there will be a number of scientific & technical sessions featuring presentations from conference delegates. The call for abstracts is currently closed (the deadline is 29 May 2023) and full papers will be due on 11 October 2023.

Accepted papers will be presented by the authors either as podium or poster presentations, and the sessions will be designed to support the 16 conference sub-themes. Please also note that for TRA2024 we are also accepting short papers (2 pages maximum). These are intended to promote industry participation and will lead to a poster presentation at the conference.

Special Sessions

The special sessions are organised to allow a forum for researchers to discuss key research issues. Participants can submit their own proposals for these sessions, and the format will typically include podium presentations and/or panel discussions. These sessions are intended to be flexible and will support activities that may not fit within the other session types. More information on these sessions, including the application process, will be available in September 2023.


The TRA VISIONS awards are a core part of the TRA conference and provides us with an opportunity to recognise research excellence. At each conference awards will be presented to the best young and senior researchers; there is also a lifetime achievement award. Further information on how to enter these competitions is available on the TRA Visions page.

Conference Exhibitions

A core element of every TRA conference is the Conference Exhibition, and TRA2024 will provide a large space for stakeholders and companies to showcase their work. This area will also feature a stage that will allow exhibitors the opportunity to speak directly to the conference attendees and the exhibition offers superb networking opportunities



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