Call for Submissions for TRA2020 open until 31 May

Transport Research Arena (TRA) is the foremost European transport research event that covers all transport modes and aspects of mobility. The eighth edition of this biennal event will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on the 27-30 of April in 2020.

Organised and hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency and co-organised with the European Commission, TRA2020 is titled “Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility”.

Inspired by this theme, TRA2020 will concentrate on the imperative transformation that transport is undergoing mainly thanks to digital and automation technologies. TRA attendees will also get to know about Finland’s silo-breaking re-regulation of the entire transport sector that enables trials, pilots and innovation actions.

Call for Submissions for TRA2020 still open

TRA has extended the deadline for paper submissions until 31 May.

Both technical papers from the industry/researchers and research papers from academia/research are welcome. All modes and aspects of mobility will be covered at TRA2020, so the possible topics are exceptionally various: policy - planning - construction - infrastructure - services - user perspectives - sustainability - safety - etc.

Additional publishing opportunities available

Special Issue of Utilities Policy: call for papers

TRA2020 will plan for a Special Issue of Utilities Policy provided that enough papers with good quality and suitable scope are submitted to the conference. The number of papers needed for Special Issue of will be 5-12. The foreseen Special Issue will focus on the economics and governance of networked industries, with special focus on transport. The impact factor for the journal is 2.098 and its Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Janice Beecher. The journal website can be found at:

The Special Issue provisionally titled as “The new economics and governance of transport networks and services” will be guest-edited by Dr. Pekka Leviäkangas from VTT, Professor Lauri Ojala from Turku School of Economics and Dr. Timo Välilä from the University College London. The aim of the Special Issue will be to highlight the new ideas, new approaches and new paradigms regarding the governance and economics of transport services and transport networks. All modes of transport are covered: road, rail, maritime, aviation, and non-motorised. The sector faces challenges because of climate change, sustainable finance, and societal pressures. These challenges apply to both passenger and freight transport.

According to the TRA2020 process, the manuscripts should be available by the end of 2019 in a TRA format. Changing the format to Utilities Policy requirements will take approximately 2-3 additional months, so the foreseen completion of the Special Issue is April 2020. The papers that will build the Special Issue will be those submitted for the Transport Research Arena 2020, and shall be reviewed and selected by the aforementioned editor team.

Further information: Dr. Pekka Leviäkangas, pekka.leviakangas (at), +358 40 6411 496

How to submit your paper

  • Please download the Call for Submission for full information and details.
  • Please follow the paper format guidelines for journal and conference track, using the TRA2020 template.
  • For submission, follow the instructions on the online submission system Ex Ordo