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"Prestige" Grant Awarded at the World Conference for Transport Research (WCTR)

The World Conference for Transport Research (WCTR) is "a forum for the interchange of ideas among transportation researchers, managers, policy makers, and educators from all over the world, from a perspective which is multi-modal, multi-disciplinary, and multi-sectoral." Although the international conference, which attracts around a thousand participants, takes place only every three years, the society has numerous special interest groups that meet regularly in the intervening period. This years conference took place in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, and was the first year that included events recognising the contribution of young researchers (those under 35). As part of this, eligible students were invited to apply for grants to aid their PhD studies.

Gillian Harrison, of the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies, was fortunate enough to win one of the four grants on offer. This "Prestige" grant, worth 2000 euros, was for work supplementary to her thesis,  entitled "New Fuels, New Rules: Development of Inequality Impact Indicators of Alternative Fuel Vehicle Uptake Policies", which consisted of a workshop and online survey regarding the impact of low carbon cars on society. These took place last autumn, and Gillian was given the opportunity to present her findings in a special session at the conference, and received a certificate recognising her achievement in the closing ceremony.