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Young professionals urged to look to transport’s future

Words: Huw Morris

An initiative has been launched to shape the future of transport by engaging young professionals in the sector.

The Future Transport Visions Group (FTVG) aims to encourage wide-ranging debates and support research studies through the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund (RJRF).

The initiative is intended to act as a successor organisation to the Transport Visions Network (TVN), a group of young transport academics and professionals who published a series of papers between 2000 and 2003 exploring future themes in the industry.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the next generation of transport professionals has to offer in terms of fresh thinking and new ideas as we look towards tackling some of the big questions facing the industry at the moment, particularly in the wake of Covid-19 and the climate emergency,” said former University of the West of England transport and society professor Glenn Lyons, a member of the original TVN initiative and a RJRF Trustee.

The initiative will support online forums with the intention of forming participants into research groups who can then apply for funding through the RJRF.

It will invite applications up to 25 October, before holding sessions throughout the autumn. Successfully funded projects will be showcased in spring/summer 2021, with a prize awarded for the best project. 

The FTVG is now inviting prospective participants to submit an “expression of interest” form on the group’s website.

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