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  • Local Transport Days

    With the event, the organizers – University of Kassel, Regionalmanagement Nordhessen, NVV and KVG – provide national traffic experts with a platform for information, interaction and the presentation of new traffic concepts. Every two years the event addresses a topic from the field of public transport.

  • Local Transport Days 2017

    Kassel hosted the biennial trade conference "Local Transport Days", which always focuses on a particular public transport related subject, for the 14th time this year.



  • Local Transport Days 2017

    The motto of this year's event was: "Digital and disruptive - new methods for customer-focused public transport". Marten Pfannenschmidt from Freie Universität Berlin was the winner of this year's Local Transport Days Best Paper Award, which comes with a 1,500 euro prize.

Local Transport Days 2017

Digitalisation, local transport and future travel

Marten Pfannenschmidt from Freie Universität Berlin is the winner of this year's Local Transport Days Best Paper Award. He managed to impress the jury with his presentation on the subject of "Analysis of transaction data in online ticketing on the basis of data mining methods". The innovative approach and strong focus on practical application convinced the jury as well as the event participants, who evaluated the presentation during the event with an online tool. The overall score was made up of the individual evaluations of the short version (20%), the long version (40%) and the verbal presentation (40%). Marten Pfannenschmidt's efforts were rewarded with a cheque for 1,500 euros. "The Best Paper Award offers young researchers the chance to present and discuss their ideas in front of and with a large trade audience," explains Professor Carsten Sommer from the University of Kassel, who was responsible for organising the science-side of this trade-specific event.

The Local Transport Days offer a forum where new scientific findings, interesting ideas and concepts as well as successful examples in the area of data recording, data utilisation and data-supported methods and applications in public transport are discussed. The digitalisation will not only lead to new transport services but also result in a huge number of automatically recorded data generated by the operation of and demand for transport services. "Transport companies can collect new data and use new methods to design their offers in a more customer-focused way. This benefits above all the customers," Professor Summer says, summarising the issue.

Numerous concepts, ideas and projects where presented and discussed at the trade conference. This year's event again attracted a lot of interest: With around 190 participants, the event was fully booked. "We offer national transport experts a platform for catching up with the latest developments, talking to each other and learning more about new transport concepts," explains Dr Thorsten Ebert from the KVG management board. Wolfgang Rausch, the NVV CEO, agrees with him: "We learnt more about some groundbreaking projects over the past few days and were able to get lots of inspiration for northern Hesse." Regional manager Holger Schach emphasises how important it is to talk to national experts: "In order to be able to develop innovative projects for the region, it is important that we identify the latest trends and potentials; trade events such as the Local Transport Days are of course extremely helpful in this respect."

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Best Paper Award

We have recognized the best contribution of our young scientists (35 years old or younger) with the "Best Paper Award, Local transport days 2017" and a monetary prize in the amount of 1,500 Euros. A variety of aspects of the contributions were taken into consideration. The overall evaluation comprised individual evaluations of the abstract (20%), the long version (40%) as well as the verbal presentation (40%).

The abstract and long version were evaluated by our jury, consisting of representatives from science and business, using an evaluation matrix. The presentations were evaluated by all participants of the Local transport days 2015. Participants received an evaluation sheet on which the presentations were evaluated with a grade from 1 to 5 (very good to insufficient) or "not specified." In order to prevent more than one sheet being issued per participant, they were not distributed until before the start of the respective presentation. The completed sheets were collected and evaluated in a predefined Excel worksheet. The winner of the award was recognized at the end of the symposium.

* Right of appeal is excluded. The jury's decision is final and is not subject to judicial review. Legally mandated value-added tax (19%) is additionally paid to domestic winners of prizes or recognitions. The prize winners have the right to use the results of the award for marketing purposes. 

 

Previous Award Winners

Marten Pfannenschmidt wins Local Transport Days Best Paper Award 2017

 

Marten Pfannenschmidt from Freie Universität Berlin is the winner of this year's Local Transport Days Best Paper Award. He managed to impress the jury with his presentation on the subject of "Analysis of transaction data in online ticketing on the basis of data mining methods". The innovative approach and strong focus on practical application convinced the jury as well as the event participants.
Marten Pfannenschmidt's efforts were rewarded with a cheque for 1,500 euros. "The Best Paper Award offers young researchers the chance to present and discuss their ideas in front of and with a large trade audience," explains Professor Carsten Sommer from the University of Kassel, who was responsible for organising the science-side of this trade-specific event.

Dominik Bieland wins the Best Paper Award of Local transport days 2015


Dominik Bieland, research associate at the Department of Traffic Planning and Traffic Systems at the University of Kassel, is the winner of the first Best Paper Award of Local transport days, endowed with 1,500 Euros. "With the Best Paper Award, we wanted to entice young scientists with new ideas for the Local transport days, and to reward their commitment accordingly, explains Prof. Dr. Carsten Sommer of the University of Kassel, who is the scientific head of the specialist event.

Retrospective

2015

LOCAL TRANSPORT AND LEISURE TIME: ACQUIRING NEW CUSTOMERS WITH INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS

 

The topic of Local transport days 2015 (24-25 September 2015) was "Local transport and leisure time: acquiring new customers with innovative concepts." With the event, the organizers – University of Kassel, Regionalmanagement Nordhessen, NVV and KVG – provide national traffic experts with a platform for information, interaction and the presentation of new traffic concepts. Interest was high again this year: 150 participants sold out the event.
"We are pleased that the Local transport days have become a permanent fixture in the field and that so many colleagues came to Kassel," says Dr. Thorsten Ebert, Chairman of KVG. Wolfgang Rausch, CEO of NVV, was also impressed by the symposium: "NVV sees this year's topic as a challenge, as leisure time traffic gains ever greater importance. We want to develop more offerings in local transport that are tailored to it. And to do so with the interests and considerations of the North Hessian vacation regions always in mind."

Beginning with the keynote address on the topic of "Mobility as quality of live – Our lives between desire and escape," from Prof. Dr. Ulrich Reinhardt, the presentations extended to topics such as the transport mode choice for leisure time routes or regional mobility 4.0. On the second day, some best practice examples from the local public transport as well as from regional rail transport were presented. The event closed with the keynote address on the topic of "How time flies! - Acceleration as a societal core emotion. Background – causes – ways forward" from Temposoph Dr. Franz J. Schweifer.

This year, the Best Paper Award for young scientists was awarded for the first time. The winner was Dominik Bieland, research associate at the University of Kassel in the Department of Traffic Planning and Traffic Systems, with his presentation on the topic "Determinants for transport mode choice behavior of visitors to North Hesse."
Photos of the event, the presentations of the presenters as well as additiona information on the Best Paper Award can be found on this page.

 

2013

NEW CONCEPTS FOR CITY AND STATE

 

For the 12th time already, the "Local transport days" symposium took place in Kassel, an event which addresses a defined main topic from the field of public transport every two years. The Local transport days are held jointly by the University of Kassel, Regionalmanagement Nordhessen, the Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft and the Nordhessischen Verkehrsverbund. The scientific head of the symposium is Professof Carsten Sommer, who has managed the Department of Traffic Planning and Traffic Systems at the University of Kassel since May of 2010. The Local transport days connect to the tradition of the "Kassel local transport days" occurring in a two-year cycle since 1989, when they were originated by Professor Köhler. In addition to presentations from lecturers from science and practical fields, the Local transport days provide ample space for conversations and discussions, as well as for making new contacts and furthering existing ones.

The Local transport days 2013 took place on September 26 and 27, 2013, with the main topic of "New concepts for city and state." The event's content featured new concepts and offer formats which supplement classical local public transport and answer the growing multi-modal use by the public. These new offer formats include, for example, bicycle rental and car sharing systems integrated in public local transport, which are gaining importance particularly in urban areas, as well as ride shares (carpooling), which strengthen public local transport in rural areas. While the first day of the event focused on legal framework conditions, demand potential and system features of the new offer formats, the second day saw the presentation of current examples and research projects which have already been implemented or were soon to be implemented. In the evening of the first day of the event, there was also a panel discussion on the topic "Mobility of the future."

Our restrospective in images can be found in the media library.

 

2011

INNOVATION IN TARIFF AND SALES

 

The Local transport days 2011, with the topic "Innovations in tariff and sales," took place on October 13 and 14, 2011 in Kassel and was held by the University of Kassel and Regionalmanagement Nordhessen. In doing so, they connected to the tradition of the "Kassel local transport days" occurring in a two-year cycle since 1989, when they were originated by Professor Köhler. The program and the flyer for the Local transport days 2011 are available for download on this page.

Our restrospective in images can be found in the media library.

 

History of the Local transport days

The previous Local transport days had the following framework topics:

1. Kassel Local transport days 1989:
    Local public transport between city and surroundings

2. Kassel Local transport days 1991:
   Linking long-distance and local transport

3. Kassel Local transport days 1993:
   Is public transport reaching its limits?

4. Kassel Local transport days 1995:
   Contributions to urban and regional transport

5. Kassel Local transport days 1997:
   Local transport plans - a first balance

6. Kassel Local transport days 1999:
   10 years in the field of traffic systems and traffic planning

7. Kassel Local transport days 2001:
   Competition in public transport

8. Kassel Local transport days 2003:
    Jointly with the local public transport colloquium in Stuttgart
    Competition and operation in local public transport


9. Kassel Local transport days 2005:
    Status-Seminar, local transport

10. Kassel Local transport days 2007:
     Status-Seminar, local transport

     2009: In place of the usual symposium, a presentation event
     took place on the occasion of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Köhler's leaving.

11. Local transport days 2011:
     Innovations in tariff and sales

12. Local transport days 2013:
     New concepts for city and state

 

13. Local transport days 2015:
     Local transport and leisure time: acquiring new customers with innovative concepts

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Irina Weißbeck

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Prof. Dr. Carsten Sommer

Prof. Dr. Carsten Sommer
Head of Department, University Kassel
Department Transport Planning and Systems
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