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Prizes and Travel Grants

Travel Grants

T2M usual award travel grants to PhD students and scholars from developing countries who are active contributors to the conference. Four continental travel grants at 250 Euro each – and two intercontinental travel grants – at 500 Euro each – are normally available.

The Travel Grants from 2013:

Ekaterina Biktimirova (Instit. of Economics of Karelian Research Centre, Russia) Anna Danilova (Ural Federal University, Russia) Maria Drozdova (Petersburg State Transport University, Russia) Paulina Faraj (European University Institute Florence, Italy) Alexander Kitunin (Petersburg State Transport University, Russia) Joonas Nikkanen (University of Tampere, FIN) Alexander Svyetlov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia) Anastasia Vasilyeva (Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences) Elena Volkova (Petersburg State Transport University, Russia)

Travel Grants 2011:

Serap Tasdemir (Inönü University, Malatya Turkey) Shehu  Tijjani Yussuf (Bayero University, Nigeria) Camilo Cleves (Strasbourg), Sandra Jasper (University College London) Areti Sakellaridou (University Aachen) Jade Gibson (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)

Prizes and Awards

T2M, in conjunction with a number of sponsors, is proud to bestow awards on worthy transportation history scholars each year at the annual meeting.

Dr Cornelis Lely Prize on Mobility History and Policy

John Scholes Prize

Barker and Robbins Prize

T2M Poster Award

95 speakers of the conference were asked to participate in the Poster Exhibition.
All poster were displayed in the public Poster Exhibition in the Deutsches Technikmuseum.
The Poster Award Committee

Prof. Sasha Disko, TU Berlin
Prof. Aristotle Tympass, University of Athens
Dr. Di Drummond, Trinity University Leeds

awarded the three prizes for the best posters in content, visual performance and didactics:

1st Prize:  Kristina Skaden, Oslo
2nd Prize: Stephan Poser, Hamburg

TU 144 and Concorde Museum Sinsheim, Germany

TU 144 and Concorde Museum Sinsheim, Germany

Dr Cornelis Lely Prize on Mobility History and Policy

The Lely Prize is awarded at each year’s T2M conference for the best paper presented connecting history with current problems of policy and planning.

The prize is named in honor of Cornelis Lely who was the Minister of Water Management responsible for filling in large parts of the Zuiderzee. He was also a visionary parliamentary advocate for motorized road transport who, as a minister, was responsible in 1915 for the first road plan in the Netherlands.

There are no limitations on time period, location or mobility mode. To be eligible, papers must be submitted in time to be included in the conference CD. The selection committee invites those submitting papers to nominate themselves, although it reserves the right to evaluate other papers if their topics seem appropriate.

The prize of € 250 is funded by the Waterstaat, the Dutch Department of Public Works.

Previous winners:

2010 – Thomas Birtchnell for ‘Jugaad as Risk; Jugaad as ‘Indovation’

2009 – Johan Schot and Frank Schipper, ‘The role of experts, their beliefs and network in European transport integration, 1945-58.’

2008 – Álvaro Ferreira da Silva and Luisa Sousa, New University of Lisbon for “The ‘Script’ of a new urban layout: mobility: Environment and Embellishment. Street Uses in Lisbon between 1880 and 1920.”

2007 – Laurel L. Cornell, University of Indiana, “How Did Roads in the United States Come to Be So Large? An Analysis of the Person on Foot from the Perspective of the AASTHO Road Designer, 1954-1990.”

2006 – Hanneke Duijnhoven, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, “Security culture in the Dutch and Spanish Railway Sectors: A Historical Perspective.”

Only papers that have been included on the conference CD will be admitted into the competition. The winner will be announced at the conference banquet.

John Scholes Transport History Research Essay Prize

The John Scholes Prize, of up to £250 (pounds Sterling), is awarded to the writer of an unpublished essay based on original research into any aspect of the history of transport and mobility. The prize is intended for recent entrants to the profession and may be awarded to the writer of one outstanding article, or be divided between two or more entrants.

Publication in the Journal of Transport History will be at the discretion of the Editor and subject to the normal refereeing process.

The prize is funded by the Transport History Research Trust in memory of John Scholes. John was the first Curator of Historical Relics at the British Transport Commission. The prize is awarded by the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M – www.t2m.org)


Entry is limited to researchers who, at the time of submission, are not in a permanent / tenured academic (or equivalent) position, and who have not published either an academic monograph or an essay in a major academic journal.

Previous winners:

Prize Winners 2013 – the Panel decided to make a joint award to Eike-Christian Heine and Mike Bess

The 2011 winner of the £250 (pounds Sterling) prize is Alexander Medcalf, a PhD student at the Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History at the University of York. His submission forms part of his research into the commercial cultures of one of Britain’s best known railway companies in the first half of the twentieth century. The thesis title is “Picturing the Railway Passenger as Customer in Britain: the Great Western Railway, 1903-1939”

2004 – Joanna Guldi, PhD student, University of California, Berkeley – “Transport to modernity: the expanding British road network, law, technology, and society to 1835.”

2003 – Mike Esbester, who was a PhD student at the Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History, University of York at the time – ‘The Railway Police, c.1825-1860: “For the Protection and Safety of Those Travelling on the Railway”‘

Barker and Robbins Prize

The Barker and Robbins prize was presented to a new entrant to the study of transport and mobility history, for the best presentation at the T²M Conference. Unfortunately the decision has been taken to suspend the Prize – the financial support has run out, and there was a practical problem in finding people to judge the Prize. However, this decision will be reviewed annually, and alternative sources of funding will be sought. If we can find new sponsors and re-form the committee, we will re-start the Prize.

The prize honoured two eminent British transport historians, Theo Barker and Michael Robbins, and was funded by the Transport History Research Trust. Theo Barker ended his career at the London School of Economics and published prolifically in the field of transport history. He was renowned for being an excellent story-teller, and inspired many to pursue transport history research. Michael Robbins was a founding co-editor of the Journal of Transport History in the mid-1950s and, although his career was as a practising transport manager (ending his career as a very senior manager at London Underground), he had an enduring interest in transport history. The very strong link between the two people honoured by this prize is their joint authorship of the definitive history of London Transport.

The Prize was awarded for the first time at the T²M Conference in Helmond (2007). It consisted of a certificate and a modest sum of money. It was awarded to a new entrant to the profession, who, in the opinion of the Prize Committee, delivered the best paper at the Association’s annual meeting. Whilst the prize was awarded for the best presentation at the conference, a good presentation could not occur without the sound underpinning of a good paper. In making their decision, the Committee considered such things as the quality and originality of the argument and the effectiveness of the delivery.

Previous prize winners:

2009 – Paul Stephenson (University of British Columbia)

2008 – Sarah Frohardt-Lane (University of Illinois)

2007 – Mike Esbester (University of Reading) and Arnaud Passalacqua (University of Paris)