More than 600 delegates heard from inspiring industry experts and took part in future-shaping conversations at the biggest and best AITPM National Conference in September 2023.
AITPM CEO Kirsty Kelly said the Melbourne event had exceeded the expectations of all involved, including Board directors, public and private sector delegates, the 23 sponsors, 15 exhibitors, and the team of volunteer organisers.
“There was a really great energy with so many people coming together to talk about ideas around the pathway to a connected, modern Australia,” Kirsty said.
In a clear indication of the growing diversity of the AITPM and the industry more broadly, more than 30 per cent of delegates were women and every state and the ACT was represented at the conference.
With its title of Pathways to a Connected Modern Australia, the conference focused on the themes of sustainability, placemaking, and connectivity. In total, delegates heard from 114 presenters and speakers, including nine keynotes, over the 30 hours of programming.
The opening day at the iconic MCG featured the increasingly popular Transport Modelling Workshop, the C-ITS workshop, and the welcome reception.
Wurundjeri Woman Stacie Piper’s moving Welcome to Country on the following day at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre preceded discussions and presentations on how Australia’s strong transport community could improve connectivity and accessibility, and better address the challenges created by the climate crisis.
Media covered some of issues raised at the conference, including keynote speaker Professor Marco te Brommelstroet from the University of Amsterdam, who presented an entertaining address on the urgent need to rethink our cities.
The new AITPM President Liz McGregor said the conference demonstrated the collaborative and support nature of the transport industry in Australia.
“The transport industry is a very small industry and overall, I find it to be collaborative and supportive,” Liz said. “And that's same sort of value system you find at the AITPM conferences and events.”