Call for Conference Submissions

Abstract submission is now closed. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be sent to authors in late February.

Sessions are organized into topics that highlight the conference theme, The Journey to Safer Roads. Topics include:

Active Transportation Maintenance & Construction Soils & Materials
Asset Management Mobility Management Structures
Climate Change Pavements Technology
Environment Road Safety Traffic Operations
Geometric Design Small Municipalities Transportation Planning

To Present at a TAC Conference Session

1. Submit a 200- to 400-word abstract to be reviewed by a TAC Council or Committee member.

2. If your abstract is accepted, submit a presentation and/or paper (and/or poster, if invited).

3. If your presentation, paper and/or poster is accepted, you are expected to attend and present at the Conference in September 2020.

The Call for Conference Submissions lists the planned sessions, their formats and requirements. Types of technical sessions are:

  • Presentation Sessions: Includes several 30-minute presentations; presentations are required, and accompanying papers may be optional or required
  • Lightning Sessions: Includes several 8-minute presentations; presentations are required, and accompanying papers are not accepted.

Authors are asked to consider the conference theme, The Journey to Safer Roads, when preparing submissions.

Review the Call for Conference Submissions Read the Guidelines for Authors & Presenters

Deadlines & Important Information

Abstracts due January 21
Notice of abstract acceptance/rejection sent to authors February 28
DUE DATE: Full papers | Draft presentations & posters May 4
Notice of acceptance/rejection/request for revisions sent to authors June 22
DUE DATE: Revised papers, presentations & posters (if required) July 20
DUE DATE: Final presentations & posters September 17
2020 TAC Conference & Exhibition in Vancouver, B.C. September 27-30
  • Submissions must be made using TAC’s online conference submission portal.
  • When a submission is complete, an email confirmation is sent.
  • Submissions will be reviewed for quality, format, and relevance to the session theme, and general interest.
  • Authors whose submissions are accepted are expected to attend and present at the conference. Any and all costs related to travel to the conference are the responsibility of the author.
  • Authors not adhering to deadlines may be disqualified.
  • Authors must confirm that their employer and/or related clients are aware and approve of the submission.
  • Accepted papers and posters will be published on the ‘Conference Papers’ section of TAC’s website. Presentations will be recorded on-site and will be made available to delegates and others after the event.
  • Accepted papers whose principal author is a registered full-time student at a recognized post-secondary institution will be considered for a Student Paper Award.
  • All accepted conference presenters must register as a delegate. View Registration Options & Fees.

Why Present at a TAC Conference?

Here are some of the reasons why people present at the TAC Conference & Exhibition:

  • to share or gather information on best practices
  • to share details of the work they are doing – both successes and challenges  – and to receive feedback on it from others
  • to increase visibility for, or awareness of, a new approach
  • to meet others with similar or complementary interests
  • to share interesting research or methods of analysis
  • to position themselves as leaders or experts

Questions? Contact:

Christina Ghazal, Meetings and Events Coordinator
613-736-1350 ext. 236