Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders Program will be held on Wednesday 27 May 2020, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, as part of the 17th Asia Pacific Forum on Intelligent Transport Systems.

This unmissable event aims to unite tertiary students from across the Asia Pacific region, expanding their knowledge of the intelligent transport field and learn of the exciting developments on the horizon! Students will have the opportunity to form new (and strengthen existing) connections with their peers whilst expanding their professional networks through joint catering breaks with forum delegates and industry sponsors and exhibitors.

Due to unprecedented demand The Future Leaders Program is now open to both recent graduates under 30 years old & students – providing a platform to showcase their innovative ideas and research that aims to solve real ITS problems.

Program sessions will incorporate student presentations, industry perspectives and mentorship, with the day ending in a ‘Shark Tank’ pitch session where selected students will pitch their research and receive feedback from an expert panel.

We strongly encourage all applicants to watch the video on how to create an engaging and informative poster.

All successful applicants will receive complimentary access to the Future Leaders stream and exhibition at the ITS Asia Pacific Forum 2020, and will be able to register for the full conference at the discounted speaker rate.

Submission Process

AP 2020 values the contributions of the industry’s future leaders and would like to provide recent graduates under 30 years old & students with the opportunity to develop the skills that they will need in their future academic and professional careers.

Alongside an abstract submission, future leaders are invited to submit a poster presentation using the official AP 2020 poster template.

Successful submissions will then be offered  an interactive discussion via two part presentations including a rapid fire oral presentation followed by an electronic poster display within the official program.


  • Authors may submit technical or scientific papers and posters. The interactive sessions are based more around interactive discussions and so are highly effective for establishing valuable contacts and exchanging information.
  • Papers from authors working for, or in close collaboration with, commercial companies are welcome; their presentation format will depend on their content. If a paper describes unspecified, open research or a pre-market activity it will be assigned to a conventional ‘Technical’ Session. By “pre-market” we mean work aimed at generating new knowledge which is not at present linked to the development of a specific product, although it is likely to be commercially exploitable in due course.
  • Papers that are “near-market” rather than pre-market and submitted by authors as Commercial Papers (or papers judged by reviewers to be near-market), will be presented in the Commercial Theatre within the exhibition area.
  • It is not necessary to submit the same paper under different types (Technical/Scientific/Commercial).
  • All proposals must be original and report on recent significant and substantive achievements.
  • Topics may address any mode of transport.
  • The official Forum language is English. Papers not submitted in English will automatically be rejected.
  • Students are required to submit:
    • abstract submission
    • a prepared digital poster utilising the provided template. We strongly encourage you review the video providing advice on how to create an engaging and informative poster.

Submission terms and conditions

  • Submitting author hereby commits with the present data protection and privacy policy
  • Submitting authors must declare that the abstract/s submitted are the original work of at least one author/presenter
  • All accepted presenters are required to register, pay, attend and present their material at the AP2020 Forum
  • No funding is provided to presenters
  • If the submission is selected, consent is provided for the presentation slides (for oral presenters), video, audio recording and photos taken during the oral presentation/poster presentation to be used and published by AP 2020 including being provided to delegates of the AP 2020 Forum and posted to the ITS Australia Knowledge Centre
  • Submitting authors must declare the work described in the abstract/full paper has appropriate approval under local, ethical and animal experimentation rules
  • Submitting authors must declare that their work does not conflict with any existing copyright agreements with alternate publishers
  • Submitting authors agree be contacted for media engagement (both in the lead up period and during the AP 2020 Forum)


Key Dates

  • Abstract submission: Open Now
  • Submission Closing: 1 March 2020
  • Submission Notifications: April 2020
  • Forum Registration Opens: September 2019
  • Future Leaders Program: 27 May 2020

The Future Leaders Program Committee invites Recent graduates and students of all levels to submit an abstract for consideration for the program.

Students are required to submit:

  • abstract submission
  • a prepared digital poster utilising the provided template We strongly encourage you review the video providing advice on how to create an engaging and informative poster.

Submit Here


Further queries

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