What is the autumn school about?
As a mode of transport, the bicycle is on the rise and benefits from trends in the field of new technologies, business models, infrastructure and urbanization models. In addition to solutions for accessibility, sustainability, safety and health problems, the change and growth in bicycle traffic is creating new complexities, such as the relationship with other travel modes, spatial planning, integration into policy and new behavioural mechanisms. Yet there is still a lot that we do not understand. With your PhD research you aim to contribute to a better understanding. The autumn school aims to provide theoretical guidance and methods to better evaluate and understand changing cycling behaviour. It offers PhD students a multidisciplinary basis with regard to current research approaches, so that you can build on this in your own research.

Key information

  • Date: 26 – 28 October 2021
  • Costs: €600 onsite | €75 online | free for TRAIL PhD students
  • Location: Delft, the Netherlands
  • Organized by:Research School for TRAnsport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL)
  • Target group:International PhD students, both TRAIL and non-TRAIL members
  • Credits: 1 ECTS


  1. Submit your application with a short CV & letter of motivation before 15 Sept. 2021 – CLICK HERE
  2. The course managers will select and inform a maximum of 25 candidates by 20 Sept. 2021

Course manager: Dr. Kees Maat

Lecturers: Prof. Henk Meurs, Prof. Bert van Wee, Dr. Jan Anne Annnema, Dr. Lucas Harms,  Dr. Maarten Kroesen, Dr. Paul Schepers, Dr. Danique Ton

For whom is the autumn school?
This autumn school is offered to PhD students, who are involved in research on the social, spatial, mobility and policy aspects of cycling. It does not matter whether you are about to start or whether you are well on the way.

A hybrid approach: on-site and online
We look forward to offering the autumn school on-site. However, we realise that not everyone can or will participate on-site by then. Therefore, we also offer the option to participate online, using video calling and a widescreen camera in the lecture room.

What do you gain?
During this autumn school, you will learn from and work under the supervision of top scientists in the domain of transport, who are highly involved in cycling. This gives you the opportunity to make a major step forward in your research. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to extend your network, both with professors and fellow-PhD students in your field of research.

The autumn school enables PhD students to choose future research directions, better explain their research to colleagues and peers, as well as understand the research approaches and outcomes of their colleagues. For this, you get:

  • interactive lectures, to gain state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on planning and evaluation of bicycle traffic, cycling behaviour and bicycle developments;
  • practical training, to learn research methods that are specifically aimed at bicycle travel and traffic;
  • feedback and discussion during workshops on your own PhD research ideas from professors and fellow PhD students;
  • field trip in the Delft area.

Who is organizing this autumn school?
TRAIL is a Dutch research school which aims to provide high quality training and education for PhD students in the area of Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics. The school is supported by six universities.

Set-up of the autumn school
This autumn school will involve a mix of lectures, interactive sessions and a field trip. Interactive sessions with intensive feedback from scientists and from fellow PhD students will be dedicated to specific cases brought in by the PhD students.

The autumn school will be held at the Aula Conference Centre of Delft University of Technology.

Meals and accommodation
The on-site participation fee includes coffee & tea, lunches every day, and a dinner on Wednesday.

Travel expenses and hotel accommodation are not included. Delft offers good hotel accommodations, please click here for more information.

For the latest information on the Dutch COVID-19 measures, please CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions about the autumn school, about the content or the organization, feel free to email Conchita van der Stelt – info@rstrail.nl.


  • International PhD Autumn School
    October 26, 2021 - October 28, 2021
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Venue Phone: T: +31 (0)15 27 88022

Venue Website:

Mekelweg 5, Delft, 2628 CC


The Aula Conference Centre, located in the heart of the university campus, is the best venue for international conferences in Delft. It offers a perfect combination of meeting rooms, an auditorium, various facilities, and large exhibition areas. A bar and a buffet restaurant are located on the ground floor.

TU Delft Aula Conference Centre (Building 20)
Mekelweg 5
2628 CC Delft
The Netherlands

Daily about 27.000 people travel across our campus: students, scientist, visitors and employees of the university and the companies on campus. Stretching over 161 hectares, the campus is larger than downtown Delft, and one of the largest university campuses in the world. The campus has been equipped with an extensive bicycle and pedestrian road network. The TU Delft campus has a green, parky character. Large parts of the campus are therefore only accessible on foot, by bike or public transport. For motorists there is the campus ring road, which circles the entire campus. Clear signage on the campus ring guides you easily to the central parking lots. From there, every destination is reachable on foot.

All rooms of the TU Delft Conference Centre are equipped with necessary technology (screen, computer, connectors). Eduroam and conference wifi is available too. The building is fully handicap accessible.


TU Delft is easily accessible by bicycle, public transport and car. The numbers of buildings can help you find your way around the campus. Make sure you remember the name and building number of your destination.

Public Transport

Vanaf Station Delft neem jeFrom Delft Station, take: Bus 40, 55, 69, 174 (alight at stop TU Aula). For further information, see the Travel Planner.

By car

Parking is free of charge on campus. The six large parking areas are well signposted on the campus ring road. Demand for parking is high. Always leave enough time to find a parking space and walk to your destination.

Recommended parking locations:

  • P Aula (navigation address Van der Waalsweg 1)
  • P EWI, 8-minute walk (navigation address Feldmannweg 2)
  • P Sports, 10-minute walk (navigation address Van den Broekweg 1)


  • Disabled parking is available at the main entrance (Book in advance).
  • All floors have disabled access.