Special Lectures

The ITC regularly sponsors special lectures and debates with various partners. In the recent past these have included collaborations with the London Transport Museum, the Transport Planning Society and RAND Europe.

In 2013 the ITC held the first in a new series of Annual Lectures, exploring the future of transport and travel. This successful series has now been running for several years and is one of the highlights of the ITC calendar.

Recent Events

The 2022 Annual Lecture

7 July 2022: What will be the future of the city centre after the Covid19 pandemic?

A double Lecture from Dr Frances Holliss, Emeritus Reader at London Metropolitan University, and Mel Barrett, the Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council. An introduction was given by Professor Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Transport

Kindly hosted by the Centre for Transport Studies, UCL

The 2020 Annual Lecture

14 July 2020: How can we future proof our transport infrastructure for climate change?

A digital lecture from Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, from the University of Bath and Director of CAST, and Chris Stark, the Chief Executive of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change. A question and answer session with the expert panel followed chaired by ITC Chairman Terry Hill CBE.

The 2019 Annual Lecture

13 June 2019: How can we better align housing and transport policy in Britain?

A lecture from Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London, and Martin Tugwell, Programme Director of England’s Economic Partnership, with an introduction from Melanie Dawes CB, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Kindly hosted by the Centre for Transport Studies, UCL

The 2018 Annual Lecture

19 June 2018: Low carbon transport and our energy infrastructure: what does the future hold?

A lecture from Matthew Tipper, Vice-President of New Fuels at Royal Dutch Shell, and Nicola Shaw CBE, Executive Director at National Grid, with an introduction from Bernadette Kelly CB, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport.

Kindly hosted by the Science Museum, London


The 2017 Annual Lecture

21 June 2017: Transport, travel and health: a symbiotic relationship?

A lecture from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Tricia Hayes, Director General of Roads, Devolution and Motoring at the Department for Transport with an introduction from Sir Mark Walport, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

Kindly hosted at 11 Cavendish Square, home of The King’s Fund


The 2016 Annual Lecture

15 June 2016: How will technological advancements change the way we travel?

A lecture from Professor Sarah Sharples, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham and Professor John Miles, Arup and RAEng Research Professor, University of Cambridge, with an introduction by the Secretary of State The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP.

Kindly hosted by the Science Museum, London


The 2015 Annual Lecture

25 June 2015: Do cities shape transport more than transport infrastructure shapes our cities?

A lecture from Dave Newton (TfGM) and Sir David Higgins (HS2 Ltd)

Kindly hosted at London’s Living Room, City Hall, London


The 2014 Annual Lecture

3 July 2014: Why humans travel: what are the fundamental motivations that drive human movement?

A Lecture by Professor Charles Pasternak and Stephen Bayley

Kindly hosted by Rothschild, New Court, London


The Inaugural ITC Annual Lecture, 2013

18 June 2013: Fusion: Feasibility and the Future of Transport.

A Lecture by Professors Steve Cowley and Richard Parry-Jones CBE

Kindly Hosted by the Science Museum, London

22 July 2010: The Past and Future of User-Fee Financing of Motorways

A Lecture by Professor Martin Wachs at the London Transport Museum

30 June 2009: Decarbonisation and You

A Lecture by Professor Gwyn Prins at the London Transport Museum