Call for papers

The conference aim, theme and call for abstracts

The aim of the conference is to bring together experts in all aspects of ports and maritime research, from all parts of the world and to stimulate the exchange of new ideas, relevant insights and cutting-edge research results. This edition of the IAME yearly Conference is organized foremost as a physical conference but also as an online event. If the actual COVID-19 crisis allows us, participants can choose to come to Rotterdam to enjoy the full program, taking part in the conference's paper sessions, plenary events, specific discussions and social events, or, to stay home and participate online in a dynamic and an attractive way. 

The theme of the conference is 'Accelerating Transitions'. In many ways, the transitions that the maritime industry faces, are part of wider systemic changes in the world economy. It is not a choice or an option, it is happening, unfolding and in many ways self-organizing. The challenge for the academic community is to stay on track with these transitions, facilitate accelerations where needed, but with one hand on the gear that allows for second-opinion, calibration and validation. That is what we want to bring to the core of this years' IAME conference while not leaving the more fundamental, structural and ever-relevant research topics aside. 

In order to give a presentation at the IAME 2021 Conference, you have the options of submitting either a full paper or an extended abstract. For both of the aforementioned options, it was necessary that an abstract not exceeding 300 words was submitted for review by the 14th of February 2021 and has been accepted. The following options are thus available:

  • Submitting a full paper
    • Following acceptance of the abstract to be submitted by the 14th of February 2021, you can submit a full paper by June 1st 2021. These papers will go through a double-blind reviewing process and are eligible for prizes and for publication in journal special issues. The articles submitted in this track should be original and not yet published. 
  • Submitting an extended abstract
    • Following acceptance of the abstract to be submitted by the 14th of February 2021, you can submit an extended abstract by June 1st 2021. Those contributions will not go through a double-blind review process and are not eligible for prizes and publication in journal special issues. Papers already published can be presented in this track. 

 Topics of interest 

Port governanceCompetition in liner shippingHinterland transport, inland waterways & dry ports
Port economics and managementCruise shippingTransport, infrastructure & corridors
Port competitivenessBulk shippingRail and road transportation 
Port performanceShip financeTrade facilitation and customs compliance
Terminal operationsAlliances in shippingSupply chain visibility
Adaptive port planningDecarbonizing shippingBlockchain/DLT in supply chains
Energy transition of the port industrySustainable shippingBelt and Road Initiative
Environment and energy managementAutonomous shipping (AI)Operations research & quantitative methods
Arctic shippingNetwork configuration in shipping
Port-city interfaceDigitisation of Shipping
Cybersecurity in portsCybersecurity in shipping

Alternative shipping fuels

Human factor in maritime transport