I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. I had a couple of quick
updates for the committee and friends:
- AED20 will be holding an online mid-year meeting on June 26 from
1:30-3:00 Eastern. Please hold that time. I will be sending out updated
login information and an agenda as we approach that date. If you have a
potential new agenda item for discussion, please let me know.
- TRB is soliciting ideas for webinar proposals - please see the e-mail
below. There is a due date of July 15, 2020. Please let me know ASAP if
you have any ideas for a webinar that you would like AED20 to submit to TRB.
Thanks and take care!
Michael D. Fontaine, P.E., Ph.D.
Safety, Operations, and Traffic Engineering
Virginia Transportation Research Council
530 Edgemont Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Ph: 434-293-1980 (Mon), 434-882-3201 (Tues-Fri)
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From: Ferrell, Elaine <EFerrell(a)nas.edu>
Date: Mon, May 11, 2020 at 8:07 AM
Subject: Webinar proposal deadline is July 15
To: Michael.Fontaine(a)VDOT.Virginia.Gov <Michael.Fontaine(a)vdot.virginia.gov>
Submit webinar proposals by July 15, 2020.
Do you have an interesting idea for a webinar? Webinar proposals are open
to anyone, but are due by midnight (Eastern time) on *Wednesday, July 15,
2020. *Please submit any webinars
<https://webinar.mytrb.org/Webinars/SuggestAWebinar> sponsored by TRB
Standing Committees by this date. The deadline applies to webinars that TRB
will host between September-December 2020.
Proposals received after July 15, 2020 may be considered for webinars
between January-March 2021. Webinars that were previously submitted and
declined may be submitted again with TRB’s suggested changes.
While webinar suggestions do need approval from Standing Committee chairs
or co-chairs, anyone may submit webinar proposals, so please spread the
TRB will review forms and respond to proposers in August 2020 regarding
scheduling the webinar, or will provide reasons why the proposal was not
selected. Next, TRB will contact the listed panelists, coordinate
schedules, and select dates for practice and live webinars. TRB will do its
best to honor requested timeframes. *We ask that webinar proposers do not
schedule any specific date with their panelists before hearing from TRB
*Tips for successful webinar suggestions from Standing Committees:*
Proposals that meet the following criteria have been selected and well
received by webinar attendees:
1. *Focus on practical messages.* On average, 60 percent of attendees are
employed at state departments of transportation. Therefore, webinar
proposals should target methods, techniques, and practices for on-the-job
2. *Complete the full webinar form without placeholders*. Do not use “to
be determined” or placeholders for any information in the form. TRB will
consider only *completed* webinar suggestion forms. Plan to spend at least
45 minutes on the proposal form.
3. *Receive approval of the proposal by Committee Chair. *If the webinar
proposal is organized by a TRB Standing Committee, then the chair must
approve the proposal.
4. *Avoid proprietary information. *Most TRB webinars provide credits for
continuing education. If a proposal appears to be commercial in nature, it
will not be eligible for education credits, and thus TRB is unlikely to
5. *Convert a successful live presentation into a webinar format. *Some
successful webinars have repackaged presentations from meetings,
conferences, or sessions. However, if you choose to repackage a previous
conference session as a webinar, it’s best to highlight one successful
session from a conference rather than providing a broad overview of the
entire conference. Attendees value specific, actionable information.
A committee or individual's past track record of organizing well-received
webinars will also be considered. Committees who have not proposed
webinars, particularly in the freight, rail, aviation, transit, marine, or
pedestrian/bicycle topic areas, as well as those that focus on underserved
populations, including those in rural and tribal areas, are encouraged to
To suggest more than one webinar, the Bulk Webinar Suggestion form may be
submitted. Contact Elaine Ferrell at EFerrell(a)nas.edu to receive the Bulk
Webinar Suggestion form.
Current TRB Standing Committee Chairs and all employees of state DOTs can
register for webinars at no cost.
For questions, please contact Elaine Ferrell.