Dec. 19, 2017

Media Advisory: World’s Largest Gathering of Transportation Professionals – Jan. 7-11

More than 13,000 people – including industry leaders, policymakers, administrators, and researchers from government, industry, and academia – are expected to gather for the Transportation Research Board’s 97th Annual Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 7-11, 2018.

The spotlight theme is “Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future,” and the annual meeting will host 50 sessions on this topic. Nearly 800 total sessions and workshops will be focusing on a wide range of transportation-related topics, including social equity, accessibility, smart cities, automated vehicles, the future of freight, and multimodal interaction.

There are curated programs available by hot topic and by transportation mode as well as an interactive program builder to help attendees navigate the many sessions.

The annual meeting also will feature an exhibit hall with more than 300 exhibitors from government agencies, research organizations, and commercial businesses showcasing their products and services.

Additionally, TRB’s first Careers in Motion Networking Fair will be held on Jan. 7. The fair will include presentations on topics such as networking and interviewing basics, short talks from transportation leaders, a resume critique table, and opportunities to network and meet with recruiting employers.


A newsroom will be available to reporters in Room 304 at the Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place N.W., Washington, D.C.  Members of the media must register for access to the room.  For registration information, review media registration requirements and contact Lisa Marflak (information below). 

Attendees can download the free annual meeting app to access information on the schedule of events, program participants, floor plans, exhibitors, and more.  To download, search for "TRB 2018" in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.  To follow online conversations about the annual meeting, use the hashtag #TRBAM and follow TRB on Twitter @NASEMTRB.

TRB is a program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine -- private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine.  The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln. 

Lisa Marflak, Director of Communications/Media
Transportation Research Board
202-334-3134; e-mail

Joshua Blatt, Media Relations Assistant
Jennifer Walsh, Director of Media Relations
Office of News and Public Information
202-334-2138; e-mail