Partner Invitation for Project Meeting and Mid-term Conference, Skipton 4th-7th June 2013    

Getting to the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

     good rail links via Leeds, then short walk to Skipton Bus Station and bus towards Keighley or taxi

     reasonable train connections are available from the airports at Manchester, Newcastle, London Stansted and all other London Airports

      Leeds/Bradford Airport is also near with bus connections into trains at Shipley, Bradford or Leeds

      Ferries from Rotterdam come to Hull from where the M62 Motorway to Leeds and the A65 bring you to Skipton.


Please use Transport Direct (UK national multi-modal journey planner) at for further details.  John Carr ( will also be happy to offer advice and help based on flight times.


Tuesday 4th June

Participants from ITRACT partners arrive at Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton.

Evening meal available for everybody from 19:00.

Project Steering Group will meet during evening
(agenda to be confirmed by Theo Miljoen).

Networking time!



Wednesday 5th June

ITRACT Partner Meeting

09:00 – 18:00 Lunch and refreshments included (Agenda to be circulated separately).

19:00 Evening meal

Networking time!



Reaching the Frontiers:

Improving Connectivity in Remote Regions


The mid-Project Conference of ITRACT

(Improving Transport and Accessibility through new Communication Technologies)

Supported under the Inter-reg IVB North Sea Programme of the European Regional Development Fund

Thursday and Friday 6th-7th June 2013

the Rendezvous Hotel

Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire



Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales


Thursday 6th June

08:30 -09:00   Registration:  Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

09:00 -12:30   Dales Visit and Demonstration Workshop (DITA, LRB & LT)

Travel on typical buses through Dales National Park to Little Red Bus centre near Harrogate.

Workshop demonstration

Lunch: Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

13:30 – 13:50  Welcome to the Dales (Metro & YDNP speaker)

13:50 – 14:10  Keynote Address (EU speaker)

14:10 – 14:40  The ITRACT Project (Hugo Velthuijsen)

14:40 – 15:10  Establishing transport needs in remoter areas(Viktoria Institute)

Refreshment Break

15:30 – 16:10  Service Innovation Workshops in Action (Värmlandstrafik &OV Bureau Groningen Drenthe)

16:10 -16:40    Roundtable:  Transport Connectivity issues in remote areas (panel members from ITRACT partners and UK)

16:40 – 17:10  Deploying ICT Solutions (Professor John Nelson,  Accessibility and Mobilities leader,  dot.rural Digital Economy Hub at Aberdeen University)

17:10 – 17:40  Introducing the ITRACT Building Blocks (Karlstad and Hanze)

17:40 – 18:00  “Appy Hour” starts! (Introducing the Service Ideas to be developed in the ITRACT Project Pilot Actions led by the ITRACT University Partners)

19:30 – late   Conference Dinner


Friday 7th June

08:30 -09:00   Registration:  Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

09:00 - 09:30  Sustaining isolated communities and economies: a regional authority view (Mrs. Marianne Besselink, Province of Groningen)

09:30 – 10:00  Digital connectivity for remote areas:  opportunities and constraints (John Carr,  independent consultant)

10:00 – 10:30  Oldambt:  a case study (Koen Salemink, University of Groningen)

Refreshment Break

10:50 – 11:20  DRT for DRT (workshop led by Loughborough University)

11:20 -11:50  Learning from the Olympics: Developing an Accessible Trip Planner (Chris Gibbard, Department for Transport, UK)

11:50 – 12:45 App development sandpit (ITRACT ICT leaders & students)

Lunch: Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

13:30 – 13:50  Using social media and crowd sourcing to capture localised information (Susan Grant-Mueller, University of Leeds)

13:50 – 14:10  The Local Sustainable Transport Fund in the Yorkshire Dales

14:10 – 14:40  Loads of data!  How do we use it? (Peter Miller, ITO World)

14:40 – 15:10  Going Smart: the Norfolk Ambition (Tracy Jessop, Norfolk County Council)

15:10 – 15:30  Extending the Frontiers: conclusions of the conference (Lead Beneficiary  Theo Miljoen, Hanze University)

15:30           Refreshments and disperse

© Jan Frick 2014