Webinars provide an opportunity to share and discuss ongoing work associated with TRB
and their respective topic areas, as well as research from TRB’s
Cooperative Research Programs.
Prior to submission, proposed webinars should reflect the
scope of the sponsoring Committee(s) and must be reviewed and approved by the Chair of at
least one current Standing Committee. If the webinar is solely based upon a CRP report, the
staff officer assigned to that report must sign off on the webinar proposal.
TRB seeks to present a program of webinars that includes diverse perspectives, in both content and speakers. Therefore, webinars that address transportation issues from the point of view of different demographic and geographic perspectives and that include speakers representing diverse demographic groups and geographic areas are favored.
TRB accepts webinar suggestion forms on a year round basis. Forms are processed and webinars are scheduled on the following annual cycle:
Forms submitted from March 16 to July 15 are processed and webinars are scheduled from September 1 to December 31.
Forms submitted from July 16 to November 15 are processed and webinars are scheduled from January 1 to April 30.
Forms submitted from November 16 to March 15 are processed and webinars are scheduled from May 1 to August 30.
Please note that the form is hosted on Google Forms, a website that is not operated by NAS. NAS is not responsible for content
policies of Google Forms.
If you intend to submit multiple requests, you may use the "Bulk Webinar Suggestion Form" by contacting EFerrell@nas.edu. Please indicate on the bulk webinar submission form the priority for each webinar (i.e., first priority, second priority, etc.).
Policies for Webinar Submissions
Webinar submissions must be sent by a TRB staff member or volunteer.
Webinars must be sponsored by a TRB Standing Committee or feature a TRB report.
If a webinar is to be hosted with another NASEM division, that should be noted in the submission, as should the relevant SPO from that division. TRB Communications staff will include "TRB will host a webinar in collaboration with [NASEM unit]" if it a joint submission.
Webinars will be chosen based on their relevancy to current TRB research priorities.
Once a webinar is selected, minor changes can be made. These changes include:
Replacement of speakers, if someone becomes unavailable. Speakers cannot be added unless this is requested by TRB Communications staff.
Reduction in scope of webinar. Scope cannot be broadened unless this is requested by TRB Communications staff.
Reordering of agenda items, including which speaker will discuss which topic.
Language in the description. Format must adhere to TRB Communications’ procedures, but sentence structures, word choices, and order of items can all be changed.
Once a webinar is added to TRB’s website, all webinar presenters and the organizer may make changes similar to the above within one week of being notified by TRB Communications staff. After that period, no changes will be made, with the exception of an emergency replacement speaker, if needed.
A webinar will not be cancelled once it appears on the TRB website. Therefore, be absolutely sure that the information listed in the webinar description, including relevant dates and times, are accurate.
Neither the date nor time of a webinar can be changed once the webinar appears on the TRB website. They can be adjusted prior to this point, but there are usually 10 or more webinars per month, so the schedule is fairly tight.