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OITAF congress 2024 – Extended deadline for call for papers

“Ropeways – Smart Transport Solutions” is the motto of OITAF’s 12th International Congress for Transportation by Rope, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from June 17-20, 2024. The deadline for the submission of publications as required in the call for papers has been extended to October 6, 2023.

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The International Congress for Transportation by Rope, which normally takes place every six years, has had to be postponed by one year due to the Corona pandemic. Following the 11th Congress in Bolzano in 2017, 2024 will be the year of the 12th edition of this key event of OITAF – the global organization that brings together all persons, institutions, authorities, manufacturers and operators with an interest in ropeways.

The preparations for the event have long since begun at OITAF. Now it is up to the ropeway community to submit the papers needed to flesh out the motto “Ropeways - Smart Transport Solutions”. Below, you will find the conference program, which is divided into four sessions, and basic information on the submission of papers.


Subject groups

Session 1: Development of ropeways in urban and tourist areas

  • Developments
  • Potential applications
  • Future projects

Session 2: Operation of ropeways

  • Staff training. How to attract new talents?
  • Management of exceptional situations
  • Inspection and maintenance

Session 3: Ropeway technology, new developments

  • Electrical/mechanical availability
  • Safety
  • Noise reduction
  • Remote monitoring
  • Improving the safety of old installations

Session 4: Dimensions of sustainability

  • Protection of the natural landscape
  • Conservation of resources, energy consumption, life cycle
  • Snowmaking: energy consumption, energy and water management
  • Ropeway operation and winter sports – perception in public opinion
  • Comparison with other transport systems


Call for papers: deadline extended to October 6, 2023

OITAF invites all interested persons to present a previously unpublished paper on one of the listed groups of topics. In addition to submitting a publication-ready manuscript, speakers are expected to make an informative and succinct presentation as the point of departure for an in-depth discussion.

Those wishing to present a paper at the congress must send an abstract in English via the OITAF Congress website at  by October 6, 2023 at the latest. In addition, original-language versions in German, French, Italian and Spanish may also be submitted. Papers received after the deadline will not be considered.

Further details regarding the application process, preparation of manuscripts, the OITAF selection process, submission of the final version of the paper if accepted, presentation of papers, and reimbursement of travel and lodging expenses for speakers can be found on the OITAF Congress website.

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