Computer Science, Built Environment, Engineering, Business, Transportation, Asset Management 

Dates and venue:

14-18 January 2019 at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines.  

Workshop Background: 

The Philippines is experiencing rapid urbanization and 70% of its population will be living in urban areas by 2030. This population growth results in an increased demand of transportation networks, leading to road congestion, accidents and road asset deterioration, highlighting the need for Smart, Safe and Sustainable management of Road Network.  Smart city technologies are helping to improve efficiency, safety and reliability of road infrastructure. The United Kingdom have a major head-start in adoption of these technologies which have provided continuous data flow throughout road asset  life-cycle, leading to collaborative management of road network operations. Open information exchanges have allowed the optimization of traffic flow, improvement of road safety, maximization of road network utilisation via optimised road maintenance and real time road asset information.

There is a need for sharing of experiences and adoption of best practices taking into account local limitations and other realities. The workshop will be a venue for both the UK and local experts to reflect on the Smart transport best practices as well as understand better the challenges, culture, demand and limitations in developing countries with the view of realizing collaborative efforts towards formulating more relevant and applicable  approaches and technologies locally.

The 5-day scientific workshop at DLSU University aims to gather the academia and local stakeholders to identify and formulate relevant Smart Transport strategies, technologies and approaches to improve planning, construction, maintenance and operation of roads in cities like Manila. Target audience for the workshop include early career researchers from multiple disciplines including built environment, engineering, communication and information systems, computer science, transportation and traffic planning and policy development. This will provide a unique opportunity to propose multi-disciplinary approaches for effective management of transportation challenges. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Philippines. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links. 


Newton Fund will cover the costs related to the participation in the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals only for up to 20 UK resident researchers. Costs for the visa, and travel insurance will be covered for UK participants; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. The workshop organisers accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country. 

Application and Deadline

The full application form (available by clicking here) must be completed and submitted by the 15 October 2018 by 16:00 GMT.  

Eligibility criteria

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the deadline.
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Established Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc.) at a recognised research institution either in the UK, Phillipines or other ASEAN countries.
  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

Quality assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection procedure

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of results

Successful applicants will be notified by email before 23 October, 2018.

Equal opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, coordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance and promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy.  Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.

Contact person

Dr. Aziz Zeeshan (Z.Aziz@salford.ac.uk) for UK participants

Dr Jose Bienvenido Biona (jose.bienvenido.biona@dlsu.edu.ph) for participants from Phillipines 


This work is supported by a Researcher Links workshop grant 2017-RLWK9-11261. The grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit www.newtonfund.ac.uk