Deutsche Verkehrswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft

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History of the DVWG

In the year 1908 the “Vereinigung von höheren technischen Beamten der preußisch-hessischen Staatseisenbahnverwaltung” was founded, headquartered in Berlin. The first general assembly where the first bylaws were decided on was held in Hannover, March 28, 1909. In 1921 the name of the association was changed to “Vereinigung von höheren technischen Reichsbahnangestellten”.

In the year 1936 the “Wissenschaftlicher Verein für Verkehrstechnik” emerged from the association, which in 1937 was renamed to “Wissenschaftlicher Verein für Verkehrstechnik” (VWW). From the very beginning  the WVV had its own scientific journal, the “Verkehrstechnische Woche”, to which the subheading “Zeitschrift für das gesamte Verkehrswesen” was later added. Until 1944 the journal was published even during the chaos of war.

In May 1949, representatives of all fields of transport sciences convened in Frankfurt am Main for the founding of the “Deutsche Verkehrswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e.V.”.  Already in January of the same year, the WVV was reestablished headquartered in Essen, which then became one of the District Associations of the DVWG. In 1949 and 1950, more District Associations were founded and objectives and challenges for the association defined.

With this historical background, the DVWG celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1983 and in 1999 made mention of 50 successful years under the logo DVWG. Also in 1999, the scientific journal “Internationales Verkehrswesen”, which today is the association organ, had its 50th anniversary.

In July 1966 the DVWG expanded its activities as host of scientific events to include the “Scientific Transport Seminar” (VWS), which conducted its first seminar with the title “Problemkreis Binnenhäfen” in September of the same year. About 10 seminars a year have been organized ever since, in recent years above all workshops and conventions.

At the same time the “Schriftenreihe B” was established, a series of booklets presenting reports and articles from scientific events of the DVWG. It complemented the already existing “Schriftenreihe A”. In later years, new series of booklets were added (“Schriftenreihe C” and “Schriftenreihe D”). Also in the same space of time the ZIV, founded by the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Dokumentation” (DGD), was taken over and integrated into the DVWG. ZIV stands for “Zentrale Informationsstelle für Verkehr”. The ZIV is responsible for organizing and documenting scientific information and serves as editorial department for the Schriftenreihe A to D.

A large number of events is organized with the initiative and stewardship of the District Associations. With these events the DVWG addresses regional topics in transportation science.

Ever since the annual congress of 1983, the DVWG awards the “Carl-Pirath-Preis” to German language scientific publications. The award is named after the honorary member Prof. Dr. Carl Pirath, who passed away in 1955. A second award, the “Henry-Lampke-Preis” is awarded ever since 2003.

Thus, the DVWG commits itself to the promotion of “science and junior scientists”, as was already stated in the first edition of the association bylaws. In this context the Young Forum was founded in September 2000 in Berlin. With this Forum, the young members of the DVWG established a platform for individual scientific contribution and exchange of knowledge and experience. This exchange of experience and opinions has played a fundamental role in the development of international activities. Ever since the foundation of the DVWG intensive relations to transport associations of Austria and Switzerland are being upheld. In recent years, contacts to similar institutions mainly in middle and eastern Europe have been developed. With this basis, in 2000/2001, the European Platform of Transport Sciences was established, which held its first annual European Transport Congress in 2002 in Berlin.

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