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The 26th JCT Traffic Signal Symposium & Exhibition

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Wednesday 15th September and Thursday 16th September at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Campus.

The 2021 Symposium will be held at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Campus on Wednesday 15th September and Thursday 16th September 2021.

Nottingham City Campus is located in Nottingham City Centre with excellent public transport connections and car parking availability. The format of the event will be the same as in previous years, including a Symposium programme filled with topical presentations, a specialist Exhibition, and plenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends and colleagues and network with new contacts.

The MOVA User Group will also be held at the City Campus on Tuesday 14th September.


For 25 years the JCT Symposium and exhibition has been bringing traffic signal practitioners together with manufacturers and to maintain a sense of community amongst signals engineers. It is intended to run as an affordable conference that is accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of experience and that encourages the exchange of knowledge, experience and good practice. Over the past few years, the symposium has consolidated its position as the UK"s best conference event for traffic signals.

The Symposium & Exhibition runs over two days, and is preceded by the MOVA user group. It mixes conference style papers, the principal manufacturers, networking opportunities and organised social events in the evening. As far as content goes, the emphasis is on the signals community itself and JCT seeks submission of papers and presentations from working signal engineers, manufacturers and suppliers. The broad appeal of the programme means that papers are also welcome from policy makers, interest groups, and academics. If you would like to share your experience with the signals community then please let us know and we will do everything we can to help you including subsidising attendance at this event.


2021 will see the Symposium return to The Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Campus. This popular conference venue provides us with all the facilities we need for the presentations, the exhibition, and networking/social events.

The Nottingham City Campus is located centrally within the UK in the centre of Nottingham. It has excellent transport links with the rest of the country by both public transport and road. The Nottingham tram system runs directly from Nottingham Railway Station stopping outside the door of the Symposium Venue. For those travelling by road there are a number of city centre car parks located very near to the campus.

For further details see The NTU Conferencing Website

Costs and Booking

Attendance at the Symposium costs £345 + VAT per delegate. This includes entry to the Symposium for two days, entry to the exhibition, lunch and refreshments on both days and comprehensive Symposium notes. Overnight accommodation and evening meals/networking events are not included but are available at additional cost as described below. As the event is held in the UK standard UK VAT at 20% is chargeable for all delegates including international visitors however it may be possible to reclaim this from your tax authorities.

Special Offers for 2021

We realise that many potential delegates currently have financial & budget pressures which make events such as the Symposium more difficult to attend than in previous years. We are therefore once again offering special offers as detailed below which are aimed to allow as many delegates as possible to attend the Symposium enhancing the level and breadth of debate both in the formal events and at the evening networking events.

  • Transferable Ticket. In response to feedback and to facilitate the attendance of a wider audience JCT are again providing transferable tickets in 2021
    A transferable ticket can be shared between two people from the same organisation, allowing one to attend on day one and the other to attend on day two. You must select who will attend on which day but may switch this before the event if you need to. Both attendees will receive a registration pack and a copy of the symposium notes. To purchase a transferable ticket please email JCT and we will send you a special booking form.
  • 3 for 2 Special Offer. Provided you book at least two full price places at the Symposium a free place can be claimed for a third delegate from the same organisation booked at the same time. You can take advantage of this discount at any time up to the start of the event
  • Early Bird Buy 1 get 1 half price Special Offer. Provided you book at least one full price place at the Symposium before the 1st July 2021 a half-price place (£172.50) can be claimed for a second delegate from the same organisation booked at the same time.
  • Institution Members Discount. Full members of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) can attend the Symposium for a discounted rate of £300 (£45 discount) for both days. To claim your discount please email us at with your name and membership number. Unfortunately, this offer is not available to affiliate, associate members, or similar.

Please note that no offers include or apply to any accommodation or additional meals and offers cannot be combined with other offers, free speaker places or other reduced price places.

2021 Symposium Papers

The Symposium Programme will consist of around 20 papers from a range of speakers. We will shortly be issuing a Call for Papers for 2021. If yourself or a colleague may be interested in speaking at the Symposium we would be interested to hear from you. Papers can be on a wide range of traffic signal related topics and would normally be around 15-20 minutes long. Remember that speakers attend the Symposium free of charge on the day they speak.

Watch all Symposium 2020 presentations here


The Symposium has had a parallel exhibition for many years and features the main companies working in traffic control. Entry to the exhibition is free for Symposium delegates.

A list of confirmed exhibitors will feature here as we get closer to the symposium.

Event Sponsors for 2021

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available, to find out more contact JCT for a list of opportunities and pricing.

Accommodation and Options

The following accommodation and options are available:

  • If you would like to book your attendance as a package we can offer multiple accommodation choices. Accommodation can be booked through JCT via one of the booking methods below.
  • A Barbecue Night will be held on the Tuesday night before the Symposium. Tickets for the Barbecue Night are available when booking for £19.50 + VAT per delegate.
  • The Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday evening. Tickets for Symposium attendees are available when booking for £26.50 + VAT.


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