David Willis Memorial Prize

The David Willis memorial prize, established in 1998, originated from a proposal by Dr Graham Currie and Ray Kinnear and is presented at each ATRF to the author(s) adjudged to have delivered the best paper and presentation by a young researcher at the conference. The prize honoured the life of David Willis, a Queenslander by birth who did his Masters degree at the University of Sydney and worked in Government as a highly respected transport economist in both Adelaide and Melbourne. He specialised in the planning and economics of the bus industry and was highly regarded by the leaders of that industry. David was committed to a vibrant research sector in Australia and presented several papers at ATRF. He was a particular supporter of young researchers around the country. David's premature death was a great shock to his family and colleagues. The prize is to honour his significant contribution to transport research by encouraging young researchers.