29 September 2020

10:30 - 11:30

Political Forum (for invited political representatives only)

11:45 - 13:15

Opening plenary session: What’s next for urban mobility in the EU? 

The opening plenary will aim to answer what should be the future EU approach on urban mobility, touching on the lessons we are learning from the COVID19 lockdowns and subsequent restrictions. The discussion will address resilience, rapid response, crisis communication and adaptability of transport networks, information and data-based decisions, importance of local governance and urban mobility systems responsiveness. 

Institutional welcome addresses:

  • Adina Vălean, EU Transport Commissioner
  • Dr. Tamara Zieschang, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Panel discussion:

  • Annalisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES
  • Raluca Fiser, Vice-president, European Cyclist Federation
  • Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG MOVE
  • Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, UITP

Moderated by Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS Network

14:00 - 16:15

Recognizing Europe’s sustainable mobility success stories – Meet the CIVITAS and sustainable mobility award winners

In this session, the finalists and winners of the CIVITAS Awards 2020 will be announced. Afterwards, representatives from the awarded cities will join a panel debate with the latest winners of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK, SUMP and EU Urban Road Safety awards. They will discuss their experience, reflecting on the challenges they have faced during the lockdown, their vision of urban mobility, upcoming projects and how the award impacted their work locally. The session will close with the announcement of the new call for applications for the next EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Awards, and for the next EU Urban Road Safety Award. The audience will have the opportunity to clarify eventual questions about the application procedure. 

Introduction by Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS Network 

Announcement of the finalists & winners of the CIVITAS Awards 2020 by Matthew Baldwin, DG MOVE

Panel discussion:

  • Jasmina Palurović, Deputy Mayor of the City of Kruševac (Serbia), EMW 2019 for larger municipalities
  • Hlias Schortsanitis, Vice Mayor of the Municipality of Karditsa (Greece), EMW 2019 for smaller municipalities, tbc
  • Bruno van Loveren, Brussels Capital Region (Belgium), 8th SUMP Award winner 
  • Alberto Oubiña Piay, Mayor of Pontevedra City (Spain), EU Urban Road Safety Award winner
  • CIVITAS Legacy Award 2020 winner
  • CIVITAS Resilience Awards 2020 winner

Announcement of the new call for applications for the next EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Awards, and for the next EU Urban Road Safety Award by Juan Caballero, EUROCITIES

Moderated by Matthew Baldwin and Karen Vancluysen

14:00 - 17:15

MaaS Summit (upon invitation only)

16:30 - 18:00

Stepping up the game: The EU's contribution to the global urban mobility transition

This open session will discuss the strengths and points for improvement in the role the EU plays in the global Urban Mobility Transition. In what areas is the European Union a leader? What is keeping the EU from being a leader in other areas? 

A panel of key stakeholders representing cities, service providers and industry, will discuss the the role the European Union is taking up with regards to e-mobility solutions, urban freight logistics, road safety, new mobility services, micromobility and the uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) outside of Europe. 


  • Michael Engelskirchen, EUROCLIMA+
  • Oliver Lah, Wuppertal Institut
  • Verena Ehrler, Université Gustave Eiffel
  • Claudia Adriazola-Steil, World Resources Institute
  • Maya Ben Dror, World Economic Forum GNMC

Moderated by Maruxa Cardama, SLOCAT Partnership

30 September 2020

09:00 - 10:25

Plenary Session: Turning policy into implementation: sourcing the resources

This session, organised by INEA, will serve as a policy umbrella for the dedicated parallel session on funding, which would present funding and financing opportunities for innovative and sustainable urban mobility. Speakers from several Directorate-Generals of the European Commission will look at the role of EU funding programmes for the achievement of the Commission’s political priorities, especially in challenging times. It will address the status of the preparation of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and its programmes, and how the needs of Europeans and stakeholders are integrated through consultation and co-creation. 

The session will also be an opportunity to present a summary of the main relevant funding programmes in the next MFF and what is still in the pipeline for Horizon 2020. The current and future challenges for project management, from R&I to deployment, combining different funding instruments will also be addressed.

Keynote speech:

  • Dr. Maike Schaefer, Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing Construction, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Panel debate:

  • Céline Gauer, Deputy Secretary-General, European Commission
  • Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General, DG REGIO, European Commission
  • Patrick Child, Deputy Director General, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Herald Ruijters, Director, DG MOVE, European Commission
  • Hans Van Steen, Acting Director, DG ENER, European Commission
  • Dirk Beckers, Director, INEA, European Commission

Moderated by Alan Haigh, INEA, European Commission

10:30 - 11:30

Parallel Sessions

We are ECCENTRIC: Five cities on their way to innovative mobility measures in their neighbourhoods

The session will focus on the results and lessons learnt from the ECCENTRIC city partners, how did the cities transform, what was the impact from the project, the innovative policies and tools for the better future and address the freight challenges in our urban areas. The format of this session is presentations followed by a panel discussion.


  • Paul Fenton, City of Stockholm
  • Stefan Synek, City of Munich
  • Juan Azcarte, City of Madrid
  • Stella Aaltonen, City of Turku
  • Lucia Illieva, City of Ruse

Moderated by Octavia Stepan, INEA, European Commission

DESTINATIONS: Mobility and tourism working together for a sustainable Europe

This session will focus on lessons learnt and best practices developed by DESTINATIONS cities to improve integration of sustainable and smart mobility in touristic destinations both for residents and tourists. During the session, the project will showcase the results and changes achieved in the 6 Living Labs and share some guidance on how to see tourism and transport sectors better work together.

Presentations by:

  • Claudio Mantero, Horários do Funchal
  • Maria Stylianou, LTC

Moderated by Don Guinkirk, Breda University

CIVITAS PORTIS: A motor for dialogue and implementation in port cities

After presenting the PORTIS project in a nutshell, the session will focus on the challenge and - at the same time - the opportunity, that port cities traditionally function as two cities rather than one, the city and the port area - a dual system of gravity centres. The session will look deeper into: Trieste:  A multi-governance technical office in Trieste for the development of the Old Port; Klaipeda: The city/port cooperation platform in Klaipeda; Aberdeen: ‘SUMP – Collaboration, Development and Implementation in Aberdeen’; Antwerp: Smart Ways to Antwerp: a coordinated approach; Constanta: Constanta Mobility Forum - a tool for promoting SUM measure.


  • Katia Kishchenko, City of Antwerp
  • Amye Ferguson, Aberdeen City Council
  • Giulio Bernetti, City of Trieste
  • Vaiva Varnaite, City of Klaipeda
  • George Lupascu, City of Constanta

Moderated by Tom Rye, Molde University College

Planning for resilient and sustainable mobility

Resilience is the capacity to survive, adapt and grow regardless of chronic stresses and acute shocks. Building resilient urban mobility systems means creating the conditions to adapt to unexpected circumstances and new realities. In the year of an unprecedented public health crisis, the session will explore how cities adapted to the new reality created by COVID-19 and, most importantly, how they can plan their mobility services to better face similar crises in the future. 

The session will feature contributions from two representatives from city authority and an expert in scenario-based transport planning, and will be an opportunity to present the SUMP guidance document on COVID-19, which was released in July.


  • Laura Babío Somoza, POLIS Network
  • Rafael Orihuela, EMT Madrid
  • Marijke de Roeck, City of Antwerp
  • Tom Cohen, Westminster University

Moderated by Karine Sbirrazzuoli, UITP

11:45 - 12:45

Parallel Sessions

Living Lab: Clean public transport deployment

Local and regional leaders have a key role in cutting carbon emissions by upgrading transport systems to ensure that they are as clean and energy efficient as possible. Low-emission mobility brings significant benefits to citizens while strengthening innovation and competitiveness of our industry. It is therefore crucial to support zero-emission transportation as the most effective and efficient form of public mobility in regions and cities. After an introductory presentation by the European Commission that provides a policy context highlighting the European Clean Bus deployment initiative and AFI Directive, there will be brief presentations from representatives from each of the three CIVITAS Living Lab projects on clean vehicle measures in their cities, followed by a brief moderated Q&A and discussion.


  • Dario Dubolino, DG MOVE, European Commission
  • Cristina Loreto, Regional Government of Madeira, DESTINATIONS
  • Sergio Fernandez Balaguer, EMT Madrid
  • George Lupascu, City of Constanta, PORTIS

Moderated by Eric Cerneaz, INEA, European Commission.

Living Lab: Transferable innovations and scalable results

This session will feature presentations from each of the three CIVITAS Living Lab projects, focusing on evaluation of measures and possibilities for transfer and upscaling and transfer. This will then be synthesised with two elements in focus: 

  • What are the important elements with relation to certain types of measures? What can convince policymakers to choose these solutions? What do practitioners need to consider in order to effectively implement a measure?
  • What can we conclude on the integration of measures? In the evaluation process, the interaction with the implementation context and with other measures implemented is an important aspect. The lessons learned both on the influence on the impact of the measures and the process of implementation are especially relevant when it comes to continuation and upscaling of measures and the transfer or replication to other cities.


  • Riccardo Enei, ISINNOVA
  • Helber Lopez Covaleda, Technical University of Munich
  • Caitlin Cottrill and Sarah Brooke, University of Aberdeen, PORTIS

Moderated by Dirk Engels, TML Leuven.

Living Lab: Impacts of COVID-19 on urban mobility measures

This session kicks-off with a presentation on COVID-19 and behaviour change, and addresses how the focus and legacy of three projects (DESTINATIONS, ECCENTRIC, PORTIS) is impacted by COVID-19, from a behaviour change perspective. People are creatures of habit, and habits do not stem from rational choices but from infrastructures, social norms, skills, artefacts, advertisements and yes, to some degree: money and values - but only to some degree. In short, the whole "behaviour change" rhetoric tends to put way too much burden on people while letting the big decision makers (policy, industry) off the hook.

This session explores, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: how are policy, institutional, social, and economic changes affecting behavior, and thus, the implementation of urban mobility measures?


  • Stephanie Leonard, TomTom
  • Paul Fenton, ECCENTRIC
  • Theocharis Tsoutsos, Technical University of Crete, DESTINATIONS
  • David Dunne, Aberdeen, PORTIS

Moderated by Anca Pasca, INEA, European Commission

14:00 - 15:00

Parallel Sessions

Innovative zero-emission freight solutions for cities

Enhancing mobility while reducing traffic congestion, accidents and air pollution is still a common challenge to all major European cities. With the ongoing pandemic, cities are experiencing lower congestion levels and consequently improved air quality. However, at the same time, on-demand services delivered by fossil fuel-powered vehicles have been registering unprecedented high levels.

The purpose of this session is to share innovative and clean freight solutions that offer more sustainable logistics operations for cities. It will feature presentations from four CIVITAS projects: CityChangerCargoBike project – that will focus on how cargo bikes have a huge potential to tackle this challenge and even improve safety levels – and the three new CIVITAS projects (LEAD SENATOR and ULaaDs) – that will explain how they will address the rising on-demand economy in future urban logistics and create value for both public and private stakeholders.


  • Susanne Wrighton, FGM AMOR, CityChangerCargoBike
  • Irene Blazquez, ETM Madrid, LEAD
  • Michael Glotz Richter, City of Bremen, ULaaDs
  • Santiago Munoz, Correos, SENATOR

Moderated by Fons Verhelst, Flemish Transport Authority

Smart and electric mobility in cities

To successfully tackle the increasing challenge of transport and mobility systems decarbonisation, European cities need to integrate smart mobility solutions with renewable energy, smart grid and energy storage systems (thus going beyond the electrification of vehicles).

This session brings together four EU funded projects (GreenCharge, ELVITEN, ASSURED and USER-CHI) that aim to boost the electrification of a wide variety of vehicle types (light electric vehicles, cars, buses and trucks) and their further integration in the transport and electricity networks. 


  • Aida Abdulah, UITP, ASSURED
  • Paal Mork, Bymiljøetaten, Agency for Urban Environment, GreenCharge
  • Evangelia Portouli, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, ELVITEN
  • Antonio Marqués, ETRA I+D, USER-CHI

Moderated by Saki Gerassis Davite, DG MOVE, European Commission

Improving mobility management: what does it take?

Over-reliance on automobile travel in urban settings exponentially increases congestion, parking problems and crash risk. “Hard” measures such as new tram lines, new roads or bike lanes are not by themselves enough to significantly improve mobility within cities. “Soft” measures, on the other hand, enhance the effectiveness of “hard” measures while not necessarily requiring large financial investments and generally present a very positive benefit-cost ratio. By soft measures, one alludes to marketing, information, communication, digitalisation, education, organisation of services or coordination activities of different partners. Mobility Management (MM) is, thus, the promotion of sustainable transportation by means of “soft” measures, e.g.  by changing travellers’ attitudes and behaviour.

This session will kick-off with an introduction on the concept of MM, followed by examples of two MM measures and the importance of indicators to evaluate MM practices. It will then feature a panel debate, where stakeholders will share experiences and unique perspectives on MM and how it can be improved.


  • Melanie Schade, BBSR Germany, EPOMM Vice-President
  • Thibault Castagne, Co-Founder Vianova
  • Sophie Gillaerts, City of Ghent, TMaaS
  • Marcel Braun, Rupprecht Consult, SUMI

Moderated by Els Van den Broeck, Mobiel 21

Gender perspectives in urban transport

According to the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), women tend to have more complex patterns of mobility, travel off-peak more often and, in urban contexts, be more dependent on public transport when compared to men. However, design of transport systems often does not consider these factors effectively, leading to inadequate mobility solutions and services for women.

Participants in this session will have the opportunity to learn more about effective gender mainstreaming methods for transport planning and about gender-sensitive smart mobility solutions through a set of presentations.


  • Heather Allen, Independent gender and mobility expert
  • Marianne Weinreich, Ramboll
  • Fotis K. Liotopoulos, TinnGo      

Moderated by Ruth Lopian, DG MOVE, European Commission

15:15 - 16:15

Parallel Sessions

How can MaaS contribute to zero-emission mobility?

By integrating a wide range of transport services into a single mobility service accessible on demand, MaaS can provide mobility users with an alternative to the personally owned modes of transportation that may be equally convenient and even. Besides offering more flexible solutions to users, with MaaS schemes cities can optimise the use of existing transport capacity and thus lower vehicle usage, which consequently leads to less carbon dioxide emissions.

Within this session,  participants are taken on a journey to the cities of Brussels and Turku, which will share their experiences and discuss best practices of how MaaS can contribute to green mobility, also considering insights from all the stakeholders involved in the on-demand shared mobility value chain.


  • Martin Lefrancq, Attaché, Bruxelles mobilité
  • Stella Aaltonen, City of Turku
  • Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO-ITS Europe and President of MaaS Alliance 

Moderated by Victoire Champenois, DG MOVE, European Commission

Funding and financing solutions for sustainable urban mobility

Building upon the high-level opening plenary in the morning, this session will go beyond the policy perspective looking at the various EU funding programmes and initiatives. It will shed light on upcoming calls, opportunities for financing and collaboration for cities and for innovative sustainable urban mobility.  

Invited speakers will discuss how in practice the various European instruments, like for example the Climate-neutral and Smart Cities mission, the Driving Urban Transition partnership, the EIT Urban Mobility, the European Investment Bank and the Digital Europe Programme, can help cities to innovate and improve their transport systems and become more sustainable and organized.


  • Philippe Froissart, Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD D2
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Neil Valentine, EIB Head of Division, Sustainable Urban Mobility 
  • ​​​​​​​Margit Noll, JPI Europe, Driving Urban Transition Partnership 
  • ​​​​​​​Maria Tsavachidis, CEO, EIT urban mobility 
  • ​​​​​​​Thibaut Kleiner, HoU, Digital Europe Programme, DG CNECT 

Moderated by Chiara Frencia, INOVA+

Health and zero-emission mobility policy

The European Environmental Agency  considers air pollution as the biggest environmental health risk in Europe, accountable for 400 000 premature deaths in Europe in 2016. Mobility itself can have harmful effects on the environment and citizens’ health – through congestion, accidents, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Nevertheless, enormous health benefits to the entire population can be attained if only citizens shift from private vehicles to public transport, walking and cycling. 

Active travel or active modes of transport such as walking and cycling can help prevent these deaths and contribute to reduced emissions. To reinforce these measures, health issues must be embedded in mobility policy, in particular in SUMP, which is still rarely the case. This session will feature initiatives dealing with the binomial health-mobility and its policy dimension.


  • Francesco Dionori, UNECE, Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme
  • Lucia Errandonea, Ideas for Change, CitieS-Health
  • Fabiana Palmero, Councillor for Mobility, City of Vic. URBACT’s Healthy Cities Network
  • Francesco Iacorossi, Rome Mobility Agency, HANDSHAKE

Moderated by Fred Dotter, Mobiel 21

16:30 - 17:30

The city and the Trans-European Transport Network

The session addresses the urban dimension of the TEN-T network, focusing on how strengthening urban nodes and innovation can enhance the capacity and sustainability of the European transport system. It will be an opportunity to present and share some preliminary results of the evaluation of the TEN-T Regulation and  to present and discuss experiences aiming at improving mobility around TEN-T urban nodes, with a focus on the need to reduce congestion and make logistics more efficient and sustainable. 


  • Jean Louis Colson, DG MOVE, European Commission
  • Marlene Damerau, Rupprecht Consult
  • Ulrike Shutz, Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Catrine Norrgard, Gothenburg
  • Matej Gojcic, Ljubljana Urban Region

Moderated by Françoise Guaspare, Île-de-France.

01 October 2020

10:30 - 11:30

Parallel Sessions 

Achieving change in mobility behaviour 

A strong modal shift from car to sustainable transport modes is key to make our urban areas more accessible and liveable. Are European cities on the right track? What are the factors influencing modal shift and the choice of transport modes? We know that long-lasting changes in mobility behaviour often follow life-changing moments. In that sense, could the coronavirus pandemic be an opportunity for transport and planning authorities to promote sustainable transport modes?

Drawing from leading EU-funded projects, academic research and local experiences on behavioural change and mobility, the session will present and discuss initiatives that are contributing to make the shift towards sustainable urban mobility behaviours a reality.


  • Juan Caballero, EUROCITIES
  • Giuliana Famiglietti-Pipola, City of Coventry, e-SMARTEC
  • Frank L. Fiedler, City of Dresden
  • Anna Nikolaeva, University of Amsterdam

Moderated by Ann-Marie Nienaber, Coventry University

Data-driven decision making tools for small and medium-sized cities

How can data analysis be used as a tool to improve mobility and transport in cities? What are the benefits of collecting real traffic data, and what tools do small and medium-sized cities have to make to design and implement sustainable mobility measures based on scientific evidence?

The session will shed some light on these crucial issues drawing on the experience of the EU-funded SUITS project. Attendees will get familiar with efficient and cheap technologies to collect mobility data in urban areas and discover new ways sustainable mobility measures can be designed building on data collection.

Cities that have successfully tested the technologies and realised the benefits of the data collection technologies within the SUITS project will share their first-hand experience. Furthermore, the session will also feature contributions from the EU-funded WeCount and MOMENTUM projects.


  • Rodric Frederix, Transport & Mobility Leuven, MOMENTUM
  • Giovanni Maccani, Ideas for Change, WeCount
  • Miriam Pirra, Politecnico di Torino
  • Fotis K. Liotopoulos, SBOING

Moderated by Frederic Rudolph, Wuppertal Institut, SUITS.

Integrating shared mobility services in urban mobility ecosystems

What policies, approaches and models can help cities govern the emergence of new mobility services and disruptive technologies, such as carsharing, bikesharing, e-scooter sharing and MaaS? In times of crisis, can the “disruptors” become essential partners to cities to keep mobility clean, sustainable and safe and avoid a shift to massive car use?

The panel debate will address these questions drawing on the experience of two leading EU-funded projects exploring innovative cooperation models between public and private parties on new mobility services. The session will also feature contributions from Brussels-based bike-sharing operator Billy and POLIS, the network of cities and regions for transport innovation.


  • Karen Vancluysen, POLIS Network
  • Yannick Bousse, UITP
  • Pierre de Schaetzen, Billy Bike
  • Diederik Basta, City of Amsterdam
  • Aurélien Pozzana, BOLT

Moderated by Philippe Crist, International Transport Forum

Urban Vehicle Access Regulations, where do we stand?

Broadly defined as ‘measures to regulate motor vehicular access to urban infrastructure’, urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs) have proved to be a key tool to regulate traffic flows in urban areas and help cities comply with air quality legislation.

The session will provide an update of what is currently going on in the field of urban vehicle access regulations and related planning challenges, bringing together experts and policy makers from local authorities, academia, and research institutes.


  • Sidharta Gautama, University of Gent, ReVeAL
  • Suzanne Hoadley, POLIS Network, UVARbox
  • Samantha Tharme, City of London
  • Lotte Dijkink, Secretary General of BENELUX

Moderated by Isabelle Vandoorne, DG MOVE, European Commission

11:45 - 12:45

Parallel Sessions

Affordable, accessible and inclusive mobility

Combining efforts to achieve more sustainable and efficient mobility systems whereby keeping them accessible, affordable, and inclusive is a massive challenge for cities. Designing transport systems that consider the specific mobility needs of the most vulnerable user groups is crucial. Improving accessibility for the elderly and people with reduced mobility, as well as providing high-quality services at affordable fares for all, is an essential task for transport authorities.

The session will explore how cities can improve mobility without leaving anyone behind, drawing on the experience of leading EU-funded research initiatives covering several aspects of transport accessibility and inclusivity.


  • Kirstin Tovaas, Rupprecht Consult
  • Imre Keseru, VUB
  • Mathias De Meyer, Brussels Capital Region
  • Delphine Grandsart, European Passengers' Federation

Moderated by Pedro Homem de Gouveia, POLIS Network.

The smart city as a sustainable city

Smart cities have the potential to make a significant contribution to urban sustainability. This session will kick-off with an introduction to the Sustainable Urban Mobility topic and the activities of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities Action Cluster on Sustainable Urban Mobility (EIP-SCC SUM), with a clear focus on what smart cities will look like in the future. Following this initial presentation, panellists will discuss (also interacting with the audience) how can smart cities enable sustainability, covering several topics, such as the essential role of transport in a smart city and urban data platforms. 


  • Georg Houben, DG ENER 
  • Anna Domenech, NISSAN Europe, Intelligent Mobility for Energy Transition
  • Graham Colclough, UrbanDNA
  • Edwin Mermans, Province of Noord-Brabant

Moderated by Ana Dragutescu, ICLEI

The role of smart parking management in urban mobility planning

Parking policy is recognised to be one of the most powerful keys to manage urban mobility. Good parking management can help to free up valuable public space, make our cities more attractive and resilient (as we noticed during COVID-19 pandemic), support the local economy, reduce vehicle traffic and congestion, improve road safety, and combat air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, parking management generates revenue to invest in sustainable mobility and urban and social improvements. 

The session aims to provide ideas and evidence on how smart parking management could develop, increase, and speed up innovative parking solutions to become part of cities’ SUMP or linked planning processes. 


  • Laurens Bannerman, EPA
  • Martina Hertel, DIFU
  • Aitor Albaina Vivanco, Vitoria Gasteiz
  • Carl Hanssens, Sint-Niklaas
  • Giuliano Mingardo, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Moderated by Susan Tully, Edinburgh Napier University.

14:00 - 15:00

Parallel Sessions

Regional and metropolitan mobility planning 

Metropolitan regions in Europe stand out for their economic attractiveness, the vast commuter flows, their complex and multi-modal urban transport systems, and for typically being transport nodes of European and national importance. 

Drawing on the experience of EU-funded projects REFORM and SUMPs-Up, the session will explore the challenges of planning for mobility services at the regional and metropolitan level. The session will feature the participation of some European regions that have applied government schemes to develop a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).


  • Vincent Leiner, DG REGIO, tbc
  • Matilde Chinellato, EUROCITIES
  • Václav Novotný, Prague Institute of Planning and Development
  • Catarina Marcellino, Metropolitan Area of Lisbon
  • Klemen Gostic, City of Ljubljana
  • Jonathan Marsh, Transport for Greater Manchester

Moderated by Maria Morfoulaki, CERTH.

Challenges and opportunities for urban air mobility

How could urban air mobility services, such as drones, help cities address their mobility needs?? What is the current state of development for urban air mobility in Europe?

The session will discuss market development, policy and legislative aspects related to urban air mobility. The session will feature a contribution from the UAM Initiative - a multi-stakeholder initiative to accelerate the market uptake of urban air mobility services, increase public acceptance, and share innovative ideas – and the EU-funded project HARMONY, a EU-funded project exploring new mobility services, concepts and solutions to support the transition to a low-carbon new mobility era.


  • Vassilis Agouridas, Airbus
  • Małgorzata Darowska, Polish Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Özhan Yilmaz, European Investment Bank
  • Maria Karmargianni, Maas Lab, University College London

Moderated by Luana Bidasca, DG MOVE, European Commission

Infrastructure for walking, cycling and more

Safer, wider, and more secure infrastructure for walking and cycling is a prerequisite to encourage more people to opt for active mobility modes, reduce car use, and improve safety, air quality and the overall quality of life in urban areas. The rise of e-scooters and other micromobility services in European cities has made the need to redistribute road space to favour sustainable transport modes even more evident.

The session will be an opportunity to present and discuss infrastructure measures to promote sustainable urban mobility, featuring contributions from representatives from cities that are striving to become more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.


  • Alexander Frederiksen, DonkeyRepublic
  • Aistė Lukaševičiūtė, City of Kaunas
  • Martijn te Lintelo, Arnhem Nijmegen
  • Christina Moe Gjerde, Voi

Moderated by Bronwen Thornton, Walk21.

15:15 - 16:15

Parallel Sessions

Citizens Engagement for sustainable mobility

Urban mobility substantially benefits from active involvement processes. The on-the-ground reality is commonly complex and active engagement is difficult to attain as several constraints may occur (time restrictions, lack of participants and diversity regarding age, gender or ethnicity, etc). Diverse participation tools can help to involve many citizens and reach a wider spectrum of participants.  A dedicated strategy is needed for the involvement of citizens, drawing on different formats and techniques and aiming at sustainable mobility.

This session will focus on co-creation projects at the neighbourhood level, designed to raise awareness about urban mobility challenges and the promotion of sustainable and healthy mobility choices. The speakers will unveil case studies from their cities.


  • Katie Parnell, Oxfordshire County Council, Cities4People
  • Sami Sahala, City of Helsinki, MUV
  • Michael Karampasis, Thessaloniki Public Transport Authority, SUNRISE
  • Karl Reiter, Austrian Mobility Research FGM-AMOR, METAMORPHOSIS

Moderated by Andrea Arcelli INEA, European Commission

Mobility challenges in rural areas

The lack of effective public transportation in rural areas is still common and it negatively impacts social cohesion. Public transportation in these areas needs to cope with structural difficulties of low population densities, high car ownership and an ageing rural society. Moreover, with the on-going urbanisation trend, large cities will soon come to their extension limit and reinverting the flow of inhabitants to rural areas will be inevitable for them, which exacerbates the need to improve rural mobility. Nevertheless, rural areas are also characterized by a vibrant community life and strong voluntary engagement, which can play a key role in overcoming these challenges. This session will engage stakeholders to present mobility solutions for rural areas, with a special focus on best practices from three EU funded projects (Smart Rural, SMARTA and MAMBA).


  • Lucia Cristea, EIP, SMARTA
  • Edina Ocsko, C40, Smart Rural
  • Mattias Landin, Region Värmand
  • Kristine Malnaca, Vidzeme Planning Region, MAMBA

Moderated by Mans Lindberg, DG MOVE

The role of automated mobility in achieving zero-emission urban mobility

Shared automated vehicles can support overarching policy goals, provide a better quality of life for citizens and potentially revolutionise the movement of goods and people, particularly in urban areas. The most optimistic scenarios point to significant reductions in traffic, emissions, accidents and the need for parking spaces in urban settings. While the outlook is positive and captivating, steps forward must not compromise standards as social inclusion, environmental sustainability or traffic efficiency. To that effect, several initiatives and funded projects are paving the way for the introduction of automation in urban environments. 

This session will feature the CCAM (Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility) initiative, particularly in its role to support the European Commission with research, piloting, testing and deployment activities, as well as the Co-Exist project activities in Milton Keynes, related with traffic measures to be implemented to facilitate the arrival of CAVs. Additionally, SHOW and AVENUE projects will also unveil their pilots in Sweden and Switzerland respectively, dealing with the introduction of automated vehicles in public transport.


  • Claire Depré, DG MOVE, EC CCAM
  • Dimitri Konstantas, UNIGE, AVENUE
  • Brian Matthews, City of Milton Keynes, CoExist
  • Anna Anund, VTI, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, SHOW

Moderated by David Guedj, INEA, European Commission

Innovation and city design for urban road safety

This session will highlight the importance of innovation in improving urban road safety as well as the crucial role that city and urban design play in mitigating road transport injury burden at a global scale. While advances have been achieved in recent years to reduce accidents in cities and urban areas, progress is still far from satisfactory to European citizens. An Eurobarometer survey (2013) showed that 73% of European citizens consider road safety to be a serious problem in cities. To achieve the European Commission “Vision Zero”, i.e. reach a number of fatalities and serious road injuries close to zero, a concerted effort needs to be made. 

The session will engage experts on urban road safety from academia and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).


  • Ellen Townsend, ETS
  • Tom Brijs, University of Hasselt, iDREAMS
  • Astrid Linder, VTI, VIRTUAL
  • Dirk Engels, Transport & Mobility Leuven (TML)

Moderated by Wiebke Pankauke, DG MOVE

16:30 - 17:45

Closing Plenary Session: Planning and unforeseen challenges

The closing plenary would tackle cost-effectiveness of measures and SUMPs – how to develop the arguments for policy makers to stress the cost effective nature of most SUM actions, but then also how to choose the most efficient measures to reach targets, implement climate plans and achieve Green Deal objectives?  Should cities adopt targets for CO2 reduction, air quality, congestion reduction?  Should they be obliged to? 

Post-COVID19, European cities would need to tighten the belts but without diminishing ambitious goals and objectives that were set before. There is a need to acknowledge that we need to do more with less. What kind of investments will have the most impact and deliver far-reaching benefits for the green and ambitious climate neutral city of 2050?


  • Siegfried Rupprecht, Rupprecht Consult
  • Elke Van Den Brandt, Minister for Mobility and Public Works,  Brussels Capital Region
  • Lilyana Pavlova, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
  • Miguel Gaspar, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, City of Lisbon

Moderated by Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General, DG MOVE, European Commission

02 October 2020

10:00 - 12:00

ELTIS Training: Planning for vulnerable to exclusion user groups: how to make your SUMP more inclusive for all

10:00 - 11:30

REFORM Final Event: Integrated Regional Action Plans for Innovative, Sustainable and Low Carbon Mobility

10:00 - 11:30

ParkPAD: The Parking Policy Audit Tool

11:30 - 13:00

Towards sustainable mobility – one neighbourhood at a time

11:30 - 13:00

Shaping sustainable mobility in peripheral districts by looking through the functional urban area planning lens

11:30 - 13:00

Multiplier Workshop: Building capacity and resilience in small and medium cities - Deploying SUITS transferrable tools for sustainable mobility

14:00 - 15:30

Sustainable mobility solutions in the Mediterranean: Successes and lessons learnt of pioneer cities

14:00 - 15:30

Concepts and tools to address the challenge of meeting carbon emission targets in urban areas

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