Invited and special focus sessions, Monday 27 April

Invited session 1:
How far is Europe from the mobility goals envisioned for the future?

Time: 17.00–18.30

Are EU research and initiatives on the right trajectory to reach long-term goals in the (air) mobility sector? How can synergies with other transport domains be fostered? These are some of the questions that are being addressed by three aeronautical CSAs funded under H2020 (OPTICS2, CAMERA, RINGO). This session will present the results obtained by applying several techniques, such as AI and expert-based consultation, to reviewing the state-of-the-art of mobility research. It will also discuss progress towards the Flightpath 2050 and ACARE goals, and the research gaps and bottlenecks found, as well as providing a first set of recommendations.

Deep Blue

Peter Hullah
, Project Manager, EUROCONTROL

Andrea Gentili,
Deputy Head of Unit – D3 Low Emission Future Industries, European Commission
Micol Biscotto, R&D Project Manager, Deep Blue
Paula Lopez Catala, Programme Director, Innaxis
Simone Pozzi, CEO, Deep Blue
Christophe Hermans, Director, DNW German Dutch Wind Tunnels

Invited session 2:
Reconciling product durability with climate ambitions at times of major disruptions in the mobility sector

Time: 17.00–18.30

Mobility sector has been extensively considered with regards to decarbonization and greenhouse gas emissions but has not been studied much in terms of product durability and resource efficiency. Main points to discuss:

Striking a balance between product durability and atmospheric pollution: these new challenges raise the question of a balance between product durability and the environmental impact throughout its life cycle.

Overview of the mobility sector in terms of resource management: considering that circular economy loops answer to the need of extending life product, how is the mobility sector positioned regarding those circles? How to solve the controversy between obsolescence and durability?

Examining how the major transformations in the mobility sector will tomorrow impact resource management: if significant technology developments can appear as new opportunities for companies, we cannot be complacent with regards to the challenges they may raise in the future. Four main trends can be identified as game-changers:

  • Electromobility and batteries: the battery is an additional production loop which needs to be taken into con-sideration. How to extend life-battery and develop solution giving them a second life?
  • New environmental regulations: a consumer might be encouraged to replace earlier a working product with a new model which is more environmentally friendly. How to find the optimum balance?
  • Connected and automated mobility: increasing IT in vehicles increases the risk of software obsolescence and the risk of failure as dealers are becoming increasingly unable to offer a final repair due to an escalating num-ber of complex electronic problems. How to avoid the rebound effect?
  • New business models: resource intensity is shifting, it is highly probable than vehicles will have a shorter life-span. But resources should be more intensively used, thus better allocated.
  • More sustainable material sourcing: how to make more sustainable.


Special focus session 3:
The transition towards smart and zero-emission waterborne transport

Time: 17.00–18.30

Amid growing global and European societal pressure to solve climate change, air pollution and the degradation of the world’s oceans, political and regulatory attention have been increasingly directed towards waterborne transport, because of its high environmental and climate impact. Considering the diversity of the sector, the geographical scope, the international dimension and the challenge to transform waterborne transport into a smart and zero-emission mode of transport, there is a need to develop a structured approach concerning the implementation of zero-emission technologies and measures. Therefore it is necessary to bring together the key actors to reach the zero-emission objective and to develop an ambitious research and innovation agenda, including an implementation plan. At the same time, the efficacy of these technological solutions should be assessed with monitoring and modelling tools both for evaluation as well as for policy purposes.

Waterborne Technology Platform, Technical University of Denmark and Finnish Meteorological Institute

Charlotte van Velthoven, Owner and Moderator, Charly Speaks

Erik Fridell, Assistant director and team leader for the Emission and Transport Group, IVL
George Panagakos, Researcher, Technical University of Denmark
Jukka-Pekka Jalkanen, Senior Researcher, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Annaleena Mäkilä, Managing Director, Finnish Ports Association
Eero Lehtovaara, Head of Regulatory Affairs, ABB
Päivi Antikainen, Director of Climate and Environment Unit, Ministry of transport and communications
Tom Pippingsköld, CFO, Finnlines
Henk Prins, Chairman, Waterborne Technology Platform

Special focus session 4:
Railways and multi-modal infrastructure as part of a climate saving mobility strategy

Time: 17.00–18.30

A revitalization of the rail sector is inevitable as contribution to tomorrow´s European transport growth. This revitalisation is achieved through a special focus on more, safer, better and faster transport of passenger and freight that matches today´s mobility and logistics quality standards. The session will portray the benefits of rail transportation in terms of energy consumption and emissions, while emphasizing the main challenges that it faces for truly becoming the backbone of European mobility, as presented by ERRAC, the European Rail Research Advisory Council. These challenges are:

  • Integration of railways within a multimodal environment and infrastructure;
  • Technical challenges (innovations, interoperability, standards, technologies);
  • Safety and externalities

EURNEX European Rail Research Network of Excellence and International Union of Railways (UIC)

Alberto Parrondo, Vice-President Strategy of Thales and ERRAC Chairman, Thales

Evangelos Bekiaris,
Director, CERTH-HIT (Hellenic Institute of Transport) View bio
Armando Carrillo Zanuy, Secretary General, EURNEX (European Rail Research Network of Excellence)
Martin Brennan, Secretary General ERRAC, UIC (Internationa Union of Railways)
Grigore Havarneanu, Project Manager, UIC (Internationa Union of Railways)
Francesco Biral, Assoc. Professor, University of Trento
Paul Doherty, Managing Director, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions

Special focus session 5:
International MaaS roaming through Nordic Open Mobility and Digitalization (NOMAD)

Time: 17.00–18.30

Smartphone apps already allow you to plan travel chains, book trips and purchase tickets. Until now, however, smart mobility services have been fragmented and technology companies have not significantly collaborated on a national scale, much less across borders.

The Nordic Open Mobility and Digitalization (NOMAD) project aims to enable seamless mobility using several modes of transportation across the Nordics. The project will introduce a market enabler framework of technology and business practices for MaaS and other smart mobility services. Viability of the open framework will be demonstrated through practical MaaS roaming pilots involving several MaaS operators in the Nordics.

In the session status on the market enabler framework is reviewed and concept for the MaaS roaming pilots will be presented. Impacts of the NOMAD project will be discussed from various aspects in the panel by distinguished experts in mobility.

Kyyti Group, ITS Nordics (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland), UbiGo, RISE, TOI and Capital Region of Denmark

Saara Reinimäki,
Senior Specialist, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland

Young Tae Kim,
Secretary General, International Transport Forum View bio
Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, Ertico
Janne Jakola, CEO, Matkahuolto
Jari Kauppila, Head of Quantitative Policy Analysis and Foresight, International Transport Forum
Soren Bom, Senior consultant, Capital Region of Denmark
Trond Hovland, CEO, ITS Norway
Pekka Niskanen, COO, Kyyti Group


Programme information will be updated continually. Also, please note that all sessions and presenters are subject to change.