Invited and special focus sessions, Thursday 30 April

Special focus session 36:
My Data – driven by human-centric approach and better access for own data

Time: 8.30–10.00

The benefits of My Data are changing the traditional understanding of developing new solutions. The aim is to shift the perspective towards user-centric digital economy which will empower end-users with respect to their personal data. This has a huge potential for individuals as well as organizations and public sector. For organizations this enables launching pilots in order to bring results into practice and to enhance the societal readiness for innovations. Pilots within innovation-driven societies are considered as tools which may bring together policy targets, research outcomes and individual needs. The ground has been set upon principles such as data quality, interoperability and trust via the consent of individuals. The session focuses on possibilities, use cases and needs for how to create added value with new means for data usage. Session is hosted by high-level international speakers from public and private sector providing a wide range of views from policy and businesses.

Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications

Noora Lähde, Special Advisor, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications

Mika Huhtamäki,
Vice President, Vastuu Group
Jyrki Suokas,
Data Revolutionary, Sitra
Antti Kettunen,
Blockhain Consultant, Tieto

Special focus session 30:
Are there 5G business cases for maritime and aviation?

Time: 8.30–10.00

Development of 5G has been said to change the whole of the transport sector, but what are the actual ways? In this session will especially challenge this view and address business cases from maritime and aviation sector. Session will present trial results and discuss 5G services and business opportunities in these domains including the scalability of services, possible obstacles and challenges. What role will 5G have in digitalisation and traffic management services for aviation? Could 5G bring added value to passengers and maritime digitalisation and automation? What can be learned from these two sectors?

Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, 5G Momentum

Special focus session 38:
Open Science in Transport – Challenges and Way forward

Time: 8.30–10.00

Open Science is a modern movement that represents a new approach to practicing science, in a way that increases openness, integrity and reproducibility of research. In the context of transport, the European Commission Transport Research and Innovation policy intends to foster Open Science through user engagement enabling dynamic knowledge circulation. Hence, research, technology and innovation actions in the transport sector face new challenges but also opportunities linked to the aspects of Open Science.

In this Session, we will discuss challenges brought by Open Science in transport research, and ultimately on how to achieve a common understanding on the practical impact of Open Science in the transport sector.


Caroline Almeras,
Secretary General, ECTRI

Liina-Maria Munari,
Deputy Head of Unit C1 “eInfrastructure and Science Cloud”, European Commission
Pauli Assinen, Head of Development, University of Helsinki
Monica Grosso, Scientific/Technical Support Officer/Transport Economist, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre
Maria Boile, Head of Unit, Hellenic Institute of Transport, Center for Research and Technology Hellas

Invited session 39:
Circular economy potential of integrated mobility services – measures towards climate-smart mobility

Time: 8.30–10.00

This session explores the role and potential of integrated mobility models such as Mobility as a Service and new mobility services in the context of urgent need to decarbonize the transport system. The session will focus on how to steer user behavior and business model developments towards climate-smart mobility solutions by combining the carrots and sticks i.e. nudging and policy instruments.

The session will showcase some latest technological solutions to make the climate footprint of mobility choices more transparent and also discuss how to measure the impacts – and how to use this information as a basis of design of services, policy options and business models and how to set clear KPIs at environmental performance at local and national level. The speakers include technology and service providers, scientists and policy makers.

The overall goal of this session is to introduce a wide perspective to the potential of new innovative mobility services to promote circular economy and sustainable business models as well as to discuss concrete measures already taken and best practices to be shared.

ITS Finland, Business Finland and MaaS Alliance

Invited session 40:
WOMEN IN TRANSPORT: leveraging change for NEEDS RESPONSIVE mobility

Time: 8.30–10.00

The proposed session will be developed around the gender approach in transport research and policies implementation. In particular, it will be developed through 4 main steps:
Step1: The nature of the problem: framing the context of women as users of transport services whose needs are not always catered for and women as employees of the transport sector.
Step 2:  Data collection for intersectionality studies: identifying needs and issues of women in transport through a planned intersectional data collection for SMART and RESILIENT mobility solutions. This step includes elevator-pitch presentations on EU research projects results and some comparative international study.

Step3: Existing experiences and some identified good examples of women hiring practices in transport sector and of women needs responsive policies. This session includes speakers from different companies and public institutions within the transport sector. Step4: Where do we go from here? An open floor discussion will close the session.

Technological University Dublin, cambiaMO|changing Mobility and VTI, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute

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