Staying competitive and seizing the opportunities

Strategic session 10:
Transition to a new era: enhancing the deployment of innovative mobility solutions in cities.

Time: 10.30–12.00

Urban mobility is going through a paradigm shift with innovative, multiple and sometimes disruptive mobility services, solutions and technologies entering cities at a very fast pace and all at the same time. While cities need to provide the right framework conditions and regulations, the private sector should make sure to deliver policy-responsive mobility solutions that help to resolve societal challenges and comply with local mobility policy goals rather than undermine them.

The session will address both the challenges and opportunities of disruptive technologies in urban areas, such as new urban road vehicles (e.g. e-scooters), new mobility services (e.g. MaaS), drones/air vehicles for city services (e.g. logistics, emergency, future people’s transport), digitalisation and data driven models, automation, and common issues and concerns that cut across them all.

Organiser and Moderator:
Karen Vancluysen
, Secretary General, ERTRAC View bio

Philippe Crist
, Advisor Innovation & Foresight, International Transport Forum at the OECD View bio
Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, Group Vice-President, Sustainable Development and External Affairs, Valeo View bio
Krista Huhtala-Jenks, Head of Ecosystem & Sustainability, MaaS Global View bio
Vassilis Agouridas, Head of EU Public Co-Creation & Regulatory Ecosystem Outreach, AIRBUS / ACARE View bio
Kristian Agerbo, VP Public Policy, VOI Technology View bio
Malin Broqvist Andersson, Head of Department, Urban Transport Administration City of Gothenburg View bio

Strategic session 11:
Industrialising innovation

Time: 10.30–12.00

New technologies and services allow for disruptive innovation in the transport sector as part of the wider context of collaborative and circular economies. This offers the promise of a more competitive and prosperous society as well as solutions to great societal challenges. However, many non-European start-ups are driving the transformation. For Europe to claim its position in today’s competition and disruptive innovation, we need policy that supports European innovation and creates future markets.

How can we make research and innovation cut through transport sector and transport policy? How do we create the right kind of regulative environment that allows for experimentation and innovation, provides direction and stability as well as safeguards for the society? How do we close the financing gap of European innovators? How do we collaborate for systemic innovation at European level?

This session highlights the role and importance of research and innovation in regulatory systems and in access to finance. The session shall debate and analyse different instruments and tools needed for seizing and realising the emerging opportunities in the transport sector.

Heidi Korhonen
, VTT View bio

Leena Sarvaranta
, Head of EU Affairs, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland View bio
Neil Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board View bio
Jukka Luukkanen, Head of Helsinki Office, European Investment Bank View bio
Dirk Beckers, Director, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) View bio
Jens-Philipp Klein, Managing Partner, Atlantic Labs View bio

Strategic session 12:
Impacts of automation and digitalisation on workforce of the transport industries

Time: 10.30–12.00

The social dimension of the transition to automation was addressed at the Digital Transport Days (Tallinn, November 2017), where panellists discussed the impact of digitalisation on the transport workforce and users. The European Council, in its conclusions on the digitalisation of transport of 5 December 2017, emphasised the importance of wide societal dialogue on these issues and called on the European Commission to “…assess the socio-economic and environmental impact of automation and digitalisation in the field of transport taking into account the new skills needed in that sector, and, if necessary, to propose measures to address those impacts”.

Since then, discussions about the social economic aspects of automation/digitalisation and the future of work have been taking place amongst different stakeholders and in a number of fora at national, European as well as international levels (e.g. ILO, OECD).

This session will therefore aim to contribute to the ongoing debate, notably also from a research and innovation perspective, and reflect on how changes brought by the increasing adoption levels of automation/digitalisation of the transport system, together with shifting concepts of mobility, will affect its future workforce (including job location, needs for new skills, education and training). The session will also aim to identify research gaps, measures and best practices to mitigate negative impacts while enabling access to transport and mobility for all.

Maria Carbone
, Policy Officer, European Commission DG Move View bio

Thierry Goger, Secretary-General, FEHRL View bio

Evangelos Bekiaris
, Director, CERTH/ Hellenic institute of transport View bio
Bipasha Baruah, Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, Western University View bio
Philippe Merlo, Director European Civil-Military Aviation, EUROCONTROL View bio
Livia Spera, Acting General Secretary, European Transport Workers’ Federation View bio
Robert Missen, Head of Unit, Research & Innovation, DG MOVE, European Commission View bio
Alasdair Cain, Director of Research, Development and Technology Coordination, U.S. Department of Transportation
Fabian Wylenzek, Head of Talent Acquisition Region North, Deutsche Bahn AG View bio


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