Staying competitive and seizing the opportunities

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Strategic session 10:
The road to a new urban mobility era – new governance models to enhance the deployment of policy-responsive innovative mobility solutions in cities

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.

Session organiser: Karen Vancluysen, ERTRAC

Karen VancluysenKaren Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of the Polis network in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for eight years. Polis is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. Since 1989, members have been working together to develop sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow. The network also engages in debates around topical issues such as active travel, shared mobility services, MaaS, automated transport, electromobility and innovative governance approaches.

Prior to joining Polis in 2004, Karen was Network Manager at ACCESS-EUROCITIES for a New Mobility Culture and project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, she has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities and many EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics.


Strategic session 11:
Industrialising innovation

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.

Session organiser: Heidi Korhonen, VTT

Heidi KorhonenDr. Heidi Korhonen is working on innovation at ecosystem level and supporting innovation and business creation in the transformation of industries, particularly servitisation and transition towards platform economy. She is the Chair of the TRA2020 Organising Committee and a member of the TRA2020 Management and Programme Committees. Currently she works as a Senior Scientist in Innovations, Economy and Policy at VTT. Prior to this she worked as the Research Team Leader at VTT’s Transport and Mobility team. She holds a D. Sc. (Tech.) degree from Aalto University, Finland. Her doctoral thesis on service innovation highlighted that innovation not only encompasses products and services but wider ecosystems where humans and the society are essential actors and beneficiaries.

Strategic session 12:
Socio-economic impact of automation in transport

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.

Session organiser: Maria Carbone, European Commission DG Move

Maria CarboneSince January 2014, Maria Carbone has been working in the Research and Innovation Unit in DG MOVE, where she coo-rdinates H2020 research related to gender and the socio-economic aspects of automation. She is also responsible for transport research collaboration with third countries and international organisations, such as ITF, TRB. She is a member of the TRA 2020 Program Committee.

Prior to this, she worked on policy development and implementation in the areas of the digital single market and telecom regulation in DG CNECT. Maria has a BA (Economics) from the University of Waterloo, Canada; an MBA from SDA Bocconi University, Milan; and a Certificate in Project Management in Infrastructure and Engineering technologies from MIT, Boston.



Please note that the session descriptions are subject to change.