Infrastructure as an asset – are we there yet?

Strategic session 7:
Delivering quality transport infrastructure for the future

Time: 13.00–14.30

The European public desires transport infrastructure that suits its needs. This involves, for instance, fluid borderless mobility, efficient transport, preserving the environment, improving living conditions, but also connecting physical and digital worlds. Public value from infrastructure will come in many forms. This requires a balancing act which involves quality of corridors, local circumstances, needs, interests, and available resources to name a few. Fundamentally, National Transport Infrastructure Authorities (NTIAs) are gradually transforming from cost-effective managers of their hardware to providers of public value through their networks. They do so in an increasingly dynamic setting of actors.

The above mentioned transformation is not easy, as NTIAs need to excel on three levels:

  1. NTIAs remain fully responsible to ensure their networks meet the current expectations on a day-to-day basis (safe, reliable and cost-efficient).
  2. They need to be effective coordinators in a myriad of public-public and public-private coalitions to address a piling number of connected issues (environment, finance, synchro-modality, urban/regional transport, digitalisation, climate, circularity).
  3. They need to be sensitive and  responsive to an increasingly dynamic context outside their control. Dynamics can come from policy, economy, society, and technology (e.g. public procurement rules, cost-cutting, new mobility services, big-tech).

The objective of the strategic session is to highlight new and evolving approaches for public-public and public-private innovation co-operation that will help deliver Europe’s infrastructure for the future. The starting point is a common strategic vision for the capabilities that NTIAs need to develop to address the changing needs of infrastructure users and changing technology, achieve sustainability targets, and generate added-value in a broad sense, including digitalisation. Innovative finance and procurement approaches in the context of the common strategic vision will also be considered.

Arjan Hijdra
, Senior Adviser on network performance, CEDR View bio
Ari-Pekka Manninen, Development Manager, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency View bio

Raimo Tapio, Director, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency View bio

Janne Lautanala, Chief Ecosystem and Technology Officer, Traffic Management Finland Gro View bio
Desiree Oen, Senior Expert, European Commission View bio

Strategic session 8:
Infrastructure for co-operative, connected and automated mobility

Time: 13.00–14.30

The session focuses on ways to transition from research, development and innovation to deployment of infrastructure for co-operative, connected and automated mobility on the TEN-T Network. Starting from future end-user needs, the session will discuss how the performance of digital and physical infrastructure networks needs to be optimised to better serve the needs of multimodal door-to-door services.

The session brings key European stakeholders to jointly identify the key gaps in the value chain of RDI and deployment of infra for CCAM. Addressing the current RDI activities and strategic future needs, the aim of the session is to reach a joint stakeholder view for European co-operation framework for the next five years.

Organisers and moderators:
Alina Koskela
, Special Adviser, Traficom View bio
Tom Alkim, Policy Officer Connected & Automated Driving at the European Commission, Directorate General Research & Innovation View bio

Sergio Barbarino, Research Fellow, P&G View bio
Marika Hoedemaeker, Project Manager, TNO
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Aria Etemad, Senior Project Manager, Volkswagen View bio
Yves Perreal, Director Advanced projects, Thales Transport View bio
Renske Martijnse-Hartikka, Smart Mobility Project Coordinator , Forum Virium Helsinki View bio
Sabine Kühschelm, Road Director, BMK View bio

Strategic session 9:
Powering future transport networks

Time: 13.00–14.30

The session will focus on opportunities and bottlenecks for the successful deployment of battery/energy storage solutions and electro mobility as well as energy grids and interlinkages. The session shall discuss the measures needed to enable a transformation towards smart infrastructure that shall link storage energy solutions and (fast) charging points, together with use of data through new services, applications and networks of networks, and interoperability. The session includes aspects for all modes of transport.

Jaap Gebraad
, Executive Director, WATERBORNE Technology Platform View bio

Marcello Pucci
, Senior Researcher, Institute for Marine Engineering (INM) – CNR View bio
Simon Perraud, Deputy director, CEA-Liten View bio
Viviana Vitto, Head of market studies and strategic analysis, Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks View bio
Mereille Klein Koerkamp, Programm manager R&D, Allego View bio


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