The CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019 will be held in Graz, Austria, from 2-4 October 2019. The 17th edition of Europe’s top sustainable urban mobility event will gather the leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond. This varied group of city representatives, practitioners, policymakers and academics will debate and analyse the most pressing mobility topics and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe. The CIVITAS Forum Conference thematic sessions will focus on the most urgent mobility topics – many of them addressed by ongoing CIVITAS projects – and provide participants with fora to discover outstanding work from within and beyond the CIVITAS Initiative. Take-up and transfer sessions also make their return. One of the Forum’s most interactive elements, they enable participants to get hands-on with cutting-edge urban mobility tools and see methods in action. Study tours, walkshops and further engaging formats are envisaged!

The SUITS project will have a intensive presence during the CIVITAS Forum Conference, not only in the exhibition area, stand no 15, but also by its participation in three very interesting sessions:

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SESSION 19b: Procurement and management of municipal fleets

Thursday, 3 October, 15:15 –16:00

Moderator: Frederic Rudolph, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

  • BuyZET: Guidelines on procuring zero emission delivery of goods and services in cities, Giacomo Lozzi (Polis Network, Belgium)
  • Building small-medium local authorities’ capacity to implement transport measures: focus on procurement and behavioural change, Olympia Papadopoulou & Anastasia Founta (LEVER, Greece) and Ann-Marie Nienaber (Coventry University, U.K.)
  • Driving electrification from within: municipal electric fleet open to all, Mariangelina Evliati (City of Stockholm, Sweden)

Session abstract and format: Municipalities and other public authorities spend huge amounts of money on financing the urban mobility system, and purchasing goods, services and works. Public procurement and innovative financing can create demand for sustainable transport and mobility solutions, and generate purchasing power to facilitate the uptake of clean fleets and deliveries by both the public and public sector. This session presents some ready-to-use, practical approaches to understand and improve the efficiency of the procurement and financing processes, as an effective way of increasing impact and reducing cost.

The session will open with an introductory presentation from the moderator who was in charge of the SUMP 2.0 Topic Guides on “Funding and financing options for Sustainable Urban Mobility” and “Public procurement of sustainable urban mobility measures”. This will be followed by PechaKucha presentations. The session will end with an audience Q&A with the presenters.


SESSION 7: Towards integrated new mobility services: experiences in achieving MaaS from European and CIVITAS projects

Thursday, 3 October, 9:30 –11:00

Moderator:Tamara Goldsteen, City of Helmond

  • New mobility solutions, governance principles and regulation: the GECKO project, Yannick Bousse (UITP, Belgium)
  • MaaS Implementation –Local Authorities’ Perspectives, Andreé Woodcock (University of Coventry, U.K.)
  • CIVITAS ECCENTRIC: The road to MaaS in Turku and Madrid is paved with public transport improvements and rational car usage, Stella Aaltonen (City of Turku) and Sergio Fernández Balaguer (EMT Madrid, Spain)
  • MaaS for residents and employees –case studies from Sweden, Anne Faxérand Maria Schnurr (RISE Research Institutes of Sweden)
  • Car sharing in Europe: different business models, different impacts, 10 common policy recommendations, Johannes Rodenbach (, Belgium)

Session abstract and format: New mobility service governance and integration are key research areas for CIVITAS cities. This session will showcase some local authorities’ results in MaaS pilots, its governance and their views in this area. It will create synergies with other European funded projects –STARS, GECKO and iMOVE –for bringing these closer to the CIVITAS community, local authorities and businesses. The session will feature a set of power-point based presentations and some time for Q&A at the end.


SESSION 28: Socio-demographic challenges, diversity and gender –Free market solutions versus political interventions

Friday, 4 October, 9:30 –11:00

Moderator: Andreé Woodcock, Coventry University

  • Ensuring adequate transport services for the underserved –Free market solutions versus political interventions, Ralf Brand (Rupprecht Consult, Germany)
  • Introducing the Transport Innovation and Gender Observatory, Andreé Woodcock (Coventry University, U.K.)
  • Women in transport: policies and practice for inclusive mobility planning, Chiara Leva (Technical University Dublin, Ireland)(tbc)
  • Identification of new mobility options for vulnerable groups, Vivian Kiousi (Intrasoft, Luxembourg)
  • Policy implications of a holistic understanding of the Value of Travel Time: Demographic data from the MoTiV Project, James Armstrong (European Cyclists’Federation, Belgium)

Session abstract and format: Our transport system is designed around speed and efficiency for assumed “normal” users: able bodied, white, male, in the 30-50 age bracket, native language speaker, etc. However, hundreds of millions of people are not “normal” (in such a simplistic sense). They experience various mobility limitations or exclusion from job opportunities due to physical barriers, safety concerns, lack of information, language skills, their location, financial constraints, etc. The free market tends to be good at providing opportunities for average users –but can it also serve other, maybe more complex needs –possibly thanks to new technological developments and business models? Or are there certain situations where there is no alternative to political intervention in order to ensure equal opportunities for everyone? Various EU projects such as INCLUSION, HiReach, TInnGo or DIAMOND explore related questions and present their approach and findings. MoTiV also questions the prevailing speed and efficiency paradigm fundamentally and empirically. The session will feature a set of power-point based presentations and some time for Q&A at the end.




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