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CIVITAS Forum 2018

19/09/2018 to 21/09/2018

This year's CIVITAS Forum Conference will take place from 19-21 September in Umeå, Sweden. The 16th edition of Europe's premier sustainable mobility event will bring together the CIVITAS community from across the continent and beyond.

Over three days, hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners will gather to debate pressing topics surrounding sustainable urban mobility and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.

View the draft programme

Mobility for U and Me

Recognition is growing of transport’s social dimension - the level of mobility people enjoy shapes lives and prospects. It is vital that transport systems are environmentally friendly, accessible to all, and the services they offer adaptable and effective enough to meet users’ diverse needs.

Yet how can these clean, integrated, inclusive, and efficient transport systems be created? How can the measures they involve be replicated whilst ensuring economic viability? These critical questions lie behind this year’s CIVITAS Forum theme - “Mobility for U and Me”.

With 2018 declared the “Year of Multimodality” by Commissioner Bulc, it is time to start thinking about journeys as a single, coherent whole with integrated, last-mile solutions that ensure everyone and everything gets from A to B.

Enriching and exchanging knowledge

Thematic sessions on these and the other most urgent mobility topics will provide participants with fora to discover and discuss outstanding examples of work across and beyond the CIVITAS Initiative. Through this exchange, they will unearth examples of best practice, successful business models, and proven technologies.

Alongside these are the take-up and transfer sessions, the most interactive element of the programme. They offer a prime opportunity for participants to get hands-on with and experience cutting-edge urban mobility tools and methods in action. Walkshops, study tours, and other engaging engaging formats await!

What use is new knowledge if there are no opportunities to share it? A cocktail reception and gala dinner provide the perfect chance to catch up with old faces and meet new ones.

A series of distinguished speakers spanning public and European authorities, academia, and business awaits Forum participants. Those set to speak include Lena Erixon, Director of the Swedish Transport Administration; Maja Bakran, Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE; David Zipper, Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund; and Stina Nilimaa Wickström, Vice President of Product Design at the Volvo Group.   


Experiencing Umeå and its innovations

Umeå is a smart and sharing city with an inclination for innovation. Located in northeast Sweden, it is one of the country's leading examples of sustainable urban development and has impeccable green credentials. Site visits will allow everyone to experience first-hand why this is the case.

Climb aboard one of the world's most energy-efficient, clean, and quiet buses to visit Umeå’s ultrafast charging station. Discover how it is possible to create safe and secure gender-sensitive infrastructure, or travel deep into the Swedish forest to see the region‘s biofuel vision and meet the producers helping make it happen. Explore all the site visit options here.

This commitment to cleaner, better, inclusive transport and urban development, alongside its involvement in the CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee, make Umeå an ideal choice for Forum host.

Arrive in Umeå sustainably! For those flying into Umeå, why not test ride an e-bike into the city? The 4.3km journey will take less than ten minutes while your luggage will be brought on your behalf to your hotel. To take advantage of this free offer (arrivals only), register for one of ten e-bikes here. Please note this only available from Monday - Friday.

Registration and more information

Mingle with and be inspired by the most creative mobility minds in Europe – register here now. Attendance is free! Please note it is necessary to create a user account before doing so.

The draft programme will be periodically updated. To stay up to date, follow #CIVITAS2018 on Twitter.

Country: Sweden

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