Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Pre-Summit Research Days 2021

Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development: Re-shaping Mobility in the Wake of Covid-19

11-12 May 2021, Virtual meeting

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The objective of the Pre-Summit Research Day was to foster better linkages between research and policy making by bringing a research perspective to the ITF Summit. Over the course of two days, the online event bought together top academics researchers and practitioners to present and discuss topics relevant to the Summit’s theme. It provided an opportunity to exchange ideas not only between researchers, but also with representatives from governments, cities, and other decision makers.

The Pre-Summit Research Day covered four topics, with special sessions dedicated to discussions on how transport innovation can support Covid-19 recovery. The discussions focus on how to:

  • Seize the opportunities offered by micromobility and active transport;
  • Connect remote and rural areas with innovative sustainable transport solutions;
  • Stimulate adoption of low-carbon vehicle technologies;
  • Use innovation to promote sustainable urban mobility in post-Covid-19 recovery.

These issues were discussed with presenters joining from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and New Zealand and USA.

For this 2021 edition, moderators from the European Commission facilitated the discussions and shared their experience and expertise: Philippe Froissard (Head of Unit, Future Urban and Mobility Systems, DG RTD, European Commission), Torsten Klimke (Head Unit, Innovation and Research, DG MOVE, European Commission), and Robert Missen (Senior Expert, Innovation and Research DG MOVE, European Commission) moderated various discussions over the two-day event.

Matthew Baldwin (Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's DG Move) shared his perspectives on the issues that were discussed in his keynote speech.

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