ECOMM 2017: meet mobility managers in Maastricht in May
The European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) takes place in Maastricht from 31 May – 2 June 2017. The organization of the conference is in the hands of Maastricht Bereikbaar (Accessible Maastricht), City of Maastricht, Province of Limburg and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and is supported by the University of Hasselt and the Breda University of Applied Sciences.
Three days of intensive networking
The ECOMM conference is the most important European platform for policy makers, traffic engineers and scientists in the field of mobility. The 1st edition took place in 1997 and since then the conference is organized yearly by a different city in Europe. In 2015 ECOMM took place in Utrecht and in 2016 in Athens. The three-day conference attracts 400-500 participants annually and consists of keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions, more than 70 workshops and lectures, an exhibition, various mobility excursions and a cultural programme. New to this edition is a student debate and a 2-day pressure cooker session in which international mobility students will have to find solutions for real-life mobility cases. In addition to networking and knowledge exchange, the conference also provides economical opportunities for the city of Maastricht.
Creating liveable cities
The main theme of ECOMM 2017 is ‘Teaming-up for Liveable Cities’. With this theme the ECOMM 2017 conference wants to explore how a continuous improvement in the quality of life and health in cities can be realized. By working together (public-private and cross-border), combating climate change, creating integral solutions and customizing mobility services.
Jointly addressing mobility challenges
A large majority of European citizens live in an urban environment, with over 60% living in urban areas of over 10,000 inhabitants. They live their daily lives in the same space, and for their mobility share the same infrastructure. Urban mobility accounts for 40% of all CO2 emissions of road transport and up to 70% of other pollutants from transport. European cities increasingly face problems caused by transport and traffic. The question of how to enhance mobility while at the same time reducing congestion, accidents and pollution is a challenge to all major cities in Europe.
With a focus on sharing knowledge and encouraging further cooperation in order to jointly address the various mobility challenges, the organization of ECOMM 2017 has selected five crosscutting subjects: CO2 neutral transport, public-private partnership, integral solutions serving multiple goals, cross-border cooperation and user perspectives. In addition to the selected topics for the focus sessions, these five subjects will have an important place in the conference programme.
Themes that are being addressed during the focus sessions at the conference are: Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Smart Collaboration, Behavioural Insights, Future Mobility and What Makes a City Liveable.
For more information on ECOMM 2017, please check the website www.ecomm2017.com