24 April 2018 | General
Connecting the dots for sustainable urban mobility

Research experts, funding bodies and policy makers are meeting in Bucharest on 25-26 April to share best practice and develop closer cooperation for greener, more inclusive, safer and smarter urban mobility in Europe.

Over 70 %  of the EU population lives in an urban area and  almost one 1 in 5 citizens live in one of Europe’s 20 biggest cities . Their quality of life depends on efficient urban solutions. 

The  COST Connect workshop  “How to Shape Sustainable urban Mobility for All?” will see participants present and compare successful case studies, while proposing ideas that could help tackle existing challenges.

Sixteen COST-funded networks will be sharing their expertise with funding bodies and policy-makers on topics such as renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure, data collection, business models, urban planning, autonomous vehicles, transport infrastructure, safety and accessibility. 

Some of the challenges these networks have already identified relate to:

  • introducing zero emission vehicles
  • having a passenger-centric approach
  • improving transport data availability and usage
  • promoting the use of various means of transport (multi-modal mobility services) and addressing their social impact

The two-day event is also an opportunity for participants to come up with new ideas to address these issues. The interactive discussions will also touch on coordinating EU-funded projects with other running initiatives and, most importantly, reducing the number of fragmented research activities across Europe. 

COST Connect events are thematic workshops organised by the COST Association. They provide an open space for researchers, policy makers and research and innovation stakeholders to network and develop their ideas. These events bring together a broad set of actors from the European research Area and beyond, with the aim to encourage and strengthen partnerships. 

Download the event programme and join in the conversation on Twitter #COSTconnect