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Annual Polis Conference 2012

29 November 2012 - 30 November 2012 Perugia, Italy

Polis presidency Perugia was the host of the 2012 Annual Polis Conference on 29-30 November. On 28 November, the Polis Annual General Assembly (AGA) took place (Polis members only) as well as the TIDE Launch Workshop, to which conference participants have been invited.

Presentations online

The presentations given at the 2012 Polis Conference have been made available for download:

Video clip on 2012 Polis Conference

A short video clip of the 2012 Conference gives an insight into topics addressed at the conference. The ivdeo is available here.

Conference live streaming and on twitter

For those not travelling to Perugia, live streaming was available online on 29 and 30 November. All sessions which take place in the conference room "Sala dei Notari" were webstreamed, please consult the final programme for details.

Participants and polis staff shared insights and impressions from the conference live on twitter using the hashtag #polis12.

Conference programme

The final programme has been published and can be found on the right hand side of this page.

This year's conference offers a strong programme addressing topics such as financing transport, tools to aid decision making on network management and ITS, promoting quality in public transport, deployment of electric vehicles in city-regions and benchmarking urban mobility.

Three site visits on 30 November will complement your conference visit with practical insights into: Perugia's minimetro, the city's limited traffic zone and intermodality to enhance public transport.

Priorities of the 2012 Polis Conference

This year’s conference will showcase many of the key topics explored recently by Polis within its thematic working groups and projects. These topics, proposed by Polis members, can be found in the list of topics in the call for speakers. Through the sessions, the audience will learn about trends, future plans and recommendations through presentations, statements and discussion. Each session will aim to offer a mix of contributions on current practice and future plans (in cities and regions), academic research and industry initiatives. Sessions will be delivered in different formats, including workshops, round-tables and short, focused presentation-style sessions.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

The conference offers an excellent opportunity to meet representatives of local government, both officers and elected officials, from around Europe. To take advantage of the possibility to enhance the visibility of your organisation, a sponsorship package is available. In addition, there will be an exhibition area. For further information on sponsorship and exhibiting, please contact: Sylvain Haon,

TIDE Launch Workshop

Prior to the Polis conference, the EU funded TIDE project (Transport Innovation Deployment in Europe) will launch its activities in Perugia on 28 November! Are you interested in being involved in the selection of the innovative concepts for urban transport that will be developed within the project? Are you interested in receiving information about the €200.000 call for Champion Cities?

Attend the workshop on 28 November 9:30-15:30h, Perugia, in the same conference venue. Registration is free of charge and can be made jointly with the Polis conference registration. Contact: Ivo Cré.

The city of Perugia

Perugia currently holds the Polis presidency. It is the capital city of the Umbria region in Central Italy and a classic example of an Italian fortified hill-top city. This characteristic, combined with other factors such as its location as a key business and tourist centre as well as the growth of semiautonomous suburbs with their own commercial centres, have created some travel access challenges.

In response to these challenges, Perugia has planned an innovative and sustainable transport system, which uses advanced solutions for accessing the historical centre. The new system is to be integrated with the traditional transport system. It is designed to encourage a cultural change in reducing car use and promoting intermodality and alternative modes of transport. Conference guests will have the opportunity to see the measures being implemented during their stay in Perugia. Read more.


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