Polis at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) in Vienna, 16-19 April 2018

Karen Vancluysen, Polis Secretary General, is organising and moderating a Strategic Session titled "Innovative Governance Enabling Sustainable Urban Mobility Time". The strategic session will discuss the potential of emerging technologies and mobility services, the required new forms of cooperation between public and private stakeholders, as well as the appropriate regulatory frameworks to enhance innovation and avoid disruption. It will take place on Monday 16 April from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. In addition to the strategic session, Karen Vancluysen will also join the panel organised by the ASSURED project on urban electrified heavy-duty vehicles.

On the same day Ivo Cré, Polis Deputy Director, will chair a session on New Urban Mobility Services from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm and will present the CIVITAS initiative at the European Commission's stand.

Furthermore, the VitalNodes project will be present at the conference at the European Commission's stand on 19 April at 12:30 with the presentation "Inclusion, You Said?". The project will also be present within the Posters Session with a poster on the "New EU network to support freight delivery in TEN-T urban nodes & Integration of Urban Nodes on the TEN-T corridors". Finally, the project will be presented at the Site Visit Thinkport Vienna; taking place on 18 April.

The CODECS project will also be at the conference to showcase the final project results. CODECS will join the Interactive Zone, complementing the classic exhibition and the scientific conference. In the Interactive Zone, research results and initiatives are presented in special areas for startups, networking as well as a showcase & demonstration.

For more information about the sessions, please check the full programme of the conference available here.


The Transport Research Arena is an arena for researchers, scientists and engineers, companies and public authorities active in the field of transport. It welcomes policymakers and stakeholders framing research and transport policy. It will combine the new challenges of mobility and logistics with open questions of transport and infrastructure and will cover all modes of transport: road, rail, waterborne, aviation as well as cross-modality.

The key focus will be on:

  • How digitalisation is transforming transport & mobility systems
  • Decarbonisation & future growth – how to change our mobility system & remain competitive
  • Shaping the new mobility landscape – a vision for transport & mobility for Europe

For more details please consult the TRA 2018 website.