Polis Conference 2019 to welcome record number of participants
A record number of participants will attend the 2019 edition of the Annual Polis Conference, taking place in Brussels on 27-28 November. Over 600 urban mobility practitioners and experts signed up to attend one of Europe's leading events on transport innovation in cities and regions.
Polis Conference 2019: What to expect
The most pressing urban mobility topics will be addressed during the event. The programme includes high-level plenary sessions and more than twenty parallel sessions over two days. The Opening plenary session on Wednesday morning, Fast Forward: Bloom or Gloom?, will include a keynote speech by Harvard Kennedy School Visiting Fellow David Zipper, who will present on the Fear of Missing Out in urban mobility policy. Henrik Hololei, Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission will give an institutional welcome. The session will also include a panel debate with Lot van Hooijdonk (Utrecht Deputy Mayor), Miguel Gaspar (Lisbon Deputy Mayor), Philippe Crist (International Transport Forum at the OECD), Caroline Hazelhurst (Bird) and Daniel Deparis (Daimler), followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Panelists will explore and debate two of the major trends that seem to be shaping the urban mobility ecosystem of tomorrow: the human city vs. the tech city. The human city is giving streets back to the people and embraces active travel. The tech city is exploring technological transport innovation to the fullest and embraces the disruptions coming our way. How will these two trends converge? Is there bright light ahead of us? We will talk about it at the conference’s opening plenary session.
The conference’s closing plenary session on Thursday 28 November, “Who’s the action hero in vision zero?”, will be an opportunity to reflect on the fundamental issue of road safety. Local authorities will officially sign The New Paradigm for Safe City Street, a city declaration launched by Polis and EUROCITIES. The session will feature a keynote speech by Jeannot Mersch, President of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims, and a panel debate with Matthew Baldwin (European Road Safety Coordinator at the European Commission), Lili Matson (London Chief Officer for Safety, Health and Environment), Suzanne Anderson (City of Gothenburg) and Peter van der Knaap (Director of the Dutch Road Safety Institute).