What to expect from this year's POLIS conference
The 2020 edition of the POLIS Annual Conference kicks off online next week. Here is what to expect from the event. Have you not registered yet? Register here.
The conference opens with a plenary session on the underlying mechanisms of behavioural change in mobility.
Daniel Helldén, Vice-Mayor of Stockholm, Giulio Mattioli, transport researcher at the Dortmund Technical University, Lucy Saunders of Healthy Streets, and Mirjam van Coillie, Director of Marketing & Innovation from Dutch bike manufacturer Gazelle, will discuss whether COVID-19 is an opportunity for adapting deeply rooted mobility behaviour habits towards sustainability.
The Mayor of Arnhem and Chair of the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region, Ahmed Marcouch, will welcome participants and guide them through the streets of Arnhem, emphasising the importance of sustainable mobility to keep our planet liveable.
Former professional cyclist and sustainable mobility advocate Maarten Tjallingii will deliver a keynote speech on the connection between behaviour and vitality.
Green Dealing for Green Healing
In the closing plenary session, "Green Dealing for Green Healing", we will discuss the need for a green recovery from the current health crisis.
Mohamed Ridouani, mayor of Leuven, David Belliard, deputy mayor of Paris, and Harriet Tiemens, deputy mayor of Nijmegen, will share how they are contributing to the decarbonisation of the transport sector and will present the POLIS Urban Green-Deal Makers Pledge.
The European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, will give a keynote speech about how to reach the transport ambitions linked to the European Green Deal and the urban dimension of the upcoming Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility.
Our keynote speaker will be Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world.
Meet the Dutch and parallel sessions
In a series of sessions hosted by the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region, the co-host of the conference, participants will learn more about mobility hubs, smart charging and zero-emission shipping solutions in the Netherlands.
The conference will also feature a wide range of parallel sessions addressing a variety of urban mobility topics, including road safety, electric mobility, data, parking, micromobility, automation, traffic management, active travel and many more.
If you have not registered yet for the POLIS conference, you can do so here.