InfoPolis #141
April 2016

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Dear members,

We trust you have all well received the Call for Speakers for the 2016 Polis Conference "Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions", taking place on 1-2 December. In cooperation with host city and Polis president Rotterdam we identified the most relevant priority topics across the different Polis thematic pillars and working groups in which you are all engaged. Take a look at the topics around which the conference programme will be built in the Call for Speakers.

We encourage all of you to submit an abstract before 22 May. Polis members should not miss this opportunity to showcase their urban transport innovations!

These weeks have also seen several other major European transport conferences, including the European SUMP Conference in Bremen, and currently ongoing Transport Research Arena in Warsaw and European Mobility Week workshops in Brussels. Tonight, the EMW and SUMP Awards will be presented, with Polis member Utrecht among the shortlisted cities.

Read more about these topics in this InfoPolis!

I wish you a pleasant read!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


Polis presented at global Busworld event in Istanbul

Polis policy officer Nicolas Hauw presented innovative solutions in urban public transport for business and end-user customer during the Busworld Academy on 15th April at Istanbul. Full programme here.

Polis at TRA Conference this week

Polis staff is contributing to this week's Transport Research Conference (TRA) in Warsaw, among others Giacomo Lozzi is presenting the TRACE and NOVELOG projects on 21 April 2016. TRA programme.

Polis speaking on C-ITS and cities

Polis' Suzanne Hoadley will present the city perspective of C-ITS at the upcoming joint CODECS-Amsterdam Group workshop in Amsterdam on 26 June. More info.


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

Next meeting of Polis TE&M WG coupled with C-ITS and cities workshop

Glasgow City Council will host the next meeting of the Polis TE&M WG on 7 June 2016. A meeting of the CODECS City Pool on C-ITS and cities will take place on 6 June at the same venue. Glasgow is the home of the ITS Europe Congress 2016 from 6-9 June.

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2016 Polis Conference: Call for speakers open!

We invite local and regional authorities but also researchers, industry representatives, consultants and those working for networks, Institutions or other authorities to submit an abstract for the 2016 Annual Polis Conference "Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions". The conference takes place on 1-2 December 2016 in Rotterdam, NL.

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Polis Side Event "Creating the liveable, inclusive and healthy city" at the International Transport Forum on 18 May 2016 in Leipzig, Germany

The Polis Working Group on Environment & Health in Transport in cooperation with the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) and the PASTA project, will host a Side Event during the 2016 International Transport Forum Summit on May 18th. The event will outline the link between health and transport, including the Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling, and air quality. You're invited!

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Members in action

Cycling without age! Meet Ole Kassow - 26 April

The Flemish Region invites on Tuesday 26 april Ole Kassow - inventor of the project Cycling Without Age. The idea is simple and unique. What do you do when you meet relatives or friends in a home for the elderly? Just cycle!


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European projects

Final conference of CityMobil2 project on automated road passenger transport

After nearly four years of demonstrating fully automated road transport systems in 7 towns and cities across Europe, the CityMobil2 partners would like to share the projects results and their thoughts for the future deployment of these systems. The final conference will take place in San Sebastián from 1-2 June 2016.

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CIVITAS FORUM Conference 2016

CIVITAS FORUM Conference 2016 will take place on 28-30 September in Gdynia, with the theme "SHAPING THE MOBILITY OF TOMORROW".

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ERTRAC publishes new collection of collaborative research projects' legacy

From collaborative research projects to market deployment: European Technology Platform for road transport, ERTRAC, has published 12 success stories on the legacy of EU co-funded transport reserach projects.

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ENDURANCE project publishes new SUMP factsheet collection

ENDURANCE's new factsheets look at how cities address challenges related to sustainable urban mobility planning. These include citizen participation, Institutional cooperation or financing.

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SWITCH Newsletter #4 now available!

In this fourth issue we would like to draw your attention to two of our major project outcomes: the SWITCH final conference to be held in Bremen on Thursday, April 14th 2016, and the SWITCH Campaign Guide and Toolbox. Furthermore, read a round-up of latest developments from our implementation cities.

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News from the institutions

European sustainable urban mobility awards: SUMP and EMW Award finalists revealed

The European Commission revealed the names of the finalist cities and towns for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2015 and the 4th SUMP Award. Polis members Utrecht and West Midlands are among the shortlisted cities.

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2016 General Assembly of the EIP on Smart Cities and Communities – speakers announced

As the 2016 General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities is approaching, new speakers and panel topics have been confirmed during the last month.

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The ‘New Mobility Services’ Smart City initiative presented by its Chair

The Chair of the ‘New Mobility Services’ initiative, Younis Hijazi, talks abotu it in an interview.

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EC 2016 Road Transport Conference - Congestion and tolling discussed

On 19th April, the EC hosted its 2016 conference on road transport, with a special focus on the eurovignette revision, electronic onboard devices for tolling, and social aspects in road transport.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

Covenant of Mayors Updates Guide on Financing Opportunities

The 'Quick Reference Guide on Financing Opportunities for Local Climate and Energy Actions' aims to provide an overview of the different financing programmes that support the implementation of cities’ Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans.

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Around Europe and beyond

Smart to Future Cities conference

Supported by the European Commision Directorate General Mobility and Transport and UKTI, the fifth edition of the event will take place in London (UK) on 26th and 27th April 2016.

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Popular 3rd SUMP Conference in Bremen

On 12-13 April 2016, over 400 participants and experts from the fields of transport planning and development, research and politics gathered in Bremen for the 3rd Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans to discuss about new planning strategies, to share ideas, solutions and success stories.

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