ITF 2021 Pre-Summit Research Days

The ITF 2021 ITF Pre-Summit Research Day, took place online on 11-12 May 2021 and organised by the ITF, together with ECTRI, the US TRB and the WCTRS.

The objective of the Pre-Summit Research Day is to foster better linkages between research and policy making by bringing a research perspective to the ITF Summit. Over the course of two days, the online event bought together top academics researchers and practitioners to present and discuss topics relevant to the Summit’s theme “Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development: Re-shaping Mobility in the Wake of Covid-19”. It provided an opportunity to exchange ideas not only between researchers, but also with representatives from governments, cities, and other decision makers.

The Pre-Summit Research Day covered four topics, with special sessions dedicated to discussions on how transport innovation can support Covid-19 recovery. The discussions focus on how to:

  • Seize the opportunities offered by micromobility and active transport;
  • Connect remote and rural areas with innovative sustainable transport solutions;
  • Stimulate adoption of low-carbon vehicle technologies;
  • Use innovation to promote sustainable urban mobility in post-Covid-19 recovery.

These issues were discussed with presenters joining from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and New Zealand and USA.

For this 2021 edition, moderators from the European Commission facilitated the discussions and shared their experience and expertise: Philippe Froissard (Head of Unit, Future Urban and Mobility Systems, DG RTD, European Commission), Torsten Klimke (Head Unit, Innovation and Research, DG MOVE, European Commission), and Robert Missen (Senior Expert, Innovation and Research DG MOVE, European Commission) moderated various discussions over the two-day event.

Matthew Baldwin (Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s DG Move) shared his perspectives on the issues that were discussed in his keynote speech.

Several ECTRI Members presented their work today under the topics of the ITF 2021 Summit:

Gustav Bösehans, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Predicting the intention to use different types of shared electric vehicles using a multiple linear regression approach

Jessica Berg & Göran Smith, VTI – Swedish national road and transport research institute, Sweden
Shared mobility services in Swedish rural areas: Development and demonstration of the KomILand-concept
Kristine Malnaca, Vidzeme Planning region, Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Latvia
Looking for efficient public transport services in rural areas. Results of the pilot study “Transport-on-demand service in Vidzeme”

Kerstin Stark, DLR Institute of Transport Research, Germany
Implementing micromobility services: a multi-perspective assessment of the introduction of micromobility in Germany

See complete video recordings from the Pre-Summit Research Days


itf-2021-pre-summit-research-day-programme (pdf)