Overview of workshops and roundtables

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Overview of workshops and roundtables

    CIVITAS Forum

    Annual Conference

    19-21 October 2009

    Krakow (Poland)

    Call for Speaker Contributions

     to the CIVITAS Forum

     Conference Technical


    Guidelines and Proposal Form


This document serves as the proposal form for speakers interested in contributing to

    one of the eight technical sessions of the CIVITAS Forum Conference. These sessions are detailed at the end of this document.

    Submission and Evaluation procedure thPlease send the completed form via email by July 10, 2009 to:

The CIVITAS Programme Committee (which consists of the leading organisers together

    with the EC) will then evaluate all proposal submissions. Selected speakers will be

    contacted towards the end of July, when they will be invited to confirm their

    participation. The calendar is therefore as follows:

    th Deadline - call for contributions 10 July

     thAnnouncement - selected speakers 27 July

     stDeadline - speakers to confirm 31 July

Tips for a Successful Proposal

    ? Be sure to address the content of the technical session

    ? Be clear and concise about your contribution, stick to the word limitation

    where appropriate

    ? Be ready to present the reasons for a measure’s success and its overall


    ? Highlight the added-value of CIVITAS and its potential for transferability

    ? If you feel you can make a valid contribution to more than one technical

    session, please feel free to duplicate Part II below as many times as necessary.

    In this case, please indicate your preferences, in case you have strong interest

    in one particular session over another.


    PROPOSAL FORM PART I. Your Contact Details


     Job title:






     CIVITAS project

    (if appropriate):


     CIVITAS Forum Member Non-CIVITAS personality*

*No formal involvement in CIVITAS

    PART II. Your Contribution*

     Technical session ID:

     Title presentation:

    Max. 150 words


    Max. 5 bullet points / 50 words Innovative


    Max. 5 bullet points / 50 words

    Success Factors:

Please duplicate this form as many times as necessary, making clear your preferred session


The eight Technical Sessions will review the building blocks of CIVITAS: the eight categories that have

    structured the programme to date - and their key achievements. Narrowing in on specific measures,

    these 90 minute sessions will offer know-how and experience transfer, based on good practice,

    successful business models and proven technologies.

An introduction on the category will be given by someone who has been closely involved in CIVITAS,

    while three speakers, one from each phase of the CIVITAS programme will present examples (via ppt)

    of specific measures' success. Some of the more unique characteristics of the five Plus projects will

    also be drawn out, eg. ELAN's involvement of citizens or Renaissance focus on historical cities. Debate

    will be encouraged regarding progress and achievements, touching upon the local legacy of CIVITAS I

    and II as well as emerging challenges in the given discipline. Contributions from those not involved in

    CIVITAS to date will also be warmly welcomed, while the sessions themselves could also serve as an

    occasion to consider the launch of virtual task forces on certain if not all thematic categories. Up to

    80 participants are anticipated per session. Conclusions of all sessions will be captured and will feed

    into the final plenary session: The Way Forward for CIVITAS.

Technical Session 1 - Alternative fuels, clean and energy efficient vehicles

    Working in partnership for the deployment of clean and energy efficient vehicles

    Cities are gaining considerable expertise in the use of alternative fuels (biodiesel, hybrid, CNG,

    electric...) within their vehicle fleets. The key issue remains finding the way for the mass deployment

    of such technologies, something that still cannot be achieved without the cooperation of the private

    sector and the research community. This session will look into existing partnerships between the

    private and public sector that aim to finance and further promote the use of alternative and clean

    fuels and energy efficient vehicles for passenger and freight transport. Contributors will indentify

    institutional, financial and technological barriers and opportunities.

    Technical Session 2 Delivering high quality collective passenger transport services Issues such as frequency, reliability, comfort, safety and accessibility are basic conditions for a

    competitive public transport network. Another key precondition is having in place a well-structured

    public transport network with unified tickets and tariffs. Looking at innovative schemes to make public

    transport more attractive and competitive, this session will concentrate on different ticketing and

    tariff schemes covering city-region areas which integrate not only public transport services but all

    available transport modes (cycling, car pooling, park & ride, etc…).

Technical Session 3 Integrated demand management strategies road pricing schemes

    Cities are developing many regulatory measures and road pricing schemes to economically discourage

    private car use. Some examples are: congestion charging, blue and green parking zones, or access

    restriction areas. This session will deal with demand management and revenue raising strategies

    currently being implemented in cities. Contributions should focus on integrated pricing schemes which

    combine for instance road pricing with parking management and public transport incentivisation.

    Technical Session 4 Influencing travel behaviour and modal choice at an early age In recent years, school travel plans have proved to be successful in shifting their own modal split

    towards more sustainable transport modes. In addition, those plans have been successfully replicated,

    surpassing school’s own envisaged targets and thereby encouraging smarter travel choices at family,

    neighbourhood and city level. This session will give insight into the most recent experiences in school

    travel plans, by presenting innovative actions, campaigns and educational resources aimed at

    promoting sustainable and responsible travel at an early age.


Technical Session 5 Safety and security concerns in cycling and walking

    One of the main concerns for cyclists and pedestrians is the lack of safety and security in the city. Even

    though there are many infrastructure solutions to improve road safety (car restricted zones, traffic

    calming areas, pedestrian streets or cycle lanes) and cities are providing better lighting, safe bicycle

    storage and surveillance to improve security, both pedestrians and cyclists still remain the most

    vulnerable users of public spaces. Contributions to this session will present strategies and practical

    solutions from different cities on how to tackle safety and security problems for pedestrians and


Technical Session 6 New forms of vehicle use and/or ownership

     The future of car pooling and car sharing schemes

    In recent years, cities have promoted new forms of vehicle use and/or ownership through the

    introduction of car pooling and car sharing schemes. However, in some instances those systems have

    failed to provide an efficient platform for exchange or have not fully reached and convinced their

    potential users. This session will look at successful experiences for reducing private car use and

    promoting a less car dependant lifestyle through car pooling and car sharing schemes. Special emphasis

    will be put on identifying critical success factors and presenting second generation vehicle sharing


Technical Session 7 Efficient freight logistics services

    Nowadays, successful solid freight logistics distribution schemes and services rely on energy-efficient

    vehicle fleets, dedicated infrastructure and reliable information services. This session will focus on

    how cities must accommodate freight logistics services in order to enable effective goods delivery,

    minimise the impact on traffic congestion and reduce energy consumption. Cities will present the

    benefits of enabling sustainable urban logistics plans and strategies including ambitious logistics

    coordination systems and new concepts for the distribution of goods.

Technical Session 8 Transport telematics systems for improved information services

    Information technology plays a key role in supporting transport management systems and improving

    traveller services. The latest developments in transport telematics include intermodal information,

    transport pricing and payment applications, vehicle location and guidance. This session will present

    experiences from cities using information and communication technologies to support traffic

    management and deliver precise real time travel information for private and public transport users.


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