| Upcoming events
31 Jul 2015, Sydney, Australia
The Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) and the International Association of Public Transport Australia New Zealand (UITPANZ) are delighted to announce the fourth annual Australian Transport Summit will be held at The Westin Sydney on Friday 31 July 2015.
The Summit will bring together senior politicians, transport operators, government agencies, academics and key decision makers to consider the major policy challenges and opportunities in the public transport sector in Australia.
Building on the success of previous summits, the theme of this year's Australian Transport Summit will be Public Transport: Maintaining the Momentum. International and Australian speakers will focus on case studies looking at key public transport projects and best practice in customer service.
30 Aug to 3 Sep 2015, Santiago, Chile
The 14th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Thredbo 14) will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Santiago, Chile from August 30 to September 3, 2015. The conference is jointly organized by the Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence.
The Thredbo Series serves as a forum for the international community, integrating a mix of executives from public agencies, and operating and consulting companies with researchers and academics in a unique and lively discussion. The conference includes academic developments, case studies, and benchmark experiences, with participants from every continent.
Following the Thredbo 14 Confrence, a meeting of the Latin American Association of Integrated Transport Systems and BRT (SIBRT) will be organized. SIBRT gathers the leading and largest transit agencies in Latin America.
9 to 11 Sep 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
EMBARQ Brasil helps companies and governments in the development and implementation of sustainable solutions to transport and mobility problems in Brazilian cities.By promoting sustainable transport, EMBARQ Brasil is working to reduce pollution, improve public health, reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and create urban public spaces which offer safe, accessible and pleasant coexistence.
Under thier organisation the Mayors´ Summit and the Cities & Transport International Congress will take place on Sept 9th and 10-11th respectively in September 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Summit: Embarq Brasil hosts the mayors' summit with the following transformed cities:CURITIBA, LONDON, SAN FERNANDO, PORTLAND, BOGOTÁ, BARCELONA, NEW YORK. Visionary leaders reinvented these cities and today are examples of political will, innovation and focus on sustainable development. For the summit mayors will present their experiences, from motivation to the challenges and strategies to make their sustainable cities. Share ideas on how to face skepticism and oppositional campaigns to your projects. Present experience on lessons learned, gathered in an open letter for today and future mayors, encouraging actions and building sustainable cities, where people can develop their skills and be happy.
The Congress: By 2030, another 1.5 billion people and more than 1 billion vehicles will have been added to cities around the world. The choices of today will mark the lives of billions of people. Cities need holistic solutions, measurable goals, healthy accountability mechanisms and innovative national policies. Cities need knowledge and tools to promote sustainable urbanization. The themes for the congress are:
•Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation
•Innovative Public Policies
•Transportation and Urban Mobility
•Sustainable Urban Development
13 to 16 Sep 2015, Dubai
"Stronger Together: Global Strategies for Success in Logistics and Transport"
16 to 18 Sep 2015, Washington D.C., USA
The conference will provide transportation professionals with information on emerging best practices and state of the art research results on how to adapt surface transportation networks to the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The conference will examine cost-effective and resilient decision making by State DOTs, MPOs, transit and other transportation agencies in planning and programming, capital improvements, and maintenance and operations.
25 to 27 Sep 2015, New York, USA
The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014.
28 to 30 Sep 2015, Frankfurt, Germany
The European Transport Conference (ETC) connects the worlds of research, consultancy, policy and practice. Attendance at ETC gives you the opportunity to see the latest practices and to pose questions to fellow professionals such as policy-makers, researchers and practitioners. This year some of the themes include:
- Planning for the Future
- Equity in Transport
- Climate Change Transport and Emissions
- Young Researchers and Practitioners Forum
- Transport Models – Lifestyle
5 to 9 Oct 2015, Bordeaux, France
The ITS Congress and Exhibition is the world’s largest event in intelligent transport systems and services. Through the main theme “Towards Intelligent Mobility – Better Use of Space”, the Bordeaux Congress will focus not only on how achieving intelligent mobility will change our lives but also on the benefits space can bring to ITS applications.
7 to 9 Oct 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa
The EcoMobility Congress will take a new format and title for its third edition in Johannesburg (South Africa). The EcoMobility Congress will be called the EcoMobility Dialogues and will be held from the 7 – 9 October 2015, concurrent with the second EcoMobility World Festival.
The EcoMobility Dialogues will attract thought leaders, experts, practitioners, academia and city leaders to discuss specific challenges, obstacles and ways out of the urban mobility crisis cities around the world face. It will form an integral part of the EcoMobility World Festival – a unique month long demonstration of an urban car-free lifestyle.
During the Dialogues, attention will be placed on the transport and climate change debate. Supported by expert groups from the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap (BtG) initiative, the outcomes of these dialogues will form an input for further discussions at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) to be held on 30 November to 11 December in Paris, France.
The 2nd EcoMobility Congress, held in Suwon in September 2013, attracted over 600 participants of whom 145 hailed from developing countries and from over 50 local governments.
20 to 23 Oct 2015, Vienna, Austria
The conference uses the motto “stepping ahead” to promote activities and innovations towards the future of more resilient cities and healthy living environments.
Walk21 champions the development of healthy, sustainable and efficient communities where people choose to walk. Through the conference series and the International Charter for Walking, Walk21 are realising a vision to create communities where people want to and are able to walk as a way to travel, to be healthy and to relax.
The Walk21 international network seeks to support and inspire professionals, politicians and the community to evolve the best policies and implement the best initiatives that create and promote environments where people choose to walk.
The Walk21 conference series provides a global forum to:
•Highlight and promote the importance of walking at political, policy and community levels to gain international impetus for and commitment to walking
•Disseminate new research, good practice and successful promotion measures for walking as part of everyday life
•Showcase city success stories and support the host city, the local business community, and stakeholders in taking bigger steps towards a more walkable future
•Illustrate how to prioritise and integrate walking across all relevant policy areas including traffic, spatial planning, health, public space, tourism, recreation, art and community engagement
•Celebrate the global momentum for more walkable, sustainable communities, the daily joys of walking and achievements around the world
•Identify emerging ideas, the need for future research and opportunities for funding.
International delegates attending a Walk21 conference have the opportunity to explore these themes in action through walking tours and visits arranged in the host city.
Vienna is one of the most liveable cities in the world and host city of Walk21 2015. Together with experts from around the globe we will share insights and expertise on how to step ahead in urban development and on how to be a walkable city.
The four main conference themes for the Vienna conference are:
•Walking towards new public spaces
•Walking towards resilient cities
•Walking towards safety and health
30 Nov to 11 Dec 2015, Paris, France
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP) to the Kyoto Protocol will take place in Paris, France.
27 Feb to 1 Mar 2016, Taipeh, Taiwan
Conference Theme - Evolution of Cycling
- Urban Transitions:
The scale of urban growth hinges on transportation. Cities have grown in size as humans gain mobility overtime from foot and wagons to automobiles and trains. Again, multiple transport modalities and combinations that include bicycles are transforming modern cities. As bicycles are added to the transport portfolio and even become the mainstream choice, how will cites metamorphose in response? How do bicycles help build the livable cities we anticipate?
- Moving Lifestyles:
Cycling slows down the hastiness of urban life. It is the cushion for cities’ hustle and bustle. Pedaling around their neighborhoods, into the lanes and alleys, people rebuild connections with others. With that, they are able to savor the lovely moments in life, once again. Now that bicycles have become an integral part of people’s life, what are the new lifestyles they have introduced?
- Sustainable Economies:
Automobiles give rise to suburban malls. Trains and subways propel shopping centers at stations. Each different transport modality nourishes a unique business ecosystem. The use of bicycles can create jobs and contribute to economic growth, according to an ECF report in 2014. The increasing number of cyclists directly boosts tourism, retailing, manufacturing, repair and maintenance, etc. On top of that, what else local economic activities can they facilitate? What are the potential business types and models for the growing cyclist population?
- Sharing Societies:
The concept of sharing vehicles has evolved. People begin to share public transport and then automobiles, followed by bicycles, to conserve the environment and reduce transportation costs. In terms of usage, the concept has morphed from individual ownership to shared vehicles; in terms of right of way, from car-oriented to green transport oriented. Sharing has become a way of establishing sustainable mobility systems. How does bike-sharing affect people’s idea of vehicles and roads? How should policies address such shared benefits? What are other innovations of sharing?
- Design in Motion:
A defining momentum behind growth and innovation, design thinking is a powerful tool to systematically analyze and tackle with problems, especially for urban development challenges. Velo-city Global 2016 will feature a series of interactive sessions for bicycle manufacturers, city planners, and policy makers to learn from intensive brainstorming and discussions. Such mind-blowing meetings are the best way to inspire meaningful exchanges among international experts.