Mobilizing PhD

Independence, self motivation, and communication are three critical skills that are required for any start-up, and all three qualities are developed in a successful PhD programme. While the urban mobility industry is hungry for critical thinkers who push to revolutionise our mobility paradigm, there is a disconnect between academia and the market. This gap keeps key industry knowledge within the walls of higher education, and does not allow much-needed knowledge-based start-ups to flourish.
Mobilizing PhD aims to bridge this gap, offering a 7 month applied training and personal mentoring programme to connect academia with business and entrepreneurship. While academia naturally pushes PhD candidates into their own niches of research, this programme aims to expand these niches and test ideas in the competitive market.

Additionally, the programme is enhanced by a 3-day conference for participants to channel their entrepreneurial and research skills to bring their ideas to market.


In recent years, digital twins have revolutionised the engineering world as a result of sensor and data advancements. However, despite the prevalence of simulation models, complete digital twins are uncommon in the mobility sector, due to a general lack of knowledge on the topic. As a result, the goal of this project is to educate mobility professionals and advanced academic students  on the simulation and sensor technologies required for a successful urban  digital twin, while maintaining traditional theoretical insights about transportation.

To accomplish this, academic and industry experts are collaborating to develop a comprehensive course on digital twin technology that is work-compatible, and primarily based on practical examples and use cases, using one of the market’s leading simulation software. Overall, the course will foster the widespread adoption of the “digital twin” mindset among professionals, supporting the much-needed digitalisation of the mobility sector.


The project aims at tackling the challenge area of sustainable city logistics by leveraging the potential of extended reality (XR). The interactive tool will be utilised to train practitioners to more effectively include stakeholders in the design of new logistics solutions. Participants will receive an overview of the various tools available to them as well as a portfolio of solutions. This will equip them to approach stakeholders, illustrate how urban logistics is currently organised in cities, and propose how to move towards a more global approach. Lastly, participants will be trained on how to better design and share public space for the development of more sustainable goods transportation. By utilising this technology, participants can create digital twins, which are virtual copies of real spaces, to test different configurations of the built form. The participants will offer constant feedback to the training developers in the form of focus groups, questionnaires and role playing; providing active participation in the learning process.

Implementation of Low Emissions

The implementation of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) has proven to be highly effective in reducing accidents, pollution, and other negative impacts caused by urban traffic. The forthcoming Climate Change and Energy Transition Law in Spain, set to be mandated during 2023, emphasises the importance of LEZs. This project builds upon a previously launched in-person course, which was initially introduced in 2021 and successfully scaled in 2022 with an objective to equip participants with the necessary technical knowledge to deploy LEZs in municipalities near Barcelona.

Drawing from the lessons learned, this project aims to expand the course internationally, specifically targeting the adaptation of the programme by Portuguese municipalities. This will enable the scaling of LEZ concepts and expertise beyond the original context, contributing to sustainable urban traffic management in a broader European context.

Urban Mobility Digital Talent 

Through a blended–learning course, professionals and students will learn more about urban mobility and how it will develop in the future.  

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from professionals in the sector, which could contribute to job creation in this area.  

All the partners and the Mobile World Capital will provide the necessary knowledge to show the potential of the mobility sector from different perspectives including future mobility challenges, latest technological trends, new business models, the role of the women and future jobs in this industry, among others.

Urban Mobility Changemaker (UMChange)

The Urban Mobility Changemaker is a course for urban mobility executives and professionals who will learn about change management, leadership, and innovation, as well as gain insights from current research in the field of urban mobility. 

Through a series of workshops and events over 2.5 days, participants will gain skills to lead and manage change in urban mobility, and enjoy the benefits of belonging to a supportive community of peers. The first day covers theory, the second day involves a study tour looking at City Club challenges as case studies, and the final day includes co-creation workshops related to those challenges.


Public benches and seats are often seen as minor design objects in urban planning. Yet they are essential to support social interactions in public spaces, and providing a place to rest for pedestrians, cyclists, children, or for anyone who wants to be outside and get some sunshine and fresh air. 

Until recently, planning public seating and benches, and understanding the preferences of citizens in using them was considered trivial. To this end, the project aims to develop a final training concept for other interested urban planners by analysing the decision-making processes in designing and implementing public seating in Munich, Germany, Vienna in Austria, and Lausanne, Switzerland. An online survey gathering information on decision-making processes in other cities and a final workshop will contribute to the training concept. 

Accelerating transitions to zero-carbon sustainable urban mobility systems

This four-week Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) focusing on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport and transition to a more environmentally sustainable urban mobility future, will improve the knowledge of current professionals.

Conducted by transport and urban planning experts from the University College London and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Europe, topics covered include mobility planning and policy, innovation in the sector, and how to accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral urban mobility city. 

Through videos, articles, podcasts, and discussions with leading academics, experts, policymakers and practitioners, the course will examine key conceptual and practical issues related to urban mobility transition pathways.

Professionals, practitioners, government officials, NGOs, pressure groups, private sector innovators and environmental groups working at the local level and across policy sectors and students interested in environment and transport will find the course useful.  

IoT applications for cities

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to networks of technologically enabled physical objects that can communicate with each other to exchange data and interact with their external surroundings. This allows remote access and control of smart devices which has been successfully used by local governments to improve management of urban mobility issues such as waste collection, tracking of goods, and multimodal transportation.  

To maximise its potential, a less technical and business-oriented approach is required. To this end, the IoTa Competence Hub is creating and conducting an online training programme that fosters lateral thinking, focuses on how to achieve a high return on investment on IoT initiatives, and challenges participants to understand in greater depth how IoT processes and systems work. 

Women in Urban Mobility 

Women in Urban Mobility airms to raise awareness of female perspectives and gender equality
in the urban mobility sector. Building on the thriving cormunity established in 2021, partners
from three European cities – Barcelona, Spain; Sofia, Bulgaria; and Munich, Germany – are
creating and conducting an online training program to equip profesional women working in the
urban mobility sector with leadership, networking and collaboration competencies. Over six
modules, participants work on their sales and negotiation skills, reflect on their role as future
dleaders, and network with peers. The course will culminate with an event that includes
presentation of the Female Innovator in Urban Mobility 2022 award.

Remaking the Street 

Remaking the Street is a hands-on summer school programme where students learn how street experiments can make small changes to public spaces that lead to big impacts on a citizen’s quality of life. Street experiments can improve the liveability of public spaces by reducing pollution and noise, improving safety, and giving communities a sense of ownership. 

Students complete a two-week online course followed by a two-week in-person study tour visiting current street experiments in Amsterdam and Munich to learn about the rapidly changing streetscapes. The final project challenges students to pitch an original street experiment to an expert jury.  

Modules consist of online coursework taught by experts from EIT Urban Mobility projects. The curriculum will also use content from selected massive online open courses (MOOC) and the Street Visualisation Tools short course, and new content produced will be added to existing MOOCs. 

New trends on Urban Mobility 

The New Trends in Urban Mobility (NewUM) project is developing a course for professionals working in the mobility sector who want to promote innovation in their institutions, and start-ups keen to provide solutions to pressing urban mobility issues. 

Participants learn about how the mobility sector has evolved, new technological innovations in urban mobility, and key trends such as mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), public-private partnerships in the mobility sector, and mobility infrastructure and logistics. 

The program consists of five modules that combine in-person sessions and an online component. Face-to-face sessions in Barcelona will include lectures with practical coursework delivered by academics and industry experts, while online work will include content from massive open online courses (MOOCs) and a mentored project. Streaming is available allowing registration from anywhere in the world.