We are launching today our new hub in Malta

A new hub by EIT Urban Mobility has been set to raise awareness of urban mobility issues in Malta, while encouraging positive changes that aim to improve the island’s traffic situation.

The Malta EIT Urban Mobility Hub, will be launched today at the Chamber of Commerce in Valletta today. It aims to inspire positive change to ensure accessible and sustainable mobility for all. The launch will include presentations by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, by EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South Director, Daniel Serra, by EIT Urban Mobility RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) Director, Bence Huba, by Prof. Joachim James Calleja, Principal and CEO of Malta College of Art, Science and Technology (MCAST) and by Corinne Muscat Terribile from the Malta Council for Science and Technology.

It will be hosted by a consortium of three partners that represent the three communities of the ‘Knowledge Triangle Integration (KTI)’. Project Aegle Foundation (PAF) will be the lead partner representing the industry community in Malta, while the Valletta Cultural Agency, through the Valletta Design Cluster, represents the community of start-ups and neighbourhood groups and MCAST (Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology) represents the academic and education community.

“The main objective of this hub is to facilitate networking between all the stakeholders and develop opportunities for local players representing industry, academia, research, innovation and cities,” continues Bon. “From its physical home at Malta’s new urban living lab at the Valletta Design Cluster, the Hub will deliver the networks, collaborative processes, and a focused vision needed to best engage with EIT Urban Mobility projects into the future. It will also offer support and grants to encourage positive initiatives to improve Malta’s traffic situation and infrastructure.”

The hub will also connect with the relevant national and local authorities such as Transport Malta and local councils, sharing expertise from the EIT Urban Mobility innovation community with them.

Stakeholders that are part of the EIT Urban Mobility initiative can expect multiple benefits. Apart from accessing EU funding and other funding streams, stakeholders will enjoy opportunities and potential investor connections throughout Europe via increased visibility in an international network. They will also benefit from innovation and stakeholder networking through the international EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem and education and training support from leading international universities. By the bridge formed through the initiative between the EU and Malta – and the transport industry and its users – stakeholders can also share knowledge and establish good practices between countries already running successful initiatives.

“EIT Urban Mobility aims to create an innovation community to educate and inspire mobility solutions for 21st century cities,” explains Camille Bon, Lead Project Manager at Project Aegle Foundation (PAF). “By fostering innovation and transformation, we can improve people’s quality of life, decarbonise mobility and make Europe’s economy more competitive.”, Bon concludes.

Mobility Talks episode 6: “Citizens as drivers of their own mobility”

Next 21 October at 16:00 hours CET join us to discuss about the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs.

Citizens and end-users’ have a say in urban mobility. Their participation in the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs. By giving citizens the opportunity to influence public decisions on urban mobility, the quality of the policy being developed can be improved, making the provided solutions more relevant, effective and efficient.

Public engagement is a key requirement of sustainable urban mobility transformation. To involve citizens individually or in the form of civil society organisations ensures transparency and gives them the opportunity to become true agents of change.

Engaging citizens is especially important during times of crisis like the Covid19 pandemic, as effectiveness of the response efforts became crucial.

As already stressed in the Citizen Engagement Call launched by EIT Urban Mobility in March 2020, developing solutions with and for citizens is the key to delivering real change. Successful stakeholder engagement will increase the ability to create, experiment, demonstrate, scale and deploy. Citizen engagement is therefore a priority for EIT Urban Mobility and this webinar will bring food for thought and contribute to the discussions on the topic.

Four speakers with a good representation of the innovation knowledge triangle (industry, academy and research and city) and from an association directly representing citizens.

  • Frank Hansen – BMW, Germany
  • Robert Braun – Institute of Advanced Studies, Austria
  • Burcu Ozdemir – IMM Smart City, Istanbul – Turkey
  • Evelien Marlier – European Passengers’ Federation

Two of the speakers are involved in one of the projects selected under the last EIT Urban Mobility Citizen Engagement Call.