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NZC: Call for additional cities for the Twinning Learning Programme

In 2020, over two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions originated from urban areas, making cities a focus for climate action. The second Call for Twin Cities launches on 8 April 2024, within the framework of the EU Cities Mission. The Twinning Learning Programme pairs cities that are not already engaged with the Cities Mission with Pilot Cities, fostering collaboration and driving systemic change towards climate neutrality. 

NetZeroCities unites 34 Partners from 13 countries to work together in achieving the EU Cities Mission. EIT Urban Mobility and NetZeroCities invite cities outside the EU Cities Mission, that are not yet Pilot or Twin Cities, to apply to the second Call for Twin Cities. By leveraging the growing network of cities within and beyond the initiative, a wide transfer of innovative climate solutions and approaches can be facilitated. Successful Twin City applicants will be paired with Pilot Cities who share similar interests, such as waste, energy, or construction to accelerate knowledge uptake on decarbonisation measures. Over a 20-month span, starting late September 2024, the tailored learning programme will facilitate structured learning activities for knowledge exchange and capacity building including support for onsite visits, workshops and expert facilitation. Selected cities will develop a ‘Twin Cities Action Plan’ to outline learnings and how these can be applied to their local context.

The eligibility criteria for cities includes: 

  • Being located in EU countries or associated countries of Horizon Europe 
  • A commitment to climate neutrality before or by 2050 
  • Not being part of the EU Cities Mission 
  • Not yet being a Twin or Pilot City 

The applications window is open until 31 May 2024. For information on how to apply, please visit: https://netzerocities.eu/twinning-learning-programme/

    The next edition of the Main Innovation Call is set to launch soon!

    The next edition of the Main Innovation Call is to open on 4 April 2024. This year’s call will be focused on three topics: Public Transport, Urban Logistics, and Electrification of Transport and Alternative Fuels. The call is for SMEs, universities, research and technology organisations, or large businesses, established in a Member State of the European Union, and/or in a third country associated with Horizon Europe.

    The Call information sessions will be taking place from 15-18 April. Please register via our matchmaking platform B2Match here. As all proposals must be composed of at least three independent legal entities established in two different EU Member States, the B2Match platform not only offers the opportunity to register for the call information webinars but also to pitch and showcase your ideas, book 1:1 meetings with other participants and exchange complementary capabilities.

    Information sessions will be held focusing on submission guidance, EIT rules, proposal writing, financial sustainability, and the evaluation process. The B2Match platform will remain active for viewing potential project partners and for networking until the end of June 2024.

    Information sessions

    • Innovation Call Information Session: Innovation Call strategic focus, scope and call requirements, evaluation process. 15 April 2024, 10.00 – 11.00 CET 
    • Meet the Cities: city presentations on priority areas, and discussion on how cities and industry can work together in the Call for Innovation. 17 April 2024, 10:00 – 11:30 CET
    • Guidance to applicants: Introduction to the proposal submission tool. 17 April 2024, 14.30-15.30 CET
    • Commercialisation and Financial Sustainability: understand the commercial and financial return requirements and options. 18 April 2024, 10.00 – 11.00 CET
    • Intellectual Property: 18 April 2024, 14.30 – 15.30 CET

    Additionally, one information session for each of the 3 topics that form the focus for the Innovation Call for Proposals, will be held and cover discussion on the area, idea pitches from a range of exciting innovative organisations, and Q&A.

    • Public Transport: 15 April 2024, 14.30-16.00 CET
    • Urban Logistics: 16 April 2024, 10:00 – 11:30 CET
    • Electrification and Alternative Fuels: 16 April 2024, 14:30 – 16:00 CET

    A look into previous projects

    The 12 projects selected from the previous Main Innovation Call have been underway since January. Of the 12 projects, 5 are focused on the future mobility challenge area, 4 on mobility and energy, and 3 on sustainable city logistics. Learn more about our projects running this year:

    Future Mobility

    SCREEN: Smart cycling infrastructure assessment

    SCREEN aims to revolutionise cycling infrastructure assessment. The project aims to assess the current state of cycling infrastructure, identify areas for improvement, and provide actionable advice to enhance the cycling experience. Analysing 100+ attributes, it assesses the road safety risk, environment, and cycling experience. Combining bike-mounted AI machine vision technologies with data from connected logistics vehicles and cars, SCREEN will give a unique multidimensional understanding of cyclist risk.

    Partners: Factual (Lead), Social Tech Projects Aps, Vianova

    Countries: Spain, Denmark, France

    GreenMob: Multimodal journey planner for sustainable travel

    This project aims to address urban mobility challenges by promoting sustainable transport options and reducing CO2 emissions produced by motorised trips. GreenMob will develop a journey planner that integrates various modes of transport, providing information on routes, schedules, fares, and updates in real-time, as well as an innovative integration of a CO2 monitoring tool. The CO2 monitoring tool automatically recognises the mode of transport used and calculates emissions allowing consumers to make informed decisions. 

    Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Instant System, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd., Srl Societa Benefit, Viladecans City Council, Start Romagna Spa, City of Cesena

    Countries: Spain, France, Hungary, Italy

    AI4LIFE: AI-based smart and safe intersections for improved quality of life for urban citizens 

    Intersections, as key bottlenecks in cities and prone to fatal accidents, play a very important environmental, economic, and social role in urban environments. The goal of this project is to build an integrated AI-based smart intersection management system. The system will reduce congestion and thus GhG emissions, time wasted in traffic, accidents, and increase the quality of life of citizens. The solution will be validated in 2 pilot cities: Istanbul and Jena.

    Partners: City of Istanbul, ISBAK Istanbul IT and Smart City Technologies Inc., Kentyou (Lead), City Jena

    Countries: Türkiye, France, Germany

    This project will use cutting-edge technology for modal split analytics, based on anonymised telco datasets. This technology will enable cities, transit agencies, and public transport operators to study the geospatial and temporal characteristics of various mobility flows. It will provide users with a complex understanding of the complete demand and supply for mobility services across their governing territory. 

    Partners: THEOREMUS (Lead), Municipality of Ajka, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd., Sofia Urban Mobility Centre

    Countries: Bulgaria, Hungary

    PARKEDBYME is a project dedicated to enhancing sustainable city transport and optimising public space utilisation. Its mission is to provide an innovative solution that enables precise parking of shared bicycles, e-bikes, and e-scooters within designated city areas. By focusing on high accuracy and efficiency, it aims to revolutionise the way micromobility vehicles are parked, delivering exceptional value to both users and city authorities. The project will undergo testing in Madrid and Prague.

    Partners: City of Prague, PowerHUB (Lead), Factual, Madrid City Council, Sparkpark

    Countries: Czech Republic, Spain, Norway

    Mobility & Energy

    IMPULSE aims to optimise the management of e-bus fleets. The project will do this through a software capable of processing real-time data on batteries’ status, vehicles and charging stations used, planned routes and specific, and characteristics of the transport network. To assess the effectiveness of the solution, two pilot cases in the cities of Lisbon and Kadıköy will be carried out with two different uses cases on public transport fleets.

    Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Carris, Municipality of Kadikoy, Realcity Its Kft.

    Countries: Spain, Portugal, Türkiye, Hungary

    H2_Dispenser: Green hydrogen decentralised production for enabling distributed, low cost, H2 cylinders dispenser and safe swopping station.

    H2dispenser provides a patent solution that will from one side provide Green hydrogen produced through electrolysis by small PV installation, at industrial or energy community plants. On the other side, it will enable an easy cylinder swap refilling operation. H2dispenser is capable of filling small H2 cylinders offering a ready-to-go refilling solution for enabling small-size size H2vehicles. The solution will be tested in Modena and Thessaloniki.

    Partners: Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Energy and Sustainable Development Agency (Lead), Bosch VHIT, Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. – Organization for Local Development, CTS H2

    Countries: Italy, Greece

    EVOSS introduces an innovative Robotic Charging Device (RCD) equipped with a high-capacity battery and rapid charging plug that can provide flexible electric vehicle charging inside parking areas. The RCD can travel to the precise location where the EV is parked. The RCD optimises not only the charging process but also the use of the space by enabling parking sites to offer rapid charging solutions in every parking spot with zero infrastructure cost.

    Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (Lead), Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. – Organization for Local Development, Cityzone, Oto S.A. – Greece, Batteri

    Countries: Israel, Spain, Greece

    The MiGriS project aims to test sustainable and efficient urban mobility solutions through integrable battery and vehicle stations, as well as modular and circular battery systems. It combines microgrid charging stations, circular and modular swappable batteries, and bidirectional charging capabilities. The solution provides environmentally friendly transportation options, improves quality of life, and promotes social participation.

    Partners: Technical University of Berlin (Lead), Municipality Of Dugopolje, nexus Institute, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Constin

    Countries: Germany, Croatia, Türkiye

    Sustainable City Logistics

    NIMBLE addresses the lack of solutions for logistics oriented towards small stores by defining a new, more efficient model of urban goods distribution. NIMBLE’s model is based on: 1) consolidating first-mile distribution to logistic stations inside the cities during nighttime. 2) improving the operation of logistics stations by equipping them with smart parcel lockers adapted to a B2B case. And 3) deploying a last-mile distribution model to small stores via sustainable light cargo vehicles that grant a favourable user experience. 

    Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Eurecat Foundation, Ayuntamiento De Esplugues De Llobregat, Braga Municipality, Smart Point

    Countries: Spain, Portugal

    This project aims to address the challenges faced by European cities and delivery companies in terms of air and noise pollution, congestion, and road accidents, caused by a rapid increase in e-commerce and last-mile deliveries. Green Dash seeks to meet the parcel and e-commerce market needs by way of delivery vehicle options that are sustainable, efficient, affordable, and easy to use. 

    Partners: VEFRESH (Lead) – Latvia, Riga City Council, Postnord, Sjsc “Latvijas Pasts”, Bruntor (Rhino R Sia)

    Countries: Latvia, Sweden

    The StandTrack project will further develop and test an intermodal solution for the identification and traceability of parcels and the communication between the agents involved in the transport of goods. The project aims to enhance the distribution of goods by improving interoperability, horizontal collaboration, and comprehensive traceability in the freight transportation chain.

    Partners: City of Milan, MOVEN, Braga Municipality, Citylogin Iberica S.L., Empresa Municipal De Transportes De Madrid, t-box delivery & solutions SL, Citet (Lead)

    Countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal

    EIT Urban Mobility RIS Winter Schools wrap-up: Driving change for sustainable cities

    Over the past few weeks, the inaugural RIS Winter Schools Series, co-founded and supported by EIT Urban Mobility, saw a gathering of almost 120 bachelor students from various RIS countries in three European cities to delve into the realms of sustainable urban mobility. During one week, participants were involved in different workshops and lectures to enhance their knowledge and skills on innovation and entrepreneurship to develop innovative solutions to different real-life challenges faced by cities. 

    Here’s a peek into the highlights and achievements of each Winter School: 

    Innov4mobility Winter School

    Aveiro, Portugal.
    Organising partners: BGI, S.A and Technical University of Berlin.

    At the University of Aveiro, students dived into challenges such as micromobility and pollution reduction, culminating in the winning project “ReNEW a BOAT”, which aims to convert combustion boats to electric ones. Maria Bike, Pedalar sem Idade, and CER FF showcased their prototypes. Additionally, the EcoVoltas initiative by Ecomood Portugal provided students with hands-on experiences, allowing them to test drive electric karts and witness first-hand the potential of eco-friendly transportation solutions. 

    WINSCOOL Winter School

    Tartu, Estonia.
    Organising partners: Kimitisik B.V and University of Tartu.

    Against the picturesque backdrop of Tartu, participants engaged in a collaborative endeavour to tackle the city’s pressing urban mobility challenges. Visits to local institutions like the AHA Center enriched their understanding of Tartu’s unique mobility landscape. The teams grappled with issues ranging from traffic congestion to winter walkability, culminating in presenting innovative solutions. The standout proposal from team “StreetHeat”, incorporating an array of heating systems to enhance road safety during winter, garnered praise from both peers and mentors. 

    EXCEL Winter School

    Gozo, Malta.
    Organising partners: Cleantech Bulgaria, MCAST and Project Aegle Foundation.

    Nestled in the idyllic settings of Malta & Gozo, participants delved into the complexities of transitioning towards sustainable transportation solutions. Challenges centred around modal shifts and renewable energy integration for ferries prompted teams to think outside the box. The winning team “Sustainable Innovators”, captivated the audience with their vision of hydrogen-powered ferries navigating the Maltese archipelago, showcasing the potential for eco-friendly maritime transportation. 

    Beyond the academic rigour, the Winter Schools provided ample opportunities for social engagement and networking. From citizen engagement initiatives to lively karaoke nights, students forged bonds and shared insights, enriching their learning experience. 

    The RIS Winter Schools not only showcased the students’ dedication but also underscored the power of collaborative innovation in tackling pressing urban challenges. As these young innovators return to their respective communities armed with newfound knowledge and inspiration, they stand poised to make a tangible difference in the realm of urban mobility. 

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    Eight partners develop solutions to tackle inequalities in Europe’s Green and Digital Future

    EIT Urban Mobility working on research project to ensure equitable access to the benefits of twin transitions

    Europe’s pursuit of a green and digital transformation raises concerns about exacerbating or creating new inequalities. While the twin transition envisions a fair and just society, challenging geopolitical developments threaten an equal future for all. READJUST, the newly launched EU-funded research project, addresses these issues and proposes concrete solutions. A four-step approach aims to successfully mitigate negative consequences of the twin transition.

    In 2022, more than one in five people in the European Union were at risk of poverty or social inclusion. Specifically, already disadvantaged groups are more likely to be left behind in a transformative process that aspires to be inclusive and resilient. READJUST, a 42-month long research project, aims to ensure equitable access to the benefits of the green and digital transformation, developing necessary tools and insights for policymakers to mitigate negative impacts. A particular focus is placed on the sectors of mobility and agri-food due to their high environmental impact, relevance to everyday life, and the potential to foster equitable change.

    To achieve these goals, READJUST partners are supported by the European Research Executive Agency (REA) with a budget of EUR 2.9 million over three and a half years.  The project gathers a strong consortium of eight multidisciplinary partners from Belgium (Solidar, EIT Food), Finland (VTT), Germany (EURICE, Fraunhofer ISI), the Netherlands (YAGHMA B.V, University of Amsterdam), and Spain (EIT Urban Mobility).

    READJUST employs a comprehensive four-step approach to achieve this: 1) identifies and monitors existing policies and inequalities, 2) assesses transition processes, 3) co-creates new measures and tools, and 4) evaluates policy recommendations and proposes evidence-based revisions for social inclusion and equality. The project’s main findings will support an Observatory designed for policymakers, featuring a policy tracker tool, a collection of best practices, a clear policy roadmap, and a co-creation framework with a self-assessment tool for evaluating potential equality impacts before policy implementation.

    EIT Urban Mobility contributions to READJUST include working on the identification of inequalities in the mobility sector, the development of an equality self-assessment tool and leading the co-creation of policy measures for equal twin transition.

    Read the full press release here: READJUST – Just transition to a green and digital future for all | READJUST

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    First EIT Alumni Node set up at EIT Urban Mobility HQ

    In a move aimed at fostering collaboration and networking among alumni of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (EIT KICs), the first EIT Alumni Node is set to open its doors at the EIT Urban Mobility headquarters in Barcelona. 

    Commencing on 22 March 2024, the EIT Urban Mobility HQ located at Torre Glories will provide a dedicated space for EIT Community Alumni to convene and engage in various activities, including networking sessions, startup idea development, and meetings with potential investors and customers. EIT Community Alumni will have the opportunity to book an office space three times a month. 

    The primary objective of the EIT Alumni Node project is to offer EIT Community Alumni to boost their business ideas and ventures, and maintain engagement within the EIT community, thereby expanding and strengthening professional networks. Additionally, the initiative is expected to facilitate collaboration with the local ecosystem of startup founders and innovators. 

    Why in Barcelona? 

    Factors considered in the selection process included CLC (Co-Location Centre) density, the startup, and investment landscape, alumni presence, and connectivity, among other factors. The decision underscores Barcelona’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and its potential to serve as a hub for alumni engagement. 

    Looking ahead, plans are underway to establish a second Node elsewhere in Europe in the near future, further expanding opportunities for alumni engagement and collaboration across the continent. 

    How to book your office space? 

    This initiative is designed to benefit all alumni of EIT Community, encompassing individuals who have previously participated in programmes offered by any KIC branch. EIT Alumni members can register here.

    See you in Torre Glories!  

    EIT EdTech Conference 2024: A resounding success at The EGG Brussels

    We are proud of the success of the very first edition of the EIT EdTech Conference, an EIT Community event organised by EIT Urban Mobility last 23 January at The EGG Brussels.

    The event gathered more than a hundred high-level European representatives from education and innovation communities, including Higher Education Institutions, EdTech companies, and representatives of EU Institutions and national governments to discuss the current state of EdTech in Europe, explore the existing challenges it faces, as well as the opportunities to boost cooperation and support Europe in becoming a global frontrunner in EdTech.

    Key highlights from the EIT EdTech Conference 2024

    • Noteworthy keynote speakers, moderators, and panellists: An outstanding line-up delivered thought-provoking insights, sparking meaningful discussions on the challenges and innovation in European Education to build a better future for EdTech, unlocking its power in the digital age. 
    • Interactive Workshops: Participants had the opportunity to engage in hands-on workshops to discuss the past, present, and future of EdTech. The last workshop of the day consisted of a participatory space for participants to put in common what concrete ideas they believe are key to move the EU EdTech agenda forward.   
    • Networking Success: Attendees made valuable connections that have the potential to foster collaboration and future partnerships, working towards concrete outcomes.  

    Explore Further: In-depth insights and resources

    Delve into additional details about the EIT EdTech Conference 2024:

    The EIT EdTech Conference 2024 has been the first spark to ignite an EU vision for EdTech. We look forward to seeing you at the EIT EdTech 2025 conference! 

    Empowering individuals to become digital leaders with our new specialisation on Digital Transformation!

    In today’s landscape, every industry, both in the public and private sectors, is rapidly “going digital”. Yet, the demand for employees with digital skills far exceeds the supply. The ERASMUS+ project Managing Digital Transformation Academy (MDTA) was conceived to respond to this pressing need.

    The objective of MDTA project is to offer a programme tailored for both students and professionals. It encompasses six specialisations, strategically addressing the essential components of the “leadership skills triangle”: technology, business/commerce, and leadership. The final goal is to empower individuals to become digital leaders capable of driving and facilitating successful digital transformation. 

    Today, we are pleased to introduce our newest initiative, the specialisation “Digital Transformation: A Changing Society”, composed by three MOOCs open now to registration.

    This programme not only bridges the skills gap but also provides a unique solution to several essential requirements in today’s digital landscape by preparing professionals capable of formulating and executing strategies that address digital transformation challenges effectively. 

    EIT Urban Mobility Academy Participation 

    At the EIT Urban Mobility Academy, we are deeply committed to the critical needs and priorities of urban mobility, and digital transformation is a defining force today, reshaping industries and markets. By joining this project, we aimed to contribute to the development of a programme that would equip individuals and organisations with the tools and knowledge to navigate the digital technologies’ impact on urban mobility. 

    Our participation also facilitated valuable collaborations with other prominent European institutions. These partnerships have further solidified our mission to enhance skills in individuals and organisations and expand our collective impact. The participant institutions were: 

    • University of Twente (The Netherlands)   
    • Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)  
    • University of Applied Science Saxion (The Netherlands)  
    • ACEEU (Germany)  
    • Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece)  
    • Fachhochschule Munster (Germany)  
    • EIT Urban Mobility (Spain) 

    Moreover, this initiative aligns with our objective to create engaging learning solutions in urban mobility. This specialisation allowed us to gain expertise by creating engaging digital learning experiences that align with one of our core missions. It’s an exciting opportunity to foster innovation and ensure that professionals are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in this digital era. 

    Martin Vendel, EIT Urban Mobility Academy Director, with Miguel de Castro Neto, Associate Professor at NOVA Information Management School. 

    The content of the specialisation:  “Digital Transformation: A Changing Society”  

    The specialisation created by the EIT Urban Mobility Academy is a journey through the digital landscape and its profound impact on our society via three interconnected MOOCs. From understanding the historical factors that drive technological success and predicting future trends to mastering scenario planning, and the intricacies of business roles and partnerships in a digital environment, this specialisation offers a holistic exploration of digital transformation. By the end of this program, participants will have the capacity to drive innovation and make informed decisions in the urban mobility landscape. 

    Learn more about our project here. 

    You can register to the specialisation here.

    If you have any questions, contact us: lorena.henriquez@eiturbanmobility.eu 

    Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress 2023: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility 

    November 7 to 9, 2023Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

    Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC) is the global event that drives innovation and sustainability in urban transportation. This year, for its third edition TMWC is set to take place under the theme “Make your Move Matter.”

    TMWC, jointly organised by Fira Barcelona and EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the EU, promises to shift gears towards sustainable urban mobility with a focus on real implementation. The congress will act as a platform for urban mobility experts and enthusiasts, featuring an extensive programme covering critical topics for the future of the sector.

    Among the more than 100 speakers are Timothy Papandreou, former Chief Innovation Officer at San Francisco MTA and advisor for X Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory; Karima Delli, Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament; Seleta Reynolds, Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Jacob Bangsgaard, Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism at the FIA; and Jill Warren, CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation.

    Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress, held within the framework of Smart City Expo World Congress, will welcome more than 25,000 in-person attendees, more than 1,000 exhibitors, 600 speakers, 140 countries, for more than 150 conference and panel.


    The full programme is available here 

    09:30 – 10:30 | Welcome & Opening by Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility and President of Tomorrow.Mobility. Auditorium

    10:30 – 12:00 | All aboard! The future of transport is public. This session will also be presenting the results of first study on micro-incentives for mobility. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

    12:00 – 13:30|Keynote: Tim Papandreou, CEO of Emerging Transport Advisors, on how the latest technological innovations will impact our mobility systems. Auditorium

    12:30 – 13:30 | Public-private partnerships for impact-driven mobility innovation. Auditorium

    13:4515:15 | Unlocking the potential of mobility data. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

    Join this discussion examining the complex topic of data and the role cities can play in leading the way to making an EU-wide mobility data space a reality. The session will present the results of the new study conducted on the potential of a data-based mobility economy in Europe, in providing not only technical solutions, sovereignty but also creating new business and service models. 

    15:00 – 15:30| Tour of latest innovative mobility start-ups. meeting at the EIT Urban Mobility Booth.

    15:45 – 17:15 | Fair moves: towards just and accessible urban mobility for all. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

    9:45 – 10:15 | Keynote: Seleta Reynolds’, Los Angeles Metro’s Chief Innovation Officer, on leadership and how practitioners can drive positive change for their communities with improved mobility options. Auditorium

    10:15 – 11:00 | Extreme Weather events call for extreme action in the mobility sector. Auditorium

    The panel will include high level representatives from the City of Leipzig, Union for the Mediterranean, WRI Ross Centre for sustainable cities, European Cyclists’ Federation, International Road Federation, City of Copenhagen. The panel will be headed by Akshat Rathi, Senior climate Editor at Bloomberg. 

    11:30 – 12:15 | Press briefing by Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility and President of Tomorrow.Mobility on the state of play and future of mobility. Room 42 – Level 1 – Upstairs

    12:30-13:30 | The power of cross-border journalism – networking lunch with Clean Energy Wire CLEW. Press room.

    A chance to meet colleagues, to get to know the Clean Energy Wire CLEW and to learn about its opportunities to collaborate with journalists from across the globe. Big transformation challenges like fixing the climate crisis, building sustainable mobility and cities or creating an inclusive digital environment have one thing in common: solutions and problems go beyond national borders. During the networking lunch, CLEW will present its latest grant opportunity for journalists on the question of what a just green transition in Europe can look like.

    13:30-14:00 | Demo zone presentation by Gareth Macnaughton, Director EIT Urban Mobility. Meeting at the demo zone.

    13:00h – 14:30 | Powering the Electric Mobility Transition. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

    15:00 – 16:15 | Venture capital crunch: a crisis for mobility start-ups? Tomorrow.Mobility Room

    9:30 – 11:00 | Why we should care about autonomous mobility. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

    11.00 – 12:00 | Networking Brunch at EIT Urban Mobility’s booth.

    12:45 – 13:15 | Keynote: Tamira Snell, Senior Advisor at Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies on how evolving behaviours can be harnessed to shape a brighter mobility future. Auditorium

    Press registration 

    If you wish to cover Smart City Expo World Congress and Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress, you can apply for a press/analyst pass that will allow you to access the exhibition area, conferences, and side events. Press Registration | Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress  

    Unlocking the Potential of European Mobility Data: PrepDSpace4Mobility’s Analysis Report Reveals Crucial Insights

    PrepDSpace4Mobility has successfully completed its 12-month project period with the presentation of a comprehensive analysis report that lays out possible roadmaps for the common European mobility data space (EMDS). Built on extensive stakeholder engagement activities, workshops, and surveys, the report provides a detailed examination of foundational principles, technical developments, and business and governance models. The analyses reveal multiple pathways for the evolution of the future EMDS. In a collective effort, all stakeholders involved must collaboratively shape the EMDS’ future direction and roles within its expansive framework.

    EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, was actively engagement in the project and will integrate its learning in other future projects on Mobility Data Space in which it is engaged in.

    The full report is published here by next Monday:PrepDSpace4Mobility (mobilitydataspace-csa.eu)

    Empowering Europe’s data economy

    The new State of the Digital Decade report reveals that 75 % of Europeans emphasise the need for stronger cybersecurity, improved connectivity, and enhanced data protection. Currently, the EU relies on foreign sources for more than 80 % of its digital products, services, infrastructures, and intellectual property[1]. The EMDS will transform the way mobility connects Europe by unlocking the potential of mobility data with a cross-sectoral approach to data harmonisation and interoperability. Data-based decision-making will foster new use cases and innovations in addressing cross-border mobility and logistics challenges, empowering Europe’s businesses and citizens.

    Bridging the knowledge and technology gap

    The future EMDS must offer a technical infrastructure and governance mechanisms that meet the demands of the diverse European stakeholder landscape.  While the report acknowledges the transformative vision of the EMDS, it highlights stakeholders’ concerns about the clarity of the EMDS’ value proposition for the different parties involved. The business model of the EMDS must go beyond a one-size-fits-all approach but empower participants to create value tailored to unique use cases through innovative solutions.

    Technical governance as the backbone of the EMDS

    For data to flow seamlessly and securely across European data spaces, the report stresses the need for a robust technical governance framework. It is comprised of a multi-level and bi-directional structure that facilitates interoperability at a base level for all sectoral data spaces. This structure is to guarantee a harmonised approach to data sovereignty, trust, and discoverability throughout the European data sharing environment; they lay the groundwork for an equal and empowering data space approach, assuring that data remains under the control of its rightful owner, that only verified entities can engage in data exchanges, and that data can be accessed and found in a harmonised process throughout all data spaces.

    Readers of the report can expect an in-depth analysis of the EMDS initiative, covering data gaps, business models, governance, legal considerations, technical aspects, data interoperability, trust, and data value creation. The report also underlines alignment with key EU initiatives and offers recommendations for creating an interoperable, secure, and value-driven mobility data sharing environment in Europe.

    Looking ahead

    While the report points to several requirements, the future governance structure of the EMDS is not yet finalised. PrepDSpace4Mobility’s analysis report highlights five potential approaches to the operational role of the EMDS, each offering a unique path forward with distinct opportunities and challenges. Possible options are to create a(n):

    1. European Commission-led authority 
    2. Member State led European Digital Infrastructure Consortium (EDIC) for mobility and logistics data
    3. European Association of existing data spaces in mobility 
    4. European-level regulatory or certification framework 
    5. Expert Working Group defining and disseminating interoperability guidelines for various mobility and logistics data ecosystems. 

    The final governance structure for the EMDS remains to be decided and needs careful consideration of the governance and technical options presented in the report. Further, the evolution of resources provided by the Data Spaces Support Centre (DSSC), the expanding set of horizontal data regulations, and the development of shared middleware for European data spaces require continuous assessment and flexibility. Future initiatives and projects supporting the EMDS require strong policy directions in order to provide a clear pathway. Finally, planning stability will be crucial for all stakeholders engaged in mobility data sharing initiatives.

    About PrepDSpace4Mobility

    Press releases of the project:

    1/12/2022 17 partners across Europe to lay the foundation for a common European mobility data space – EIT Urban Mobility

    30/04/2023 400 data sharing ecosystems exist within the EU in the mobility sector – EIT Urban Mobility

    PrepDSpace4Mobility contributes to the European Commission’s Strategy for Data. By mapping existing mobility and transport data ecosystems, an extensive catalogue of European transport data ecosystems was created. Building on these activities, technical building blocks and suitable governance frameworks for securely sharing data and managing data exchange across Europe were identified. A consortium of 17 partners, kicked off the Preparatory Action for the Data Space for Mobility (PrepDSpace4Mobility) project in October 2022. Led and coordinated by acatech (Germany), activities were carried out by Amadeus SAS (France), EIT Urban Mobility,  an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union, (Spain), FIWARE (Germany), FhG (Germany), IDSA (Germany), iSHARE (Netherlands), TNO (Netherlands), USI (Germany), VTT (Finland), EMTA (France), Group ADP (France), KU Leuven (Belgium), ERTICO (Belgium), BAST (Germany), UIH (Hungary), and MDS (Germany). The European Commission has dedicated one million Euro to the 12-month project, funded under the Digital Europe Programme.

    [1] Special Eurobarometer SP532: “The digital decade”, March 2023

    TMB public procurement of innovation: Gap of curved platforms

    • As part of the European Union’s Horizon Europe Programme InnoBuyer, TMB is undertaking its first Public Procurement of Innovation process, which is looking for an innovative solution to bridge the space between the train and the platform of nine of its metro stations.
    • TMB is the leading public transport operator of Barcelona and its metropolitan area. Thousands of citizens make daily use of its services. Apart from operating the city’s main bus and metro networks and its metropolitan area, TMB also offers various transport services for the visiting public.

    Barcelona, October 2023 – Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, TMB, responsible for managing public transportation in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, recognised the need for innovation in the face of growing urbanisation and the challenges posed by climate change. And the vision is clear: to leverage PPI as a catalyst for sustainable, efficient, and user-centric public transportation systems.

    As part of the European Union’s Horizon Europe Programme InnoBuyer, TMB is undertaking its first Public Procurement of Innovation process, looking for an innovative solution to bridge the space between the train and the platform of nine of its metro stations. This gap makes access to the train difficult for all users. For people with reduced mobility, the distance may make it impossible to access the train. For other users, passengers may trip, fall or suffer injuries when getting on or off the train, which may also cause delays in the arrival and departure of trains.

    Are you interested in this type of cooperation?
    EIT Urban Mobility supports all stages of the PPI process, starting by identifying concrete needs and defining the scope of challenges. Additionally, we support scouting a solution and a demo host to test the solution in a real-life environment, facilitating engagement with key stakeholders in urban mobility within our European network. We provide expert advice to select the best innovative solution among all options available based on the needs of the challenger. Finally, we also guide the last stage of the public procurement process, which includes an accurate wording of the tender specifications.

    If you have a solution that may fit this challenge, don’t miss the launching webinar of the TMB’s first Preliminary Market Consultation next 16 October at 12pm.

    As an expert in urban mobility, EIT Urban Mobility has been supporting TMB through its first public procurement of innovation process. Given that we gather the significant European ecosystem in urban mobility, we facilitate access to potential solution providers, from public and private organizations to SMEs and start-ups.



    The New European Bauhaus Catalyse programme looks for socially innovative start-ups

    The EIT Community New European Bauhaus (NEB) has announced a new call for its pioneering Catalyse programme. The call, which has been launched by EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility is looking for start-ups that view social innovation as the key to delivering systems change and new ways of living together. This year will be the programme’s largest ever cohort with 28 spots available for successful start-ups. 

    European start-ups or scale-ups driving change in the areas of climate, cities, transport, industry and food are encouraged to apply. 

    The winning 28 applicants will receive support services worth a total of €50,000. Within this, they will benefit from unique NEB-specific training, in addition to leadership coaching, business mentoring and access to one of the most prominent innovation communities in Europe.

    Applicants must demonstrate the social and economic impact of their innovation and how it embodies the three core principles of the NEB: 

    • Sustainability – achieving climate goals through circularity and biodiversity 
    • Aesthetics – emphasising quality of experience and design beyond functionality
    • Inclusion – championing diversity, securing accessibility and improving affordability 

    The New European Bauhaus

    Initially announced by President Von der Leyen in her State of the Union address and launched by the European Commission in early 2021, the NEB is best understood as a practical application of the European Green Deal, which aims to improve the health, wellbeing and daily lives of both citizens and future generations.

    The EIT Community is ideally placed to support the implementation of the NEB as it has created Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem with over 2,000 partners (business, research, education, cities) cooperating in over 60 hubs across Europe. 

    By engaging with European innovators and civil society at large, the community is promoting business through start-up creation and growth, as well as contributing to citizen education and engagement. 

    Join the New European Bauhaus Catalyse programme and help shape a more sustainable, beautiful and inclusive future for Europe.  

    Click here to learn more about the programme and find out how to apply.

    Applications are open until 4 December 2023.

    KAROS: The car-sharing app for commuting to work arrives in Vitoria

    • Karos transforms empty car seats into a new mode of public transport
    • Karos lands in Vitoria-Gasteiz with a pilot experience co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility

    Vitoria-Gasteiz, September 2023 – Karos was born in 2014 in France and has services in Denmark, Germany, and Spain. It is a leading European app for car sharing between home and work, and since its launch, it has made 8 million journeys, avoiding around 13,600 tonnes of CO2.

    The app is now coming to Vitoria-Gasteiz, thanks to a project developed by EIT Urban Mobility, to reduce the thousands of journeys from the city centre to the industrial estates every morning. The Mobility survey of industrial parks revealed that more than half of the workers would share a car to get to work. Until now, this was only possible with an acquaintance.

    Carpooling solution for daily commuting in suburban areas

    EIT Urban Mobility, in collaboration with the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, and our silver partner, Karos, we plan to create a carpooling network for commuters of the city who have no other option than driving a car, adapting our carpooling app to the Spanish market and involving local employers.

    The aim of the project is helping hundreds of companies to reduce their carbon footprint: if fewer cars exist for the same workers, there will be less pollution. Car sharing is currently the most sustainable and efficient way to get to work: you reduce emissions, save time and spend less money.

    What is Karos?

    Karos lands in Vitoria-Gasteiz with a pilot experience co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, as a result of one of our “Small Calls“.
    The project is aimed at companies to reduce the carbon footprint of their staff and offer them more comfortable journeys. The objective is to minimise overall commuting emissions and save time and money.

    Drivers create the route in the app and wait for others to sign up. For each journey, the driver will receive at least €1.5 for each person they transport, and passengers select a route and travel to work for free. Each passenger saves time and pays nothing.

    The app is available in Basque, Spanish, and English. It was launched in 2014 and is already present in European countries such as France, Germany, and Denmark.

    Karos is Silver partner at EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South.
    More info available here: https://www.karos-mobility.com/