CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019

Graz Austria

The CIVITAS Forum 2019 is over!

What a glorious three days in Graz for the CIVITAS Forum 2019. In the end, 650 participants from 45 countries took part. They enjoyed 30 parallel sessions in which 150 presentations were held. Attendees could also visit an exhibition area with 40 exhibitors and enjoy 11 site visits.

Photos from the event can be found on the CIVITAS Flickr page and presentations can be seen here.

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The key details

The CIVITAS Forum 2019 was held in Graz, Austria, from 2-4 October 2019. The 17th edition of Europe's top sustainable urban mobility event gathered the leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond.

This varied group of city representatives, practitioners, policymakers and academics debated and analysed the most pressing mobility topics and witnessed the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.

Going back to the future

This year's location of Graz marked something of a CIVITAS homecoming - the very first Forum took place there in 2003. Yet mobility moves fast. The reality in Graz is different to 16 years ago, like in many cities across Europe.

But how and why have things changed in this time? What has the role of CIVITAS been in this? What must be done to ensure a continued transition towards sustainable, safe and connected mobility?

To examine these crucial questions, the CIVITAS Forum 2019 went 'back to the future' and looked at the interplay between new technology and classic mobility solutions in the present day. With cities turning to people-centric planning and reclaiming public space, the importance of two legs and wheels is being rediscovered.

Exchanging knowledge in engaging ways

Alongside this, thematic sessions focused on the most urgent mobility topics – many of them addressed by ongoing CIVITAS projects – and provided participants with fora to discover outstanding work from within and beyond the CIVITAS Initiative.

Take-up and transfer sessions made their return. One of the Forum's most interactive elements, they enabled participants to get hands-on with cutting-edge urban mobility tools and see methods in action.

Graz - a city full of smart mobility solutions

Graz is Austria's second largest city with 330,000 inhabitants and the capital of the Province of Styria. It is an ideal place to see the intelligent application of technological solutions together with a citizen-focused mobility vision.

By 2050, Graz aims to be a dynamic, livable, energy-efficient and carbon neutral city. Implementing the Smart City Graz Strategy should create an ideal mix of urban usages, attractive public spaces, and a compact built environment where sustainable mobility comes first.

It also has a long, distinguished track record as a CIVITAS member and for embedding sustainable ideas into its urban development and transport systems.

As well as having one of Europe's largest pedestrian zones, the city was an early implementer of cycling lanes and a parking management system. It also has an intermodal hub system, tim, which enables users to access various shared mobility services, such as car-sharing and e-taxis.

Site visits were held at the beginning and end of the Forum that let visitors discover these and Graz's other mobility innovations.

Sponsors and supporters

This year's event was supported by a wide variety of sponsors and supporters.

Special thanks go to our gold sponsors bike citizens and Doppelmayr and our bronze sponsors CIRC, Energie Steiermark, LEITNER ropeways, and Miovision.

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Media partners

The CIVITAS Forum had four media partners supporting this year's event: European Energy Innovation Magazine, Innovators Magazine, Internationales Verkehrswesen, and REVOLVE.

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Past Forums

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For further information on Forum Conferences, contact: secretariat [at] civitas [dot] eu.

his year's CIVITAS Forum has a number of sponsors and supporters who are backing the event.

Gold Sponsors


bike citizens

Discover and share the joy of cycling and instigate change in your city with Bike Citizens. Our Bike Citizens cycling app and self-developed Finn smartphone mount accompany you as you go about your daily business and help you to see your home town from a whole new perspective.

Download the app for Apple devices here and for Android devices here.



As quality, technology and market leader in ropeway engineering, Doppelmayr/Garaventa operates production plants as well as sales and service centers in over 40 countries worldwide. To date, the Group has built more than 15,000 installations for customers in 96 nations. Flexibility, know-how and pioneering spirit make the Group ideally equipped to meet all the challenges of traditional and new markets.

Innovative transport systems from Doppelmayr/Garaventa continually set new standards. Top comfort and safety define our installations – in summer and winter tourism regions as well as in the urban transit sector. Our material transport systems and ropeways for preventive avalanche blasting offer impressive efficiency and performance. All-year-round experience concepts round off our extensive portfolio.

With Doppelmayr/Garaventa, customers get top quality in modern design, user-friendly solutions and optimum service. From the initial idea to the completed project and beyond.


Bronze Sponsors

CIRC - LMTS Red White GmbH

Founded in late 2018 in Berlin, Germany, Circ is driven by a shared vision of safe, cleaner, better-connected journeys. We deliver dependable, high-quality rides, making cities easier to navigate and more enjoyable to explore.  


LEITNER ropeways

What started with the founding of the company 130 years ago is still moving people across the world. LEITNER ropeways systems are the best possible mobility solutions for the most diverse requirements thanks to their unique attributes. This is because as one of the world’s leading developers and producers of ropeway transport systems – LEITNER ropeways uses a tried and tested successful concept which impresses customers time and again.

Be it groundbreaking collaboration with the Italian design studio Pininfarina, the success of the internally developed LEITNER DirectDrive system or the visionary functionality of the LeitControl system – at LEITNER ropeways the focus is always on quality, innovation and uncompromising functionality. With its products, the company demonstrates its qualities as a premium provider, while also responding individually to a wide range of customer requirements. 



Miovision serves over ten thousand data collectors, engineers and city planners worldwide. We believe that to build smarter cities, public infrastructure data must be accurate, connected, open and secure.


Energie Steiermark

Based in Graz, Energie Steiermark is Austria’s fourth-largest energy and service company. Not least through our majority shareholder, Land Steiermark, the company is deeply rooted to our home region and as such we promote its development in our role as a reliable service partner and a dynamic innovative force.

The company attaches great importance to energy efficiency and innovative service offers in the fields of power, natural gas, heat and mobility. Around 1,800 employees are dedicated to providing solutions to these issues.

They dedicate their experience and expertise to a fair partnership with approximately 600,000 customers in Austria and abroad. Everything's in the green at Energie Steiermark: In terms of power generation, we rely exclusively on renewable energy from water, wind, sun and biomass.



FAIRTIQ – Public transport made easy

We are an innovative, dynamic company that makes traveling by public transport easier than ever before. The FAIRTIQ app offers the simplest, most cost-effective tickets - for travellers, transport authorities and public transport operators. After a greatly successful launch in Switzerland, we are now expanding into new markets. Our ultimate goal is to simplify sustainable mobility internationally.


Wein Steiermark

The Wine Marketing Association of Styrian Wine (Wein Steiermark, formerly MG Wein) was established in 1987 to assure that Styrian wine is marketed in accordance with its high quality and high reputation. This association covers wine production and marketing at all levels and includes vintners, trade and cooperatives as well as other interest groups.

The Wine Marketing Association assists Styrian vintners in the marketing of their quality wines. Advertising is designed for Styrian wines, with the association being represented at top-market events in Austria and elsewhere. These tactics are intended to assure the further national and international commercial success of Styrian wines.

The Wine Marketing Association also targets the individual wine connoisseur to reach new markets.


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