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CIVITAS Forum 2019

02/10/2019 to 04/10/2019

Capacity for the CIVITAS Forum 2019 has been reached!

Due to overwhelming demand, the capacity for this year's event has been reached. Aside from speakers and moderators, all those who now register will be placed on a waiting list.

If you no longer plan to attend, please login and cancel your registration to avoid paying a no-show fee and give others the opportunity to go. Whilst we regret that we cannot accommodate you all in Graz, there remain many ways to get involved from afar! See below for more details.

The key details

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

This varied group of city representatives, practitioners, policymakers and academics will debate and analyse the most pressing mobility topics and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.
 

Going back to the future

This year's location of Graz marks something of a CIVITAS homecoming - the very first Forum took place there in 2003. Yet mobility moves fast. The reality in Graz now is vastly 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 has chosen to go 'back to the future' and look 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 will focus on the most urgent mobility topics – many of them addressed by ongoing CIVITAS projects – and provide participants with fora to discover outstanding work from within and beyond the CIVITAS Initiative.

Take-up and transfer sessions also make their return. One of the Forum's most interactive elements, they enable participants to get hands-on with cutting-edge urban mobility tools and see methods in action. Study tours, walkshops and further engaging formats are envisaged!

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 held at the beginning and end of the Forum will enable visitors to discover these and Graz's other mobility innovations.

Getting involved from afar

Not able to be in Graz? No worries! Follow #CIVITAS2019 on Twitter and keep your eye on Facebook and LinkedIn to join the debate and keep up with all the action.

Registration and more information

Whilst it is still possible to register, you will be placed on a waiting list unless you are a speaker, moderator, or CIVITAS project representative. 

If you no longer plan to come to Graz, please login here to your conference account and cancel your registration. This gives others the chance to attend and prevents you incurring a no-show fee!

The draft programme can be read here. Full details on travel and accommodation can be seen here.

Media partners

Two media partners are supporting this year's CIVITAS Forum, REVOLVE and European Energy Innovation Magazine.

     

To read more about them, click here.

Contact

For further information on Forum Conferences, contact: secretariat@civitas.eu.