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Study visits & placements

Cities sharing knowledge to foster sustainable mobility

These practice-oriented learning activities are designed to enhance the knowledge exchange between cities dealing with similar transport challenges and ultimately improve urban mobility across Europe.

Cities are selected to participate via annual calls for both host and visiting cities.

Apply to participate in CIVITAS peer-exchange activities in 2019

A whole range of CIVITAS peer-exchange activities are set to take place throughout 2019, with study visits and work placements taking place across Europe.

Braga (Portugal) - study visit - Spring 2019
Find out more on (e-)public transport, explore how to better connect with neighbourhoods, and learn from a pioneering smart city project that is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonise cities.

Participants will also take part in a variety of site visits and interactive workshops. To attend, send an email to stating your interest in joining.

Cologne (Germany) - study visit - March or April 2019
A three-day trip to the largest city in western Germany will take place in spring 2019.

It will cover a wide range of topics, such as efforts to improve air quality through transport measures; public transport, including the city's metro system and 'mobility stations'; Cologne's work within the GrowSmarter smart city project; and look at the city's zero-emission bus fleet and e-mobility infrastructure.

The draft agenda for the trip is available soon. To attend, send an email stating your interest by 18 February 2019.

Antwerp (Belgium) - study visit - 8-10 May 2019

Antwerp's transport aims are to integrate its port into the city's transport network, improve infrastructure, reduce motorised road transport, and keep the Antwerp region accessible and liveable. Antwerp is a partner in CIVITAS PORTIS.

The study visit in the port city will focus on behavioural change, cycling and walking, mobility management, the and innovation process. Different partners and stakeholders will be involved: including the City of Antwerp, and PORTIS project partners like the Port of Antwerp, public transport operators, and the regional government.

Find the application form and agenda here. Apply by 18 March 2019.

Budapest (Hungary) - study visit - June or September 2019

In the last few years, the city has become prominent on the international and European urban mobility scene thanks to its participation in networks and projects. Budapest has also been awarded prizes such as European Mobility Week Award and Euro-China Green and Smart City Award.

The study visit in Budapest will focus on urban freight, public involvement, community planning, shared mobility and Mobility as a Service. During the visit, BKK (Budapest's public transport authority) and mobility practitioners involved in R&D projects for BKK will accompany participants.

Find the application form and agenda here. Apply by 18 March 2019.

Rethymno (Greece) - study visit - September or October 2019

Rethymno is partner in CIVITAS DESTINATIONS. Sustainable development has informed its work since 2007: in 2011 it joined the Covenant of Mayors and in 2017 the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (2017).  Sustainable mobility is also a pillar in the municipality's Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP).

The study visit will focus on the topics of electro-mobility, shared mobility systems, and mobility plans for schools. During the visit, a variety of local and regional stakeholders will be involved, including Rethymno Municipality, the Technical University of Crete, CIVINET CY – EL, the Region of Crete, and the Ministry of Transport.

Find the application form and agenda here. Apply by 24 June 2019.

Cascais (Portugal) - study visit - October 2019

In recent years, Cascais has developed its sustainable urban mobility programme  "MobiCascais", which integrates local transport with regional transport and supports good practices implemented by the municipality. The city received the Global Mobi Award 2018 for a city with intelligent mobility.

This study visit will focus on advanced mobility management and MaaS. During the visit, various local and regional stakeholders will be involved, including the Municipality of Cascais, Cascais Proxima, private and public bus operators, train operators, an electric car sharing company, journalists, academics and technology providers.

Find the application form and agenda here. Apply by 24 June 2019.

Tel Aviv (Israel) - activity TBC - June or September 2019

Tel Aviv is currently seeking to transformation its mobility habits, moving from relying on cars as the main mobility mode to sustainable modes, such as public transport and bicycles. Within this process, the city has faced many challenges and needed to devise solutions at a rapid rate.

The visit will focus on the following topics: shared bicycle scheme, car-sharing and the Tel Aviv programme for sustainable mobility. The timeframe and format of the visit will be confirmed at a later stage.

Find the application form and agenda here. Apply by 18 March 2019.

Booking your place

Please fill out the corresponding application form and send it to Arianna Americo EUROCITIES by the listed deadline: For Cologne and Braga, it is enough to send an email.

Financial support

A certain level of financial support is available for cities to attend the trips to Antwerp, Budapest, Cascais, Rethymno, Cascais and Tel Aviv.

For the study visits, up to three city representatives can receive support, whilst one city can be given assistance to attend work placements. Read the trip application forms for more details.

No financial support is available for visiting Braga and Cologne.

Further information

What is a study visit?

CIVITAS study visits provide the opportunity for a group of up to ten city representatives to travel to another European city facing similar sustainable urban mobility challenges and learn about possible solutions and best practices.

Lasting between two and five days, these study visits are tailored to the needs of the participating cities and utilise an interactive approach. Selected city representatives will benefit from financial support covering travel and accommodation costs.

What is a work placement?

CIVITAS work placements offer transport professionals a hands-on learning experience in another European city. The placements, which run for between two to five days, focus on a concrete topic and respond to a local challenge faced by the visiting city.

The main objective is to transfer practical knowledge and expertise from the host city to help achieve a specific objective. Financial support is available to cover travel and accommodation costs for selected cities.

When will the peer-to-peer activities take place?

CIVITAS work placements and study visits are taking place each year between 2017 and 2020. The exact dates of the visits will be decided in cooperation with the host and the visiting cities, with the support of the CIVITAS consortium.

What are the benefits for cities taking part to peer-to-peer activities?

Through their participation in CIVITAS peer-to-peer activities, cities will:

  • Gain important European recognition and visibility for their sustainable mobility actions;
  • Receive opportunities to share their experience with European experts and European institutions and therefore contribute to shaping EU transport policy;
  • Take part in facilitated peer review exchanges with a common methodology;
  • Obtain practical guidance and support from the CIVITAS Secretariat;
  • Gain direct access to specific expertise and best practices;
  • Receive coaching through progress reviews and monitoring;
  • Learn recognised methods for networking and building capacity.

Language of the activities

The working language of CIVITAS initiative is English, meaning that all working documents will be provided in English. In order to take part in the exchange activities, an intermediate to advanced level of English is expected.

Contact person:

Should you have questions, get in touch with Arianna Americo: