Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility



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Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility

October 20, 2021 October 21, 2021 CEST

About the Conference

On 20-21 October, IRF hosted its annual autumn conference online under the theme “Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility”. While the whole conference was in English, Chinese-English simultaneous interpreting was also available.

With fast-growing populations leading to significant urbanisation, the demand for new transport infrastructure is predicted to see massive growth in coming decades. The new challenges: the increasing expectations of businesses, service users, and the public and the need to reduce carbon emissions and waste.

For the road sector, this means finding innovative ways to fulfil the need of building new roads, maintaining, upgrading, and operating the existing road network, while aligning these actions with the provisions of the Paris Agreement – targeting lower greenhouse gases – and those of the SDGs looking for an equitable, safe and sustainable mobility for all.

Our collective task: create a truly safe, sustainable, and efficient multi-modal transportation system. For this to happen, we need to learn to think and do things differently.

The arrival of new digital technologies is enabling efficiency improvements in existing transport systems, as well as making them more user-friendly and sustainable. Integration across transport networks and modes is driven by the growing ability to make real-time system data and information available to operators and users.

None of the extraordinary mobility changes we are witnessing would be possible without proper infrastructure. Yet transforming mobility requires more than just technology and infrastructure. Transforming mobility requires innovation on all fronts: in the way we think, we plan, we design, and we deliver and manage transport systems.

Recordings of the Full Event

Day 1 – 20th October 2021
Day 2 – 21st October 2021

Opening Session
Session 1: Investing in Road Safety
IRF Innovation Updates
Session 2: Unleashing the Potential of Digitalisation in the Road Sector
Session 3: Embedding Sustainability in Infrastructure Projects
IRF Start-up Label Finalists – Pitching Session
Closing Ceremony & Special Announcement

Programme & Speakers’ Material

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Day 1 – 20th October 2021


Welcome Speech

Susanna Zammataro – Director General, IRF

9:05 – 09:30

Opening Session

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Vandycke – Manager, SuM4All Programme, World Bank Group

12:25 – 12:30

Closing Day 1

Bill Halkias – President, IRF

Day 2, 21st October 2021

09:25 – 09:30

Recap Day 1

Moderator: Susanna Zammataro – Director General, International Road Federation

10:30 – 11:00

IRF Start-up Label Finalists – Pitching Session

12:25 – 12:30


Special Announcement by IRF President, Bill Halkias

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