Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility
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Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility

October 20 October 21 CEST

About the Conference

On 21-22 October, IRF will be hosting its annual autumn conference online under the theme “Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility”

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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a sponsor of the Annual Conference and gain valuable exposure while connecting with prominent stakeholders in the road sector. Check out the brochure to learn more, and for further information, contact the IRF Secretariat at

Speaking Opportunities for IRF Members

We have reserved speaking slots in the “IRF Innovation Updates” panel to give an opportunity to our Members to present innovative initiatives that are in line with the general theme of the Conference. This session will only last 30 minutes and is intended as a “Market Place”. In other words, an opportunity for you to pitch your work in front of a large audience.  

limited number of presentations will be welcomed. Each presentation will have to be 5 minutes sharp and we will allow Q&A after the presentations have been delivered. 

The selection of the presentations will be made on a first come, first served basis, but also on the relevance for the conference theme and quality of the abstract submitted. 

If you would like to present, please fill in the following form to express your interest and to submit your abstract (300 words):

Deadline to submit your abstract is 30th September 2021.


Day 1 – 20th October

9:00 – Opening Session

9:30 – 10:30 – Session 1: Investing in Road Safety

10:30 – 11:00 – IRF Innovation Updates

11:00 – 12:30 – Session 2: Unleashing the Potential of Digitalisation in the Road Sector

Day 2 – 21st October

9:30 – 10:30 – Session 3: Embedding Sustainability in Infrastructure Projects

10:30 – 11:00 – IRF Innovation Updates

11:00 – 12:30 – Session 4: Embracing the New Trends in Road Transport

12:30 – Closing Session

Gold sponsor

Silver sponsor

Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.