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19th European Transport Congress of the EPTS Foundation e. V. held in Maribor

On 7 and 8 October 2021, the University of Maribor hosted the international scientific congress “European Green Deal – Challenges and Solutions for Mobility and Logistics in Cities”. The congress was organized in collaboration with the European Platform of Transport Sciences (EPTS Foundation e. V) and was held under the auspices of the LIFE IP CARE4CLIMATE project.

The audience was addressed by prof. dr. Zdravko Kačič, Rector of the University of Maribor, and Darko Trajanov, Director General of the Directorate for Sustainable Mobility and Transport Policy of the Republic of Slovenia.

Mr. Henrik Hololei from the European Commission, Directorate for Mobility and Transport, presented the European Green Deal growth strategy which aims to transform the European economy through a series of ambitious reforms. The Green Deal can be seen as a comprehensive roadmap that aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 55% by 2030 (“Fit for 55”) and achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Transport currently accounts for a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and is therefore one of the cornerstones for achieving the very ambitious targets. Moving towards more sustainable transport means providing innovative, affordable, cleaner, accessible, and healthier alternatives.

Dr. Marcel Rommerts, Head of Unit for Transport Research in the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), presented the Horizon Europe program and CINEA’s mission to support implementation of the European Green Deal. Transport research is part of the second pillar, which deals with challenges and collaborative research. Calls for proposals can be found in Cluster 5 of the Horizon Europe Work programme. Within this cluster there are 6 areas, called destinations, two of which, destination no. 5 and 6, are specifically dedicated to transport. Dr Rommerts invited all researchers to apply for projects and contribute to achieving sustainable transport in Europe.

Experts presented their research results in the field of urban freight and passengers transport under the following conference themes:

  • Green Transport Policy and Governance in the European Perspective,
  • Green Fuels and Vehicles,
  • Innovations in Urban/Regional Mobility and Freight,
  • Digitalisation, Automatization and Modelling.

The conference was organized in a hybrid form and attended by about 150 researchers (100 of them live) from 18 European countries. A total of 33 scientific papers were presented. All presentations and conclusions are available as recordings on the conference web page. In particular, the recording of the  sessions of the conference are available below. 

Sessions 1 and 2: Green Transport Policy and Green Fuels and Vehicles

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Sessions 3 and 4: Innovations in Mobility and Freight and Digitalisation, Automatization and Modelling

You are welcome to visit the conference web page and watch the recording of very interesting keynote speeches, presentations and discussions.

Prof. Stane Bozicnik

Prof. Stane Bozicnik

Chairman of the Scientific Committee, University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering

Assist. prof. Tomislav Letnik

Assist. prof. Tomislav Letnik

Chairman of the Organizing Committee, , University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering

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