Strategic Sessions


Adapting the transport system to changing conditions (SMA1)

Location: Business Club A Time: 14.45 – 16.15

Increasing pressure is put on the transport system, by the changing conditions due to a number of factors. These include, among others, pressing requirements for reduction of resource consumption (raw materials, land use, etc.), fuel security and international regulations; changes in demographic and societal trends that require an intensified need to manage capacity and performance over time and to contain lifecycle costs.
There is an urgent need to adapt the transport system to these changing conditions in order to reach the desired system’s and its related services’ resilience. Adaptation pervades all components of the system and its phases, having impact on plan, design, operation, forecast, emergency management, as well as information flow to ensure proper provision of mobility and logistics services.
Funding schemes require as well to be adapted to changing economic situation in order to ensure shorter time to market for innovative solutions.
Particular impact is on infrastructure, the main enabling component of the system for a smooth mobility of people and goods.
The subject will be presented from the point of view of constructors, operators, designers, providers.


  • Gereon Uerz, Leader of Foresight and Innovation Europe, ARUP
  • Andrea Ricci, Director, Istituto di Studi per l’Integrazione dei Sistemi (ISIS)
  • Michele Acciaro, Associate Professor, Kühne Logistic University
  • Pavel Jankowski, Member of the Board, MZA
  • Frédérick Getton, R&D Public co-funding Coordination and Strategy, PSA Peugeot Cotroën
  • Athena Romboutsos, Professor, University of the Aegeans

Creating one Europe – connecting services; connecting people (SMA2)

Location: Business Club B Time: 14.45 – 16.15

This session will consider the challenges of network and service providers (namely rail and road) to deliver integrated trans-European services for transport and mobility needs. Connecting the physical network is one part of the equation but it needs to be coordinated with additional layers of governance and services. Societal needs and expectations are changing; people are more mobile for work and leisure; people are more connected via social media and other services and. Therefore they are more demanding for the level of mobility services provided, and for trust in the service providers. Transport providers are rising to the challenge of adapting their service models, their system and mission objectives in response to this. TEN-T offer good opportunities to test new solution and to support the deployment of the Digital Single Market.
The session will bring together policy makers, service providers and users to consider the challenges and the associated innovations, and to explore the evolution of TEN-T concept, from a physical network to an integrated service for a connected European society and its neighbours.
The emphasis will be on connecting western, central and eastern Europe.


  • Magda Kopczynska, Director, European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport
  • Raimo Tapio, Vice Director-General at Finnish Transport Agency
  • Martin Boehm, Head of Business Unit Mobility Systems & ITS Deployment, AustriaTech
  • Susan Zielinski, Managing Director of SMART at University of Michigan


Progressive Automation of Transport (STA1)

Location: Business Club A Time: 13.15 – 14.45

The automation of transport has recently attracted a high political attention around the world. Several national initiatives have been launched in Europe, The Netherlands will host a challenge on trucks platooning during their presidency of the EU in the first semester 2016, and the European Union will fund research and testing activities through the Horizon 2020 programme.
This session will give a strategic overview of the current state-of-play, through presentations from industry and public authority speakers, who will report about the latest industrial developments and field operational tests. It will have a technology focus, complementary to the other strategic session that will address users and behavioural aspects.
The session will focus on the deployment of innovative automated driving systems, showing in particular the necessary progressive approach to enable step-by-step higher levels of automation. Based on concrete examples of testing by industry and public authorities, it will include recommendations for future demonstration and implementation in real traffic conditions, as well as advice about the necessary regulatory adaptations.
The session will cover different transport means: passenger cars and trucks, looking at both urban mobility and long distance. Even though automated driving and the automation of road transport has been the focus of the latest European and national initiatives, automation in rail and aeronautics will also be addressed: to show the innovation path taking place in these industries, and to look for a cross-sector learning between these industries. The overall context is an ambition for Europe to develop technology leadership and industrial competitiveness in transport automation.


  • Gwenole Cozigou, Director, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Klaus Schierhackl, Chief Executive Officer, ASFINAG
  • Jean-François Sencerin, Deputy Alliance Global Director, Autonomous Driving Strategy, RENAULT
  • Loek van Seeters, Chairman, EUCAR / Assistant Chief Engineer Vehicle Integration & Advanced Technology, DAF Trucks NV
  • Nicolas Castres Saint-Martin, Vice Chair ERRAC / Chief Technology Officer, Alstom Transport
  • Christophe Guettier, Business Development Manager at SAGEM DS, SAFRAN

Human Factors, Safety and Acceptability in Automation (STA2)

Location: Business Club B Time: 13.15 – 14.45

There is still a long way to go towards “fully automated driving” where autonomous vehicles will operate on highways and in urban environments. Therefore, the human driver will still play a crucial role in automated driving systems for at least the next 10-20 years. The interactions between humans and automated transport systems are very complex and require a lot of research attention. Transitions of control need to be carefully designed ensuring that drivers can adequately resume vehicle control when needed. User acceptance as well as socio-economic impacts of automated driving must be better assessed. There is a need to improve our understanding of driver and user behavior in the changing environment. We have to find out what requirements, expectations and concerns users have about automated vehicles. We need to understand the transition phase and determine how other road users will behave when the population of automated vehicles is increasing. In order to get prepared for the self-driving car society we must know more about potential long-term impacts of automated driving on travel behavior and urban development.
The focus of the session is mostly on road transport but the links with other transport modes will be also addressed. The session will bring together researchers, industry representatives, operators and users to address the challenges of a future transport system where automation can bring its added value in different use cases, either at urban level or for long distance transport.


  • Clara De La Torre, Director, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
  • Tom Voege, Transport Analyst, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), International Transport Forum / OECD
  • Patrice Reilhac, Director Innovation & Collaborative Research, Valeo
  • Natasha Merat, Associate Professor, University of Leeds
  • Ramon Malla, Director of Automated Metros, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona and Chairman of the Observatory of Automated Metros at UITP
  • Hans-Christoph Burmeister, Group Leader ‘Sea Traffic and Nautical Solutions’ at Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services


Low carbon and energy efficient transport systems (SWA1)

Location: Business Club A Time: 13.15 – 14.45

Decarbonisation and energy efficiency are major objectives of the European Union, highlighted by the Energy Union Strategy published in February 2015 by the European Commission. Its roadmap for transport shows several ways to go forward: 1) use less carbon intensive and carbon free fuels, 2) improve powertrain and vehicle efficiency, and 3) better manage the transport system.
This Strategic Session will host speakers from research and industry to debate the possible energy efficiency and decarbonisation benefits of new fuels and new powertrains technologies. Objectives should be given for a higher efficiency of the Internal Combustion Engine, and the session will also address the potentials of the hybridisation of powertrains. Because electrification is indeed seen as a major opportunity for Europe to decarbonise transport, in particular on the road with electrified cars and buses. In addition to road vehicles, powertrains of vessels will also be addressed, and a sustainable energy management across modes thanks to public transport will also be presented.
By addressing the benefits of innovation in fuels and powertrains, the session will focus mainly on decarbonisation, but will also address the reduction of pollutant emissions and the benefits on air quality. Emission regulations are getting stricter and air quality remains a challenge of each large city worldwide: the transport industries must find through Research and Innovation the ways to reduce the sector contribution to this local pollution, in parallel to the CO2 and climate change challenge.


  • Giovanni De Santi, Director, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  • Guenter Fraidl, Senior Vice President, AVL
  • Zissis Samaras, Vice-Chair, ERTRAC / Director LAT, Thessaloniki University
  • Dariusz Michalak, Deputy CEO for R&D, SOLARIS
  • Martin Schmitz, Technical Managing Director, Association of German Transport Companies (VDV)
  • Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director, Becker Marine Systems (tbc)

Green and resilient Infrastructure (SWA2)

Location: Business Club B Time: 13.15 – 14.45

This session will focus on how to reduce the environmental footprint of infrastructure, how to improve its resilience while maintaining its overall performance, how infrastructure may contribute to alternatively fuelled vehicles and how to promote the implementation of Green and resilient infrastructure. Continuous, efficient and resilient quality of service will indeed make infrastructure a major contributor to improving the transport system, but its impact on the environment and on energy consumption should be reconsidered and adequate measures should be implemented to reduce the negative one and increase a positive contribution.

Reduction of noise, vibrations, pollution of air and groundwater, effect to biodiversity, land occupation, waste generation during construction, maintenance and demolition, etc. will contribute to minimize infrastructure environmental impact. The implementation of circular economy concepts should also be considered.
Climate change alters the ‘normal’ climatic conditions and cause extreme events, thus reducing the performances considered at the design stage. Consequently, a large part of the existing infrastructure no longer fulfils the current functional requirements and today’s safety and quality standards and no longer forms a resilient foundation for Europe’s economies. Minimum disruption of the service continuity due to natural events or man-made hazards should be ensured over the entire life cycle, from design and construction stages, to service and final recycling.
Concepts for renewable energy production or energy harvesting and their integration into infrastructure need to be envisaged to allow the achievement of a positive energy balance and to adapt to new forms of clean transport.
Public Procurement is also a powerful tool for achieving not only economic but also societal goals, whether environmental, social or innovative. Therefore performance procurement considering all factors should be implemented.
All these aspects could nevertheless present diverging objectives which will be debated by the panel with the aim to find an acceptable balance between them.


  • Miguel Segarra, Head of RDI, Dragados / Vice-President ECTP
  • Philippe Raffin, Technical Director Research and Development activities, COLAS
  • Eugene O’Brien, Professor, University College Dublin
  • Rocio Fernandez Flores, Technology and Innovation Division, ACCIONA Infraestructuras
  • Martin Platzer, Strategic Marketing and Business Development, Voestalpine
  • Ewa Rowicka, Project Director, PKP (Polish State Railways)


Smart and Sustainable Urban Mobility for Tomorrow (SHM1)

Location: Business Club A Time: 10.15 – 11.45

The session ‘Smart and Sustainable Urban Mobility for Tomorrow’ will focus on how sustainable urban mobility plans, innovative transport policies and new types of mobility services can help to address societal challenges such as air quality, social inclusion, economic growth, and urban sprawl, which all have a transport dimension. The need for a better integration of and improved synergies between urban mobility and other related policy domains such as economy, environment, land use planning, energy, health, and digitalisation, and key instruments for enhancing such a multidisciplinary approach will be debated as well. This session will highlight innovative measures that adopt an integrated, smart and user-centric approach, both for freight and passenger transport, and take account of game changers and emerging trends such as shared mobility services, connectivity, automation and electrification.
The discussion will touch upon urban mobility policies, instruments and initiatives actively supported by the European Commission, US experiences in travel behaviour, network structures and accessibility, sustainable urban mobility planning in the city of Gdynia, Rotterdam’s air quality programme including access restrictions, electromobility and active travel, the impact of disruptive business models and technologies on urban mobility and freight, and a smarter and resource efficient new transport system for Greater London.


  • Daniela Rosca, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport
  • Siegfried Rupprecht, Executive Director, Rupprecht Consult
  • Marcin Wolek, City Counsellor, City of Gdynia
  • Stella Leijten, Deputy Head of Unit Transport Research, City of Rotterdam
  • Dario Biggi, Chair, ALICE Urban Logistics Working Group / Senior Technology Executive, Poste Italiane
  • Siv Bhamra, Director Rail Systems and Commissioning, Crossrail

Logistics for the future – Physical Internet? (SHM2)

Location: Business Club B Time: 10.15 – 11.45

The world in 2030 and 2050 will be completely different of the world today. Current innovation approaches in transport and logistics are building the future incrementally upon the present. However, a number of cases are disrupting many other sectors. Could this also be the case in logistics?

In the case of Logistics, many factors and trends are/will be influencing the sector and the way the sector is organized, we mean: e-commerce, Smart Industry or Industry 4.0 (3D printing..), crowd sourcing, etc. Moreover, technologies such as IoT, Machine Learning, Transport Automation and Robotics, Data Analytics and others to come will trigger disruptive changes in the whole logistics and supply networks.

The session will bring answers and approaches to address the following questions from different perspectives:

  1. How trends/technologies will impact supply networks, freight transport and logistics: e-commerce, crowdsourcing, big data, IoT, Automation of Transport.
  2. Which kind of business models should we expect to enable further collaboration among Logistics Service Providers and fruitful partnerships between authorities and LSP’s/shippers?
  3. How Ten-T will support the future development of logistics?
  4. How we should expect Logistics to be in 2030 and beyond?
  5. Is not all this together converging towards the Physical Internet concept?


  • Keir Fitch, Head of Unit Research and Innovative Transport Systems, European Commission, DG MOVE
  • Pablo Gómez, Head of Innovation, FM LOGISTICS
  • Anders Berger, Transport Solution Specialist, Volvo Technology
  • Ludger Brüll, Vice President, Bayer Technology Services, Supply Chain & Logistics, Bayer AG
  • Rod Franklin, Vice-Chair, ALICE / Professor, Kuehne Logistics University