TUESDAY – 19.04.2016, 15.10 – 17.30

Working in transport – where are the women?

ICT, automation, planning and the design of transport systems, among other key topics, offer today a larger range of job opportunities to women than ever before. New business models are emerging in sectors not yet strongly men-dominated as other more traditional transport areas. The increased involvement of women can bring a wider diversity of talents to the transport field and a broader view on innovation and future trends. Women’s skills and perceptions are key to addressing the different gender requirements that ensure equity in transport and mobility.

A larger presence of women in transport jobs is recognized to foster innovation and sustainability, as well as support economic recovery. The workshop will try to answer the main questions regarding the opportunities to increase women presence in transport sector and identify the most urgent needs for improvement.

Session Chairs:

  • Maria-Cristina Marolda, European Commission (EC)
  • Monika Kowalska-Sudyka, Road and Bridge Research Institute (IBDiM)
  • Marta Modzelewska, Road and Bridge Research Institute (IBDiM)

The workshop will be organised in the form of a World Café, which is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting a group dialogue. It will host approximately 100 participants sitting at round tables. Each table will be hosted by discussion conversation leader – “table host”.


15:10 – 15:20     Welcome and Introduction

Maria Cristina Marolda, Monika Kowalska-Sudyka, Marta Modzelewska

15:20 – 15:50     Introductory conversation.

The conversation will be an introduction to the next step of the workshop and will lead to the three questions to be given to the audience. The following keynote speakers will take part in the conversation.

  1. Jean-Luc Di Paola Galloni (Corporate Vice-President, VALEO Group) – on the experiences of a transport supply industry where the implementation of a strong gender mainstreaming plan has proven to be the added value of a balanced work force in achieving innovation and competitiveness goals;
  2. Ewa Wolniewicz-Warska (Country Sales Manager, Kapsch Telematic Services) – on the modern approach to transport and the possibilities opening up for women to take advantage of their virtues and talents;
  3. Laurie Pickup (International Projects Director, VECTOS) – on the new mobility demand arising from the increased needs of equity and accessibility, and the role of women in implementing innovative solutions.

15:50 – 17:00     Small Group Rounds

Participants will be asked to join conversation tables, organized around three main “Themes”:

  1. How to increase attractiveness for women in transport job market?
    (moderator: Ewa Zofka, IBDIM)
  2. Opportunities offered by the introduction of new technologies.
    (moderator: Inés Sanchez de Madariaga, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  3. Which measures are necessary to increase women’s participation in transport job market?
    (moderator: Madi Sharma, European Economic and Social Committee)

For each “Theme” there will be several tables gathering 8-10 participants; a “table host” will be nominated among them; the “Theme moderators” will either join a conversation table or freely circulate between them.

After a first conversation of 15 minutes, participants will be asked to change table (and – if so wished – subject of conversation). The “host” remains at the table and welcomes the next group briefly presenting the main ideas conveyed in the previous round.

At the end of this second 15′ round, tables will be asked to identify the 3 main issues debated at each table, the ”hosts” will be asked to collect them and transfer to the “Theme moderators”, who will consolidate them and present in a plenary session.

17:00 – 17:20     Questions and Answers

17:20 – 17:30     Wrap up of the outcome


WEDNESDAY – 20.04.2016, 15.45 – 18.15

Academia and Job Market: How to Match?
Building European transport academic excellence: which offer to students? Which contribution to the innovation?

This double session (workshop) focuses on issues and actions for better educational and research opportunities in the transport field in Europe in order to match the future professional needs in the job market. It will aim to highlight the opportunities offered by higher-level studies in transport disciplines and to stimulate an in-depth analysis of the need for new academic curricula to respond to the emerging sectoral needs. It will focus on the experiences of young as well as more experienced academia and professionals through the current gaps, difficulties and suggestions for the way ahead. With its “debate oriented” structure  the workshop will provide an arena in which all the participants and especially the students and young professionals in the transport field will be able to express their concerns, experiences, and proposals.

Furthermore, the workshop will address Europe’s need to create strong networks of academic excellence centers in the field of transport by building on the head start of existing such networks. In doing so, the workshop will also address the creation of scientific connections between Universities and Research Centres at European scale and the further integration of the work of the existing transport research associations in order to cover an important gap in the landscape of transport education and science in Europe.

The overall aim will be to address future needs and current weaknesses in offering the necessary skills to embrace a career in the transport field and to provide state-of-art advice to young professionals and students by blending the views of the academic education providers with the needs and requirements of the “users” of academic excellence.

The organizer, ETRA, is a partnership of leading transport research Associations whose members are involved in activities related to transport research, education and training. As such it has particular expertise and record of previous achievements in this field (e.g. the creation and maintenance for 15 years of the Young Researchers Seminar –YRS, summer schools, trainings seminars, etc). Furthermore, the fact that the European Commission, through its two most relevant DGs, is a co-organiser of this workshop further guarantees that a most important future “user” of academic excellence in the field of transport is on board.

The industrial side of the theme will be covered by participation from the ETPs (the European Technological Platforms) as well as other representatives of the industry that will be invited to participate.