HARMONY participated in CIVITAS 2019 in Graz, Austria from 2nd to 4th October 2019.
What is CIVITAS 2019?
CIVITAS is an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2002. Its fundamental aim is to support cities to introduce ambitious transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility. Its goal is to achieve a significant shift towards sustainable transport through both innovative technology and policy-based strategies.
“CIVITAS Forum 2019 – Back to the future” was the 17th annual conference on urban mobility. The conference always attracts the major European experts in the field of mobility, including but not limited to public administration, policymakers, academic researchers and industrial stakeholders. This edition, as the title suggests, focused on the acknowledgment of the progress done so far in sustainnable transport, but also on the necessity to foster innovation to advance multimodal, low-carbon, accessible urban mobility.
Why did HARMONY participate?
Harmony took part in several activities during the event.
As a new Horizon2020 project within CIVITAS, Harmony introduced to CIVITAS Cluster Meeting on 2nd October. This was the occasion to meet our colleagues across Europe and create synergies with them towards the same goal of sustainable urban mobility. Also, Francesc Rosinés from Enide represented the project in Session 21 on 3rd October: “Beyond boundaries: improving mobility across the wider urban area”.
Since the CIVITAS Forum represents a platform for exchanging knowledge and results from several ongoing projects, HARMONY participated as a successful example of international cooperation under Horizon2020 towards more sustainable mobility in metropolitan areas. More specifically, Harmony will provide new spatial and transport planning tools to support local authorities in their SUMP strategies.
Additionally, the CIVITAS Forum gathered the leading figures in the field from across Europe and beyond. The event stood as a privileged occasion of interacting with a targeted professional audience: city representatives, practitioners, policymakers and academics etc.