21 May


Let’s bring together what belongs together!

With the international high-level conference TUMIVolt, the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) sets the scene:

We build a new global market place for electric and digital mobility! Connecting mobility & energy providers, contractors, cities & urbanists, the public & private sectors as well as investors and donors.

Registration will open soon on https://transformative-mobility.org/news/tumivolt

Please direct your questions or interest to info@transformative-mobility.org


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Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration

The Research Day brings together top academics and researchers to present and discuss topics relevant to the Summit’s theme, providing highly valued input to the Summit’s core programme. The 2019 Pre-Summit Research Day is organised by the International Transport Forum (ITF) together with the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI), the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS).


Submission of abstracts 

We invite the submission of extended abstracts of up to 1000 words that address Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration. Specific sessions will focus on:

• Air connectivity;

• Freight and logistics; 

• Innovation and new mobility services; 

• Sustainable transport solutions.

(DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 14 MARCH) - Abstracts shall be submitted by Thursday, 7 March 2019 11pm (GMT) on https://trb.secure-platform.com/a/page/ITF_Pre-summit_Research_Day 


Practical Information

Date: The Research Day will take place on Tuesday, 21 May, one day prior to the official opening of the ITF Summit on Wednesday, 22 May.

Where: The venue for the Research Day is Leipziger Messe, Leipzig.

Who can attend: The event is aimed at researchers and policy makers involved in transport connectivity for regional integration questions.

All participants must be registered to the ITF Summit. Practical considerations depend on your current situation, as detailed below.

  • If you are registered to the ITF Summit, you can attend the Research Day at no extra cost, up to the capacity of the venue. Please email Caroline Alméras at itf2019researchday@gmail.com
  • If you are not registered to the ITF Summit, a special registration fee of € 450 will apply. This will cover attendance at both the Research Day as well as the subsequent three Summit days. The fee covers meals (lunches and dinners, except the evening of 21 May) and transport during the Summit days (22, 23 & 24 May and airport transfer). To register, please email Caroline Alméras at itf2019researchday@gmail.com. If space is available, you will receive in return a registration code to use on the ITF Summit registration portal: http://2019.itf-oecd.org/.
  • if you are accepted as speaker or if you are a moderator/organizer of the Research Day, you will receive a complementary pass for the Research Day and Summit. If not received yet, please request the complementary pass to Ms. Assia Djahafi at assia.djahafi@itf-oecd.org and register then on the ITF Summit registration portal http://2019.itf-oecd.org/registration with the given code. 

Please note that there will not be a shuttle service to the venue, Leipziger Messe. The Leipziger Messe is easily accessible by public transport from the city centre and official hotels. More information here .

ITF Summit badges will be ready for collection at CCL Registration Desk.


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Public Transport: Promoting Connectivity in a Changing Environment


Welcome Lunch (12:00) Sponsored by MOLIT, Republic of Korea


Welcome Remarks (13:30) 

  • Vice Minister, MOLIT Republic of Korea


Keynote Speeches (13:40) 

  • Mayor Burkhard Jung, Connectivity Masterplan for Leipzig and its Region
  • Jaehak Oh, KOTI, Korea’s Initiatives in Public Transport & Smart Mobility


Session 1 (14:00)

Travel behaviour change and shared mobility: Impacts on public transport  

Will travel behaviour change significantly in the next decade? Will public transport services change significantly in the next decade? How might demand for public transport services evolve in the next 10 years? How should public transport supply and regulation adapt?  


Coffee Break (15:30)


Session 2 (16.00)

Effective policy frameworks for responding to changing environments and demand

How have governments responded to changing demand on public transport systems to ensure they provide the services needed by citizens at affordable cost? What contracting arrangements have proved most successful and most flexible?


Session 3 (17.30)

Regional connectivity: Public transport and strategic development

Public transport is lifeblood of employment markets. Investments in metro and rail systems can transform regional economies. But which kinds of investment deliver the biggest benefits what can research usefully bring to decision-making? 


Reception (19:00)  Sponsored by MOLIT, Republic of Korea


Practical Information:


Date: The 8th International Public Transport Forum will take place on Tuesday, 21 May, one day prior to the official opening of the ITF Summit on Wednesday, 22 May.


Where: The venue for the forum is Leipziger Messe, Leipzig.


Registration: If you are registered to the ITF Summit, you can attend the International Public Transport forum at no extra cost, up to the capacity of the venue. To confirm your attendance, please email Mr. Youngkook Kim at Youngkook.Kim@itf-oecd.org to register for this Forum.


Please note that there will not be a shuttle service to the venue, Leipziger Messe. The Leipziger Messe is easily accessible by public transport from the city centre and official hotels. More information here .

ITF Summit badges will be ready for collection at CCL Registration Desk.

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22 May

ITF Masterclass

Mobility as a service (MaaS) provides transport users with the freedom to travel the way they desire by offering choices and enhancing connectivity. But to maximise its benefits there needs to be a well-planned and collaborative approach.

What are examples of effective regulatory, commercial, governance and technology models that are required for MaaS to deliver better connectivity for local and regional transport?

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Fishbowl session

With tourism expected to grow in both developed and emerging economies:


  • How can improved transport connectivity enable tourism development at local and regional levels?
  • What are examples of connectivity projects that have spurred tourism, job creation and sustainable regional development? 

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Vehicle-to-vehicle communications and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies, as well as alternative technological solutions (i.e. long range communication), are transforming motor vehicle transport by making road systems safer and more efficient within and across regions.


  • What infrastructure will be needed for connected and automated vehicles of the future?
  • How can related data be shared in a controlled and secure manner?
  • What is the role of international cooperation, including international standardisation?

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Fishbowl session

Women use public transport in different ways than men because of their often more complex activity base and travel patterns. How can transport systems be designed to better consider women's travel patterns?

  • How can enhanced transport connectivity provide better access for women to jobs and opportunities, thereby contributing to economic growth?  


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ITF in Focus session

This session will feature the ITF’s “Decarbonising Transport” initiative which is ITF’s major contribution to better understanding how to ensure a low-carbon future for transport.

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This session will explore how regional integration depends on an effective regulatory and institutional framework for transport infrastructure development. Countries/ regions may wish to present their experiences and best practices.

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Opening remarks by the 2019 ITF Presidency Korea

Welcome remarks by Germany, the host country, and by the ITF Secretary-General


Panel discussion:


  • How does better transport connectivity engender more sustainable development in global regions?
  • How does improved connectivity impact wider economic growth, in particular, with regard to investment, trade, and tourism?
  • How can governments better incentivise increased investment in infrastructure for better connectivity?
  • What is the role of international cooperation in supporting and improving connectivity on a global level?

This session may feature a number of examples: Eurasia, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa…


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  • What is the role of governments in support of regional air connectivity?
  • What are the costs and benefits of government intervention in the market for regional air connectivity?
  • How can aviation stakeholders work together and leverage new technologies to improve efficiency, security, and travellers’ experiences?


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Transport connectivity is essential for the emergence and expansion of global value chains.


  • How are changes in the global distribution of economic activity affecting trade flows? What do these changes mean for international transport and logistics and supply chains? What are the implications for the environment?
  • How do these changes manifest themselves in different regions? What are specific regional solutions?
  • How can new opportunities for data generation and sharing shape the transformation of logistics chains (e.g. maritime sector, multimodal transport, etc.)?  



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23 May

ITF in Focus session

This session will feature highlights of the ITF Transport Outlook, which provides an overview of recent trends and near-term prospects for the transport sector at a global level, as well as long-term prospects for transport demand to 2050, for freight and passenger transport and CO2 emissions.

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Transport Innovation Talks

This session will feature a number of inspiring presentations from leading thinkers to showcase examples of recent transport innovations. The transport and mobility sector is a hotbed of opportunity for innovative companies. This session will showcase innovative companies, notably startups that are shaking up the sector: With rapid technological advances and unprecedented levels of investment startups are playing an ever-more important role in shaping transport and mobility.

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Open Ministerial session

Connectivity is a 21st century mega-trend that is reshaping the world far beyond the transport sector. What are the best practices and lessons for the transport sector learnt from the development and management of energy and telecommunications connectivity?

  • What are key priorities and challenges to improve global network transport connectivity?
  • What are the roles of different actors – government, private sector and intergovernmental organisations – in improving global connectivity? How can they coordinate more effectively?



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Ensuring adaptation and resilience of transport networks remains high on the policy agenda across ITF member countries, especially in the wake of natural (such as climate change related), political and economic events.

  • What are effective strategies for increasing resilience and improving network reliability?
  • How can built-in redundancy, enhanced management capacity and preparedness contribute to more resilient transport networks? How can international cooperation and contingency planning for resilience enable this?

The session may feature a diverse set of case studies, such as of Euro-Asia supply chains.


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  • Do maritime subsidies enhance regional growth, well-being and land-side connectivity? If so, in what ways?
  • How can foreign investment in maritime assets create positive local spillover effects?
  • What is the impact on ports and related policies?


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  • How have Transport Ministers’ previous recommendations on overcoming border crossing obstacles been implemented? What are the key remaining issues and policy challenges?
  • How can public funding priorities be aligned across borders?
  • How can investment risks be minimised and integrated in contractual frameworks given uncertainty about the scale and scope of future transport demand?  Do governments need to invest more in the capacity to process security, immigration/visas, customs and transport permits at land borders? How can these costs be offset?

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  • How can rail systems connect regions over short and medium distances across borders, within a country and at the urban level?
  • When is high-speed rail the right option? What are effective investment strategies to ensure that high-speed rail is well integrated with other transport systems (i.e. local rail, metro systems), as well as across regions and borders?
  • Rail vs. air travel: what are the advantages and drawbacks (e.g. environmental and economic impacts of competition)?

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Fishbowl session

  • How can transport policy makers and planners better consider the needs of rural and low-density populations to access employment, services and social amenities?
  • What are the costs of social exclusion due to spatial isolation? How willing is our society to pay for social inclusion of rural areas?
  • How are emerging technologies and new mobility services presenting new opportunities for low-cost delivery of public services in rural or low-density areas?


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24 May

Networking session

This networking session will focus on possible themes for the 2020 Summit on Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development.

Summit participants will be invited to share their ideas and suggestions regarding the most pressing issues in transport innovation they would like to see on the agenda.


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ITF in Focus session

The session will feature the findings of the EU-ITF-OECD joint project that aims at developing a set of accessibility indicators and a benchmarking tool for European cities. This tool is now being extended to Latin American cities.

This session will feature examples of good practice in cities that offer easy access to services by public transport, cycling, walking or by car.

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  • What are examples of effective integrated transport planning for large metropolitan regions and mega-cities?
  • How can better spatial and physical accessibility contribute to social and economic inclusion?
  • How has door-to-door connectivity for people with reduced mobility improved? What challenges remain?


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