Media Events


22 May

08.45 to 09.30 | VIPs welcome Noah's Train to Leipzig

Noah's train is the world's longest moving artwork. Created by street artists to highlight that moving freight by rail helps stop climate change, Noah's Train will arrive in Leipzig Main Station (Platform 18) on 22 May at 09:00h. It will be greeted by Leipzig's Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung, ITF Sceretary-General Young Tae Kim and Leipzig school children. At the same time, participants of the annual Summit of transport ministers will arrive at Leipzig Main Station from around the world.

10.30 to 11.00 | Summit Kick-off Press Conference

Mr Jeong Ryeol Kim, Korea’s Vice-Minister of Transport, and ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim set out the main themes and objectives of the 2019 Summit and answer media questions on the future of mobility. Indicate your interest

11.00 to 12.00 | Report Launch: ITF Transport Outlook 2019

"Disruption" is the main focus of ITF's flagship report in 2019. How will disruptive trends like 3D printing, telework, autonomous vehicles or new international trade routes affect transport demand? And what does this mean for transport's CO2 emissions? Sophisticated simulations offer a comprehensive take on the future of transport in cities, in regions and around the world, whether by road, train, plane or ship. 

Venue: Media Centre, Level 0

12.00 to 12.15 | Photo Op: Arrival of German Minister Andreas Scheuer

Germany's Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer, arrives at Congress Center Leipzig and is greeted by ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim. There may be an opportunity for statements.

13.45 to 14.00 | Media Briefing: News on Transport and Climate

Tomas Eneroth,  Sweden's Minister for Infrastructure, and Gloria Hutt Hesse, Chile's Minister of Transport and Telecommunication, brief the media with news following the Ministers Roundtable  "Transport and climate: moving forward from COP24. Chile will be hosting the COP25 meeting in December 2019.

Meet at the media wall outside room MPA 2, Media Center, level 0.

Contact: Rebecka Johansson, mobile:+46 730937273 


16.00 to 16.45 | Photo Op: Ministers' Tour of the Exhibition

Ministers and VIPs will visit the Summit exhibition and follow demonstrations on various stands in the exhibition area on Level +1 in Congress Center Leipzig.

19.45 to 20.00 | Photo Op: Ministers at Noah's Train

Germany's Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and his colleagues from around the world will visit Noah's Train in Leipzig Main Station (platform 18) for a family photo.  

23 May

10.00 to 11.00 | Press Conference of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance

The Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) brings together countries, cities/regions and companies committed to the decarbonisation of transport before 2050. The event will provide an update on the progress of the TDA since its launch in May 2018 – including a new call for zero emission freight vehicles. Contact the Organiser: Transport Decarbonisation Alliance

Venue: Media Centre, Level 0

14.00 to 14.30 | Press Conference with China's Minister of Transport Xiaopeng Li

The time of Minister Xiaopeng Li's press confeerence has been moved form 12:45h to 14:00h.

Venue: Media Centre, Level 0

15.00 to 15.45 | Press conference: "Vision Zero"- A Tool for Global Road Safety

Every year, 1.3 million people die in road crashes. The UN will set new targets for reducing the number of raod deaths at a Gobal Ministerial Conference in Feruary 2020 that will be hosted by Sweden. With a view to that important date, Sweden's Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, will speak about ”Vision Zero", the concept pioneered by Sweden that policy should aim to eliminate all road deaths. Professor Fred Wegman of Delft University, Netherlands, and chair of the ITF's permanent working group on road safety (IRTAD) will give a sneak preview of the latest global road safety trends and statistics, which will be published in the ITF Road Safety Annual Repot shortly after the 2019 Summit.

15.45 to 16.15 | Report Launch: Governing Transport in the Age of Algorithms

More and more transport activity is influenced by algorithms. This new study explores where automated decision-making systems impact transport activity, and how.  Algorithms are a core feature for services from public transport scheduling to routing apps, bicycle sharing to self-driving technology, parcel delivery to the dispatching of ride services. How can policy makers ensure mobility driven by algorithmic code supports societal objectives? The report presents the findings of an ITF Corporate Partnership Board project.

Venue: Media Centre, Level 0

16.45 to 17.30 | Report Launch: Equal Access to Opportunities in the Global South

TIME CHANGE! This new report "Equal Access to Opportunities: Expanding Transport Choices in the Global South" asks what cities can do to provide the under-served with more equitable access to opportunities. It examine two cities, Johannesburg and Mexico City, as illustrative case studies of the transport problems facing the under-served. Contact the organiser: World Resource Institute

Venue: Media Centre, Level 0

24 May

08.30 to 09.00 | Morning Media Briefing

Sneak preview on Day 3 highlights and update on pogramme changes, with Michael Kloth, ITF's Head of Communications

12.45 to 13.15 | A look back at the Summit with the ITF Secretary-General

Immediately following the wrap-up of the Summit, ITF Seceretary-General Young Tae Kim will share his take on awhat was achieved and next steps with journalists in an informal atmosphere. Indicate your interest

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Interview requests

The Summit offers a unique opportunity to collect statements from decision makers and world experts. 

Browse the list of speakers here to identify potential interviewees. Note that many interesting participants do not necessarily have a speaking role, including many ministers.

The names of all participants is availble as an Excel file here - please click on he box "Whos is attending?. This is a useful tool to identify interesting participants to engage with and plan your agenda.

Contact the ITF Comms Team to request an interview or be put in touch with a Summit participant.

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The Summit takes place at Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), Seehausener Allee 1, D-04356 Leipzig.

CCL is a 12-minute taxi ride from Leipzig main station. Tram line 16 takes you there in 19 minutes (CCL is the final stop). 

Media registration is on the ground floor of CCL as you enter. Collect your badge and media kit here. Your badge doubles as public transport ticket.

The Summit Media Centre is located on Level 0 of CCL, up one floor with the escalator.

The Media Center is fully equipped with wifi, work stations, printers, Xerox machines, etc. A technician is on site.

A contact point for your interview requests is located in the Media Centre.

Refreshments are available in a separate lounge area next to the work area. Lunch is free.

Sessions take place in rooms on Level +1 and Level 0, a maximum walking distance of 3 minutes from the Media Centre.

Please contact the ITF Comms Team with any questions.


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The main Summit session are webcast live on this link: https://itf.streamamg.com/

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