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Fostering Sustainable Mobility: Policy and Research start European Expert Interchange

European knowledge brokerage consortium launches series of “Policy meets Research” workshops on sustainable mobility starting in Szentendre/Hungary on 5-6 May 2011

The future development of mobility faces fundamental environmental, social and economic challenges. To support the transition towards a more sustainable mobility system, the European consortium CORPUS has now launched a workshop series on mobility, which aims to enhance evidence-based policy-making in this domain. Latest research and current policy approaches shall be connected by novel tools of knowledge brokerage.

The workshop series will bring together European experts from mobility research and policy-making in order to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building. The kick-off-workshop is held in Szentendre, Hungary, on 5-6 May 2011. In parallel, a website has been established ( which serves as a platform for knowledge exchange and professional networking.

“The workshop aims at exploring major sustainability challenges of the mobility domain”, explains Frieder Rubik, scientist at the Berlin-based Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and organiser of the meeting. “We discuss key issues such as mobility-induced greenhouse-gas-emissions, current mobility trends and foreseeable future transport demand as well as mobility-related consumer behaviour. Our central goal is to enable direct exchange between policy-makers and researchers and, thus, allow them to deepen their understanding of how different factors shape sustainable mobility.” Among the key note speakers in this workshop are Dr. Udo Hartmann, Senior Manager “Group Environmental Protection” at Daimler AG and Prof. Sebastian Bamberg from the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld. Interested participants may register online.

Two subsequent workshops will take place in October 2011 and April 2012. They will address policy strategies and instruments promoting sustainable mobility and, finally, scenarios of sustainable mobility and their role in policy planning. “Based on sound scientific evidence, we want to generate a concrete picture of future sustainable mobility”, states Rubik. “A sustainable mobility system has to be environmentally sound, but at the same time it should offer adequate and fair transport supplies. Ideally, this picture shall reveal common as well as diverging views and also help identify future challenges for knowledge brokerage in this field.”

The European consortium “CORPUS – Enhancing the connectivity between research and policy-making in sustainable consumption” is funded within the EU Seventh Framework programme. It aims to experiment with and develop new integrative modalities of knowledge brokerage on sustainable consumption policies. In addition to sustainable mobility the consortium addresses the domains of sustainable food and sustainable housing.

Further information on the CORPUS workshop Sustainable Mobility:
Dr. Gerd Scholl
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
Potsdamer Str. 105, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Phone +49 (30) 884594-20
The consortium comprises eleven partners from eight European countries. The participants of CORPUS are:
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), DE
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, AT
Copenhagen Business School (CBS), DK
Copenhagen Resource Institute (CRI), DK
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Institute for European Studies (IES), BE
Planète Publique, FR
Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), HU
Strategic Design Scenarios (SDS), BE
National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO), NO
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Research Institute for Managing Sustainability (RIMAS), AT

Finnish Ministry of the Environment, FI

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