Hands-on Sustainable Mobility

International Conference and one-week student workshop on sustainable mobility concepts at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

May 22, 2019

KARLSRUHE. From May 20th – 24th, the Transportation Management program at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is conducting a student workshop on „Hands-on Sustainable Mobility“ with approximately 80 participants from six international partner institutions. In addition, on the 22nd of May 20 invited speakers and 130 participants are taking part in a one-day international conference on “The Science Behind Hands-on Sustainable Mobility“. The workshop and the conference offer the opportunity for an international exchange of experiences regarding the development of concepts for sustainable mobility, the definition of best-practice models and their applicability to other regions.

Under the heading of “Future Campus Mobility”, and using the campus of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences as an example, students from HsKA, the University of Waterloo, McGill University, the University Center of Brusque – UNIFEBE, the School of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of the Philippines, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the Polytechnic University of Madrid work together to develop post-fossil mobility solutions for the future. In mixed groups they exchange experiences, compare different approaches, learn from each other and try to find sustainable solutions for campus mobility, such as the daily commute of students or business trips of university staff. At a symposium on the last day of the workshop, students will present the results of their work to a wider audience.

As part of the workshop, a one-day international conference on “The Science Behind Hands-on Sustainable Mobility“ is taking place today, with 20 young academics presenting their research in the fields of “active mobility”, “sustainable public transport”, and “smart infrastructure”. The focus is on applied research, aiming at a quick transfer from theory to practice and involving various disciplines that are crucial for sustainable urban mobility: engineering sciences, city planning, environmental sciences, and political sciences. The conference with its 130 participants from the academic and professional world provides an international perspective on concepts to promote sustainable mobility and promotes the exchange of experiences between researchers and practitioners in industrialized and developing countries.

As early as 2011 the University of Waterloo, McGill University and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences started with an international program of workshops and seminars. In 2017, the University Centre of Brusque – UNIFEBE, die School of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of the Philippines, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and in 2018, the Polytechnic University of Madrid joined the exchange with the Transportation Management program at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. The aim of the project is to make students, young researchers and professors aware of the topic of sustainable mobility and to promote an international dialogue on this issue that is not limited to technical aspects, but includes cultural understanding and societal norms.

The workshop and the conference are supported by two projects: “Sustainable Urban Mobility in Manila“ is a project sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM für Studierende – BWS plus, a program of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation, whereas the “NaKoPa” cooperation project is sponsored through “Engagement Global” of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Furthermore, the event is supported by HsKA’s International Office with money that the university receives from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Research, Science and the Arts for internationalization purposes.

Project partners:
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
Institute of Technology, Polytechnic University of Madrid – UPM
McGill University
School of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of the Philippines
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Centre of Brusque – UNIFEBE
University of Waterloo

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Jochen Eckart
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
Transportation System program
Tel.: +49 721 925-2920
Email: jochen.eckartspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Hupfer
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
Transportation System program
Tel.: +49 721 925-2666
Email: christoph.hupferspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de