Wednesday, 18 May

Bringing everyone aboard: fostering access for all

Mobility is essential to our way of life. It enables us to get to work, visit friends and family, and access healthcare, education and other essential services. Providing easy access to mobility for all is crucial to establishing a more robust and equitable economy. While many people take the ability to travel between places for granted, this is not the case for everyone. Access to transport can be problematic for people living in less developed regions or areas, people with physical challenges, elderly groups, and even women in some parts of the world.

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Everyone included: tackling the digital gap

The panel will consider the types of policies needed to ensure the digitalisation of transport is not leaving underserved and underbanked communities behind. It will examine how policy can promote education and development of digital skills so that all segments of society can use the latest mobility technologies. Finally, it will try to answer how technology can help people with disabilities and older people have better access to mobility systems, while also reducing the need for travel.

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Transport as a catalyst for inclusive societies

Opening Plenary

The Opening Plenary will address what inclusion means beyond the transport sector. Using the wider principles of inclusion as a starting point, it will dive into the role of transport in providing equal access to social and economic activities for all, promoting equity and sustainable economic growth. It will also explore the types of policies necessary to ensure environmentally sustainable and equitable distribution of goods due to increase in e-commerce worldwide.

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Powering inclusive innovation: the role of transport

Transport Innovation Talks

Mobility can be classed as a basic human need, providing access to family, healthcare, jobs and basic services. This session will feature a number of inspiring presentations from leading thinkers to showcase examples of how products and services can help achieve more inclusive transport and improve the mobility needs of people with disabilities, the elderly and other vulnerable groups in our societies.

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Thursday, 19 May

Access to opportunity in remote and rural areas

The aim of this session is to identify the ways policymakers across sectors can cooperate to ensure that remote and rural communities have access to economic activities, education and health, as well as to highlight the responsibilities of the transport sector. The panel will discuss what policies are needed to prioritise public transport in rural and remote communities. It will also examine how air and water transport can provide access to communities without land infrastructure.

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Friday, 20 May

All aboard: building a more diverse and equitable transport workforce

The transport workforce needs to evolve to prepare for a diverse, heavily digitalised future under increased climate change pressure. Therefore, new skills are required to develop sustainable, resilient and inclusive transport systems while focusing recruitment on all segments of the labour market, regardless of gender. To achieve such goals, the opportunities to enter and advance in the transport workforce need to be equal for all. 

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Transport technology at the service of society

New transport technologies are set to change the transport sector rapidly; this session will explore the opportunities and challenges in their adoption. It will explore the societal benefits of the shift to electric mobility, and the policy measures needed to ensure an inclusive transition. It will explore how shared mobility, mobility as a service (MaaS) and autonomous vehicles can accelerate the adoption of technologies and facilitate efficient transport across all sectors of society.

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