Vision for Transport in 2030

6th workshop, 21 November 2017, Brussels

The sixth Mobility4EU workshop’s aim was to interactively create the “Vision for Transport in Europe in 2030”. In order to do so, the main results of the previous processes in the project were summarized with focus on the aspects that provide a framework for the development of the Vision. Further information on the Storymapping methodology can be found on the project website here.

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Event structure

The workshop was held in Brussels on 21st of November 2017.

The workshop had the following structure:

  • Welcome Note by the project officer Oana Melinceanu (DG RTD)
  • Short introduction to the Mobility4EU project by Gereon Meyer and Beate Müller (VDI/VDE-IT)
  • Vision building in 5 interactive group session
  • Interactive discussion on cross-modal interactions and interfaces
  • Note on “Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban Transportation” by Carolina Cipres (ZLC)
  • Conclusions and next steps

Opening session

The workshop was opened by Gereon Meyer and Beate Müller (VDI/VDE-IT), who welcomed partners and external experts and presented the organization of the day. They highlighted that the project work is at a tipping point.

The welcome note was given by Oana Melinceanu, who presented a few statements from Commissioners from different DG’s that expressed the priority of a Europe-wide process to shape a sustainable future of mobility, where the project Mobility4EU can contribute with the Vision 2030 and the Action Plan, that will help the EU to design transport R&I and policy on the way to a future mobility with benefits for all.

The vision build within this workshop will have to respect the previous workshops’ results and negotiate between conflicting concepts in the ranked scenarios, for example:

  • the individualism of digital nomads versus strong regulation of carbon emission
  • the increasing capacity to meet demands versus incentivizing a lower demand

Before the interactive group work started, Gereon Meyer (VDI/VDE-IT) gave practical examples of how simple symbols can be used in the first session to sketch a framework and point out different features. In the following 75 minutes the groups created by drawing a visualisation from user perspective.

Interactive sessions

To create a whole and detailed vision that covers the different aspects and sectors of transport the 38 workshop participants were divided into five groups with the following focus:

  • Seamless Passenger Transport
  • Zero Emission/health impact Passenger Transport
  • Inclusive Passenger Transport
  • Seamless Freight Transport
  • Zero Emission/health impact Freight Transport

After a short coffee break the visions were presented and discussed within the plenary:

  • the vision should not concentrate only on “how” transport from A to B should happen but also on aspects that have effects on the transport demand should be included.
  • all transport related aspects are important, but fitting representations need to be found to achieve a balanced image for the final version.
  • the upcoming work should integrate the five visions considering: the shared values, the presentation of the global, rural and regional view, the inclusion of standardization and harmonization and the description of an architecture.

A leading question was put:

  • “What is linking the five visions?”

After lunchbreak during an interactive discussion the participants switched from the user perspective to a more objective point of view and considered additional possibilities from technology.


After the interactive discussion, Carolina Cipres (ZLC) gave a short presentation on “Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban Transportation”. The project supported the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions in Europe and other regions in the world regarding freight transport in urban areas. One outcome of the project is that freight volume in cities can be decreased by combining passenger and freight transport. Some examples in Zurich, Paris and Zaragoza were shown. In the end, Carolina Cipres emphasized that a combination between passenger and freight transport could be a working model and cooperation between retailers and public transport authorities is necessary.

In the final discussion, the audience expressed their view about the best way to integrate the different vision parts created in this workshop into one overall vision: the drawings need to be checked against the previous results of the project. At the end of the day, Beate Müller gave an outlook on next steps toward the action plan. The outcomes of the practical work today built the entry point to the Action Plan, within the story mapping process.


38 participants were involved in the activities of the workshop, representing the various stakeholders’ groups.


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