Planning tomorrow’s smart city: Turning plans into reality

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Numerous cities world-wide are thinking of, or have written Integrated Mobility Plans (IMPs). The objective of this seminar is to share best practice on how to turn plans into reality and how technology can help to make cities smart. An Integrated Mobility Plan provides a vision for successful urban mobility, and ensures that people and places can connect, now and in the future.
Five key success principles have been identified by UITP:
- Sharing the vision
- Effective governance
- Long-term political commitment
- Strong links with land-use planning and economic development
- Long-term funding commitment
Speakers in this seminar will share with the audience how they managed to be successful in these five areas and demonstrate the benefits Integrated Mobility Plans brought to their cities. An interactive breakout session will allow participants to sharpen their knowledge in these areas, and a panel session on Smart Cities and the role of technologies will give the audience precious insights to understand what challenges lie ahead.
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Thursday 22 January 2015

8:45 – 9:15              Registration & welcome coffee

9:15 – 9:45              Welcome & introduction

  • Welcome by day-long moderator: Gunnar Heipp, Director Strategic Planning Department, Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft, Munich (Germany)
  • Introductory speech: Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General, Brussels (Belgium) : UITP's official position on integrated mobility plans and smart cities

9:45 – 11: 15           5 key principles to turn Integrated Mobility Plans into reality:

This session will give you practical first hand information about how these 5 different cities have excelled in implementing their integrated mobility plan through adopting these 5 key principles: Sharing the vision, effective governance, long-term political commitment, strong links with land-use planning and economic development and long-term funding commitment.
Indeed, to turn plans into reality, all of these principles need to be adopted to ensure an effective long-term implementation that will help to connect people and places, now and in the future. Each of the selected cities from around the world  - Burgas, London, Montreal, Munich and Oslo -  will explain how they followed one particular principle and provide participants with insightful advice.

After the presentations, a panel discussion will offer the opportunity to further exchange on success factors of Integrated Mobility Plans

Moderator: Gunnar Heipp, Director Strategic Planning Department, Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft, Munich (Germany)

  • Sharing the vision: Ruska Boyadzhieva, Project Manager, Municipality of Burgas (Bulgaria) will explain how politicians make effective decisions based on a shared and consistent vision of the city, notably through public consultation and other means to involve all  stakeholders.
  • Effective governance: Sylvain Ducas, Director, Urban Planning Department, City of Montreal (Canada) will share his experience on the successful implementation of an Integrated Mobility Plan at metropolitan level for the Montreal area.
  • Long-term political commitment: Christian Ude, former Mayor of Munich between 1993 and 2014 (Germany) will share with the audience how long term political commitment is the key to realise the vision of an integrated mobility plan and turn words into action.
  • Strong links with land-use planning and economic development: Elaine Seagriff, Head of London Wide Policy & Strategy, Transport for London (UK) will present Transport for London’s achievements in terms of  urban development, putting land-use and economic development at the heart of transport projects.
  • Long-term funding commitment: Hanne Bertnes Norli, Vice-President Strategy & Development, Ruter, Oslo (Norway) will talk about Ruter, the recently-created Transport Authority for the Oslo and Akershus county, which has overseen a significant increase in the share of public transport over the past five years thanks to its consistent and long-term funding strategy.

11:15 – 11:45          Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00          Breakout session on the key principles for a successful implementation of Integrated Mobility Plans

Interactive round table discussions amongst the audience moderated by experts will give participants the chance to directly exchange with fellow mobility experts on how to effectively turn a plan into reality and learn about inspiring best practices.

  • Discussion (40’) and Reporting (35’)

13:00 – 14:00          Lunch

14:00 – 14:30         Successful integrated urban development, Smart City Strategy Vienna

  • Ina Homeier, Project Manager " Smart City Wien", Urban Planning and Development, City of Vienna (Austria)

 14: 30 -16:00         Panel Discussion Session on Smart Cities: The role of technology, challenges & opportunities
Successful smart city strategies require a strong vision, effective governance, long-term political commitment, new funding arrangements and most importantly ‘connectivity’ and ‘collaboration’ within the transport sector and with other city services. This panel discussion will highlight the central role that public transport can play in smart cities, especially in the context of the EU Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities.  Panellists will discuss some of the barriers to smart cities, open data and how to develop strong partnerships with the  industry through successful approaches. Seminar participants will be able to draw practical advice on how to take forward their smart cities strategy.

  • Moderator: Gunnar Heipp, Director Strategic Planning Department, Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft, Munich (Germany)
  • Presentations and debate with panelists:
    • Colette Maloney, Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability, European Commission (Belgium)
    • Salla Ahonen, Director, Sustainability and Environmental Policy, Microsoft (Finland)
    • Mieczyslaw Reksnis, Head of Road and Transport Department, Warsaw City Hall (Poland)
    • Sebastian Marx, Director international Relations, City of Gothenburg (Sweden)

16: 00– 16:30          Interactive Questions & Answers to panelists

16:30 – 17:00          Learning points & actions to take: How to turn plans into reality

  • Gunnar Heipp, Director Strategic Planning Department, Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft, Munich (Germany)

17:00 – 18:00          Networking drink



To register to the seminar, please click here.

Registration fees

UITP Member: 400€ (+ 21% Belgian VAT)
UITP Non-Member:  650€ (+ 21% Belgian VAT)
According to the Belgian Regulation the VAT charge is applicable to all participants. Please consult with your country's tax advisor for assistance in claiming your refund
Please contact Anne-Lise Gilson (anne-lise.gilson(at) for any questions related to registration.
Download the terms & conditions here.

Practical information: 


Rue Ravenstein 4
1000 Brussels


How to get to the venue
Airport: From Brussels International Airport:  the train “Brussels Airport Express” runs every 20 minutes during normal hours from Brussels Airport to Brussels Central Station (approximately 20 min. travel time).
Metro: ‘Gare Centrale/Centraal Station’ stop (lines 1 & 5).
Tram: ‘Royale’ tram stop (lines 92, 93).
Bus: ‘Gare Centrale’ bus stop (lines 29, 63, 65, 66), 'Bozar' bus stop (lines 38, 71), ‘Royale’ bus stop (lines 27, 95).
Nearest car parks:
The Albertine/Square car park is accessible via the “Rue des Sols”.
The Grand Place car park (beside the Méridien Brussels Hotel) is accessible via the “Boulevard de l'Impératrice”.
FEB’s offices are a short walk from the Central Railway Station (Bruxelles Centrale/Brussel Centraal). From the Railway station main hall, take the stairs on your right (when facing the big departure board) and walk towards the Galerie Ravenstein exit (same direction as “Bozar” or “Mont des Arts”).  Cross the street (Cantersteen – Kantersteen) and walk through the arcade (3 mins’ walk). You will then come out on Rue Ravenstein. FEB is located on your right, about 50 meters up the road.



The accommodation is not included in the registration fee.
You can book your accommodation on the recommended hotels via the Brussels Booking Desk website:
The Terms and Conditions for booking via the Brussels Booking Desk can be found here.
Accommodation on the recommended hotels will be subject to availability.


The seminar will be held in English only.



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