The final countdown to the 61st UITP World Congress and Exhibition in Milan has begun, with the unmissable event now only a few days away.
The city of Milan will play host to the biennial UITP World Congress and Exhibition from 8 to 10 June 2015, where politicians, transport chief executives and urban thinkers from around the world are set to meet to discuss the major challenges and opportunities facing public transport today.
With an overarching focus on how public transport can reaffirm its vital role in today’s cities, the 3-day action-packed event is expected to attract over 25,000 visitors thanks to its enticing programme. Featuring more than 40 sessions, public transport’s movers and shakers are expected to debate the challenges of integrating public transport into tomorrow’s ‘smart cities’, how to build partnerships with business leaders as well as how to make the case for congestion-cutting sustainable mobility projects.
Probably the most eagerly awaited session will be on ‘smart cities’ with panellists from across the globe sharing their experiences in achieving smarter sustainable cities, one of the UITP’s main advocacy priorities.
Another highly anticipated session will look into risk management. As the first time this topic will be discussed at a UITP World Congress, all the talk will be on new managerial approaches and ways of re-thinking public transport financing and funding so as to change the sector’s overreliance on investments from public funds.
The session on modal choice is also set to be very popular among attendees due to citizens’ growing demand for mobility meaning cities now need to make the right modal choice and find the best combination of the available mobility solutions while taking into account the new and emerging trends.
The programme will also feature one brand new subject of growing importance: public transport’s contribution to the health of urban dwellers. Featuring speakers from the UN and WHO, the high-level session will be dedicated to helping cities rid themselves of the invisible killer that is air pollution.
Alongside the Congress sessions, the 30,000m² Exhibition will present and demonstrate the very latest innovative products and solutions from the world’s leading manufacturers and the emerging trends set to shape the future of urban mobility in the years to come. At least 270 exhibitors from 34 countries are expected to attend showing off their very latest vehicles, products and solutions, including at least two world premieres.
This year will also the launch of the new Public Transport Trends report, the progress made on the UITP PTx2 strategy, and 2015 awards to the most innovative and ambitious mobility projects around.
“The 61st UITP World Congress and Exhibition will be the ideal opportunity to reshape the cities of tomorrow and advance the cause of public transport around the world” said UITP Secretary General, Alain Flausch.
In build up to the Congress, we will be running a month-long focus on Milan presenting a series of interviews with some of the stellar speakers to headline the sessions programmed. Stay tuned.
- And just in case you haven’t done so yet, there is still time to register and attend the Congress and Exhibition. Please visit: www.uitpmilan2015.org
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