Videos from OPTIMISM final conference now available

November 4, 2013 in Blog, News, Publications

Click here or on the micro-site for the OPTIMISM final conference at to take a look at the video clips from the OPTIMISM final conference that are now available. Contact Elena Tavlaki at for any further information.

OPTIMISM results discussed at final conference on 16th September 2013

September 19, 2013 in Blog, News, Publications

The OPTIMISM project held its final conference on Monday 16th September 2013 at Universitaire Stichting in Brussels, Belgium for some 80 experts from universities, research institutes and associations, as well as project members and other key stakeholders. The event featured a welcome and overview of the project by Project Coordinator, Sunil Maher, and Project Officer, Ioana Adamescu, as well as two lively panel sessions with each time four experts from the policy, research and academic world and two of the Work Package leaders. Moderated by journalist Terry Martin, the sessions included presentations from each of the speakers, followed by a discussion.

The first panel session, entitled “Strategies, Technologies and Methodologies for Sustainable Mobility“, featured Wanda Debauche of the Belgian Road Research Centre, Belgium who talked about Sustainable Mobility. Sylvain Haon, Secretary General of the POLIS network, Belgium, presented Implementing innovation in urban and regional transport to achieve policy objectives and he was followed by Mr Chris Reeves, of MIRA Ltd who presented The Green Wave!. Finally, Supply Chain Opportunities & Challenges in transport technologies was the subject of the presentation by David Wright of Coventry University. Martin Redelbach of DLR, leader of Work Package 2 and Arno Shroten of CE Delft (Work Package 3) joined the panel for the questions and discussions after the presentations.

Michael Cramer, MEP of the Greens/European Free Alliance party, gave a very engaging and informative keynote speech entitled Transport and climate change: what the EU needs to do, which attracted many questions and comments. He was followed by an open space session consisting of four posters manned by the OPTIMISM partners who explained their work and findings to the audience who circulated freely (see the posters at

The second panel session in the afternoon, “Future perspectives on sustainable mobility“, included ITS in the ecosystem of the future city by Susan Grant-Muller of the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, Staring into the future: room for OPTIMISM? by David Morris of Coventry University, Moving towards the livable city of the future by Francesc Robusté, Transportation Civil Engineering School and CENIT, Technical University of Catalonia – Barcelona, and To a successful integration of public transport operators and road operators by Joaquim Cavalheiro, President of AMTP, Portugal. David Morris then led the conclusions of the conference with the help of the Work Package leaders. This time, Merja Hoppe of Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Work Package 4) and Mert Kompil, Joint Research Centre (JRC) European Commission (Work Package 5) joined the panel.

Click on to access all the materials from the event, including the presentations, photos, posters and videos.

OPTIMISM article in June 2013 FIRM magazine

September 6, 2013 in Blog, News, Publications

Read about the OPTIMISM project, including details on the upcoming final conference on Monday 16th September, in the special OPTIMISM article written in the FEHRL Infrastructure Research Magazine (FIRM) published in June 2013. For more information or copies of the magazine, contact Catherine Birkner at

Fourth OPTIMISM newsletter now published – register for final conference on 16th September today!

August 21, 2013 in Blog, News, Publications

Please find below a link to the fourth OPTIMISM/COMPASS newsletter which outlines the progress made in this project, which is set to end at the end of September 2013. Come and hear the findings of the project, as well as how it links into current expert views on mobility and the future of passenger transport at the final conference on 16th September in Brussels. Register today at if you have not already done so!

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OPTIMISM participates in EUROSTAT workshop on 17th June

June 21, 2013 in Blog, News

EUROSTAT organised a “workshop on passenger mobility statistics” in Luxemburg. The main results of the OPTIMISM Work Package 2 were presented in the workshop by Panayotis Christidis from the EC Joint Research Centre, covering the analysis of data gaps and the guidelines for harmonised travel statistics.The main objective of the workshop was to provide an overview on data needs expressed by both EUROSTAT and other international bodies such as OECD (ITF) and UNECE. With respect to data provision, four national approaches to collect passenger mobility data were presented by the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, and Sweden. Further current harmonisation efforts were presented (besides OPTIMISM, also EUROSTAT and the four-year-long COST Action SHANTI (
Following a round table discussion, a process of further harmonisation activities has been initiated, aiming at an agreement on a harmonised minimum set of indicators, key definitions and coverage. In order to develop a respective manual or guidelines on passenger mobility statistics based on NTS, a task force will be set up as drafting committee.
Monika Cheneby from EUROSTAT was also on the agenda of the meeting, who had attended the OPTIMISM WP2 workshop in Brussels in March. At a meeting for the COST SHANTI project, she had mentioned to Angelika Schulz of OPTIMISM partner DLR that she had found the first two OPTIMISM deliverables of WP2 on NTS and data gaps very informative and well written. In  particular together with the work done within the COST SHANTI project, the results seems to be quite helpful for her work at EUROSTAT.

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OPTIMISM WP4 presented at ORIGAMI final conference

June 20, 2013 in Blog, News

On 17 April 2013, Arno Schroten of CE Delft presented the preliminary findings of WP4 of OPTIMISM at the final conference of the FP7-project ORIGAMI in Brussels. He discussed the various types of ICT solutions that could be used to enhance co-modality and for some best practices (personalised travel information, mobile payment devices and car sharing schemes) he presented (first order) estimates of mobility impacts and the EU-wide decarbonisation potential. The latter impacts will be discussed in more detail in Deliverable 4.2 and 4.3, which will be finalised in the next months. For more information, contact Arno at

OPTIMISM deliverables now available on website

May 31, 2013 in Blog, News

Click here to take a look at the project deliverables from the first year that have now been published.

These include:

Two from Work Package 2:

Two from Work Package 3:

One from Work Package 4:

Two from Work Package 6:

For more information, contact Project Coordinator Sunil Maher of Coventry University Enterprises Ltd at


OPTIMISM Workshop on “Collection and Reporting of Travel Behaviour Data”

March 19, 2013 in Blog, News

The OPTIMISM Workshop on “Collection and Reporting of Travel Behaviour Data” was held in Brussels last week. The OPTIMISM partners, stakeholders and experts of transport statistics combined together with a number of Commission Services to discuss data needs requirements for future policy making, alternative sources of information and new data collection techniques. The outputs of the workshop will be included as part of the OPTIMISM Deliverable 2.3: Recommendations to harmonize travel behaviour analysis. For more information and to access the presentations, contact Mert Kompil at

Third OPTIMISM newsletter now published

February 19, 2013 in Blog, News, Publications

Click on the link below to take a look at the third OPTIMISM newsletter, which is shared this time with the COMPASS project and tincludes an overview of progress for the first five Work Packages, an update on deliverables and dissemination and first information about the OPTIMISM final conference on Monday 16th September at the EESC in Brussels. Contact Lars Akkermans at with any questions about this newsletter.

Third OPTIMISM newsletter – February 2013

Register now for the OPTIMISM final conference on Monday 16th September 2013

February 19, 2013 in News

Register now for the OPTIMISM final conference, “Towards sustainable mobility with OPTIMISM” on Monday 16th September 2013 at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), rue Belliard, 99, B-1040 Brussels for industry experts, project members and key stakeholders at The conference will present research results of the OPTIMISM project, as well as provide practical experiences and present real-world problems allowing participants to communicate and discuss between/beyond disciplines. It aims to raise awareness and, in parallel, actively contribute to the shaping of a consensus among various stakeholders. This will lead to identification of effective recommendations on strategies, technologies and methodologies for the integration and optimisation of the transport system for supporting the aim of sustainable mobility.

The OPTIMISM conference will highlight a scientifically documented insight of the transport system and people travel choices via the study of social behaviour, mobility patterns and business models. It will present the findings of OPTIMISM’s Consortium findings and will allow key stakeholders the opportunity to discuss a number of topics such as; developing strategies, passenger technologies and methodologies for integrating and optimising transport systems , -both in an urban and metropolitan environment. The event will also present and identify the optimum balance of “trade-offs”. See for more information and contact Elena Tavlaki at with any questions.