Rome Expert Workshop on 18th September gathers invaluable input

October 9, 2012 in Blog, News

On 18th September 2012, some 24 mobility experts were invited to Rome to participate in the OPTIMISM project’s Expert Workshop. The experts invited to the workshop were from the list of 131 who responded to the first online questionnaire. In order to ensure as much as possible heterogeneous expert backgrounds, this identification of experts was based on getting coverage of all transport modes, different educational background, type of organisation and as many countries as possible. During the event, organised by The Centre for Transport and Logistics (CTL) at “Sapienza” University of Rome, the experts got to know the workings of the project, as well as the next steps to be undertaken by the European Commission and the Horizon 2020 programme.

This Expert Workshop was held within the framework of Work Package 3 to help define the future trends and their requirements for passenger transport and followed the online Delphi exercise. The organisation gravitated around its two main objectives:

  • give experts the opportunity to exchange their ideas, points of view and experiences with other experts;
  • selection of two scenario variables among a list of passenger transport key factors.

It was decided to use the World Café method during both the morning and afternoon sessions of the workshop to encourage interactive and lively discussions between experts, because of its relative simplicity, flexibility and effectiveness. As for the selection of the two scenario variables, it was decided to organise an electronic voting (e-voting) session at the end of the discussions in order to take into account possible suggestions on additional key factors resulting from the exchange of ideas between experts.

Café-style conversations were organised between experts at tables hosted by project partner members. The latter did not actively participate in the discussions, they just asked questions and encouraged experts to speak and took note of the outcomes. During six discussion rounds, various topics in relation to the future trends of passenger transport key factors influencing mobility patterns became the focus of attention. Mobility issues, demographics, economic theories, technological advances and many other topics were discussed at large.

On behalf of the OPTIMISM project, we would like to thank all the experts present for their cooperation, and we look forward to future cooperation! For more information on the workshop, contact Paolo Delle Site at


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