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September 8, Day 1: 10.00-15.00 “RISE AND SHINE”


Moderated by Neils Balgalis, G93, Latvia

10:00 – 10:20

Getting started, getting together: Introducing the conference programme and the participants

10:20 – 10:30Opening

10:30 – 10:50

Keynote speech: Sustainable Mobility in Bremen: Clear Strategies and Careful Implementation.

Rebecca Karbaumer, Project Coordinator at The Ministry for Climate Protection, the Environment, Mobility, Urban and Housing Development, Bremen, municipality, Germany

Rebecca is an urbanite who’s passionate about creating sustainable, liveable and socially equitable cities. As a sustainable mobility project coordinator the City of Bremen’s Ministry for Climate Protection, the Environment, Mobility, Urban and Housing Development, she is responsible for implementing Bremen’s Car-Sharing Action Plan and coordinating the Interreg North Sea Region project that’s all about shared mobility called “SHARE-North” (www.share-north.eu).

10:50 – 12:00

cities.multimodal, SUMBA and BSR-Electric: What transport can do for more sustainable cities?

cities.multimodal: How multimodality can enable transition to more sustainable cities?

Steffen Nozon, Hanseatic and University City of Rostock, Germany

Mrs. Esther Kreuz (UBC SCC) and Mr. Steffen Nozon (Rostock, CMM-Lead Partner) will introduce our project "Cities.multimodal" and answer the question: How multimodality can enable transition to more sustainable cities?

Esther Kreutz-Hassinen, Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission, Finland

Esther Kreutz-Hassinen is working in Baltic Sea region cooperation projects for over 10 years and has been involved in several large European sustainable mobility projects in the past years, mainly working with Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. In cities.multimodal UBC is responsible for citizen involvement, capacity development and dissemination.

SUMBA: Commuting & Sustainability – what does it mean?

Michal Brennek, Earth and People Foundation, Poland

BSR electric: trends, variety and true potential of electrification in the Baltic Sea Region

Jenny Skagestad, ZERO, Norway

Advisor for zero emission transport in ZERO since 2013. She promotes local and national policies to achieve rapid electrification of buses, ferries, vans, trucks and construction machinery, and is especially focused on the vital role of public procurement. Jenny is a Human geographer from the University of Oslo, and has previously worked with the Climate and Energy Fund in The City of Oslo, and with WWF Norway's international department.

Peter Lindgren, City of Gothenburg, Sweden

After graduating with Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Chalmers in 1995, Peter Lindgren worked as a project manager within the automotive industry. In 2009 he started to work with the Volvo C30 electric and has continued to work in the field of electromobility ever since. He continued working at Lindholmen Science Park as a project manager with electromobility projects, in close cooperation with academia, industry and government (the triple helix model). Since 2017 he has been with the Urban Transport Administration of the City of Gothenburg as the coordinator of ElectriCity and other electromobility projects. During the time at Lindholmen Science Park and City of Gothenburg, he has been involved in many fields of electromobility, developing business models for charging infrastructure, both fast chargers, normal chargers and inductive charging. He has also tested the phenomenon of range anxiety, worked with electric vehicle batteries, with the introduction of heavy electric vehicles and with hydrogen infrastructure. Completed projects include ELVIRE, NSR Electric and “bilrörelsedata” and ongoing projects includer ElectriCity Gothenburg, and BSR Electric.

Explore the online learning module!

BSR online learning module “Fostering e-mobility solutions in urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond” designed in the frame of the BSR electric project! Focusing on fostering e-mobility solutions in urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region (and beyond), the Online Guidance has been developed specifically for today’s and tomorrow’s decision makers in public and private entities as well as urban transport actors within the BSR region. The online learning resources will provide them with amply insights and best practices for replication and upscaling. The content meets the knowledge needs of a heterogeneous audience and has been designed as Open Educational Resources (OER). This allows easy sharing as well as usage and adaptability in different contexts. The module provides inspiring best practices from a set of EU projects, e.g. BSR electric, cities.multimodal, SUMBA and many more. Enroll now at https://dl4sd.org/ and explore what BSR electric has on offer!

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch and breakout room chat


Moderated by Neils Balgalis, G93, Latvia

13:00 – 15:00

Cities perspective, practical tools and cases:

"How inter-modal is your city: an assessment scheme to get a first impression about the mobility"

Kay Gade, DLR, Institute of Transport Research, Germany

"A  commuting master plan as a guide and in practice"

Colin Hale, Växjö municipality, Sweden

"Mobility points - how can they increase multimodality in cities"

Kristina Gauce, City of Vilnius, Lithuania

During her professional career Kristina Gaučė has successfully delivered a list of significant projects related to sustainable urban mobility, transportation policy and mobility management. She was responsible for the coordination and preparation of such projects as Vilnius Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, leading national mobility/transportation strategy concept for Comprehensive Plan of the Territory of the Republic of Lithuania 2050 for and many more. Furthermore, Dr. Kristina Gauce from 2003 is constantly participating in various international projects related to mobility issues, acting as international consultant on transportation questions.

"Mobility Management with schools and kindergartens"

Magdalena Szymanska, City of Gdansk, Poland

E-mobility and autonomous mobility coordinator and a project officer for sustainable mobility in the Active Mobility Unit of the Municipal Office in Gdansk. Recently her main focus has been implementation of the provisions of the Polish Act on Electromobility and Alternative Fuels in Gdansk. Holds MA in Sociology and a Ph.D. of Economic Sciences in the Field of Management from the University of Gdańsk. She is interested in marketing communication in the area of sustainable development and sport. Previously, she dealt with marketing communication and media relations at the Gdansk Science Centre - Hevelianum. She took her first professional steps as a news reporter for the Tricity editorial offices followed by work for Cheshire East Council in England, participating in migrant workers integration project a bilingual worker.

"Creating a winning circle in sustainable urban freight and optimizing inner city logistics" (BSR electric case study)

Thomas Troels Smith, Municipality of Hoeje Taastrup, Denmark

"Towards more efficient e-bus operations" (BSR electric case study)

Nina Zeun, Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH), Germany

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September 9, Day 2: 10:00-15:00 “WORK IT OUT”


Moderated by Neils Balgalis, G93, Latvia

9:45 - 10:00

Recap of Day 1

10:00 – 11:15

Workshops on sustainable mobility planning and implementation

"Test your city on the spot with our Intermodalyzer"
interactive workshop facilitators: Johanna Fink, PM Altona & Kay Gade, DLR, Institute of Transport Research, Germany

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The Intermodalyzer is an assessment scheme developed in the project SUMBA to enable cities and metropolitan regions to evaluate their transport system with regards to intermodality and identify potential for improvement. In the workshop we will present the factors in more detail and do an on-the-spot-assessment. We will use the results as a basis for a discussion on challenges and opportunities and for the further development of the assessment scheme.

"Taking strong measures from planning to practices"
facilitators: Laura Remmelgas, Baltic Environmental Forum, Estonia & Colin Hale, Växjö municipality, Sweden
speakers: Flavia Suter, Hamburg-Altona; Lisa Wiechmann, Rostock; Robert Dahlström, Kalmar; Colin Hale, Växjö

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It is not a challenge to write policy and transport planning documents that promote sustainable transportation and commuting. It can be, however, a challenge to put these into practice, with hurdles related to politics, public opinion and dwindling budgets, especially when these test the car-norm. We talk with practitioners from six cities from two projects: Cities Multimodal and SUMBA on their experiences implementing strong measures, that challenge the car-norms and business-as-usual approach.

"From data to measures - using transport data and models to improve transport planning"
facilitator: Daniel Krajzewicz, DLR;
speakers: Jaanus Tamm, Tartu, Estonia, Evelīna Budiloviča, Riga, Latvia

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Data surveillance and subsequent modelling are important steps for understanding a city’s traffic situation, recognizing bottlenecks and planning measures that improve mobility of the citizens and reduce traffic’s environmental burdens. Within the workshop, the steps performed in the SUMBA projects towards collecting information about a city’s situation as well as for generating and applying traffic models will be discussed, by presenting real-world examples.

11:15 – 12:00

Plenary: workshop summaries and plenary discussion based on common challenges

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch break


Moderated by Neils Balgalis, G93, Latvia

13:00 – 14:00


Riga is ready for changes

  • Introduction. Speaker: Guntars Ruskuls, Riga City Development department, Latvia
  • Attractive mobility: Gehl’s vision for Riga.  Andreas Røhl, Gehl, Denmark
  • Rail Baltica as an opportunity to re-create sustainable city centre. Kristaps Niedols, Riga City Development department, Latvia.
  • SUMBA contribution to Riga development. Speakers:  Evelina Budiloviča, Riga City Development department, Latvia and Rūdolfs Cimdiņš, Riga Planning Region, Latvia
  • cities.multimodal contribution to Riga.
    Speaker: Nika Kotoviča, Riga Municipal Agency “Riga Energy Agency”, Latvia

    Over 20 years of experience in development, content management and coordination of large scale and notable complexity urban development projects in the Riga City Municipality within the fields of urban planning, climate resilience and sustainable development. MGeog in Urban Planning (University of Latvia) and MSc in Economics (University of Latvia), lecturing at the University of Latvia in the fields of strategic management of urban development, project management and elaboration of competitive project proposals, sustainable mobility planning and management, and other fields.

  • BSR electric contribution to Riga.
    Speaker: Aija Zučika, Riga Energy Agency, Latvia

    Aija Zučika, 13 years’ experience in international project management in the field of Covenant of Mayors initiative – sustainable transport, integration of e-mobility, promotion of renewable energy sources, development of sustainable energy action plans for municipalities, green public procurement, etc. MSc Ing. in Environmental Sciences (University of Latvia). Experienced professional in local, regional and national-scale initiatives within sustainable energy and climate development.

14:00 – 15:00

Virtual tours of the pilot projects:

BSR electric pilots: e-scooters for the Elderly in Riga, Latvia

cities.multimodal: Mobility points in BSR cities

SUMBA: bicycle library in Växjö, Sweden

Interactive discussion on the replication and upscaling potential of the pilots in the cities of the Baltic Sea Region.

19:00 – ……

Optional: Online Mobility party with a DJ and live chatroom

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September 10, Day 3: 10:00-13:00 “HEADING TOWARDS THE FUTURE”


Moderated by Heidrun Fammler, Baltic Environmental Forum, Germany

 9:45 - 10:00
 Recap of Day 2

10:00 – 13:00


Sustainable mobility and the European Green Deal: COVID-19 and beyond:

Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General at European Commission, European Coordinator for Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility

Matthew Baldwin is Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE and was appointed on 2 October 2018 as European Coordinator for road safety and sustainable mobility. These issues are now the main focus of his professional activities. He is also managing the Commission’s network of COVID-19 transport contact points with a particular focus on helping find a coordinated, safe and sustainable way out of the crisis. In his Commission career of more than 20 years, he has served in the cabinets of President Barroso, Commissioner Lamy, and Commissioner Hill, the last as Head of Cabinet. He has also been Director of Market Access and Industry in DG Trade and Director of Aviation in DG MOVE.

Sustainable mobility in the new Baltic Sea Region programming:
Thomas Erlandson, Senior Adviser/Coordinator EUSBSR Policy Area Transport

Citizen involvement for a more meaningful policy dialogue:
Angelo Meuleman, Taxistop

Sustainable mobility outlook, challenges and needs for the local authorities: local authorities representatives
Joachim Lohse, former Senator for Transport, Env. and Construction in Bremen

Anton Nikitin, Vilnius municipality, Lithuania

Anton Nikitin is working for the city of Vilnius driving the shift towards sustainable mobility. Currently head of Sustainable Urban Mobility division he is responsible for implementation of SUMP. Anton started working five years ago as a cycilng officer - team leader for cycling projects for the city and in couple years together with the team set new standards for cycling and walking infrastructure, after four years of work doubled the existing cycling infrastructure and is about to finish the main cycling network in the next few years.

The session is planned a mix of presentations (mainly by external speakers), panel discussion and interaction with the audience

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