organized by Andreas Wanke, Katrin Risch (FU Berlin)
Universities research global problems, develop scientifically based contributions to solving them, and train future leaders. Against this background, they can be seen as test-beds for social innovation and sites that produce exemplary solutions. The field of mobility is especially interesting and significant in this regard. As a major cause of CO2 emissions and with its negative impacts on air quality and human health, mobility is a future field that needs to be addressed today.
What can universities contribute to making mobility smarter, more resource-saving, and healthier? As places of study and work - usually including international mobility programs – universities are familiar with the conflicting objectives and opportunities to implement sophisticated models of sustainable mobility.
The workshop was dedicated to these potentials by presenting successful examples of sustainable university mobility and by providing information to newcomers to this field on how to analyze existing mobility structures and to develop feasible concepts for sustainable mobility.
The workshop focussed on the whole spectrum of university mobility, namely, strategies and measures
- to create a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus (by, e.g., improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructures)
- to reduce car traffic (by, e.g., enhancing public transport options)
- for the sustainability-oriented management of business trips (by, e.g., introducing CO2 compensation)
- to find synergies for sustainable mobility and digitalization efforts
In addition to contributions from experienced university representatives and mobility experts, we invited contributions for two poster sessions on bicycle-friendly campuses and on researching mobility.