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Final BESTUFS Conference Athens 2008

"Cities of Tomorrow"

Among the most discussed topics in Europe today is how our daily activities impact upon energy efficiency, safety and the environment, while mobility and transportation is at the top of the agenda when looking at potential improvements. The concentration of our living activities in urban settings - be it small cities or large connurbations - increases the pressure to arrive at the most sustainable urban transport solutions. But what do our Cities of Tomorrow look like and which freight transport practices are being championed? In this final BESTUFS Conference we address these questions by linking our rich results gained over eight years to expectations for future changes.

The Conference programme is planned to include presentations by experts outside the typical transportation business e.g. "The change of the vehicle fleets from oil to alternative energy sources and its implications" or "Urbanisation and demographic changes: what to expect?". Representatives of European cities and industry as well as academic professionals will present their ideas. The key BESTUFS results and experiences gained during the long project’s lifetime will be showcased. There will also be stands and an interesting technical visit. In addition, this final BESTUFS conference will offer opportunities to network with other urban freight transport colleagues.

Looking forward meeting you in Athens in June 2008

Dr.-Ing. Dieter Wild, BESTUFS Coordinator



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    The conference will take place in the deluxe Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel which is in a quiet street beneath the Acropolis rock. Rooms have been block booked and can be reserved directly with the hotel (address see flyer).
    As Athens is a very busy and popular tourist destination, we would kindly ask you to make your hotel booking as early as possible.

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Agenda :

Day 0, 11th of June 2008
15:00 - 19:00Technical Visit - Visit to ELTA - Hellenic Post Office
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20:30Informational Dinner at Filoistron Restaurant, Thisio, Athens


Day 1, 12th of June 2008
08:45 - 09:15Coffee and registration


09:30 - 10:00setting the theme of the conference : Urban Logistics of the Cities of Tomorrow
Chair: Prof. Mike Browne, University of Westminster
10:00 - 10:15Urban Freight Transport – Future Policy from EU
John Berry, DG TREN, EC
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10:45 - 11:15Coffee


11:15 - 12:15Challenges for European cities in a globalised competitive economy
Prof. Christian Vandermotten, Dept. of Human Geography, Free University of Brussels
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12:15 - 14:00Lunch


14:00 - 14:15Welcome back
Marco Montcelli, IVECO
14:15 - 14:45Large Vehicle Scale RFID in Cities
Antti Permala, VTT
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14:45 - 15:15ITStechnology and its impact by 2030
Prof.Dr. Martin Fellendorf, University of Graz
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15:15 - 15:30Coffee
15:30 - 16:00How does and will GNSS (Galileo) aid more efficient freight?
Dr. Klaus Richter, Fraunhofer Institute in Magdeburg
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16:00 - 16:30What are Advanced Driver Assistance Systems? (ADAS)
Agneta Sjögren, VOLVO
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16:30 - 17:00The PIEK Project
Robert Goevaers, SenterNovem
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20:00Conference Dinner at Daphne’s Restaurant in the Plaka district


Day 2, 13th of June 2008


09:00 - 09:10Welcome and introduction
Chair: Laurence Douvin, Conseillère de Paris
09:15 - 09:45An Overview of 8 years of BESTUFS and how Urban Freight will develop in the future.
Dieter Wild, PTV
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09:45 - 10:15Best practices in Urban Goods movement data collection, modelling and application fields
JeanLouis Routhier, LET – University of Lyon
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10:15 - 10:45Urban freight data and quantified impacts of projects in Europe
Jarl Schoemaker, NEA
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10:45 - 11:15Coffee


11:15 - 11:30Welcome and Introduction
Chair: Tom Zunder, NewRail
11:30 - 12:10Scenario Planning for Logistics An Experts' View for 2025
Dr. Heiko von der Gracht, Supply Management Institute
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12:10 - 12:50Logistics Innovation for the Urban Domain
Peter Sonnabend, DHL
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12:50 - 14:10Lunch


14:10 - 15:30Round Table on Urban Futures - This high level discussion will involve representatives from the leading cities in Europe addressing urban freight issues with a view to how policy and practice will and can develop in the next decades.
Chair: Prof. Mike Browne, University of Westminster; Hervé Levifve, Ville de Paris; Stephen Steele, Transport for London, Sharon Davies, DHL; Alberto Preti, ITL