On 28th April, 2016, in the forefront of the call for proposals, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) together with the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology invited interested stakeholders to the Urban Mobility Lab opening event – From Feasibility Studies to Implementation.
The dissemination of acquired knowledge from eight feasibility-studies as „Point of Departure“ for potential implementation-projects, as well as the exposure of the structure and details of the solicitation had been in the center of the event. For projects already established during the feasibility-study-phase, as well as players who are willing to run potential new UML, the event provided various insights to the UML-initiative. Many questions could be answered, new ones emerged and were discussed.
In her keynote about success factors of innovation systems exciting insights were brought closer to the visitors by Carolin Baedeker (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy gGmbH). The background, objectives and initial experience were also presented by the Grantor, in persona Christian Pecharda (FFG) and Walter Wasner (bmvit) – as well as exciting views on the implementation phase and the future funding conditions. Additionally Martin Berger (TU Vienna) and Michael Poglitsch (EVOLARIS), who represented the accompanying study which scientifically evaluated the process at the initiative level, brought detailed insights into the learnings. Moderator Volker Alberts (AustriaTech) and representatives of the eight feasibility-projects, which had arrived from Vienna, Styria and Upper Austria, chatted about the inside story. Interesting and partly unexpected details and learnings were revealed during this chat.
The next step will be the opening of the call for proposals the implementation of Urban Mobility Labs in the end of May. Feel free to get information on the website of the FFG and the Initiative of Urban Mobility Labs itself.