2011 International Transport Forum

Transport for Society



Wednesday, 25 May 2011 - Understanding the Issues
On Day 1, senior-level representatives from civil society, industry, government and academia will address the challenge of improving the net benefits of transport to society.
ITF bullet  Opening Plenary: Putting People First
Experts and opinion-leaders will begin the Forum by framing the key themes to be considered throughout the event.
  • What are the prevailing economic and societal trends that mark our times and what do they mean for transport and mobility?
  • How must the transport sector respond to these trends in order to better meet society's needs?
  • Can improved transport services and travel options positively shape society's future?
ITF bullet  A Delicate Balance: Mobility Rights, Needs, Expectations and Costs
Basic mobility is sometimes perceived as a right, but defining this basic level of mobility is not easy. Transport demand is guided by people's needs and aspirations, which are diverse and depend on other choices, such as where people live and work. The costs of transport to individuals are an important factor, and these often differ from the costs to society.
  • What is government's obligation to provide mobility? How much is enough?
  • How can meeting users' expectations be balanced with encouraging more sustainable transport use?
  • How can passengers' rights be upheld, and who should bear the costs?
  • How can adequate priority for freight transport - so important for the economy - be ensured? What is the right balance between passenger and freight transport?
ITF bullet  Equitable Access - No Passenger Left Behind
Access to transport is a key determinant of quality of life. Poor access and service are often linked to economic disadvantage, reduced mobility, location in remote and rural communities, and gender.
  • What is transport's role in addressing inequality?
  • How can government best provide and pay for access to transport for the widest cross-section of society?
  • Are the benefits of improved access appropriately addressed in investment plans?
  • How can the particular challenges of developing and emerging economies be addressed?
ITF bullet  Keeping it Clean - Transport, Health and the Environment
Transport infrastructure and use can result in health impacts and environmental damage. Reducing these effects may require fundamental changes in transport behaviour, and thus difficult policy choices.
  • How can the human health benefits from more sustainable transport use be better factored into planning?
  • What are the possible social impacts of measures to reduce CO2 emissions from transport, and how can these be better considered in decision-making?
  • What is the role of "soft mobility" (bicycles, walking, etc.) and other innovative travel options, such as car and bicycle sharing, in increasing sustainability?
ITF bullet  More with Less - Shrinking Budgets and Growing Demand
Demand for transport services and infrastructure is steadily growing in many countries, adding new burden to systems often already subject to historic underinvestment and high maintenance costs. Yet budgets in many countries are increasingly limited.
  • How can resources for necessary system maintenance and investment be secured?
  • Do reduced public resources imply a need for new models of service provision? What have we learned from past experience?
  • Where is the waste in the system - is it still possible to do more with less?
  • Do transport users need to choose between paying more and getting less? Or is the issue that they should pay differently?
ITF bullet  Security - Protecting and Respecting Transport Users
Security is a paramount importance. But attempts to tighten security often make travelling more arduous and increase the cost of freight transport. Also, the benefits of security investment are difficult to demonstrate in terms of concrete results.
  • Are risks being adequately assessed and addressed in security policy?
  • What are the responsibilities of individual users, service providers and government in ensuring the security of the transport system?
  • How can improved security be balanced with privacy and other concerns?
ITF bullet  Meeting Tomorrow's Needs - Transport and Employment
The transport sector is a major employer. However, many countries face a growing lack of skilled workers in the sector. Also, the nature of work in transport is changing, becoming more knowledge-intensive. At the same time, work in transport is often perceived to be more dangerous than in other sectors.
  • What skill sets are needed for the transport system of the future, and how can they be provided?
  • What is the role of companies, educational institutions and the state in ensuring a skilled transport workforce?
  • How can the sector attract skilled workers, drawing on the full diversity of society?
ITF bullet  Technical Tours
  • Q.Cells Solar Cell
  • Manufacturing Plant
  • DHL Logistics Distribution Centre
Thursday, 26 May 2011 - Taking Action
On Day 2 of the Forum, Ministers and other leading decision-makers will consider concrete means of improving transport's contributions to society.
ITF bullet  Meeting People's Needs in Policy and Planning

Part 1: Moving Passengers

Part 2: Moving Freight

Transport should serve travellers, shippers and consumers with minimum disruption and damage to communities, the environment and health. Yet experience has shown that often the needs of individuals are either not fully understood or simply ignored in transport service and infrastructure planning and provision. The result can be a disconnect between initiatives taken to improve the transport system and actual user satisfaction with those efforts.
  • How can the net benefits of transport for individual users be increased - what are the respective roles of companies, governments and individuals, as well as the costs and trade-offs?
  • How can decision-makers better incorporate the individual user and beneficiary into the planning and provision of transport? Are new governance structures needed?
ITF bullet  Making Transport Safer
Accidents in transport continue to take too great a human toll, particularly in the developing world. In recognition of this, May 2011 sees the launch of the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety. At the Forum, experts and decision-makers will focus on concrete means of improving transport's safety record.
  • Where will the next great gains in safety performance come from?
  • Where are scarce resources best spent to reduce risk?
  • Can lessons be learned and shared among modes?
ITF bullet  Creating Liveable and Sustainable Societies
Quality of life is a multi-faceted concept, embracing prosperity, opportunity, health, safety and the environment. Transport has an essential role to play in all of these areas.
  • How must transport change to improve quality of life?
  • What are the policy and technological innovations required to encourage cleaner, more reliable transport services?
  • What can communities do themselves to improve access to services?
ITF bullet  Innovators' Corner
This will be a showcase of new and untried ideas that could bring about major change in the transport systems of tomorrow
ITF bullet  Technical Tours
  • BMW Plant
  • Porsche Plant
  • DHL Logistics Distribution Centre
ITF bullet  Gala Dinner
The International Transport Forum Gala Dinner is an excellent opportunity to relax and chat with new friends and contacts for all summit participants.

Starting with a Cocktail Reception in the Exhibition Area the event transitions from an action packed, content rich, discussion and debate of global transport issues of strategic importance to a festive reception hosted by the Secretary General of the International Transport Forum.

The purpose of the Gala Dinner is to enable communication in a social setting with dialogue between politicians, policy makers, industry and experts can take place in a relaxed atmosphere.

In 2011, the Gala Dinner will beheld in the spectacular Glass Hall of the Congress Center Leipzig.

The evening will include a welcome, sumptuous three-course meal to subtle background music, and a short entertainment interlude. To complete the night, guests will be invited to mingle further in the lounge (indoors and outdoors) and expresso bars while humming along - or dancing - to a favourite tune or two.

The Gala Dinner is a not to be missed part of the annual summit.

Please note: The Gala Dinner is included in the registration fee. You may indicate your attendance at the Gala Dinner during the registration process. Please also reply to the e-invitation sent out two weeks prior to the summit to confirm your place.
Friday, 27 May 2011 - Better Transport, Better Communities
While decisions regarding transport often focus on global factors, the impacts are always local. On Day 3, Mayors will share the stage with Ministers and leading experts to consider how the different levels of government can work better together to meet the transport and environmental needs of large and small communities.
ITF bullet  Cultural Programme
  • Dresden Tour
  • Leipzig Walking Tour
ITF bullet  Technical Tours
  • BMW Plant
  • Porsche Plant
  • Q.Cells Solar Cells
  • Manufacturing Plant