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Club of Amsterdam Newsletter, Issue 06

Club of Amsterdam Newsletter, Issue 06
: the future of Mobility

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This Club of Amsterdam Newsletter focuses on 'the future of Mobility'. It includes articles
as well as information about the conference.
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Club of Amsterdam Conference
the future of Mobility

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 18:30-22:15.
For information about the VIP Reception (17:30-19:00), please visit the Ticket Corner.
Where: Auditorium, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Weesperzijde 190, Amsterdam [next to Amstelstation]

Ticket information:

Part I: Keynotes by:
André Hammer
, General Director, Connekt
Wim Korver
, head of the Department of Traffic & Transport and member of the management team of the institute TNO Inro (Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development) of Applied Scientific Research TNO in Delft.

André Hammer, General Director, Connekt: "Modern society is facing major problems with its mobility and accessibility. Especially in large urban areas these are growing dramatically. People want to be more mobile, in itself vital to modern economy. However, our living environment needs to be protected as well. This dilemma forces us to make fundamental, intelligent choices. Especially with regard to big cities, because how do we maintain its vital economic and cultural functions and will we manage to keep it an attractive living environment at the same time?
This issue is no longer either an exclusive public or private responsibility. A strcutural solution – a transition to sustainable mobility - has to be found through far-reaching cooperation between public and private parties, together with the help of research institutes. Last but not least, let us not forget about the citizens of urban areas, the mobilists themselves.
In short notice we can already start with an innovative series of mobility market services that will influence the intensity of the traffic and the use of the infrastructure."

New innovative transport concepts: from technology push towards demand driven
Wim Korver, TNO Inro: "It is not difficult to list a number of inventions of new transport concepts claiming to solve the existing and coming transport problems. Examples are: the Transrapid, all kind of people mover systems, underground transport systems, etc. All these ideas have one thing in common: they are based on a specific technological innovation. But what the contribution is on solving a specific transport problem is unclear. The analysis who will be going to pay for the new system and what actual the users benefits are, is mostly done afterwards. To make the innovation process more effective we need to incorporate the user as soon as possible in the innovation process."
In his presentation Wim Korver will give examples of successful and unsuccessful transport innovations. Also a more theoretical background will be presented of how innovations processes in the transport system work. This is based on a historical analysis, and enriched with possible developments (scenarios) for the future. Finally he will show some promising first steps of new ways of stimulating innovation within the transport system.

Part II: Panel with the Keynote Speakers and the challengers
Frederik Johannes Abbink
, Technical Director of the National Aerospace Laboratory NLR,
Ronald K.A. M. Mallant
Programme Manager Fuel Cells, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN),
Luud Schimmelpennink
industrial designer, managing director, Ytech Innovation Centre
and our Host J.P.Thomas Thijssen, CEO, Hamilton International.
The panel is
followed by an open discussion.

The conference language is English.

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You can find more about 'the future of Mobility' on the Club of Amsterdam website. Please visit:
Articles, Links and the Club of Amsterdam Forum


Tickets can be ordered online or bought at the door (except VIP and Discount tickets):
Regular Tickets: Euro 69,- online / Euro 79,- at the door
Student Tickets: Euro 25,- online / Euro 29,- at the door
VIP Tickets: Euro 119,- online
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The Club of Amsterdam supports:

Afribike's mission is to promote the use of non-motorized transport (bicycles, workcycles) as a means of poverty alleviation, job creation, education, sustainable development, and environmental protection.
Afribike is working on the following activities:

- Establishing micro bicycle retail outlets in low-income urban and rural communities to make bicycles, spares and repairs accessible to the members of these communities
- Recycling used bicycles to sell through these outlets
- Developing bicycles appropriate to the African market and conditions
- Fundraising for general or targeted subsidies on the cost of bicycles so that they can be made available at lower retail prices
- Researching the viability of establishing African bicycle manufacturing and assembly industries
- Organising fun rides, races, training programmes and cycling clubs to create a positive cycling culture.

Over the past two years Afribike has distributed over 10 000 new and used bicycles in Africa. The bicycles mainly came from the United Kingdom, United State of America, Canada and The Netherlands.


Articles about the future of Mobility

Duurzame mobiliteit - noodzakelijke én kansrijke opgave voor de toekomst van Nederland
by: André Hammer, algemeen directeur, Connekt

De mobiliteit in Nederland nadert haar fysieke grenzen. Het dichtslibben van het wegennet, de problemen op het spoor en de slechte bereikbaarheid van(uit) de Randstad, maar ook de grote steden daarbuiten, spelen ons ernstig parten. De consequenties voor onze economische ontwikkeling en maatschappelijke ontplooiing zijn slechts bij benadering vast te stellen. Dit geldt versterkt voor de internationale positie van Nederland.

Maar we naderen ook de psychologische grenzen van de mobiliteit. Files en onbereikbaarheid, de dienstverlening van de Nederlandse spoorwegen zijn onderwerp van dagelijks geklaag. Er is steeds minder draagvlak voor extra capaciteit van het wegennet. We moeten en willen mobiel zijn, maar dat mag niet ten koste gaan van onze leefomgeving en ons milieu. Dat we moeten betalen voor het bezit en niet voor het gebruik wakkert die weerstand aan.

Zo langzamerhand dringt door dat we te maken hebben met een probleem, dat we niet langer voor ons uit kunnen schuiven. Het vorige week verschenen rapport "Bewust mobiel, beter bereikbaar" van de Raad voor Verkeer en Waterstaat onderstreept dat nog eens duidelijk. De dringende vraag is echter: hoe pakken we dit probleem aan? En hoe vinden we blijvende oplossingen?

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European transport policy for 2010: time to decide
by: Loyola de Palacio, European Commission

Transport is crucial for our economic competitiveness and commercial, economic and cultural exchanges. This sector of the economy accounts for some 1000 billion, or over 10 % of the EU’s gross domestic product, and employs 10 million people. Transport also helps to bring Europe’s citizens closer together, and the Common Transport Policy is one of the cornerstones of the building of Europe. However, the warning signs are clear. Congestion, resulting in environmental nuisance and accidents, is getting worse day by day, and penalising both users and the economy. If nothing is done, the cost of congestion will, on its own, account for 1 % of the EU’s gross domestic product in 2010 while, paradoxically, the outermost regions remain poorly connected to the central markets.

Europe must bring about a real change in the Common Transport Policy. The time has come to set new objectives for it: restoring the balance between modes of transport and developing intermodality, combating congestion and putting safety and the quality of services at the heart of our efforts, while maintaining the right to mobility. One of the main challenges is to define common principles for fair charging for the different modes of transport. This new framework for charging should both promote the use of less polluting modes and less congested networks and prepare the way for new types of infrastructure financing.
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Integrated Free Flight and 4-D Gate-to-Gate Air Traffic Management
by: F.J. Abbink,
Technical Director of the National Aerospace Laboratory NLR

The paper describes the development of the air transport system to its present status and the required systems to provide for the doubling of the air transport while maintaining a high safety level and limiting the burden to the environment.

In the 20th century air transport has developed into a safe, reliable and economic means of transportation for passengers, cargo and mail. In the next two decades, the air transport is forecasted to double. To enable this expansion to occur within the limited airspace, with the limited number of airports and runways and with the increasing requirements with respect to safety, noise and emissions, new technological developments are necessary. The use of satellite-based Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems. combined with further steps towards computer-assisted and automated Air Traffic Management (ATM) with digital datalink between ATM and aircraft computer systems, will be necessary. The introduction of new forward-looking warning systems, the increase of precision on approach and landing systems and the improvement of procedures and training levels will be required to improve the safety level. The availability of on board "traffic displays" will allow the flight crew to take care of maintaining safe separation between aircraft, even in reduced visibility conditions. This might lead to more freedom for the flight crew to optimize flight operations. The human will become more and more a system operator who monitors the correct operation of airborne and ground-borne systems. The human must also be able to take over in case of malfunctions. This requires adequately trained individuals adequate display and control systems. Improved Man-Machine Interfaces will have to be introduced to present the data in an organized, natural and intuitive way. The paper describes the development of aviation into today's reliable air transport system and the developments and research required to enable the growth forecasted for the next decades to be realized.
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Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, March 26, 2003: the future of Mobility
Wednesday, April 23, 2003: Senior Citizens & future Technology
Wednesday, May 28, 2003: the future of Medicine
Wednesday, June 25, 2003: the future of Countries & Democracies

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