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MOBI Seminar 2015: Towards Sustainable Mobility and Logistics

donderdag, 4 juni, 2015 - 10:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculteit: Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
MOBI research centre
+32 495 35 65 61

On the 4th of June, the VUB research centre MOBI  (Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology) organises the first MOBI seminar: towards sustainable mobility and logistics! We introduce our recent research to a broad audience by covering three research pillars: electromobility, public participation and crowdsourcing in mobility and sustainable logistics. The series of lectures are followed by a panel discussion by representatives of the governments, industry and academia, concerning the question "What can we do to achieve more sustainable mobility and logistics?". More information can be found on the MOBI website. 


10.00 Opening (Prof. Hugo Thienpont, Chairman Innovation & Industrial Policy)
10.10 Intro MOBI (Prof. Cathy Macharis, Director MOBI) 

Electric vehicles fact-check

Session chair: Jan Vliegen, Senior Vice President Umicore

10.30 Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems - Present and Future (Prof. Noshin Omar, Director Battery Innovation Centre)
10.50 E-vehicles: reducing carbon emissions and improving urban air quality (Dr. Maarten Messagie)
11.10 Global Opportunities for European SME’s in e-automotive supply chain  markets (Prof. Thierry Coosemans)
11.30 EV-use: purchase- and travel behaviour (Prof. Lieselot Vanhaverbeke)
11.50 Q&A

12.10 Lunch

Part 2: Using crowdsourcing and public participation in sustainable mobility

Session chair: Prof. Thomas Crispeels

13.00 Big data in mobility (Prof. Wouter Verbeke)
13.20 Time and travel: results from the MOTUS online time-use survey (Dr. Imre Keseru)
13.40 Evaluation toolkit for projects (experiences from NISTO) (Jeroen Bulckaen)
14.00 Q&A

14.20 Coffee break

Part 3: From concept to business case: sustainable logistics and city distribution

Session chair: Lieven Deketele, Senior Engineer Procter & Gamble

14.40 Pallets on the inland waterways: an emerging market (Koen Mommens)
15.00 Innovative concepts for city distribution (Sara Verlinde)
15.20 Sustainable logistics in urban areas: an evaluative framework (Dr. Tom Van Lier & Heleen Buldeo Rai)
15.40 Q&A 

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30 Debate – What can we do to achieve more sustainable logistics and mobility?

Moderator: Prof. Michael Browne, Professor of Logistics, University of Westminster and VUB Chairholder


  • Lieven Deketele, Senior Engineer Procter & Gamble
  • Jan Vliegen, Senior Vice President Umicore
  • Luc Bontemps, CEO FEBIAC
  • Geert Van Der Linden, Policy Officer European Commission
  • Filip Boelaert, Secretary General Department of Mobility and Public Works, Flemish Community
  • Jean Paul Gailly, General Director Brussels Mobility
  • Prof. Frank Witlox, Professor of Economic Geography, Ghent University; Chairman Network for Sustainable Mobility Research (IDM)
  • Prof. Joeri Van Mierlo, Director MOBI

17.30 Closure and invitation to network drink


Registration is obligatory.

  • Registration fee: €50
  • Free for VUB students (registration does not include catering) 

Should you wish to cancel your registration, your cancellation needs to reach us in writing before May 21st. For cancellations after this date or ‚no show’ the full registration fee is due.

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