2017 ERTRAC annual conference



Digitalisation and Decarbonisation

Towards the future European Transport System


8 March 2017



Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union

Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels



ERTRAC organises its 2017 Annual Conference in Brussels on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Registrations are now open!


Kindly hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, this year ERTRAC Annual Conference is about Digitalisation and Decarbonisation - Towards the future European Transport System.

In the evening before the event, on 7th March from 19.30, a walking dinner will be organised at the exclusive location “Maison Grand Place”, located on the world famous Grand Place of Brussels. Please indicate your participation to this dinner in the form below.



9.30        Welcome coffee

10.00      Introductory Session: Our Vision for the future Road Transport System

  • Welcome by host, Barbara Schretter, Director of the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union
  • Welcome by ERTRAC Chairman Stephan Neugebauer
  • Markus Ferber, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President ECON Committee
  • Nikolaus von Peter, Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc
  • Clara De la Torre, Director Transport Research, EC DG Research and Innovation
  • Presentation of Vision 2050 prepared by ERTRAC

11.00     CO2 Neutrality and Energy Efficiency

  • Keynote on future energy mix and mobilityDetlef Stolten, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Jülich
  • Report from ERTRAC CO2 Integrated ApproachNeville Jackson, Chief Technology Officer, Ricardo
  • Roadmap for future combustion engines, pollutant emissions and air qualityZissis Samaras, Director LAT, Thessaloniki, ERTRAC Vice-Chair
  • Presentation of updated European Roadmap for the Electrification of road transportGereon Meyer, Future Technologies and Europe, VDI/VDE-IT, Rapporteur
  • Role of the power sector for Electromobility, Enrique Meroño, Head of Quality and New Initiatives, Iberdrola

12.00     Lunch

13.30     Connected and Automated Driving

  • Connected and automated passenger cars, Dirk Wisselmann, General Manager Automated Driving, BMW Group
  • Human Machine Interface and user perspectivePhilippe Gougeon, Collaborative Project Director, Comfort and Driving Assistance, Valeo
  • Commercial Heavy-Duty vehiclesMats Rosenquist, Technology Strategy and Innovation,Volvo Group
  • Automated Driving in the view of an infrastructure service providerBernd Datler, Managing Director, ASFINAG, Austrian toll service provider
  • Digital infrastructure as enabling technology, Speaker TBC

14.30     Transport System Efficiency and Inter-modality

  • Local authority perspective: keynote speech on Urban MobilityPex Langenberg, Vice-Mayor for Transport, Rotterdam, and President of POLIS
  • Freight System efficiency and integration of the Logistics chainSergio Barbarino, Chair of ALICE ETP, Procter & Gamble R&D Supply Network Innovation Center
  • The User perspective on upcoming innovationOlivier Lenz, Programmes Director, FIA Region 1
  • The role of Public Transport in the futureRafael Cuesta, Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester
15.30     Conclusions: Take-away messages from the thematic sessions
  • Decarbonisation and Energy EfficiencyUrban Wass, Senior Vice President Innovation and Research Policy, Volvo Group, EUCAR Chairman
  • Connectivity and Automated Driving, Eckard Steiger, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Transport SystemKaren Vancluysen, Secretary General of POLIS

16.00     End of conference


Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union
Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels
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Subway: lines 1 & 5 – station Maelbeeck/Maalbeeck, lines 2 & 6station Trône/Troon
Bus STIB: lines 21/27/64: stop Trèves, lines 34/80: stop Museum
Airport: STIB Bus line 12: stop Luxembourg, Train : 1/hour direct to station Bruxelles/Brussel Luxembourg
Paying parking: Forte Dei Marmi - Avenue du Maelbeek 64 1040 Etterbeek


Registrations are closed. EVENT SOLD OUT.

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