It is with great pleasure that we launch the first newsletter of the H2020 SPROUT project, which compiles the activities we have carried out during the first seven months of action.
The uniqueness of the project lies in the large pool of cooperating cities, created through an exceptional 3-layer structure. Since our kick-off meeting in September 2019, research partners have been working closely with cities to understand their mobility challenges. The first of our webinars series, held on 24 February, presented the results of comparing selected urban mobility KPIs and identifying urban mobility transition drivers, to define the evolution of the cities’ mobility environment until 2030.
In the effort to ensure a city-led policy response, SPROUT pilot cities held their first local workshops, sitting together with different actors dealing with new mobility services. This is the first step of a process to create engagement and a common vision across cities’ stakeholders.
The SPROUT project is aware of the importance of gaining critical mass. During these months we have also launched the Open Innovation Community, an online platform open to all the stakeholders who wish to contribute to the debate on the policy requirements of emerging mobility solutions and to validate project results. OIC specific discussion forums on urban mobility policy will be launched soon.
Until the COVID-19 outbreak, SPROUT disseminated its first results in events and conferences. To cope with this new situation and the uncertainty that it creates, we are planning in advance and shifting online some of our workshops to minimise its impact on the project.
The SPROUT project keeps on moving forward. There are exciting and challenging times ahead. In the coming months, we will continue putting cities at the centre.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue.