I am delighted to announce that the next ITF Summit will take place from 26 to 28 May 2021. We will again convene in Leipzig, Germany, after a hiatus imposed by Covid-19.
You are very cordially invited to attend - please mark the new dates in your diaries to not miss what will be a very special event.
The theme of the Summit will be “Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development”.
The vital importance of the ability to innovate is surely one of the major lessons for transport from the Coronavirus crisis.
Innovation has been the lifeblood of the transport sector for centuries. Its innate innovative streak was evident in the imaginative, often ingenious ways transport reacted to the immediate health safety challenges as the Coronavirus spread around the globe.
All the innovative prowess transport can muster is equally essential to tackle the second challenge facing the sector: rebooting stalled transport activity and the economies that depend on it.
Rethinking the broader future of transport is a third challenge, and probably the biggest. How can we “build back better”? How can we make transport systems more resilient and at the same time more sustainable and more inclusive?
React, reboot, rethink – these three innovation challenges will inform our debate in the last week of next May. Now, more than ever, our collective imagination is needed to find unorthodox solutions and make them work.
That is why the innovation theme is as relevant and timely for the world’s premier transport policy event now as it was before the Coronavirus crisis. The ITF team is already working hard to enrich the programme with pertinent questions and relevant topics related to the post-Covid impacts, as well as notable speakers and innovative formats.
I very much look forward to seeing you in Leipzig from 26 to 28 May of next year. To stay abreast of the programme as it develops, do subscribe to the ITF Summit Updates on this page.
With kindest regards,
Young Tae Kim
Women In Motion
Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society
International Transport Forum
International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
Mary Robinson Foundation. Climate Justice
Minister for the Environment and Housing
Government of the Netherlands