The Anthropolis Colloquium 2021 focuses on Envision Sustainable Futures for Urban Mobility. Taking place virtually on the 25/26 March from 9:30-12 and 14:00-16:30 CET each, the Colloquium will address different perspectives and dimensions of urban mobility, its futures, technologies and innovations, and potential contribution to more sustainability and inclusivity.

On the first day, the sessions of Urban Mobility Futures and Mobilityas-a-Service in (Re)Evolution: Universal vs. Local Models? will set the context of the colloquium with three keynote presentations, two roundtables, and the presentation of the Anthropolis Chair’s research and vision.
On the second day, the sessions Infrastructures of the Future and Sustainability Challenges for Innovation in Urban Mobility will address innovations and future requirements of mobility infrastructures, and the challenges of sustainability in the field of urban mobility. Four keynote presentations and two roundtables will provide a vast range of input and perspectives, again in contrast to the Chair’s work.

The Colloquium is facilitated through the Anthropolis Chair by IRT SystemX and CentraleSupélec. It brings the partners EDFEngieGroupe RenaultCommunauté d’Agglomération Paris-Saclay, and Nokia Bell-Labs together to work towards human-centred urban mobility.

The event will be in English only and is free of charge. We invite professionals, academics, researchers, policy makers, and students interested in Urban Mobility to join the discussions. Due to limitations of the numbers of participants, registration is required. Regular updates on the detailed programme and speaker can be found on and by signing up to the Chair’s mailing list.



Day 1, 25 March 2021
9:30-12:00 CET : Urban Mobility Futures
The first session sets the scene of the colloquium with a broader perspective into possible mobility futures and ways to explore or shape them. The perspective revolves around urban mobility in the context of urban life(styles), socio-technical transitions, and human-centred approaches.

14:00-16:30 CET: Mobility-as-a-Service in (Re)Evolution: Universal vs. Local Models?
The second session centres around Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) as one of the solutions that illustrate Urban Mobility Futures. However, we need to push the analysis and methods to identify and evaluate the pitfalls of MaaS: Economic barriers, regulatory issues, policy development and user adoption. The conceptualisation of MaaS has not yet settled. The tension in its definition remains ongoing as researchers and industrials continue to identify the implications of this integrated sustainable (shared) mobility approach to existing mobility demand-supply regimes.

Day 2, 26 March 2021
9:30-12:00 CET: Infrastructures of the Future
The first session on the second day shines light on the requirements on the virtual, digital, and physical of the infrastructures of the future. Guiding questions are how to integrate various infrastructures layers to make them more safe, shareable, and resilient. Further, crucial infrastructures for enabling particular innovations such as MaaS are discussed.

14:00-16:30 CET: Sustainability Challenges for Innovation in Urban Mobility
The last session zooms out again and explores what possibilities exist to evaluate the sustainability of emerging mobility modes and their infrastructures, and what the societal impacts associated with mobility data are. Lastly, a guiding question will be the challenge how to balance between efficiency and sufficiency of mobility systems.





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