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UCL’s Bartlett & Engineering part of winning consortium in major EU drive to improve urban mobility

18 December 2018

The MOBiLus consortium has been tasked by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) with transforming the future of transport in cities. The Energy Institute is representing The Bartlett alongside UCL's Faculty of Engineering.

Buses on Oxford Street. Photo by Lachlan Gowen on Unsplash

On 5 December 2018, it was announced that the MOBiLus network would become EIT’s ‘Innovation Community on Urban Mobility’ (EIT Urban Mobility).

Mobilus fought off stiff competition to win the tender, relying on the strength of its 48 core partners. Alongside UCL, these included top academic institutions such as the Technical University of Denmark, partnered with major cities and businesses such as Siemens and BMW. 

Representing UCL are The Bartlett (Dr Maria Kamargianni of MaaSLab at the UCL Energy Institute) and the Faculty of Engineering (Prof Peter Jones and Prof Nick Tyler).

As a core partner in the EIT Urban Mobility, we are ensuring that UCL is at the forefront of developing new mobility services and technologies to achieve liveable places.
Dr Kamargianni

“As a core partner in the EIT Urban Mobility, we make sure that UCL is in the forefront of developing new mobility services and technologies to achieve liveable places.As a core partner in the EIT Urban Mobility, we make sure that UCL is in the forefront of developing new mobility services and technologies to achieve liveable places.

The partnership will run for seven years, with a total economic volume of €1.6 billion, up to a quarter of which (€400 million) will come from the EIT. The first results are expected in 2020.

EIT Urban Mobility: Mobility for Liveable Urban Spaces

EIT Urban Mobility aims to tackle the major transport challenges of the future by investing heavily across Europe and beyond, setting up and supporting initiatives to create sustainable transport solutions and communities.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology set up EIT Urban Mobility with the objective of rethinking urban spaces and bringing stakeholders together, increasing community inclusion and equality, as well as stimulating the economy. It has five strategic objectives:

  1. Being Europe’s driver for knowledge and innovation in mobility
  2. Training the next generation of urban mobility practitioners
  3. Leveraging and upgrading ideas for deployment
  4. Accelerating tomorrow’s mobility services and solutions to the market
  5. Replicating and scaling new mobility solutions to Europe and beyond
What is MOBiLus?

The Mobilus consortium is made up of 18 universities and research centres, 17 industry partners and 13 cities from Europe and beyond.

With its motto ‘Mobility for Liveable Urban Spaces’, the consortium is aiming to strengthen competitiveness in Europe and make its cities more attractive. It will do this by connecting people, businesses and communities with better transport and public spaces.

Mobilus is headquartered in Barcelona, with Innovation Hubs in Denmark (Copenhagen), Czech Republic (Prague), Germany (Munich), Spain (Barcelona) and the Netherlands (Helmond). 

Participating cities

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Hamburg, Helmond, Helsinki, Istanbul, Milan, Munich, Prague, Stockholm, Tel Aviv.

Participating universities and research centres

Aalto University, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Budapest University of Technology and Economics CARNET, Czech Technical University ENEA, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology, Fraunhofer Society, Institute of Information Theory and Automation, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, NFF, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Technical University of Denmark, Technical University of Munich, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, University College London.

Industry partners

Achmea, Altran, Amadeus, BMW, Colruyt Group, E.ON, MOL, Oracle, SEAT, Siemens, Skoda Auto, TASS International, TomTom, Tractebel, UnternehmerTUM, Volkswagen Truck & Bus, Zone Cluster

What is the EIT?

Set up by the European Union in 2008, the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) was created to boost innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. It does this by creating partnerships that bring together universities, research laboratories and businesses to create innovative products and services, build start-ups and train entrepreneurs.

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