Between 4 and 5 April 2017, the 4th international professional conference “Smart & Healthy Transport in Cities” took place in Pilsen, the Czech Republic. The traditional biennial event was organised by the Pilsen public transport operator PMDP (Plzeňské městské dopravní podniky) and supported by UITP.
Three main topics were featured during the two days: “Mobility as a Service”, “Sustainable Mobility”, and “Urbanism and Public Transportation”. The participants of the conference could hear 16 papers in total, most of them presented in English. The guests came to the Czech Republic from different countries such as Canada, Belgium, Germany or France. In comparison with the previous years of the conference, there were not only more speakers from abroad but also more listeners who came from twenty states. In all, it was possible to count in the hall of the Parkhotel in Pilsen hundreds of people – the exact number of participants stopped at the number 376. This was 76 more than in 2015.
The conference belongs without a doubt to the best events of this type in the former East European countries. It is a very good place to meet experts from “different worlds”. The experience from countries of both sides of the Atlantic Ocean can be shared here and can afterwards be used in practice. Thus, the Smart & Healthy Transport in Cities Conference can’t be considered anymore only a space for education of the people living in the Czech and Slovak Republics. It is becoming more and more a platform for experts from various regions who get the chance to make new contacts and gain new knowledge about the problems and solutions in public transportation and in the sector of mobility in general.
The papers at the conference were sorted out according to their main topic, and after every block consisting of three or four papers there was always enough space for audience questions during the organized round tables or panel discussions which were led by other groups of experts.
It must be said and appreciated that all papers at the last conference had a high standard. With precision was also prepared the cultural activity after the first day of the conference which took place in the former bus and trolleybus maintenance hall in the city center which was rebuilt in 2015 to become a cultural center.
The next year of the Smart & Healthy Transport in Cities Conference will be held again in Pilsen in 2019 on 9 and 10 April. Everyone should mark a cross in the calendar for these two days because it’s really worth being there.
This article has been written by Libor Hincica, Ceskoslovensky Dopravak