Shaping the Transition to Sustainable Transport - Karlsruhe Metropolitan Area and Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion Organise 2nd "Regionalkonferenz Mobilitätswende" with International Participation

"Transport transition in a real laboratory"/ Already over 100 registrations

What does transport transition concretely mean? How can municipalities and companies profit? The Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region (MRN) and the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) will deal with these questions at the second conference on mobility transition Regionalkonferenz Mobilitätswende under the title "Challenges and Opportunities of the Transport Transition for Municipalities and Companies" in Bruchsal.

International expertise

On Thursday, June 14, amongst others, Mohammed Mezghani, Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Andreas Sujata, who achieved that a lot of attention was paid to Deutsche Post thanks to the StreetScooter, Prof. Dr. Anke Karmann-Woessner, Head of the Urban Planning Department Karlsruhe as well as Wim van derWijk, a Dutch specialist for the transformation of traffic from cars to bicyles, will provide a framework with their impulses for the issues to be solved on the road to a change in transport.

Challenges and opportunities

"Transport transition is in full progress", says Jochen Ehlgötz, Manager of the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, "the current question that arises is who will master the readjustments between energy, petrol and fuel cells, between public transport and private transport the best. Perhaps it is the regions that succeed in interlinking the individual modes of transport for the ideal benefit of the population". The decision-makers in the municipalities play an important role in creating the necessary conditions. There is growing evidence that only economy, science and management can find viable solutions together with politics. "The discussion is no longer about owning a car, but about buying reliable mobility in order to get from one place to another", describes Bernd Kappenstein, Department Manager Energy & Mobility at Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar GmbH, the central challenge.

Transport transition in a real laboratory

Over 100 representatives from municipalities, economy and science did already announce themselves on the first two days in order to experience the pulse of the transport transition, discover current topics and solutions but also to make concrete contributions at the specialist forums in the afternoon."The programme has succeeded in bundling regional competence from both the Karlsruhe Metropolitan Region and the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and linking these with international contributions," says Jochen Ehlgötz, Manager of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. "I am looking forward to a conference giving a clear signal that the transport transition is a great opportunity for our regions. But I also hope that our international guests will realise: One of the hotspots of Europe is here, where the transport transition is already being practiced in a real laboratory and where we can benefit from know-how, proven products and services,” Ehlgötz concludes. An exhibition at the Bruchsal Marktplatz in the immediate vicinity of the conference will also give the interested public the opportunity to experience and try out the transition in transport live.


The Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region (MRN) and the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) have been cooperating closely for many years now and are jointly facing the challenges and opportunities of regions against the background of technological and social change. With the Regionalkonferenz Mobilitätswende, an event format has been established which takes place alternately in the MRN and the TRK every year.

The complete programme of the Regionalkonferenz can be found here: www.trk.de/mobilitaethttp://www.trk.de/mobilitaet

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