MPC Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey 20 – 21 March 2014

The Viajeo Plus project organized a workshop in cooperation with UNIMED taking place in Istanbul, Turkey on 20 and 21 March 2014.

The initiative meets one of the two topics developed in the framework of the project, namely to create a way for cooperating with the Mediterranean Partner Countries.

The output of the workshop will be used to pave the way for building capacities for future research cooperation with MPCs in urban mobility, particularly in innovative public transport, sustainable urban logistics and enabling transport infrastructure to support green and innovative urban mobility.



Thursday 20 March 2014, Boğaziçi University , 34342 Bebek/Istanbul South Campus, Engineering Building, Vedat Yerlici Konferans Merkezi, VYKM-2
09:00 Registration
Opening and keynote presentations Moderator: Mrs. Manuela Flachi ERTICO – ITS Europe
9:15 -10:45  Welcome & keynote speech Prof. Lale Akarun, Vice rector in charge of research, University of Boğaziçi
Overview of Viajeo Plus & Objectives of the forum Dr. Yanying Li, ERTICO – ITS Europe; PDF
Istanbul metropolitan Municipality: EU Project Experiences Mrs. F. Betül Güney Akbiyik, Transport Coordination Directorate Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality PDF
Istanbul public transport operator’s vision on HORIZON2020 and potential contribution Mr. Fatih CANITEZ (İstanbul Electric Tram and Tünel Company)
MPC partners & research funding schemes Dr. Marcello Scalisi, UNIMED
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Presentations from Mediterranean Partner countries:- Current research priorities and funding schemes in sustainable transport and urban mobility-Education and research capacity-     Expectations from future cooperation in research with EC Prof. Iman Mohammed Wafei Ramadan, Arab Academy, Egypt; PDF

Mr. Mohamed Fathy Ali, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Egypt; PDF

Prof. Turki Ibrahim Obaidat Kayed, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan; PDF

Prof. Lindos Daou, Université saint Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon; PDF

12:30-14:00 Lunch and Networking
14:00 – 15:00 Continue: Presentations from Mediterranean Partner countries Mrs. Pınar Köse, EMBARQ Turkey,Turkey; PDF

Prof. Khaled Al-Sahili, An Najah University, Palestine; PDF

Dr. Gurkan Gunay, University of Boğaziçi, Turkey; PDF

15:00 -16:45 Round table discussionPotential topics for EC supported R&D projects in sustainable transport; Proposed partnerships for potential projects; Expected impacts and benefits of cooperation with EC to Mediterranean partner countries Moderator: Dr. Yanying Li;Panellists: Dr. Paul Timms, ITS Leeds; Mr. Flavio Grobbo, Thetis; Mrs. Monica Giannini, PluService; Dr. Marcello Scalisi, UNIMED; Mr. Antoine Feral, Michelin
16:45 – 17:00 Summary and conclusions Dr. Yanying Li, ERTICO – ITS Europe
17:00 Adjourn



Friday 21 March 2014, Technical VisitTraffic Control Centre of Istanbul (IMM) & İstanbul Electric Tram and Tünel Company
9:00 – 10:00 Visiting Traffic Control Centre in Municipality’s Merter Building– Welcome and Introduction by Mrs. F. Betül Güney Akbiyik
10:00–10:30 Transport to Metrobus Kağıthane Operation Centre
10:30- 12:00 Visiting Metrobus Kağıthane Operation Centre– Welcome and Introduction by Mr. Fatih CanitezMetrobus is a 50 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route with 45 stations using dedicated bus lanes for much of the route.
12:00 Onward From Zeytinburnu Metro Station to visit Marmaray Project (Bosporus Railway Tunnel)Marmaray Project (Bosporus Railway Tunnel) was opened officially in October 2013 and links the European and Asian parts of Istanbul. With the new route, the journey time between two sites is shortened from 100 minutes to 15 minutes.