Mobility Lab is participating in three new EU projects

Mobility Lab is a project partner in three new fascinating EU projects:

BuildERS – Building European Communities’ Resilience and Social Capital

Our researcher Siiri Silm participated in a kick-off meeting for this project from 8th to 10th of May in Tampere, Finland. Mobility Lab’s task in this project is is to find a way how to apply mobile positioning data for more precise rescue planning and emergency management.

To improve the overall resilience of people, communities and thereby the whole society, the BuildERS project focuses on the most vulnerable individuals, groups and communities. Strengthening the social capital, risk awareness and preparedness of the most vulnerable segments of the societies and communities will increase understanding on what societal resilience comprises.

BuildERS will develop knowledge and insights that will device recommendations for policies, plans, strategies, and competencies for building partnerships, networks and trust for progressively fortifying the social capital and resilience against future threats, be they natural or man-induced. The special focus on communities and in particular on the most vulnerable groups answers to the so-far unfulfilled needs of these communities.

The project is coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, there are also partners from Italy, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Hungary involved. From University of Tartu the coordinator is researcher Kati Orru from Institute of Social studies.

The project is financed by EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020.

Kati Orru from Institute of Social Studies of University of Tartu, Siiri Silm from Mobility Lab and Margo Klaos from Estonian Rescue Board

MARA – Mobility and Accessibility in Rural Areas

MARA is another innovative project that aims to develop new mobility concepts in remote areas. Kick off meeting for the project was held from 13th to 15th of May in Schwerin, Germany. From Mobility Lab Age Poom and Kristiina Paiste participated.

MARA project is targeting to increase the accessibility of remote areas. It involves analysing the current mobility needs of residents and tourists, developing new alternative mobility concepts in remote areas and related digital tools, and improving stakeholder involvement in the elaboration of mobility plans.

Project addresses both maritime and terrestrial remote areas in the Baltic Sea Regions. In the framework of the project, the Mobility Lab of the University of Tartu is developing a Population Mobility Monitor and conceptual business models for sustainable mobility in remote areas.

Project lasts until June 2021 and is funded by INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Kristiina Paiste and Age Poom in Schwerin.

CCAMEU – Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobilities Jean Monnet Network

The third project we joined this spring is “Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility: EU and Australasian Innovations” which brings together a consortium of Universities across Australia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Japan and New Zealand to investigate the impacts of cooperative, connected and automated mobilities (CCAM), also known as connected cars or self-driving vehicles.

Kick off meeting for the project took place in Germany, Munich on 13th and 14th of May and Veronika Mooses from Mobility Lab participated.

The research in CCAMEU is organised around three dedicated research clusters:

  • The ‘Sustainable Mobilities Systems’ Research Cluster. Among other things this will explore the nature and scope of the disruptive impacts of CCAM on existing mobilities systems, along with the economic, social and cultural contexts in which these are embedded, and assess policy options and strategies for managing the transitions.
  • The ‘Smart and Liveable Cities’ Research Cluster which will gather information and build knowledge around the significance new CCAM systems hold for the vision and practice of urban planning and design, and for everyday life in cities.
  • European and 3rd Country perceptions of the leadership role of the EU in the field of CCAM: this addresses EU perceptions specifically through qualitative investigation into cultural predispositions rather than only quantitative summaries such as Eurobarometer.

The project lasts until August 2021 and is funded by Erasmus+ Grant.

Slide from the meeting in Munich.
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