The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) is hosting a meeting of the Accessibility group (Cluster 6) of the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR). The meeting will focus on Accessibility and Policy-Making and will gather over 60 leading researchers from Europe and North America, together with representatives from the public administration, both national and European, including staff from four Directorates-General of the European Commission: Research and Innovation (RTD), Mobility and Transport (MOVE), Regional Policy (REGIO), and the in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Accessibility is one of the EU's top priorities to achieve territorial cohesion and promote the Single Market. Its assessment allows for the evaluation of trade-offs between land use, transport and social needs, and it is a useful tool to analyse topics such as urban planning, economic development, mobility, and social exclusion.
The meeting will hold presentations of more than 30 research papers and scientific posters covering aspects such as congestion pricing, road infrastructure and access to market, and environmental effects of mobility plans.
The meeting will be hosted at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. IPTS's mission is to provide support to the EU policy-making process by developing science-based responses to policy challenges that have both a socio-economic as well as a scientific and technological dimension. The JRC-IPTS organising committee of the meeting is formed by Ana Condeço, Panayotis Christidis, Elena Navajas, Nicolás Ibáñez, Hande Demirel and Lorenzo Vannacci.
NECTAR is a scientific research network dealing with transport and communication issues, developed in the framework of the European Science Foundation Network and focuses on the social, economic, psychological and institutional aspects.