Experts in mobility management looking for extra inspiration in Turku
The European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) was organised on 31 May – 2 June 2022. The Conference circulating in Europe and related to mobility management was organised in Finland for the first time and it was hosted by the City of Turku.
The Project Manager and the main organiser Stella Aaltonen, who is specialised in urban mobility solutions in the City of Turku, is an experienced congress organiser. She started the application process for the ECOMM in 2019. The organisation of the conference had clear goals: The development of mobility and traffic in the Turku region towards a carbon neutral future and the year 2029 when Turku celebrates its 800th anniversary. The purpose of organising the conference was to inspire the participants to implement sustainable mobility actions in their work.
- From the start, it has been our goal, with the help of the conference, to motivate our own people and local partners in the work that we are doing with, for example, the pedestrian centre, electric mobility and the development of walking and cycling, Stella Aaltonen says.
Stella Aaltonen says that the conference was postponed for two years because of the pandemic. In spring 2022, many international associations were investing in the hybrid implementation of their conferences. However, it was decided that ECOMM was only going to be organised as a live event.
- By Easter, we realised that, even though virtual participation was first offered, we did not get registrations. The virtual participation would have also increased expenses and the budget was limited. Eventually, 180 participants arrived in Turku from as many as 22 different countries. The most distant participants came from Japan and the United States. Most of the participants work within mobility development in cities and municipalities, as well as for the state, but some also work in businesses and consulting companies in the field, Stella Aaltonen says.