All of the Virtual Smart Transport Conference content, including keynote speeches from business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and transport minister Rachel Maclean, is now available to watch on-demand.
The two-day online event, which took place last week (June 8-9), featured more than 30 speakers and brought together senior public sector policymakers at national and local level, and influential private sector leaders from across the UK’s transport sector to discuss key topics.
Already, almost 500 registered users have watched the content, and there’s still time to sign-up for access to the on-demand service.
“It was a great event. Well curated. There was a really good balance of senior industry and UK government speakers, with pragmatic presentations to learn from.”
Dr Mike Short, chief scientific adviser, Department for International Trade
Those who have already registered for the event simply need to log on to the Smart Transport Conference website to watch any of the sessions again.
Highlights of the conference included:
- Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), discussing BEIS’s approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry.
- Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, on future transport and smart mobility.
- Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.
Other plenary session speakers included: Huw Merriman, chair of the Transport Select Committee, Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus; Beth Osborne, director, Transportation for America; Norman Baker, advisor to the CEO, Campaign for Better Transport; and Ruth Cadbury, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling and Walking and Labour’s shadow planning minister.
The event also featured eight breakout sessions, which included presentations on Transport for London’s new e-scooter trial, learnings from the Bath Clean Air Zone, Transport for Greater Manchester’s new mobility hub and the Coventry mobility credits scheme.
Attendees had the chance to network, join roundtable discussions and pose key questions during live panel debates, chaired by industry experts including: Smart Transport chair Stephen Joseph; Natasha Robinson, deputy director and joint head of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles; and Siobhan Campbell, head of central research team and deputy chief scientific advisor, Department for Transport.
Plenary session speakers Keith Williams, Huw Merriman, and Anthony Smith, all took part in the live Q&A on day one, while the plenary panel on day two featured Labour shadow minister for green and future transport Kerry McCarthy, Richard Bruce, director of energy, technology and innovation at the Department for Transport, Dr Lucy Mahoney, senior manager walking and cycling, C40, and Norman Baker.
Speakers' and attendees' feedback on our event
Smith described it as “the Glastonbury of transport”.
“Everybody’s here, there are fringe meetings, there’s loads of chat going on. It’s really exciting. There’s a really good buzz about the place.”
Dr Mike Short, chief scientific adviser, Department for International Trade, said: “It was a great event. Well curated.
“There was a really good balance of senior industry and UK Government speakers, with pragmatic presentations to learn from.”
Mahoney said that it was “a much-needed opportunity for transport professionals to reflect on a very unique and industrious year, while allowing us to regroup and continue planning for a greener, more just mobility future".
Ed Clarke, UK vice president of ground operations for FedEx Express, said: “The event was a great way to engage with private and public sectors and discuss key topics within the logistics industry.
“I highly recommend checking out the on-demand content and future Smart Transport conferences.”
Diary date: Our next conference
- The next Smart Transport Conference will take place in person on November 30 in London. Register your interest here.