First seminar: Roadmap for emission-free road transport and healthy urban living

About 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by the year 2050. Insufficient urban and transportation planning contributes to unhealthy living conditions such as air pollution, noise, heat islands, a lack of green spaces, and premature deaths. The purpose of this seminar is to discuss how better urban and transportation planning can improve public health, what can be learned from Norway, a world leader in electrification, and how transportation options will evolve over time and be influenced by societal trends.

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Prof. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen
• Director of the Urban Planning, Environment, and Health Initiative, ISGlobal, Spain
• Title: Car-free cities: Pathway to healthy urban living
• Bio: Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living. He led the TAPAS (active transportation and health) and PHENOTYPE (green space and health) studies and participates in the ESCAPE (air pollution and health), HELIX (exposome and health), EXPOsOMICs (exposome and health) and PASTA (active transportation and health) studies. He currently participates in the iMAP (Urban environment and cognition), BlueHealth (Bluespace and health), Lifecycle (Birth cohorts) and CitiesHealth (Citizen science and health) studies. In 2018, he was awarded the ISEE John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology. In both 2018 and 2019, he was among the 1% most cited scientists in the world.

Dr. Aruna Sivakumar
• Director of the Urban Systems Lab, Imperial College, London
• Title: How transportation options will evolve over time and how they will be influenced by societal trends
• Bio: Aruna Sivakumar is a reader in consumer demand modelling and urban systems at Imperial College London’s Centre for Transport Studies. As director of the Urban Systems Lab, she leads a number of smart city and systems modelling initiatives, such as EU Sharing Cities’ monitoring and evaluation work package, IDLES’ decentralized energy demand model, and Pathways’ accessibility framework for equity analysis. She is an internationally recognized expert on activity-based microsimulation models of urban resource demands. She has served on several scientific committees, including the Transportation Research Board’s Travel Behavior and Values subcommittee and the World Conference on Transport Research Society’s ‘Infrastructure Operation and Traffic Management in Developing Countries’ committee.

   Dr. Askill H. Halse

• Chief research economist at the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) in Norway
• Title: Electric vehicle adoption in Norway. Insights from administrative register data
• Bio: Askill H. Halse is chief research economist at the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) in Norway. He has worked on several different topics within transport and economics, including the value of travel time, CBA assumptions, use of CBA in decision-making, car taxation and vehicle electrification policies. He has also studied the role of geographic interests in electoral systems and their impact on voter and politician behavior.

  Mr. Petter Haugneland
• Assistant Secretary General at Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association
• Title: Norwegian EV policy and market
• Bio: Petter Haugneland is the Assistant Secretary General at Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association. The association represents over 120,000 Norwegian EV owners and cooperates with policy makers, the electric car industry, and other organizations for the successful introduction of electric vehicles. Climate and environmental issues combined with interest for new technology drives Petter’s passion for electric vehicles. Petter has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Oslo.  He started his career as a communication advisor at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo (CICERO). Later as the communication manager for the EV Association in 2012 before his current.


Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou
• Director, Positive Zero Transport Futures
• Head of the Transportation and Air Quality research group (TRAQ) at the University of Toronto