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A new EU project on the Horizon: meet ELABORATOR!

How to design sustainable urban mobility in a way that is also inclusive, safe, and affordable, paving the way for climate-neutral cities? ELABORATOR has got it covered! On 7-9 June 2023, we officially kicked things off in Athens, Greece. Find out more about the meeting below.


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A new EU project is (literally) on the Horizon: it is none other than ELABORATOR, an initiative funded by the Horizon EU programme for designing inclusive, safe, affordable, and sustainable urban mobility. Our project kicked off this week with a three-day meeting from 7 to 9 June 2023, in the sunny city of Athens, Greece, bringing all partners together to jumpstart the activities.


What is ELABORATOR?

ELABORATOR stands for ‘The European Living Lab on designing sustainable urban mobility towards climate neutral cities’. We use a holistic approach for planning, designing, implementing and deploying specific innovations and interventions towards safe, inclusive and sustainable urban mobility. These interventions consist of smart enforcement tools, space redesign and dynamic allocation, shared services, and integration of active and green modes of transportation.


They will be specifically co-designed and co-created with identified 'vulnerable to exclusion' user groups, local authorities and relevant stakeholders.


The interventions will be demonstrated in several cities across Europe, starting with 6 Lighthouse cities consisting of:

  • Milan (Italy)

  • Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Helsinki (Finland)

  • Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)

  • Zaragoza (Spain)

  • Trikala (Greece)

And 6 Follower cities, consisting of:

  • Lund (Sweden)

  • Liberec (Czech Republic)

  • Velenje (Slovenia)

  • Split (Croatia)

  • Krusevac (Serbia)

  • Ioannina (Greece)


Andréia Lopes Azevedo (POLIS) presenting the Outreach, dissemination and exploitation activities at the meeting.

Andréia Lopes Azevedo (POLIS) presenting the Outreach, dissemination and exploitation activities at the meeting.


What will be the aim of these city pilots, you ask? The principal objectives are three-fold:

  1. To collect, assess and analyse user needs and requirements towards safe and inclusive mobility and climate-neutral cities;

  2. To collect and share rich information sets made of real data, traces from dedicated toolkits, and users’ and stakeholders’ opinions among the cities;

  3. To increase the take-up of innovations via a twinning approach to generate detailed guidelines, policies, future roadmap and built capacity for service providers, planning authorities and urban designers for the optimum integration of such inclusive and safe mobility interventions into Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The kick-off meeting

The three-day event provided many fruitful insights to the consortium, a multidisciplinary group composed of 38 partners who bring to the table their varied and exceptional expertise on the topic, working together towards implementing sustainable urban mobility and climate-neutral cities.


What followed in the next days was a series of presentations from each of the work package leaders, describing their points of action for the duration of the project. Lighthouse and Follower Cities also presented their plans and how they intend to implement the initial interventions.


Of course, good collaboration between partners is key: that is why, beyond the presentations, a social event was also held at the end of Day 2, for the consortium to informally get together and build teamwork.


The ELABORATOR consortium.

The ELABORATOR consortium.


The last day of the kick-off saw an exciting, hands-on workshop on the discovery and definition phases of the ELABORATOR methodology. Its purpose was to take a first step towards understanding how our cities perceive their mobility challenges, their different user needs, what relevant interventions have been co-created in the past and how different Living Labs have been realized.


The session also provided a clearer view of relevant mobility data that is collected in the cities, to pair leading and following cities and begin the knowledge exchange towards establishing the ELABORATOR Living Lab (LL).


After such an exciting meeting, we cannot wait to get down to business and work hard at delivering on all project objectives. Stay tuned - much more to come soon!

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