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November Think Piece Series:  Improving people transport in Cambridge and other urban centres


The University of Cambridge and Cambridge Cleantech are following the successful event of ‘Zero Carbon, from research to commercialisations’, with a series of workshops for academics, business solutions providers, the broader community and policymakers on future transport, circular economy, energy transitions and smart cities.


Lunchtime Interactive Discussion I:

The First and Last Mile - Adjusting to the New Greener Normal  

Date: 5th November 2020 

Time: 11:00 - 12:30

VENUE: Online

(Registration information will be made available soon.)

Join us for a focused session on the latest thinking and developments on local people transport.

This event will set the context for th workshop series, including perspectives from academia and local government, addressing in particular the first and the last mile. Together, we will examine our current local people transport system, and explore options and possible solutions to include in a post-pandemic reset. Hear from experts, share your ideas and experiences, and provide your input.

As the problem of climate emergency and transport emission affects everyone, we invite you to share your ideas and experiences during the visioning workshops following the talks. Our joint effort will be collated into a Think Piece to support the sustainable transport developments in Cambridge, its region, and other urban centres. This is a great networking opportunity for anyone interested in imagining and conceptualising a better and fairer future.




Welcome and Introduction

Martin Garratt, CEO, Cambridge Cleantech, and Dr Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig, Maxwell Centre Director of Partnership Development, University of Cambridge


Setting the context of the first and last mile

Professor John Miles, ARUP/RAEng Research Chair Transitional Energy Strategies, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge.


Challenges and new ideas

3-min talks flagging up known challenges from local government and ideas emerging from current research in academia


Plenary Q&A

Chaired by Professor John Miles, University of Cambridge


Visioning workshops (Attendees will be invited to share their ideas which will be taken note of for the final think piece.)

Please note, the breakout room discussions will be recorded to ensure all insights are captured.

Small group break out discussions joined by the speakers,


Plenary review of discussion outputs

Return to main room to summarise findings and conclude event.






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Cambridge Zero is the University of Cambridge’s response to the climate crisis. It will harness the full range of the University’s research and policy expertise, developing solutions that work for our lives, our society and our economy.

Maxwell Centre provides an active interface linking leading University of Cambridge research across Physical Sciences and Technology with industry and policymakers, to align and connect expertise, and collaboratively develop solutions within its core strategic focus areas - Zero Carbon and Science-Technology-Medicine.

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Thursday, 5 November, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:30
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Monica Lucena
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