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Event Type: 
Maxwell plus - for events co-organised by the Maxwell programme

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 III:

Integrating door-to-door people transport - systems thinking approach to technology, user behaviours and policy

Date: 19th November 2020

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

VENUE: Online

Join us for a focused session on the latest thinking and developments on local people transport. This event will focus on integrating various stakeholder perspectives towards solutions of benefit to all.

Together, we will rethink our current local people transport system, and consider options to present as possible solutions to include in a post-pandemic reset. We will state outstanding challenges and propose tangible first steps towards feasible solutions.

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


Systems thinking for the first and last mile

 Prof P John Clarkson FREng, Director, Cambridge Engineering    Design Centre; Professor of Engineering Design (Cambridge) and Healthcare Systems (TU Delft)


Commercial Innovation Highlights

Plenary Q&A

Showcase of elevator pitches from climate positive companies working on low carbon mobility



Echion Technologies


Cambridge Electric Transport


Green Mopeds

Flit Bike


Chaired by Dr Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig


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 speakers


Plenary review of discussion outputs

Return to main room to summarise findings and conclude event






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, 19 November, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:30
Contact name: 
Monica Lucena
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