In September 2015 SOLUTIONS representatives attended the Mayors Summit – Cities of the Future and the Cities & Transport International Congress events, contributing their expertise and the knowledge gained from the SOLUTIONS project actions and results.

The back-to-back events were held over three days in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) and coincided with organiser EMBARQ Brasil’s 10-year anniversary.

On 9 September the Mayors Summit – Cities of the Future brought together a number of former mayors from big cities who transformed their cities for the better to present and discuss their visionary insight and knowledge.

SOLUTIONS experts hosted training workshop at the Summit for urban mobility professionals. The session kicked-off with a presentation of the project and its progress so far, before moving onto the experience of Latin American cities regarding sustainability urban mobility, showcasing the achievements and progress of Durango (Mexico), La Serena (Chile) and São José dos Campos (Brazil).

Four targeted training sessions then took place: the first, by EMBARQ Brasil’s Adriana Lobo, was on public transport; Suzanne Hoadley from Polis addressed Network Management and ITS; Bremen’s Michael Glotz-Richter presented the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans; and Oliver Lah wrapped-up with a session on climate policies on urban mobility.

The following day at the Cities & Transport International Congress took place over 80 experts presented and discussed successful strategies and best practices for innovative and sustainable urban solutions over two days.

At a parallel session at the Congress SOLUTIONS experts took part in a discussion on opportunities to reduce carbon emissions in cities – presenting the biggest challenges and the main results reached by cooperation among cities.