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The SIGMI#2 Conference

On April 29th and 30th the SIGMI will go in a second round! After our successful conference in November 2020 we want to continue and offer a second free event.

During the event you can look forward to keynotes and discussions by mobility experts and dive into research presentations that were developed after the first conference.

Also, the second day, April 30th, the activism around this years Mobility Week will be the focus of the conference.

The preliminary program is already set and to be found below.

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If you are interested, register now for the free digital event!


The SIGMI - Introduction

The Sustainable and Inclusive Global Mobility Initiative (SIGMI) aims to take a global micro-perspective on mobility and raise awareness about bottom-up and human-centric approaches in infrastructure development and transportation.

Learn more about the SIGMI - just click here.

One of the major focal points of this conference will be the Mobility Week (September 2021), so feel free to learn more about this mobility action week. During the event you have the chance to create your mobility action in one of the activism workshops.

If you are interested to participate please register here.



Preliminary Program

To see the program in large please click on the red window symbol on the right.

Here you can download the preliminary program as a pdf. Please note that there will be minor chnages until the event in April. 

The despriptions of the workshops and the Thursday sessions are found further below on the page.




Workshop: Communicating Sustainable Mobility


Jocelyn Keller

Jocelyn M. Keller, M.A., is an English Lecturer of Academic and Science Communication at the Modern Language Center (ZEMS), TU Berlin. She has focused on teaching students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds how to communicate Sustainability to experts and non-experts since 2013 and is a member of the TU Berlin Sustainability Council (Nachhaltigkeitsrat).


Background: At universities in the US, Japan and in Germany, she studied languages, linguistics, communication, the arts and language pedagogy (Didaktik), giving her the theoretical background in teaching communication skills. She learned the practical aspects of communicating to non-experts through her seven-year employment at a US animal hospital, where she communicated to clients about scientific topics in a user-friendly and empathetic manner.



Presentations of Research Output from the SIGMI 2020

On the first day of the conference (29th of April) the proceedings of the November 2020 conference will be presented and discussed.


Here we list the topics with the authors and an abstract.


Parking Space Analysis and an Outlook on a Smart Parking Solution at TUB Campus Charlottenburg

by Jascha Kilian Müller-Guthof, Antonia Pilgrim and Moritz Vliem and supervised by Maja Aßmann
- initiated through a workshop by XTransform/ParkplatzTransform (Isabell Merkle und Maren Miehe)

In this paper, the parking problem in large cities is shown using the example of the TU Campus Berlin Charlottenburg and its direct surrounding area. The data of existing parking spaces is condensed and examined, before visually processing it. Furthermore, a demand analysis is carried out. Afterwards these findings are compared and recommendations for action are developed.
In addition to the recommendation of a reduction of parking spaces, an alternative approach for parking space utilization is presented. This method illustrates how a blockchain based multiagent system works and how it can be implemented based on the given parking situation around the Technical University. This emphasizes on the importance of rethinking the current, perhaps outdated, parking concept and its distribution in urban areas


Changing Cities for the People

by Weoy Howe Ang, Laurenz Georg Andreas Blömer, David Johannes Borchert and Nico Czekay and supervised by Maja Aßmann
- initiated through two workshops by Changing Cities (Antje Heinrich)

This paper is written to provide a broad overview of the topic of sustainable city development regarding mobility. It aims at answering the question of the ownership of the city and public spaces. What does a city look like that is both sustainable and highly mobile? What is required to achieve these goals? Is a sustainable and mobile city a privilege or can any city reach these goals? What are key indicators to achieve such development? This paper will dive into the general discussion of the ownership of the city and will have a look at cities that have successfully provided their citizens with sustainable mobility solutions. Furthermore, it will look at Berlin’s current situation and will present ongoing projects that are focusing on improving the mobility of Berlin. Many cities are old and their development and design concept is outdated and flawed. However, cities such as Houten in the Netherlands that has a younger population are able to create a highly mobile and sustainable system for their citizens. However, it is far more complex to redesign an existing traffic network than designing a new traffic network. In this paper, Utrecht will be used as an example city that is focusing on changing its current traffic system to a more sustain and mobile network. The main focus of Utrecht is using the bicycle which has great advantages but also comes with challenges. Why should cities invest in their infrastructure and also focus on a mobile and sustainable solution? Having a sustainable and mobile city offers many high value incentives such as reduced emissions, improved quality of life, a contribution to health and environment, includes all parts of the society and makes effective use of limited resources (such as space) (compare EU Commission: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and cycling). With the current big trends such as increasing globalization, climate change and internet of things makes the topic of sustainable mobility more relevant than ever.


Gender Equality and Women's Mobility in the Transport Sector - Analysis and Solutions for Urban Areas

by Elisa Stefanie Elke Adams, Cody Alexander Hal Gelbrich, Luise Angelika Gößwein and Pauline Leonore Kuhlmann and supervised by Maja Aßmann
- initiated through a talk by Seama Mowri

This paper presents the nature of gender imbalance in the transport sector across Europe. The inequality does not only consist of gender differences in mobility behaviour between men and women, but also a restriction of women’s mobility solely based on their gender.
The paper suggests several reasons for these disparities, which are mainly attributed to the classical gender role distribution determining women’s position in society and labour market. Thus, women on average have a higher unemployment rate or are more likely to work in part-time jobs, social professions and low-paid sectors, which result in lower income levels and financially limited mobility options. Furthermore, women’s subjective perception of safety, fear of violence, sexual assault and its impact on women’s mobiltity freedom, is reflected upon. In addition, the extent at which the transport sector is male-dominated and how women are underrepresented is outlined, ensuing partly due to mobility design structures not suitable for women, elderly, and other people with disabilities. Moreover, the paper deals with knowledge enhancement in gender mobility data, offering approaches to increase safety and how gender-specific mobility services can be developed.
Hence, Vienna, Berlin and Malmö are referred to as examples of cities that currently include gender-specific approaches in their mobility planning as well as conducting tangible measures of “good practice” for urban areas.
Based on these claims, the paper expounds the need for decision makers, planners and designers of urban mobility, to adopt a gender-specific and gender-sensitive perspective and gives recommendations for a transport system in which gender equality is central.



Charging Infrastructure and Battery Swapping of Electric Rickshaws in India: a System Good Analysis

by Lisa Maria Vrettos, Max Brandts, Kristina Braun, Nguyen Hoang Tung Pham, Nanina Mörseburg and supervised by Florian Weiß


Over the past decades, the issue of environmental protection and CO2 emissions has become an increasingly important topic of central political discussions and governmental decisions. India plays a crucial role in this issue of both keeping air clean and protecting the climate. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, India’s population in 2019 accounted approximately 1.37 billion. With a population growth rate of 1% per annum , increasing demand for transportation and energy will lead to even greater environmental challenges. While contributing 6.7% to India’s GDP , the mobility sector is one of the most resource intensive. As such, the mobility sector is experiencing intrinsic and extrinsic pressure to pivot away from traditional, unsustainable and resource-heavy mobility systems, to more sustainable infrastructure and product-lines.


Which Impact do Emotional Barriers Have on Sustainable Mobility Behaviors of Berlins Inner City Population?

by Isabelle Kim, Carla Stiehm, Marlene Merchert and supervised by Marlin Arnz

- initiated through a talk on Mobility Behaviour by Michail Markakis



Hypothesis: Emotional factors have more impact on daily decisions regarding micromobility in Berlin’s inner city population than traditional rational factors.



The many factors influencing decisions regarding micromobility can be divided into two categories: rational and emotional factors. Because these decisions shape the transportation systems and infrastructure and ultimately contribute to rising emission levels worldwide, it is of utmost importance to examine why people make the decisions they do, and how much each factor influence a daily decision which can turn into habits and lifestyles. The current state of literature regarding this topic largely examine the rational factors. In this study, people living inside the public transportation ring ("S-Bahn Ring") in Berlin and micromobility patterns were examined to see if emotional factors influenced transportation decisions, if at all. The results were then compared to similar studies and used to come up with measures that would promote methods of transportation that produced less emissions than the status quo of automobile transportation.



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