January 1th: Start of the project
Our transfer project 2 on “micromobility and energy” in the THALESruhr project at Bochum University of Applied Sciences was launched just in time for the start of 2023. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Semih Severengiz, we will be working on the transformation towards sustainable micromobility solutions in the Ruhr metropolis over the next five years.
March 7th: Onboarding
An official onboarding with all THALESruhr participants took place on March the 7th. All nine transfer projects had the opportunity to present their project and their planned activities. It was a great opportunity to network with other transfer projects and create first synergies.
June 13th: Kick-off conference
THALESruhr was officially launched at the kick-off conference, which took place in bright sunshine on the grounds of Bochum University of Applied Sciences. In the BlueBox, greetings and keynote speeches by stakeholders from the fields of politics, research and business set the mood for the visitors. One highlight was the Market of Opportunities. At our stand visitors were able to experience e-micromobility and ride a pedelec around the university campus. Our solar-powered Energy Hub for charging light electric vehicles (LEVs) also attracted a lot of attention during a campus tour. Visitors were also able to win small prizes on the wheel of fortune and by taking part in our mobility quiz. We were also able to gather interesting data through a survey on the topic of "How did you get here today?".
August 25th: Bochum Summer of Music
Together with other THALESruhr members, we were able to present our project as part of the Bochum Summer of Music. With over 1.000 musicians, the free music festival attracted around 150.000 visitors over three days and therefore offered a good opportunity to provide information about our project. When designing our information material, we focused on simple and understandable language so that everyone would feel addressed by our stand. After all, it is particularly important for the planned public participation that people interested in mobility can contribute their opinion, no matter of their background and prior knowledge. In addition, both children and adults were able to put their knowledge of mobility to the test with specially created quiz games. Over the course of the day, we welcomed around 230 people to our stand and had many interesting conversations.
September 10th: Lindener Meile
We used the Lindener Meile to gain a better insight into a peripheral urban area with limited mobility options. The popular festival in Bochum Linden took place for the 11th time and attracted many citizens from Linden and other neighbourhoods. In addition to the stage program, arts and crafts and regional sports clubs, our stand could be visited by interested citizens at the colourful family festival. The aim of our participation was to engage in dialogue with visitors about our project. How are citizens mobile that live in urban peripheral areas with limited mobility options? What criticism, wishes and ideas do residents have? The results of an online survey and personal interviews provide an initial basis for planning citizen participation. With over 250 visitors to our stand and 108 completed questionnaires, we were delighted with the high level of participation. We were very pleased with the great curiosity of the visitors about our project, as citizen participation can only work with the help of interested citizens.
November 20th - 21st: DECOMM conference
On November 20th and 21st, we had the pleasure of taking part in the 12th German Conference for Mobility Management DECOMM 2023. Under this year's motto "Lifelong self-determined mobility - mobility management for better mobility for all", 16 themed forums as well as excursions, panel discussions and thought-provoking impulses were offered over two days at the Rheinterrasse in Düsseldorf. In forums like "Inclusive mobility management" or "Evaluation approaches in mobility management", we gained helpful impulses for the theoretical and practical implementation of our mobility project. In addition to the scientific input in the specialist forums, there was also plenty of opportunity for informal dialogue. The evening event in particular invited participants to network with mobility experts and mobility enthusiasts from all over Germany.
November 29th: Meeting with the Transformation Advisory Board
At the end of November, we took the opportunity to meet with the Transformation Advisory Board of the THALESruhr project, a committee of experts from education, research, civil society, administration and business who are working on sustainable development in the Ruhr metropolis. We presented our results to date in the transfer project to the board, asked questions and requested feedback. The input from the experts was very helpful for us and led to new inspiration and new perspectives.
December 12th: Christmas Meeting
The big THALESruhr Christmas meeting was eagerly awaited - but could not take place in person as originally planned due to an increasing number of cases of illness. Instead, an online meeting was convened without further ado. At this meeting, new THALESruhr members were welcomed, brief reviews of the individual transfer projects were presented and feedback and opinions on the work in the THALESruhr project were gathered. One result of this exchange is a collective desire for stronger networking between the individual transfer projects to utilize synergies and benefit from the knowledge, opinions and equipment of other THALESians. It can be summarized that a productive exchange of ideas took place despite the physical distance. Although we had to forgo the Christmas cookies on site, we were able to enjoy a nice end of the year without worrying about catching an infection just before the Christmas holidays.
We are currently working on developing suitable formats and implementation options for the citizen participation, which we want to carry out in April 2024. In addition, we are continuously networking with key players in order to incorporate as many perspectives and ideas as possible into the further planning of our project and to strengthen cooperation and transfer with stakeholders. Last preparations are also being made for the final selection of the location for the citizen participation and the implementation of micromobility services.