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FISITA Member Forum, Paris 2020

The inaugural FISITA Member Forum is now scheduled as a virtual event on Monday 12 and Monday 19 October.

On Monday 12 October in a virtual session from 10:00 – 11:30 CEST we have speakers from VINCI, ERTICO and EIT on the topic of Smart Cities and Smart Mobility.

Questions posed by these three speakers will be collated and shared with the group, allowing reflection before coming back together for a roundtable discussion session 10:00 – 11:00 CEST on Monday 19 October.

The theme of the Forum is 'Smart cities and smart mobility'


Monday 12 October
10:00 CEST

Invited Speaker Presentations

  • Dr. Florinda Boschetti, Head of City Club, and Edwin Heesakkers, Managing Director, EIT Urban Mobility
  • 'New Deal : a prospective scenario for the future of highways and expressways in the Paris metropolitan area'André Broto, Strategy Director, VINCI Autoroutes and Laurent Taupin, Autonomous Driving Chief Engineer, Groupe Renault
  • 'Mobility as a Service – a smart on demand ecosystem' Dr. Angelos J. Amditis, Chairman, Ertico

Monday 19 October
10:00 CEST

Roundtable Discussions

Online groups of attendees will discuss the theme, and ways and opportunities to partner in future projects

To register your interest in attending this Forum please email Gemma Wilkins on

Speaker biographies:

Dr. Florinda Boschetti, Head of City Club at EIT Urban Mobility KIC

Florinda is a city and transport planner PhD, and an enthusiastic advocate of liveable and healthy cities. She holds the position of Head of City Club with the EIT Urban Mobility Knowledge and Innovation Community and animates the community of frontrunner local governments in sustainable urban mobility.

Florinda has over fifteen years’ experience working in sustainable mobility and urban governance across academia, the public sector and European network associations, and liaising with public officials, national and international stakeholders, European institution and intergovernmental organisations.

Before joining the EIT Urban Mobility in March 2020, Florinda has served as Senior Project Manager at Polis Network (2012-2020) as the coordinator of the working group on Environment and Health in Transport. From 2009 to 2012 she has worked with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) where she has contributed to the launch of the Global Scientists for Cycling Network.

Florinda is a member of the Eltis’ European Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Coordination Group, and was the programme manager of 6th European Conference on SUMPs in Groningen, the Netherlands in 2019. She is also supporting the Solar Impulse Foundation as a Senior Expert with assessing tech-clean solutions, and has started as an Advocate at PlacemakingX to accelerate placemaking as a way to create healthy, inclusive, and beloved communities.

Edwin Heesakkers, Managing Director, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub West

Edwin Heesakkers holds the position as Managing Director for the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub West in Helmond. He has over 20 yrs of experience especially in international business creation related to product & services, in interim management with a focus on organizational change & transformational processes in large corporate industrial international organisations. Over the last years Edwin used this experience for building in-depth knowledge on mobility especially in urban environments, where he is driven by the potentials of the (behavior, human) change of the current mobility landscape creating impact and improving our liveability.

Laurent Taupin, Autonomous Driving Chief Engineer, Groupe Renault

Laurent Taupin holds an engineering degree from the University of Technology of Compiègne. After ten years in numerical simulation at ESI Group in Asia and the USA, he joins Renault as head the chassis CAE department, before returning to Korea as head of the chassis engineering division at Renault Samung Mortors. Back in France, he joins the Research and Advanced Engineering Division of Renault where he heads the EOLAB project, a 1L/100km research prototype unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motorshow. Since then he has been leading numerous innovation projects in  electrification, autonomous driving and new mobility. 

André Broto, Strategy Director & Advisor to the chairman, VINCI Autoroutes

André Broto is the Strategy Director of VINCI Autoroutes since 2011 as well as the President’s advisor. Born in 1948, André is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1969) and civil engineer of bridges and roads (1974). He joined Cofiroute in 1990 after 17 years at GTM, dedicated to the construction of a nuclear power station and ports. Appointed construction director of Cofiroute in 1995, he participated in the design and construction of the Alençon / Le Mans / Tours motorway, the Angers / Tours / Vierzon motorway, and the A86 tunnel between Rueil and Versailles. This ten-kilometres tunnel for cars that run on two levels overlays, is innovative in many ways.
For many yeyars he has participated in the work of the World Road Association PIARC (he is now the Coordinator of the strategic theme “Mobility”, and Chairman of the French Committee), URF (member of the think tank), IDRRIM (Chairman of the prospective committee) and of TDIE (member of the scientific council).

Dr Angelos J. Amditis, ERTICO Chairman & ICCS Research Director

Dr Angelos J. Amditis is Research Director in the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) and member of its Board of Directors. In June 2018 he was elected ERTICO-ITS Europe Chairman. Previously, he has been a member of the ERTICO Supervisory Board since 2013. He is the Vice President and one of the founding members of ITS Hellas. He was one of the initiators of the EuroVR Association and he has also served as President from September 2010 till March 2016.He is participating or has participated to the CCAM, C-ITS Platform, INATBA, eMI³, MaaS Alliance DTLF, GEAR2030, TM2.0 Platform (Steering Body member), Trilateral WG on Automation, euRobotics, SENSORIS, WssTP, ALICE, UITP, AIOTI and many other EC Groups and Platforms. He is the writer of several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. His current research interests are in the fields of ITS including Automated Transport Systems, Cooperative Systems, Electromobility, Smart Mobility both for people and cargo (ITS for Logistics), cooperative systems, sensor and information fusion, data management/aggregation, communication technologies, highly and fully automated driving and embedded systems, vehicle to grid connectivity and charging optimization strategies, control algorithms, human-machine interaction, and FOTs. He is also quite active on Internet-related research (IoT, Cloud services etc.) and in the fields of Sensors for monitoring purposes, Telematics, Telecommunications Systems, EMC/EMI, Electromagnetic sensors, etc. He has participated in a large number of Research projects being the scientific responsible of more than 150 projects in the last 20 years and currently, he is the coordinator of the following projects: CitySCAPE (newly accepted), eCharge4Drivers,  HYPERION, Cyber-MAR, COREALIS, ICT4CART, RESIST, ELVITEN, IN-PREP and DIONE projects. He has also successfully coordinated the NeMo, PLUGGY, SCENT, SAFERtec, INACHUS, SENSKIN, FABRIC, RECONASS, ROBO-SPECT, Autonet2030, INTE-TRANSIT and AQUAKNIGHT projects.